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The day my bike flew to Colombia…

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | Comments Off on The day my bike flew to Colombia…

[UPDATE: MOM corrected me: my bike and I flew to Colombia…I corrected the heading. Thanks MOM!] January 28, 2010 Well today is an exciting day…my bike flies to Colombia! But first, many errands, which I HATE! 1. Go by Suzuki (ugh!) and pay them (ugh!) Turns out that Adolfo insisted to them when we got there that they change the gas in my moto. While Adolfo went out and bought me gas, the mechanic did an unbelievably thorough job of draining every last ounce of gas from my tank and carburetor. Yeah, it was painful to think of having to pay them for the (mis) service…and as it turned out, they gave me a bill for $26.50. Did I ask if that was just for draining the tank or for the labor of the previous day? Nope! I gaave...

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New Chain and Sprockets in Pamana

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | Comments Off on New Chain and Sprockets in Pamana

January 27, 2010 I follow Adolfo out of the Miraflores Locks (good-bye Panama Canal!) As we are leaving he tells me that before he retired he built one of the huge smokestacks for the powerful generators there at the Canal. He rides that heavy Goldwing like a moped! i can hardly keep up! First he brings me to the UPS shop where I collect my tires. Sadly, my Corbin seat has not arrived, so I will have to continue to suffer on the rock hard stock seat that comes with my model Suzuki. I look like a gnarly adventuress, eh? ha! I just realized that you can see the old tread of 8000+ miles on my used MEFO tires, and see how crisp the new tread is on the new MEFOs. Well, I have to tell you my afternoon...

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My five minute visit to the Panama Canal

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | 2 comments

January 27, 2010 For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the Panama Canal. It is one of the modern world’s true feats of engineering, and I just could not bear to leave Panama without seeing it. So I pushed back my appointment at the Suzuki dealer and decided to squeeze in an hour and a half visit of the Panama Canal. Better than nothing I figured. 8:50 So I packed up the bike, said my good-byes at the hostal, and left. Well, almost left. Cough, sputter, no spark, nothing. Bike would not start. Not even with the “choke” trick from yesterday (even though it was 912 degrees). Must be the bad gas we got in the Darien. GRRR! 9:00 Ok, I got off the bike, took my motorcycle clothes off, gave the bike (and...

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Igor’s Darien Pictures

Posted by on Feb 7, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | 1 comment

January 26, 2010 [A huge THANK YOU to my friend Igor who was a great travel companion into the Darien AND shared his photos with me.] Finally, some pics of ME! (one of the hazards of traveling alone: precious few pics of yourself!) Photo Credits: Igor Oops…caught me! Igor has a travel blog of his own on ADVrider.com. He is a great photographer. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=526389 Thanks Igor!!! Please follow and like...

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Into the Darien

Posted by on Feb 7, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | 2 comments

January 25, 2010 Last night Igor Skyped me to see where I was at (we’d met in Honduras New Year’s Day and rode together with Mario). Turned out he was already in Panama City, and was wondering if I was close by. He wanted to ride into the Darien and thought it might be better if two of us went toegther. I had a very long and boring day in the saddle crossing Panama in one day, but I finally arrived in Panama City after crossing the Bridge of the Americas (over  … the … PANAMA CANAL!!!) THE DARIEN I am going to quote from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dari%C3%A9n_Gap ”  The Darién Gap is a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest separating Panama (Central America) and Colombia (South America). It measures just over 160 km (99 mi) long and about 50 km (31 mi)...

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Entering Panama

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Panama | Comments Off on Entering Panama

January 23, 2010 I got an early start, but not too early since I’d been advised the border offices did not open until 8:30 am. The Costa Rican side was a breeze…here is my bike at the Panamanian side… It was a little confusing…like usual. When I finally finished my paperwork and went back to the bike, I could not find my keys…drat! I went through every pocket 5 times…and the worst part is that I REMEMBERED telling myself I was going  to lose my keys if I did not put them in my pocket…and I remember utting them into my pocket. Was I pickpocketed? No, I still had my SPOT, camera and wallet. HARuMPH! Well luckily I brught an extra set of keys along with me…and luckily I had the foresight to put a spare key to my...

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