Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Central America 2001-2002

Weeks 1-3

Pre Travel Article
Guatemala to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. 11-01-2001.

Flying down to Guatemala November 1st to start the next section of my walk around the world. So far I have walked across the USA(2473 miles), Europe(3077 miles), and Mexico(1624 miles) for a total of 7174 miles. Still have another 20,000 to 30,000 miles to go over the next 10 years across Central and South America, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Antarctica.

I write a weekly article about my walk and post it on my web site, (www.walkingman.org) and email it to friends and family. I also have a backup web site at (www.geocities.com/misterboz/walknman/gary.htm).

Just a couple more months working here at Wahweap Lodge, Glen Canyon National Monument, Arizona. Heading back east to visit family and friends in Virginia and New York for a couple weeks.

Flying into Guatemala where I stopped my walk last year. Had almost all my clothes, camera, computer, and spanish book stolen while I was asleep. Ended up taking the bus to Guatemala City and flying out 3 hours before a big earthquake hit 50 miles south in El Salvador. I will be walking south on the Pan-American highway through El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Looks like about 1500 miles, at 25 MPD, it should take about 2 months to Panama City. If I make it and am still feeling healthy and enjoying myself, I will fly to Cartagena, Columbia to start walking across South America. The road does not go through the Darien Gap wilderness area. I have read of a couple people that have hiked it, but very dangerous with narco-traffickers and rebels. About 6000 miles south to Tierra del Fuego, at 25 mpd, it will take about 8 months. So I will have to break it up in to 2 or 3 sections. I will walk as far as I can this winter, until I run into trouble, or I decide I need a break.

I have a Pocketmail computer( www.pocketmail.com) that I can send and receive email with from any pay phone. Looking forward to hearing from anybody that has questions or comments on my walk. Usually I answer everybody within a day or two, but I had problems with the phones in Guatemala, so it might take longer to reply depending on phone availability.

I will be pushing a 3 wheel baby jogger(www.runaboutstrollers.com) with all my gear in a Rubbermaid plastic foot locker and a 5 gallon white plastic bucket. Tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, camera, computer, flashlight, and toilietries. Usually between 60 and 100 pounds.

Last year I used Teva Circuit walking sandals to walk across Mexico. I wrote the Teva Company to let them know how well they worked out for me. I recently visited the Teva Headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona and they gave me a free pair of Teva Circuit walking sandals and Teva North Rim hiking boots. I am looking in to putting a Teva banner ad/link to the Teva site on my web site.

I walk everyday about 25 miles from sunrise to sunset, and pitch my tent on the roadside hidden behind some bushes or trees. It always feels good to lay back in my tent and watch the stars and listen to BBC or Voice of America on my Grundig short wave radio.

Everyday I stop for a big breakfast of eggs, beans, tortillas, and coffee at a small roadside cafe. I also eat lots of fruit, yogurt, bread, cookies, and bottled water.

Still working on improving my Spanish by listening to tapes. Learned enough last winter to get by. The most common question was que vende, a lot of people thought I was selling something out of my baby jogger.

My weekly articles should start in early November, you can read them at my web site(www.walkingman.org) or email me, and I will add you to my address list and email them every week. Keep on walking.

Ready, Set, Go!

Howdy,

I am flying to Guatemala in 5 days (November 1st) to continue my walk through Central and South America. I wanted to explain a few things about emailing me to make it easier. I am always happy to hear from anybody with questions or comments about my walk. Anybody that does not want my weekly articles about my world walk please reply with delete in the subject field and I will delete your address.

There are three ways you can email me. The best way is to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I try to check my email every day and reply within a day or two. In some rural areas I might not be able to find a phone for up to a week so be patient. If you go to my web site to see photos or read any of my world walk articles at www.walkingman.org you can click on email the walkingman at the bottom and it will be forwarded to my pocketmail computer. Please do not send any forwards of jokes, virus warnings, etc. my pocketmail computer only has enough memory for 4000 character forwards(about a 2 page letter, the same size as my weekly articles). It deletes attachments, photos and any text over 4000 characters.

