Friday, September 7, 2018

46d Transiting the Panama Canal

Not far further along are the Miraflores Locks. A fun setting, as the
visitor's centre has four balconies full of excited onlookers. Suddenly we
are the highlight of someone else's tour of the day. We waved to them, they
waved to us , we took pictures of them while they took pictures of us.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ... Oi Oi Oi , yes, Hutch on his microphone chanted
our cringeworthy war cry to the delight of the spectators. We were held up
in the last lock for quite some time, and it started to get quite dark as we
passed under the bridge of The America's, so it was only the lights of the
vast Panama City that we could see in the distance.
It would be an understatement to say that the Panama Canal is one of the
greatest engineering feats. Making that connection between the Atlantic and
Pacific came at a cost, not just in dollars and cents but in the human life
that was lost during its construction. So here is a cheer to those poor
souls whose sacrifice saved us nearly half the distance we would have had to
travel otherwise.
The sea days are starting to slow the step count down 1,052,040

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