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Old 04-09-2013, 03:15 PM   #211
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Border Crossing to Country Number Ten

Today we are going to cross the border into Panama, which is our tenth country in ten months. As usual we stay near the border, get a good sleep, eat a good breakfast, take snacks, and plan a destination not too far from the border.




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Driving up to the border pass the guys about 1 km before the crossing waving at you to flag you down (fixers). Drive up past all the trucks and you will see the Costa Rica aduana on the left, which is a blue building with a covered parking out front.



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We chose to drive just past and park in the lot just beside the building for an easier exit. This is in front of the “Welcome to CR sign”. We are exiting of course , but it is the same office.



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Step 1: When you are facing the building from the front on the street go left into the area with the queues and go to the Salida window. They will give you tourist exit form to fill out. Return the form to the official and get your passport stamped. There were no “fixers” here.




border and boquete 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Step 2: Go back to the front of the building and around the other side from where you just were. Pass the window that says Foreigner services and around to the back of the building and enter the nice glass front air-conditioned office. Fill in the paper they give you which is essentially your name, bike plate, and VIN etc. You will need the original permit and your passport. They will keep your cancelled CR import permit and give you the stamped paper as proof of cancellation. They may want to check the VIN, but they did not check ours.



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Step 3: Drive to the Panama Aduana.



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This is a dirty white covered building ahead of you. Enter the to Panama side on the right and park along the curb to the left and as far to the other end as you can. Try to get rid of the fixers here. At most crossings If you wait for the quiet guy left over after the pushy ones with the badges finally leave you alone and if you tell him you have no money to pay him they usually follow you and help you or say If I help you you can give me a tip (3-5$).

Looking at the aduana from the curb the immigration office (glass windows under the cover), transito office (directly above the immigration windows on the second floor), and the fumigation window ( outside on curb side of the building) are to your right, the spiral staircase is in front of you, the Captura y Manifesto office is to the left, and the insurance office is behind you across the street (the sign outside just says copies and not segures).



border and boquete 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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If there is no line up at the immigration office get a passport stamp and your photo taken to the right in the queue marked entrada. While there someone will approach you and give you a sticker for your passport (1$). If there is a line don’t stand in it as you can bypass the line once you have done the other paperwork.

Go across the street to the insurance office. You will need your vehicle title and passport and a copy of both. The insurance is 15$. They will give you 2 identical papers (one for you and one for the aduana).

Return across the street and go up the spiral staircase to the transito office and hand over your insurance paperwork for a stamp and your passport.

Go back down stairs turn right and go to the Captura y Manifesto window. They want the Title and passport and the copies of both and the 2 insurance papers. They will type a bunch of stuff into the computer and then return your originals and 1 copy of the insurance and permit. You have to sign the permit.



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If you have not been to immigration yet go back there and if there is still a line go to the front on the right side and you will be helped in priority. Get a photo taken and your passport stamped.




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A guy with a clipboard will then come up to you at your bike and take your permit and check your VIN and sign your permit. NOTE check all numbers like dates, plates, and VIN carefully before this since a mistake means you are not exiting to Columbia from Panama City.



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Finally go to the fumigation window and pay 1$. Take your receipt and drive up to the right side of the fumigation building, but NOT into it (its auto spray for cars and trucks only). A technician will hand spray your bike (close your face shield).



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Just before we are ready to leave a serious looking soldier in fatigues with a big dog approached me. So OK what NOW! Our conversation in Spanish went something like:

He Is this your bike?
Me yes.
He Where are you going?
Me Today to Boquete
He No I mean eventually.
Me Ahhh Tierra del Fuego.
He Where did you come from?
Me Golfito.
He No what country did you come from.
Me Canada, I live in Vancouver (seriously what next)
He Big smile I like your bike I have the same one!
Me (YEAH) Nice can I have your picture?



border and boquete 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We made it in 1 hour 45 min and we had expected 4 hours from the experience of others. Now for Panama country number ten!




border and boquete 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




This is a CR border style restaurant.



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Heading South! One km down the road there is a military checkpoint. Where they may ask for your permit, insurance, and passport. They just asked us if we were going back to Costa Rica and when we said no they waved us thru without looking at anything.



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Daniel gets a treat for doing such a great job at the border.




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Old 04-11-2013, 03:55 PM   #212
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Bonita Boquete

We had a short ride down the Pan Americana to David and then up the under construction new 4 lane highway to Boquete. We drove thru town and asked where a good hotel was and were directed just up the road. While we are turning the bikes around to park another bike pulls up. When I went over to say hello to him he said “hi I’m Christophe we met on the Internet”. Nice another rider from BC and he has not met another rider for 2 months.