I have to make a toll call back to the USA to down load my email and last year I got hit with a $800 phone bill when I got home from Mexico. MCI was supposed to charge me 50 cents a minute, but somehow the Mexican phone company tacked on $4 for every call. Please do not click on reply to my weekly article to email me. That will go to my Yahoo email account which I do not have access to when traveling. I forward my articles with my pocketmail computer to my yahoo account and my brother forwards them to everybody in my address list. He also forwards me any email that people send to me at Yahoo, but he is pretty busy with work and kids.

Hope to hear from anybody that enjoys my writings and wants to talk. Hope you all have a good winter. Vaya con Dios.


Guatemala City, Guatemala, to near La Libertad, El Salvador.

11-2-01 to 11-8-01, 156 miles, 22mpd, 7410 Total World Walk miles.

Feels real good to be back on the road walking again. Weather is great, 75 during the day, a little cooler at night. No problem flying down to Guatemala, the ticket agent did want to see if I had a credit card, since I did not have a return ticket. Camped in a picnic area right outside the airport, and headed south the next morning for Escunintla where I stopped my walk last year and hopped on a bus to Guatemala City. Beautiful full moon and lots of stars to watch while I fell asleep. Caught a awesome sunrise as it came up right out of the cone of a smoking Volcano de Pacaya just south of the city.

Wearing my white sheet sun poncho every day as it is quite sunny and hot. Stopping to soak in cool streams as often as possible. Sunday I stopped at a nice picnic area with stream, people singing hymns, preacher, people being baptized in stream, and a nice bus driver asked me to join his family for a lunch of OJ, steak, beans, and tortillas. He said that he worked in NYC to save up for a school bus to drive between Guatemala City and the out lying areas as a business.

My body is holding up fine, only one small blister that I popped and covered with mole skin. One day I forgot to put my sheet on early enough and got too much sun. A little sun stroke that evening, headache, high temperature. I took 2 aspirin and soaked my head with a wet wash cloth to feel better by midnight.

One night I felt something crawling all over me. My flashlight revealed ants had invaded my tent. Luckily they were not biters, I was able to kill them all, and patch up the holes the next day. Only seeing a few mosquitoes when I set up my tent, the wet summer rainy season is over.

Lots of sugar cane fields, corn, and coffee was in the hills. Stopping for breakfast in a small cafe, and I usually stop for a coconut or melon for lunch.

Quite a few people have been stopping to talk and ask questions. One guy biked along side of me for about 30 minutes trading spanish phrases for english phrases. I need all the help I can get learning more spanish. A lot of people still ask me que vende, and the kids want to beep my yellow horn. Every once in a while i see an ox cart loaded with sugar cane. Big 5 foot high wooden wheels, and 2 oxen plodding along at about 2 MPH.

I crossed over into El Salvador at the border town of La Hachadura. On route CA-2 now, which goes southeast along the coast. Near Honduras I will cut inland and pick up CA-1 the Pan-American Highway all the way to Panama City hopefully.

From near La Libertad, El Salvador to near El Amitilo, Honduras.

11-9-01 to 11-15-01, 161 miles, 23mpd, 7571 Total World Walk miles.

Feeling stronger and more confident now. I usually start a new journey with a few butterflies in my stomach. Not whether I will succeed or fail, but whether I will have the courage to try and keep on trying untill I can go no farther. My body feels a little stronger every day. Usually I pick up the pace in the late afternoon as it cools down. Once I ran next to two kids on a bicycle for about 100 yards.

My Teva Circuit Walking Sandals feel great, very cool and comfy. I also have some Teva North Rim Hiking Boots that the Teva company gave me. Sturdy and comfy, but I only wear them when it is cold or rainy. I am using Udderly Smooth brand udder cream on my feet to keep them blister and callus free.

Eric Mitchell, a friend of mine from Page, Arizona has updated my web site (www.walkingman.org) with the new articles. You can read all my previous articles and see photos there. My ability to email has been spotty, hard to find a good phone with a clear line to down load, read, and reply to my email. Be patient and I will reply to all email ASAP.

