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DAY 84-86, Jan. 2-4, Bocas del Toro, Temp 25-27C Rain off and on, (100/11,515km)
Got my camera going again so back in the world of video and photography. Off to the not so travelled border Sixaola in the Northeast corner of Panama that has a tough to navigate bridge well known to motorbikers.
It was a slow border crossing, not because it was that busy, but more the fact that they only have one person working each check in and out station so a border that normally sees 20 people per day and few trucks can get quite jammed up when there are 40 people crossing at the same time. About an 1.5hrs on the Costa side and then another 2 hrs on the Panama side. The bridge was super cool with a few tough spots where boards were missing, but manageable. Only crap thing was these kids who surrounded me at the bikes trying to get money off me and trying to get me to go for a cool swim in the river about 300m from the bikes. One kid would try for 10 minutes and then another would replace him. No way you could leave the bikes with these vultures around. BTW, thanks for doing the paperwork Guy.
|Bridge out of Puerto Viejo|
|Road to the border C4R6T2V7|
|Border line on Costa Rican side. |
The only guy working the desk was
working his phone pretty hard
texting in between border crossers
which slowed things up more.
|The scary border bridge which was quite fun in the end.|
|Success, at getting over the|
bridge that is.
|Great shot Guillaume, that's the river the kids wanted me|
to swim in.
|Dodgy kids trying to steal our shit|
Leaving the border we were lost for a bit and then after many requests for directions we finally got on the only road to Almirante. The hwy portion was fantastic C7R7T2V7/8. Arriving in Almirante we all thought "I hope the islands are nicer". Rough looking spot and we didn't love that we had to leave our bikes there then boat to the main Island Colon where Bocas del Toro is. I sent my GPS Spot location and forgot it on the mirror of my bike in the parking place. Worse case it would be gone and not such a bad case it would be there with dead batteries.
|This can't be the right road|
to Almirante / Bocas?
|Welcome to Panama|
|Made the last day boat for $4,|
after 6pm they cost $20 / person
|Niece to Manuel.|
Look him up and you'll know why
she's a bit wild.
|Cool kid, someday he'll be the Dj at Barco Hundido|
|Next to the Cemetery|
|Next to the Morgue|
|Sweet cop unit|
|What do you think about moving Guy?|
|Neighbouring dive shop to our|
Water Taxi owned by a Nova
Scotian. $30 per dive, but I didn't go.
|Fun ($7 return water taxi to Bocas)|
|Look at all the "Big" boats...|
|Actually remember seeing this|
one in Auckland, NZ.
|Arriving we realized there would|
be no Taxi to the backpacker.
|Path to Red Frog Beach|
|Nice enough, but I had big|
expectations. The surf was quite
rough and the beach was not that
|Brad's version of Top Gun V-ball|
|Keep it alive man!|
|A good worldly team: Germany,|
Finland, Canada, Brazil
|"Give it to Guy, he'll eat it, Guy eats everything." A man|
that needs to eat every 2 hours as long as it's not carbs!
|The usual no internet in the rooms|
so I found myself in their expensive
|I saw this little fella climbing in to the|
kitchen around midnight. Yikes.
|The backpacker may not be liberal, but that doesn't|
stop the animals!
|Cruising back to the main land with|
waves crashing the sides of our
little water taxi.
|Rainy but not too slippery|
|Rain went away|
|One those crazy bicyclists|
|Me n Mark Eyking, Cape Breton MP|
|Small underdeveloped areas along the road side|
|In to the clouds, so cool|
|Very cool to see a dam up in the mountains|
|So excited I had to pee|
|Bit wet again|
|Looking at this as we made it over the mountain pass|
|How you doing Guy?|
|Indication of a bit more money in Panama than other|
Central American countries. Pedestrian overpasses
|This guy must loose a few|
|Good section of the PanAm|
|Bad section of the PanAm|
|I was surprised how poor the equipment at SCUBA Coiba|
was for the price. There are other shops if you can get in.
|Future boat captain|
|The island we left the snorkellers|
for the first 2 hours, great spot.
|I went for a snorkel in between dives and finally saw a|
sea turtle after all my dives to date with out seeing one.
|Lunch stop at Coiba|
|It's pretty nice|
|These vulture things remind me of|
|Playa El Estero|
|Speedy sand crabs|
|Great view, but food wasn't great|
and wasn't cheap
|Shot of Marty a surfer from |
Quebec and his kid playing in
the river mouth.
|Conor getting left behind by David|
and Guy, but that's cool as he
enjoys hanging in local hammocks.
|Panama showing signs of USA|
|$2 healthy lunch/ snack. Coconut|
and a Pineapple.
|Santiago and his road side shop|
He gave me some free bananas
for the road, thanks.
|Hard area of Panama next to Viejo|
|Awesome skyline in Panama City|
|Backpacker Inn where they steal|
shit in the parking lot
|Night out in club Prive. Me, Guy, Dan, David. $10 for 1 hr|
all you can drink. We did our best. Closing time 3am.
|I'm so ...|
|Guy and Ceveche at the Marisco|
del Mar Market
|Casco Viejo in the background|
|A seen from the movie "The Birds"|
|Our bikes lining Luna's Castle|
|Richard and Lupe's beautiful|
|Richard travelling the world|
|On their amazing roof top. Conor finally got to town.|
|Check out the gear shifter or should we be looking at the|
dude hiding behind the window?
|Wild paint jobs on yet another|
cool looking chicken bus
Dying of thirst, this could be the best coke I ever had