With the odd exception the showers continued on a daily basis throughout our time in the UK, but we managed to see plenty of the kids and grand kids, including a 10 day trip to Scotland to visit Sarah, via the Lake District which was this years venue for the family camping weekend.
All to quickly the time came round to put the caravan back into storage, hand the car back over and fly back to Panama (this time on Air France as we could not face Iberia again).
The flight went well, as did the 8 hour bus trip the following day back up to David.
Day 3 saw us back at the Aduana (Customs) warehouse to pick up the cruiser, after the ususal performance (including a 2 mile walk in 40+ to get insurance, which I was told they sold at the office). After being left in an incredibly hot, very dust warehouse for almost 11 weeks the cruiser was grumpy to say the least, I reconnected the battery leads and instead of leaping into life as ususal it was coughing and spluttering and took 3 goes before it reluctantly came to life and was a full minute or so before all cylinders were firing. It was thick with dust and as I manouvred it out there were various scraping noises from the brakes!
So - first stop car was and then a few miles south to find a beach to camp on. The steering always feels odd as it is so light after driving other cars, but by the following day we were as one again and I even found a dirt road for it to play on.
We had a 3 day stop further down the coast just off the beach on top of a small hill on the edge of the rain forest, with regular visits from howler monkeys, who seemed just as interested in watching us as we were them and due to our position on the hill were pretty much directly in line with the monkeys in the trees.
Then it was back to Panama City, trailing round for a police check on the car and back to collect the papers from another location in the afternoon and then the following day to Colon to take the cruiser to the docks for loading into a container. This meant being at up at 05.00 to start at 08.00 and spend a very frustrating day chasing round the docks for various papers before finally getting to the loading point. Fortunately there were 8 of us (+2 kids) in 4 vehicles, including a couple of Argentinian lads, but even they struggled to understand what was going on. There were numerous different entrances where vehicles were being loaded but no names anywhere, we had visions of someone eventually agreeing to take our vehicles and never seeing them again.
But eventually found the right place and after the vehicles had been searched, sniffed and photo'd inside and out and downloaded on to the computer we got some paperwork confirming everything.The others returned to Panama City by bus for speed/cost), but we waited a couple of hours to take the scenic route via the Panama Canal Railway (established 1855).
We fly to Cartagena on Saturday and hopefully pick the cruiser up on Tuesday and then we will really be back on the road.
|A visit to the Cotswolds to see my cousin Richard and his monster motor bike a 2600cc special edition Triumph, with his gran daughter Olivia who loves to ride pillion|
|Frisby in the lake District with Covey the Spollie (Spaniel Collie cross)|
|Brannan in the water again, he has 6 pairs of wellies as he always goes in just a bit deeper than the wellies|
|As we walked through the countryside we past this typical Village Cricket Match and Kadi asked 'Why are all those men dressed up as sheep?'|
|Up to Scotland and the sun does not last long before a huge storm rolls in - so off to the pub!|
|We tackle 'The Cobbler' and fortunately the weather stayed good all day|
|Stop to pose for the cover of our new Album - The Dead Beats|
|Chris starts to lag behind|
|Not sure whos legs these were in front of Chris, but they didn't take her much further, she headed back soon after|
|Sarah and Vicky almost at the top|
|View through the rocks at the top of the cobbler|
|We reach the snow line|
|And then the top, sun might be shining but it was bloody cold up there|
|Sarah's birthday dinner after a hard walk|
|A famous small town in Scotland that I have forgotton the name of!|
|A highland calf (I had to get one scottish animal in)|
|A walk in the hills just a few miles north of Glasgow (another nice day)|
|After all the Myan ruins we had to add a picture of a scottish castle, Mugdock Castle dating back to 13th century|
|The bus from Panama City to David|
|Through the Rain Forest|
|The cruiser has a well deserved wash|
|While we tackle a monster fish|
|First night back on the beach|
|Then 3 nights on a hill|
|Surounded by inquisitive Howler monkeys|
|And relax at a bar on the beach|
|Cruiser at the docks waiting to go in its container|
|And back to Panama City on the Panama Canal Railway|