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Ought Six's Excellent Panama Adventure -- Day Seven

Posted 05-16-2011 at 02:16 AM by Ought Six

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 – Run for the border, then on to the beach

Today is my 55th birthday; from middle-aged to old fart. I wanted to bring home some good coffee, but everyone agrees that Costa Rican coffee is much better than Panamanian coffee. To get the good brand, Cafe Volio, you have to go to the border free trade zone at Paso Canoes.

On the way down the hill, a new Nissan pickup truck came right up on my ass. I thought, 'okay, so you want to play....'. I...
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Ought Six's Excellent Panama Adventure -- Day Six

Posted 05-16-2011 at 02:10 AM by Ought Six

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 – Hiking in the cloud forest

Jorge and Viki had gone off somewhere, so I went down the street to the Cafe Volcan and got a great breakfast, again for three dollars. The homemade strawberry preserves for the toast were the best I have ever had, and that is saying something. Then I was off for a hike. I went up to a park up in the hills where there is a trailhead. I started up into the forest, and was immediately struck by how lush and damp it was. I was kinda...
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Ought Six's Excellent Panama Adventure -- Day Five

Posted 05-16-2011 at 02:03 AM by Ought Six

Monday, 9 May 2011 – Checking out Boquete

I got up, went down and had breakfast in the restaurant. Eggs, bacon and fried plantains for $3. I then took the drive over to Boquete. I had heard it was no longer as nice as it once was. A lot of North Americans had moved in and tried to make it like it was back home. Lots of development had turned it into a bit of a tourist town, and land prices have gotten really high there (by local standards). But I wanted to see it for myself,...
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Ought Six's Excellent Panama Adventure -- Day Four

Posted 05-16-2011 at 02:00 AM by Ought Six
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Sunday, 8 May 2011 – The long drive to Volcan

I got an early start, worked out, showered, packed, reluctantly checked out of the Gamboa Resort, and hit the road. I passed on their $18 breakfast buffet, and instead stopped at the same Kotawa Coffee place again. I headed out on the Panamerican Highway headed west for the seven hour drive ahead of me.

The little Kia I rented was amazing. I drove it at 130 kph on the straight portions, and got it up to 140 kph for a...
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Ought Six's Excellent Panama Adventure -- Day Three

Posted 05-16-2011 at 01:57 AM by Ought Six
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Saturday, 7 May 2011 – The Gamboa Rainforest

I woke up early, checked out of my crappy hotel, and hit the road, headed for the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. I stopped and got some coffee and empanadas (meat-filled turnovers) at a Kotawa Coffee, the local version of Starbucks (though they have those, too). It was pretty mediocre, about like Starbucks.

The drive to Gamboa was really beautiful. Gamboa is an old American settlement at the south end of Lake Gatun, a reservoir...
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