I was walking along the coast road CA-2 for the last week. Brand new road with smooth surface and wide shoulder that the locals use to dry their corn on. Just cut inland on CA-1 the Pan-American Highway, which is in terrible condition. No shoulder and more patches than road. Crossing into Honduras friday hopefully. Lots of roadside local produce stands where I can buy coconuts, water melons, cantaloupes, papayas, and bananas. I also stop a bicycle or hand cart vendor for a slushee once or twice a day. Shaved ice, honey, flavored syrup, goes down real nice on a hot day. !

One stand I passed was selling fresh fish. One of the lady vendors followed me down a dirt road I turned in to look for a camping spot. She warned me it was dangerous place to camp, and offered her yard to camp in. Back to the fish stall where she packed up her bins. Surrounded by all the other vendors asking me questions about what I was doing. I can usually impart quite a bit of info in my basic spanish. Luckily one girl had grown up in Texas and translated for me. All the ladies wanted to know if I was single and if I would marry one of them and take them to the USA. I told them they would have to walk 25 miles a day to Panama with me first. No takers. I set up my tent in her front yard, with 10 kids watching and peeking in my tent as I brushed my teeth. Dogs barking, pigs squealing, *bleep*s crowing (they usually start at 2am, not sunrise). Man started chopping wood at 2am, ladies up at 3am cooking and cleaning fish. Early risers in the fish business I guess. I usually prefer to camp in the bush or woods, a lot quieter usually.

Just about every man I pass walking or biking has a machete with him. They are always cutting wood, grass, and sugar cane. I see lots of bikes and hand carts with a huge load of firewood heading in to town to sell.

One teenage girl biked alongside, and then walked with me for about an hour asking questions. At first I thought she wanted to come with me, but then she asked me to come to her home to meet her mother. I really have to study spanish harder so I can better understand the locals and their intentions. Everybody has been nice so far, no problems. Well, next week I am headed into Honduras and Nicaragua on CA-1.

From near El Amitilo, El Salvador to near Esteli, Nicaragua.

11-16-01 to 11-22-01, 166 miles, 24 mpd, 7737 Total World Walk miles.

As soon as I crossed into Honduras it clouded over and got cooler. Welcome relief from the heat. Climbed up into the hills east of Choluteca where it got even cooler up at 2000 to 4000 feet elevation. Had to put on long pants, extra shirt, and wool gloves one morning for the first 2 hours until it warmed up. Maybe 50 or 55 degrees, but I could see my breath, and one guy I saw had on a winter jacket with fur lined collar.

I missed the Leonid Meteor shower on the 18th because it was cloudy all night. Met 2 Pan-Am bicyclists that started at Prudoe Bay, Alaska in June, and are headed for the tip of South America by May. They had full panniers and were towing BOB's (Beast of Burden trailers). Their web site is www.bikeamericas.schoolaccess.net

Played tortoise and hare with 3 ox carts. Only this time I was the hare. They passed me when I was taking a shade break. I caught up soon and passed them. Took another break to wash and cool off at a well, then a cold soda break. They were plodding along at 2 mph, to my 3.5 mph. I almost caught up the last time when they turned off at their farm. Slow and steady wins the race usually.

Camped in a soccer field in the middle of a small village one night. About 50 kids came over and surrounded me. They watched and asked questions as I set up my tent. Every village has one, and they seem to be common property that anyone can use. Chickens pecking, pigs snuffing, horses and cattle grazing. I got in my tent and brushed my teeth and listened to BBC world news as about 15 kids watched me through the mosquito netting of my tent. I do not think they had ever seen a tent or American camping on their soccer field.

Quite a few pottery stands by the road. Big round brick and mud ovens in the yard to fire the pottery in.

Crossed into Nicaragua at El Espino with no problem. Road started out dirt, but it was under construction, and turned brand new 3 miles later. Big wide smooth road all the way through Nicaragua so far.

Nicaragua Congressman Carlos Gadea Aviles stopped to talk and ask questions. He gave me his phone number and said to call if I had any problems while in Nicaragua. Usually like to solve my own problems, but it never hurts to have somebody in high places just in case.

Seeing rice fields, corn, big tobacco drying barns, cattle, and some banana warehouses. Everybody nice so far, no problems.

