Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
35Trip End Sep 03, 2008
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Riding over the Puente de las Americas was a breath taking moment and when we saw the high-rise skyscrapers of Panama City we started celebrating in the helmets! Wow, we were able to ride over that bridge overlooking the Caribbean Ocean on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other! Mind-blowing really!
I love Panama City
We "rented" a taxi for the day and our cabdriver took us all over town, we were able to see so much and I am so grateful for the opportunity. We saw everything from the amazing Panama Canal to the extremely poor projects, the colonial old town and the more commercialized restaurant areas.
Seeing the Panama canal and watching two HUGE ships go though the locks were an unforgettable experience. The Panamanian government has really put money into making it a tourist attraction but it's great. We learned a lot about the construction of the canal through the movies they showed, as well as through their 4 story museum!!
Ok, Jess here...and all I can say is...Heeeeaaalll Yeah! We made it!! Was there ever a doubt???..uhh...yeah, big time...the Road of Bones for example, washouts, mudslides, accidents, chickens, cows, goats, our experiences in Culiacan, and food poisoning in Playa Azul...but nevertheless, we made it here!, safe and sound
Well, the roads from the border to Panama city are great, a refreshing change from Costa Rica, so much so...I got a speeding ticket!! The motorcycle cop was hidden in the bushes with a radar gun (common technique used in Hazard County) and jumped out into the middle of the road with his hands in the air, waving me down. I though to myself, great, we're going to have to bribe the guy on the spot or he's going to take my license away...so I decided to play hardball a bit, pretending I spoke no Spanish and asking the cop for his name and badge number before I handed over my license...he got pretty pissed off and demanded my license...I gave him my AAA Int'l cheapie license, and then he showed me his name tag. As he wrote up my speeding ticket, I walked over to his bike and wrote down the license plate number and scribbled some other stuff down, as if I were writing him a ticket!...Malin was sitting on the back of my bike and thought that I was being an idiot (she's usually right). Anyhow, he gave me back my license, gave me the ticket and told me to get out of there...I asked where do I pay the ticket, and he just told me to leave and started pointing his radar gun at other cars....so I guess I have nice free souvenir now!
Ok, crossing the bridge was pretty emotional...first off, it was like, hell yeah!!!..we made it!...but before we were completely over the bridge, the next emotion set in, and it was...oh crap!!!...we're a long way from Kansas, aren't we Todo (Malin)??!!!...and now we have to come back home! It was almost an amnesia-type experience where our past 7 weeks didn't matter...now our new mission, if we choose to accept it, is to get back home!!!...ooooh, country road, West Virginia, Mountain Mama, take us home, where we belong!!!
I'm going to keep this part short, but Malin and I have been fortunate enough to have lived and traveled the globe quite a bit (albeit by airplane, and laterally, i.e. Europe), but I've always wondered what lies beneath us??...my few jaunts into Baja always required a fairly quick return...but now we finally have had the unbridled opportunity to continue to venture south...to really find out what lies beneath us...and after all of the miles and 150+ hours of time on the Moto de las Americas (the bike), I can say that we truly KNOW what lies beneath...and it's all beautiful!!
Also I'd like to say that we appreciate all of your comments!!
Anyhow, it's way past our bedtime,...but thank you all, God bless, and tomorrow, we begin our journey back towards home... and back to you guys!