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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dwj - Donnie, Apr 5, 2013.
This might be Panama! :huh
Yes, it is Panama!
The Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal!
It did not look all that impressive when you look at them, but of course the impact to world trade is immense!
A work boat comes in one end.
The water starts going down.
And then it goes out of the other end.
There are between 3 and 5 locks on the Panama Canal route. The total change in water from the Pacific to the Atlantic is 75 feet. The largest ships pay over $400,000 US to pass through! :eek1
The smallest sailboat only pay a few hundred dollars to cross.
BTW, there was a four foot alligator or crocodile in the lock above.
Headed to the Darrien Straight.
In case some of y'all don't know what the Darrien straight is, it is the strip of land about 90 miles wide between panama and Columbia. It is extremely difficult terrain that has been dominated first by Columbian Drug Lords and later and to this day by anti-government groups. The anti government groups and the Columbian government have been in Peace talks recently, but I have no idea about the out come.
I saw a documentary a couple years ago where a group of five to seven people crossed the Darrien Straight with a Jeep of some sort. It took 365 days! The jeep had to be literally winched up and down the mountains. Of course there is the danger factor. The anti government groups like to kidnap people and hold them for ransom.
This is the end of the road! Well actually I have read there are a few dirt roads on the other side, but they don't want you there!
Because of the Darrien Straight, it is necessary to either fly your moto from Panama City to Columbia or use a sailboat, either way cost about $1,200 and that is one way!
How do you like these houses?
I had to replace some rivets in my muffler.
I had some rivets with me, but a local mechanic let me use his rivet tool.
Sorry for the delay in posting, I have been very busy and forgot about posting pictures! :eek1