Been having better luck in Nicaragua with down loading and sending email over the telephone. I was finally able to read and reply to all my email. Thanks to everybody that has been e-mailing me. Always happy to hear from anybody interested in my walk.

Seeing lots of school kids in their white shirts, blue skirts for girls, and blue pants for boys. They often come over to stare, laugh, or ask questions.

I gave several talks to classes in Newfane, Starpoint, Lockport, and Barker, New York. Been getting a few email questions from students. One question from Halley Dimon, a Newfane, New York 3rd grader: When will you return home, and how long will your walk take? My World Walk could take me another 10 to 15 years if I keep on working half of the year and walking another section of the world during my off time. I estimate I will arrive in Panama City around early January 2002. I might stop my walk there and return home if I decide I am tired and need a break. Or I might decide to fly to Cartegena, Columbia and walk South America for another month or two.

I am headed south on CA-1 for Managua and Costa Rica.

Weeks 4-6

From near Estili, Nicaragua to Near Rivas, Nicaragua.
11-23 to 11-29, 160 miles, 23mpd, 7897 Total World Walk miles.

I stopped in Managua for a day to visit Brian and Heloisa, friends of a friend. Got into town just as it was getting dark and starting to rain. Unable to find the house, so I took a taxi for about 3 miles. Taxi driver had to call for more info on how to locate the house. Walked around town the next day and with city map I was able to locate where I missed my turn.

Saw a few old buildings, most were destroyed in the earthquake of 1988. Had a great shower, warm bed, home cooked meal, laundry, and nice talk with people familiar with the country. Stopped at an Internet cafe near the university and got online for the first time in a month.

Out of Managua and uphill for 11 miles to top of two volcano's. Nice cool breeze up on top, and I could see the Pacific Ocean off to the west.

Downhill now mostly to Costa Rica. Seeing sugar cane, corn, rice, coffee bushes, banana trees, and cattle. Saw a few locals by the road selling parrots. One small green one for 600 cordobas, $45 US, and a big red and yellow one with long tail. Saw a few kids holding up big lizards, not sure if they are for pets, or eating. One time while I was eating breakfast a kid came up with two big string of fish on his handle bars to sell the cook. Another time I saw a guy with 6 dead chickens tied to the back rack of his bike.

A couple truckers joined me for breakfast. One had 3 cervezas (beer) for 30 cordobas($2.30 US). I had huevos, arroz, frijoles, tortillas, queso, chilis, for 20 cordobas ($1.50 US). When they got up to leave there was a chicken pecking around inside a pickup whose door had been left open.

Just had the first rain for about 3 weeks, but got to see a nice rainbow. Been mostly hot, with some cool cloudy times, and always cools off at night. Still finding plenty of streams to cool off in. Once or twice a day I will hail a slushee or sorbet vendor on his bike or hand cart.

Outside a school one day when all the students came out for lunch break they walked along with me for about a half hour till they reached home. Started running for about 100 yard with 30 kids running alongside, like in the Forrest Gump movie.

Should cross into Costa Rica on December 1st - the richest and most peaceful country according to my guidebook. They never had a civil war or rebels. They even disbanded their army 50 years ago. The pan-am highway crosses the mountains at 10,000 feet, but I will take the coast road.

From near Rivas, Nicaragua to near Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

11-30-01 to 12-6-01, 161 miles, 23 mpd, 8058 Total World Walk miles.

Walking along Lake Nicaragua for 2 days. Two big volcanos on an island are visible, and big 3-foot waves are breaking on the beach. Only lake in the world with freshwater sharks, as it used to be part of the Pacific before being cutoff by volcanic action.

Had a good time in Nicaragua, people always friendly. Amazing that they can go on with life, making a living, being happy after all the bloodshed and violence with the civil war and revolution they had to go through.

Into Costa Rica through the border town of Penas Blancas. I always feel strange going through hot, dusty, noisy, border areas, where everybody is trying to make a living selling you something. The sooner I get through and into the quieter more peaceful country the better. Nice cool mountain stream to soak in just about 3 miles from the border.

