Showing posts from April, 2010

Yaviza, Panama and Homeward Bound

Day 44 to Day 49 Wednesday, April 21st to Monday, April 26th, 2010 Panama City to Yaviza to Meteti Meteti to Panama City Causeway Panama City Causeway to Guadalupe, Panama Highlands Guadalupe to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Playa Hermosa to San Jorge, Nicaragua San Jorge to Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua Lago Bayano on the way to Yaviza The rains seem to have come early and I'm planning on riding early in the morning to get to whatever destination ahead of the daily afternoon deluges. The ride down to Yaviza is along a very good paved road along farms and deforested former jungle. It did not feel very wild like I was expecting. There was about a total of 200 metres of dirt/gravel in construction zones and everything else was paved. After one immigration check and 2 military checkpoints I was in Meteti, the last town before heading to Yaviza at the end of the road. The checkpoints were all routine, with the usual "where are you going?", "where are you from?", "how lon

The "Law" Got Me in The End - San Juan Del Sur, Panama City, Panama

Day 37 to Day 43 Wednesday, April 14th to Tuesday, April 20th Las Penitas to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua San Juan Del Sur to Arenal, Costa Rica Arenal Day Arenal to San Vito, Costa Rica San Vito to Panama City, Panama Two Panama City days Darn those corrupt cops!!! OK, Yesterday I had a kind middle aged gentleman on some tiny old motorbike lead me out of Leon to make sure I found the road to Las Penitas. Today and the next day are going to be my worst days of the trip so far. Don't get me wrong, the trip is absolutely fantastic. But I suppose negative things have to happen so we can realize how good life really is. Compared to what's happened to a few others this is nothing, but a bit infuriating nonetheless. Las Penitas, Nicaragua So there I was minding my own business and safely riding down the road about an hour north of the Costa Rica border. I had been pulled over by the National Police earlier for a passport and import permit check for my bike. All routine stuff. The spee