to Panama City

There’s a lot on my mind as I head towards Panama City. Two things go through my head when I’m riding: the environment and the project, the rtw thing. More on this later when I unload what I’ve learned and not learned.

But out of Boca Chica

The roads are really dirty. Very very slippery on the Heidenaus when wet. Two things are needed to stay upright – good throttle control and balanced braking. The days of 1st World front wheel braking are a distant memory. Now it’s all about using both together well, all the time. This doesn’t take long – about 3 or 4 months, 1000’s of miles and a dozen or so near-death experiences…

Along the road I bump into my very first solo round-the-world rider, Henning from Denmark. He’s going the other way round and has come up from South America.

He’s on a radically modified 1150GS and like all the Euros has tons of gear

His journey so far on his pannier

And then a few minutes later an English couple roll up in a Landrover, Neill and Judy. They’ve been travelling with Henning for a while. They look English!

They’ve all been in the road for more than a year and a half and complain like crazy about South America and how hard it is. They loved Africa. Oh well. We’ll see.

I read Henning’s blog a bit and it seems while in Kenya he married a black girl called Fridah. He didn’t mention this.

We chatted for about an hour. I was eager to get going so cut short all the questions I had about what bothered them so much. I’ll find out for myself shortly anyway.

It was big ride into the City to no pics. Eddie met me on the outskirts of town, where I took a snap of a boat in the canal

A long day. Tired.

The track
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