Melia Panama Canal
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... sunny day.
From Colon I went by bus to the Gatun Locks. There I met Jannid from Costa Rica and Ronaldo from Guatemala. They also attested that the Panama Spanish is very special. So I am not the only one thinking it.
Afterwards, we went back to Panama and had a relaxed sunset at Amador Beach.
... to stop the ship running into the lock doors in front, which also requires some care, as the ship is pretty close to the maximum length allowed.
The mules run on rails beside the locks, with a central rack-and-pinion drive, and electric pickup bus on the inboard side, but they don't seem to have any restraining arrangement to stop the mules ending up in the canal if a rope jams, or a narrower ship steers too far and fast to one side. The mules ...
... from San Blas was the morning I met a local, very brightly dressed Kuna Tribe lady. She beckoned me towards her small, dilapidated shack from the other send of the beach. With a bit of apprehension I clambered over the leaning palm trees and made my way to the barren hut, it looked like it could fall down at any moment. Up close this local woman was even smaller than when I first saw her. I wouldn’t hazard a guess at her age, at best I would say she wasn’t far ...
... including visitor's center, movie showing how the canal was built, and a great restaurant overlooking the locks. All the tables were reserved, but because we were early they let us sit outside on the balcony and have lunch (just so we were done by 2 p.m.) 30 - 40 ships go through the canal every 24 hours, unfortunately we didn't see any while we were eating.
We drove on to Colon to catch ...
... 12 forward, which was crowded with people. Then the helipad down below in the very front of the ship was opened up, so I watched the second lock from that much better vantage point, taking a break between to eat my first breakfast.
It’s a slow process to get through the locks. Eight “mules” are attached to the ship with ropes. These trams travel along tracks alongside the locks to help pull the vessel and keep it properly aligned. The locks are quite narrow ...
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