The cruiser is parked in bonded storage and we are now in a Hotel in David (North Panama) and will be getting an air conditioned bus to Panama City tomorrow, 300 miles away. This is because it costs $1 per week day (apparantly they don't charge for weekends or holidays), it costs $10 per day in Panama City!
28,000 miles, 309 days (280 of them sleeping in the roof tent) and some traumatic border crossings
and we are ready to come home. It has been a superb phase 1 of the
trip, seen lots of amazing things, sat on some of the best beaches in
the world and made some good friends along the way.
met up with Mike and Shannon again in Boquete (Panama), had another day
out with them squashed into the back of the cruiser (with Shannon
sitting on the safe) and we are all staying in the same place in Panama
City before we fly to Spain and they take a sail boat (that takes motor
bikes) through the San Blas Islands to Columbia. We plan to catch up
with them in Argentina or Chile and we will all meet for Christmas in
Ushuia at the bottom of Argentina, with a few others we have met along the road.