“Pura Vida” is the unofficial motto of Costa Rica and the Tico’s use it to describe their lifestyle and way of life. However, after just a few days in Panama, the term “pure life” or “just life” seems to better describe the lifestyle in Panama more aptly than it does Costa Rica based on our experiences.
Our next destination was to be Coronado, a coastal town about 90mins before Panama City. Our aim was to get on the road early and arrive at our destination before being soaked by the afternoon deluge that we had witnessed for the past few days. The Pan-American Highway from David to Coronado was something that you would find in North America, a smooth, double lane highway for most of the way. There was only one stretch with bad potholes and it happened to be the section of road that was done in concrete as compared to asphalt. What stood out was the number of police officers with radar guns that we noticed immediately after a reduction in speed sign posting They were not targeting foreigners in particular and were stopping all drivers that were over the speed limit in that section. Whether a ticket was involved, I’m not sure, but it was a good sign nonetheless. It was a long riding day. We did a total of 383km, our second longest riding day since leaving home. The sun was out for most of the morning and we were just thankful that it did not rain on us. It was the first day in over a week that it hadn’t rained whilst riding. It was a good day.
A friend of mine from Vancouver (Meaghan) had offered us her family vacation home to stay at in Coronado. Her step-brother (Jeff) and his girlfriend (Tania) had decided to move to Panama for a year and graciously hosted us at their family home. It was an unbelievable experience spending the last few days with them and hearing about their past travel experience, their decision to come to Panama and their future travel plans. They are both an amazing couple that pretty much know what they want and are getting out there and living their dream. Jeff used to be a chef in Toronto and has turned to his other passion of writing and is now a screen-writer, author and director. He has worked on a couple of music videos and made a western movie that was released on DVD. He also bought a Suzuki GN125 as a little run-about bike while in Panama and wants to do a trip across eastern Canada. So we spent a lot of time talking about bikes and going over his bike. Tania is also an artist and is an interior designer and writer and writes for several online publications. We had an amazing few days with them and cannot thank them enough for their generosity and hospitality. Thanks Meg for hooking us up.
|It's tough at times|
|Tania & Jeff|
|Tania & Angela checking out possible tent spots|
New photos added to the Panama photo album.