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... up in the bay and every one of them was lit up like a Christmas tree. As you would guess, customs and quarantine was long and arduous, but it is worth it. Outside it was 30 degrees, with a slight breeze and we met our driver, Louis, who drove us to our B&B. Another adventure has begun. Panama is gorgeous. The fly in was breathtaking. Mountain ranges, rivers, two oceans, canals and hundreds of boats. Wow. 30 degrees ...
... are no factories, the whole economy revolves around the Panama Canal and the movement of cargo. The airport is 6km out of the city. The canal was built by the U.S., but in 1999 total control was handed to Panama.
The Spanish were the first to come here and now there is a real mixture of African Americans, native indigenous, Latin Americans etc. Panama still has 7 indigenous tribes, some of who occupy high positions.
We are going into the Colonial City which houses ...
According to what I had read, the canal can handle ships with up to 4800 containers and when the new expansion is completed, they will be able to handle ships with 12,000 containers. Incredible! One of the ships was carrying 6000 cars!
I know little about engineering, but I found it fascinating to watch these massive vessels being guided by expert pilots and robots, watching the water being pumped out of the locks, the ships lowered and then ...
... about places. The difference between high tide and low tide is about 400 feet or more. When the tide is out, the walk out to the water is long and during high tide the sand disappears completely and the water splashes up against the sea wall making it impossible to get anywhere by the beach. In fact, at high tide one particular hotel is completely cut off. The tides change quickly - so beware the rising tide (cue the howling wind).
Since all the hotels ...
... bikes, pouring with rain, cruising around Panama City, head to the inner city jungle, carry our bikes over bridges, giant rat looking animals, Loz's chain broken, Luke to the rescue, cut hand, ride back through the old town, shanty town, ghetto like, red brick pavement, soaked, drop the bikes back, sun comes out, walk around the old town, visit a church, walking the streets, back to the hotel for a nap, ...