The fact that we have internet access must say something already.
We awoke to some nice warm weather for a change this morning and had high hope for the day to come as the sun poked through the cloud cover. We got our bikes packed and hit the Pan-American Hwy towards the Darien. Our friends Naomi and Alberto needed to go to the bank and change some money so we arranged to meet them at the boat pick-up point. We took the toll road out of Panama City towards the airport and beyond. About an hour into the ride, it started to rain and didn’t look good in the distance.
As usual, we pull over to the side of the road, put our rain gear on and continue, but only for another few minutes till we get to a police blockade. There are a few police officers milling around and several people out of their vehicles looking distressed. I check with the one officer and he says that the road to Carti has been closed for a day and he isn’t letting anyone through. In the mean time, he takes down the license of other drivers and lets them pass. Apparently these people are going to towns before out turn-off and the road is fine till then. I ask a few people standing around when they think the road will re-open and they all shrug their shoulders. This isn’t looking good.
|Stopped in our tracks|
|Some meaning looking Police|
|Angela, Jose & Naomi|
About an hour ago, we received an email from Fritz (the Captain) letting us know that we should meet at the same point tomorrow and the road was re-opened this afternoon, probably a few hours after we turned around and headed back. Damn! We will try again tomorrow.