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About 15 minutes later while we are unpacking we hear another bike pull up with RAMIRO and Pia. He has travelled from Buenas Ares and she met him in Panama City on their ay to Alaska.



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We were only going to spend 1 night here, but we had so much fun we stayed three.



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These Datura grow like weeds here. Apparently you can make a hallucinogenic tea from it??



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Day one we did a loop thru the mountains on a silky single lane paved road.



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Daniel can never resist a side trip and this took us down a rough steep dirt/gravel track. It was all good until Christope was not behind us at the top of the last steep slippery hill. His F800GS had decided on a small dirt nap in the ditch.



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Then it was back to town and a great lunch at Mike’s (have the falafel).



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Part 2 of our adventure was to go the hot springs which were supposed to be on the way to “the caniones” which is a slot canyon you can jump off the sides of into the water. Our directions there were suspect and the 45 min there became 2 hours of on and off road riding.

First we headed off road across the canal and several bridges.



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We met a guy in a care who could speak English well enough to direct us back to the correct turn off.



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We finally made it there in time for a few jumps and a swim.




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The sun way blazing hot and the sky blue at 245, but at 3 the sky had opened and it was pouring buckets. The thunder and lightening were very close too. “Hiding” under a tree with 3 sets of riding gear in a huge pile was useless. We were drenched. It did let up enough after an hour or so for us to put on our soaked gear on over our wet swim suits (we were smart enough to put our helmets and boot at the bottom of the pile where they were still dry).



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Sara making friends with the local police.



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Getting a hair cut is always an adventure.



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The night we before we left we ran into Brady who flew to Lima (because that was the cheapest ticket from home to South America), bought a Chinese bike and is riding it back to DC.



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Old 04-13-2013, 08:03 PM   #213
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Santiago District

We were a bit sad to leave the cooler and colorful Boquete, but south it is.



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Daniel and I have been following Gino and Fiona as they headed from BA to Ushuaia and north. They just arrived in Panama and we all planned to meet near Santiago as our paths crossed. We headed west again to David and then south to Vista Lago Ecoresort



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We had heard from many riders that they had received speeding tickets in Panama. Christophe calculated and average of 4.5 km between moto cops with a radar gun between the border and Panama City. We found this to be true and driving the speed limit we say many cars pulled over on the way.




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We ran into a huge line of traffic. We passed one biker, then 3, and then found the pack at the front blocking the Pan-American.



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We did have to stop at the customs checkpoint where one official wanted our passports and the other our temporary import permits.



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Our room looked out onto this man made lake.




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When we arrived there we had to check out the 3 cool bikes out front.



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Gianni from Switzerland




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Gino and Fiona from Scotland.



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We hung out at the pool and made friends with the local fauna. He loves fries.




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Here is the gang hanging out drinking beers and swapping stories. You will note Fiona’s clothes are soaked as she had just been in the pool saving a man trying to drown.



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At dinner we got serious and took out our maps.




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Now for the goodbye. We are headed south to Pedasi and they are headed north to Boquete and then Costa Rica and beyond.



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Thank you.

I have been following your trip since page #3. Great ride report with lots of photos.
Really like your "in-action" photos by helmet cam. That's awesome.
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You make it to Medellin-give me a shout!

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Thanks so much! Then you will have to let me buy you a beer when we get to Vietnam! Sara
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We will be there FOR SURE! We are going home to work, but will be in Columbia at the end of Sept or beginning of October. Can't wait to share a pint and some Stew. HMMMMM stew!

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Pedasi and Playa Venao

We headed south on the Pan-Americana and then west to Pedasi on the coast. We found a small hotel run by an ancient old lady for 30$ with aircon, a ceiling fan, and a private bath. It’s 37 and humid so aircon was a must!




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This is a sleepy little town that has not been discovered yet.



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We continued around the peninsula to the surfer hostel at playa Venao



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El Valle de Anton

We have really had enough of the heat so we headed up to El Valle de Anton, which is a small town in an extinct volcanic caldera.




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Leaving Venao we continued around the peninsula initially on a paved road that became a rough crappy paved road that turned to intermitted pavement and gravel and then a good gravel road.



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The only tough spot was where the construction of the road was at the other end. They had just dumped oily aggregate. Luckily on the first steep part I followed in the front loaders tracks. For the next bit that was very deep we waited for the roll compacter. On the last short loose and deep bit it was go slow and duck walk. Managed to make it intact. Daniel of course did the first section in the deep, but waited for the roller with me. After this it was like a black ribbon undulating infront of us!



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This is a quaint spot with few foreigners. We chose a small hotel close to the center of town and across from the church.



