Always an Adventure
Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
36Trip End Feb 13, 2010
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We arrived to find an obnoxious women, Sylvia and a more abnoxious child in her arms. Nothing was as agreed to previous by phone and internet. It seems that piracy is still in fashon here in the Carribean. The time, boat, cost, destination, deposit all were different and not in our favor. I could write a book just about the last day but will be consise as we are not on a good connectin to the internet. We finally had an agreement and were to show up at 7:30 the next morning. We showed up as agreed to and were immediatly told by Captain Harv, a Frenchman that he would not take the Canadians on board, that he was getting bad vibs from them and would not have them spoil the trip. He would take the two Americans but not the other two. He knew we would not seperate of course so we tried to please him to no avail. We came back to the Bambo Guest House where Caroline and her husband tried to get us another boat. We tried to get airline informatin but that took about two hours to finally get the bad news that Copa Cargo wasn't flying bikes anymore. Then the captain of the skiff that was to take the bikes to the Mettacommet showed up asking why we were not loading. After several hours we met with the captain Harv who agreed to take us. He couldn't just leave us stranded and he could not find another boat for us. The only time this guy tells the truth is when he stops talking.
So now we loaded the bikes one by one into the Panga with a local riding it in the small boat to keep it upright. Three hours later the bikes were aboard the Mettacommet and strapped to the outside rails. Most of our gear in on board and he has our $700 and passports. We sail tomorrow if three more bikes show up or on Monday if they dont.
We will visit the San Blas Islands (400) of them, with two days of discovering the islands and snorkling. We will visit the indigenous natives, the Kuna, who untill a few years ago still used coconuts as currency. Then the boat will take us two more days till yet another launch to the town of Turbo in Columbia. We plan on motoring from there to Cartagena.
We are allive healthy and happy to have this biggest of hurdles nearly behind us. Wish us luck!
We will not have any email or internet contact till Cartagena so don't worry about us till then. Those of you tracking us on the spot will know we are safe.....or otherwise.