Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | September 17, 2008

The Bridge of the Americas

The Bridge of the Americas as seen from the Balboa Yacht Club

The above photo shows the approach to the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean.

From my book…”On the road at 9 AM. We drove to Panama City, population about 450,000, and the first European settlement in the Pacific, founded in 1519. Peruvian Gold passed through here, destined for Portobello and Nombre de Dios (shipping ports on the Caribbean which we will visit in seven to ten days). There it was loaded on ships, and sent to Spain. On this morning’s drive, we crossed the Puente de Las Americas (Bridge of the Americas), and on our left could see the entrance to the Panama Canal. This bridge is high enough for ships entering the canal to pass beneath. According to our guide book, the Panama Canal is now considered to be the boundary between North and South America, so I guess we are now officially in South America. We found a temporary parking place just off of the Inter-American Highway, and then Bud and I took the Bronco to find a better place to park our rigs. While driving around, we were impressed with how clean everything is, and both of us thought it looks a little like San Diego, CA. We found parking in a Convention Center parking lot.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
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