Wow, that's a big drainage.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
"The length of the Panama Canal is approximately 51 miles. A trip along the canal from its Atlantic entrance would take you through a 7 mile dredged channel in Limón Bay. The canal then proceeds for a distance of 11.5 miles to the Gatun Locks. This series of three locks raise ships 26 meters to Gatun Lake. It continues south through a channel in Gatun Lake for 32 miles to Gamboa, where the Culebra Cut begins. This channel through the cut is 8 miles long and 150 meters wide. At the end of this cut are the locks at Pedro Miguel. The Pedro Miguel locks lower ships 9.4 meters to a lake which then takes you to the Miraflores Locks which lower ships 16 meters to sea level at the canals Pacific terminus in the bay of Panama."
We watch huge container ships take this man made shortcut between two different oceans. It takes on average about 24 hours, including waiting time, for a ship to go through the whole canal. I guess that's well spent time, as well as money, when you consider the alternative of rounding Cape Horn at the tip of the South American continent.
....The big night is here! Aaron, a carpenter turned author from Idaho, has invited the whole Voyager Hostel to his apartment down by the waterfront for a warm-up party (aka vorspiel in Norwegian.) The city views are truly impressive from his pad on the 16th floor
I wake up with a soar head, heading out for some food I notice that the newspapers date read January 2nd. Guess I kind of missed the first day of the year. Tomorrow Lisa, Ben, Steve and I will leave Panama City. We are heading off on what we hope will be a very exiting trip. It will take us 5-6 days to reach our destination. We'll be far away from Internet access, so it may take a while until you hear from me again and my latest adventure.
Oh, I almost forgot, ¡Feliz Año 2005!