Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | September 24, 2008

We reach our turn-around point!

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A beautiful beach at Miramar, Panama.

From my book…”06/26- (Day 177) At Portobello. 6 AM temperature was 80 degrees. If we return to the states as late as December 18th (354 days), today would mark the 50% point, time-wise. Bruce and Maria went fishing. At 10 AM, Bud and I took the Bronco to further explore the remaining eastern coastline. We went 27 miles beyond Portobello and rather than try to describe the road conditions, I’ll simply say it took three hours to cover the distance in the Bronco! That’s averaging nine miles per hour in the four-wheel drive Bronco! We stopped at the village of Nombre de Dios (Name of God), founded in 1520. It was the primary shipping point for the gold to Spain until 1590, when the Spanish changed the trans-shipment point to Portobello. Then we drove through the small villages of Viente Frio, Palenque and Miramar (Look at the Ocean), with their beautiful sand beaches lined with palm trees. This was as far as we went. According to the locals, all that remained up the road were a couple of small, dusty villages and then the road just ends! Nowhere else to go! We had reached our final, extreme turn-around point! We are at an eastern point of longitude equivalent to being at Washington, D.C. We have driven the motorhomes 6,644 miles since our departure from Gila Bend, AZ on January 2nd. A nice happy two hours adjacent to our rigs. I used the occasion to break out a bottle of champagne to toast our successful achievement! Tomorrow we begin our trip back home. We still expect to cross back into the U.S. at Douglas, AZ, somewhere between November 1st and December 18th.”

All material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2008
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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