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    Day 1.054 – A Brutal Heat & A Cool Aussie (UK)

    W of Tolé -> David (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 96
    Time on bike : 5h 09m
    Brutto time: 07.15 – 14.45
    Avg : 18.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 83.6
    Total (km) : 42.520
    Altitude: 30 m
    Difficulty: 3 of 5

    Front yard camping at Ernesto in western Panama...

    I’ve only been awake for 90 minutes since I got off the bike last night, when – at 07.15 this morning – I say (or rather try to sign language communicate) goodbye to Ernesto, the kind campesino. Am sweaty all-over, crotch sore. Will spare you the details of the state of my bum…

    Lucky Luke in Panama...

    It’s another brutally hot day in western Panama…

    It was to be another superhot day cycling in the Panamanian, tropical lowlands...

    Tune of the Day: Come Inside – The Chemical Brothers

    Pork and beans straight from the can - a different brekkie!

    Am focused, concentrated, and professional again today. Conveniently enough, my thoughts and legs all want the same thing: Progress! And moving toward my Danish friend who’ll arrive in a few days in San José, Costa Rica – and finding internet in the town of Davíd for the first time since I left Cartagena, Colombia some 9 days ago…

    My way

    Smooth and uncomplicated cycling in western Panama...

    Countryside, Panama.

    In Davíd, I check into the Purple Hostal (yep, all is purple apart from the dog which is just rude!) and run into Claire, a really cool fellow-cyclist from Western Australia. Naturally, there are lots of good anecdotes from the roads to share (in a neon-lit, forlorn – but otherwise tasty – Chinese restaurant, of all places. Taste we do have) and it feels great to meet a like-minded after the mad cycling days lately…

    Unfortunately, we’re going in different directions on our bikes, but I do take a mental note of Claire’s plans about cycling around Australia in the future…

    Aussie Claire and I in a Chinese restaurant in Davíd, Panama...

    On this day..

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