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The next day we set out to explore the valley. Initially we were on a nice paved route, which became a rougher paved road and then a gravel road and then a grass (read eventually very muddy) road.



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Turning around we headed back towards town and stopped at the ecolocical park.




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Here you hike up along the river and past small falls and pools. This leads to some large rocks covered with petroglyphs .




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If you continue hiking/scrambling up to the top you eventually reach the top for a view of the la India Dormida or sleeping Indian girl ( the image seen of the mountain range) and the entire Valley.



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You could find your dream home here!



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Panama Canal-Miraflores

The ride from El Valle to the Pan-Americana is amazing, but the Careterra itself is a bore. There are radar police at regular intervals, especially when the limit is 80 or below.



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Nearing the canal we crossed the bridge of the Americas



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The Panama Canal has two locks on the Pacific side and you pass one on the way to the viewing platform at Miraflores.



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We were very “locky” today at the canal, because we saw a number of boats going thru at the same time.



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The museum has some interesting displays and even a simulator for the ships bridge.



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Later we also saw a huge cargo ship come thru the locks.



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Driving into the city from the locks you arrive on Avenida Balboa, which offers a panoramic view of the city.



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Old 04-20-2013, 07:55 PM   #222
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Panama Viejo

We are here to get the bike storage and shipping organized at Girag, but we had the weekend to sightsee. The first stop was the historic district of Panama or Casco Viejo, where there is a mixture of run down and restored buildings.



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There are a number of squares each with a church, some of which are in ruins.



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These Kuna women were having a heated argument over whose sales stall was in the wrong spot.



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We next headed over to Panama Viejo or the old site of Panama, which is in ruins. From the 1600’s pirates, indigenous from the Darien, an earthquake, and a great fire, tried to destroy the city on this site. The last straw was when it was sacked by a Welsh privateer (think Captain Morgan) in 1671 and destroyed.



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Old 04-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #223
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Gatun Lake and the Atlantic Coast

Today we started with a trip to the Tocumen airport and a visit to Girag Shipping. We arranged to bring the bikes back on May 1 for storage until the end of September when we will come back to arrange the shipping to Bogotá. Details to follow! That done we decided to go Coast to Coast and rode over to the Locks at Gatun lake and then on to the ruins of the Spanish Fortress at San Lorenzo.



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After a long somewhat rainy drive we arrived at the Gatun locks when a large tanker was in transit.



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We sat along the shore and had a lunch break while the tugs guided several ships to the canal locks.



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What is really cool here is once the doors are closed and the vessel is raised in the lock you can drive across the canal towards the Atlantic.



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Nearby are the coast and the Shelter Bay Marina. There is a USA military presence here and several Black Hawk helicopters. There is what looks like the ruins of a base too.



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You get a great view of Colon docks from here.



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Next we headed towards San Lorenzo and suddenly the road was just completely gone. There was a divisio of course.



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In 1502, Christopher Columbus discovered the Chagres River. Spain built Fort San Lorenzo at the river's mouth from 1587 to 1599. In 1670, Henry Morgan attacked the fort left it in ruins. He invaded and destroyed Panama City the following year. As we all know he went on to make great spiced rum....



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Old 04-22-2013, 03:56 PM   #224
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To the Darien

Now for some real adventure we headed south of Panama City towards the Darien.



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This is a place with many of the indigenous Kuna people.




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This is why there is a beautiful road to “nowhere”. Where the pavement ends is where the deforestation begins.



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Headed back to “civilization”.



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Old 04-23-2013, 06:41 AM   #225
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Road to Bocas del Toro

We were meeting friends in Bocas del Toro in a few days time and decided to drive back instead of flying with them. Getting out of Panama City in the traffic took almost an hour. It was really funny when we were headed north and stopped for a light the taxi beside me asked me "if we were going to Ushuaia?" I said yes we are. His reply was You know it's on the other direction don't you?!"

The F800 was having some issues with the bike dying at speed on the way back from the Darien ride. We stopped at BMW to get a fuel pump electronic controller., which they gave us a huge discount on too. Daniel installed this in Boquete so the problem was easily solved. The F650GS has the new version of the controller, which is sealed. This late start meant a nearly 490 km day in 39 degree heat that got us back to back to Boquete by 430.



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Leaving Boquete we headed up over the mountains to the North Atlantic Coast of Panama at Almirante. This is another dodgy port town like port town almost everywhere. The ride up is stunning and despite the wet road we had very little rain. Daniel was lucky and saw a large black panther. We were stuck behind a herd of cattle and we were unsure of cow etiquette eventually we honked and drove and made our way thru. The few bulls in the crowd were a bit scary.



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