Everything much nicer in Costa Rica. Less roadside trash, houses more modern with real windows. Less bars, barb wire, armed guards. So far every country I have gone through has had shotgun guards at all banks, large stores, even delivery vehicles. Most houses had iron bars on windows and doors, and barb wire on fences and roofs. They all went through revolutions and civil wars, and still have a lot of crime, poverty and violence.

All the cafes I eat in now have running water, electricity, real indoor bathrooms, and even toilet paper. Still eating the same stick-to-my-ribs breakfast of huevos, frijoles, arroz, and tortillas.

Woke up one night with my tent collapsing on top of me. I could feel a heavy weight on my chest, felt like a paw with claws cutting into my chest, and I could hear a low growl. I wanted to lash out and yell, but I was frozen and could not move. Then I woke up, sat up and looked around. Tent okay, no scratches on my chest, quiet outside. Just a dream, but it seemed so real. I can always hear insects, frogs, and sometimes cows, horses, and pigs outside my tent. Nothing besides ants has gotten in yet though.

Invited over by Eladio Castro to chat and have a drink in his house. His wife Vanessa cooked me up a big meal of eggs, beans, and rice. I had not seen a cafe yet that morning so just what I needed. They run Safari Iragaray and rent cabins and do wilderness safaris for eco-tourists. Always nice to talk to locals and be invited into their home.

Given a piece of homemade banana creme pie by a guy that stopped to talk, excellent pie. Local slushee vendors put Parmesan cheese and sweet condensed milk besides crushed ice and cherry syrup on their delicious treats.

Stopped in Canas to find a barber shop and get all my hair and beard cut off. I always cut it off once a month, easier to keep clean and cooler.

Passed the halfway point between Guatemala City and Panama City on 12-3-01, 720 miles so far, about 720 miles to go to Panama City.

Stopped at the Corobici river rafting put in spot to take a dip. Big group of school kids waiting to take a white water rafting trip. Water too fast so I just soaked my shirt, hat and cooled off with a wet washcloth. Slipped on a wet rock and almost fell in.

Email question from Sherri in Breckenridge, Colorado. Do I do a lot of research for my trips? I do some research on the route, the countries I will go through, visa requirements, weather, language, and culture. But not too much research, better just to set a date and go whether you are ready or not. I like to deal with problems as they arise and experience things as they happen.

I am headed south for Panama.

From near Puntarenas, Costa Rica to Palmar Sur, Costa Rica.

12-7-01 to 12-13-01, 168 miles, 24 mpd, 8226 Total World Walk miles.

Into rain forest and jungle now it seems. Saw some monkeys jumping around in trees by the roadside near Tarcoles on the coast. About 2 feet long, not counting tails, with black body and white head and chest.

Was just about ready for a swim in the next river I was coming up to. I noticed the cafe by the bridge was named las crocidlas, and a bunch of people were taking photos from the bridge. About 30 four to six foot crocodiles were laying on the bank and in the water. Found a nice clear cool stream to take a dip in about 2 miles further on down the road.

Found a stream of leaf cutter ants just off the road. They had beaten a path 4 inches wide and a half-inch deep into the soil. They were all carrying a little piece of leaf back to their nest to grow fungus on to feed themselves. Up to 4 million ants in a nest divided into different castes. Soldiers to defend, workers to cut and carry leaves, farmers to tend gardens of fungus, drone males to fertilize the Queen that lays up to a 1000 eggs a day. The farmers lick the leaves clean, fertilize them with their waste, and plant fungus spores to harvest in 3 to 5 weeks later to feed the nest. Amazing feat of organization and team work.

I have a problem some nights with ants getting into my tent. They keep finding or making new holes that I patch. They do not bite, but crawl over me looking for food and annoy me. I have to be real careful not to bring any food in the tent. Going to look for some ant or bug spray and see if that will help.

Lots of surfers along the coast road. Surf schools, hotels, bars, restaurants, internet cafes, and lots of new home developments. It looks like a lot of Americans come down to Costa Rica to vacation and end up staying.

Hit my first stretch of dirt road between Quepos and Dominical. Rough on my shoulders and baby jogger. I had to slow down to half speed to make it bearable. About 30 miles long with a palm tree plantation the whole way. I think they were sawtooth palm berry trees. I passed two processing plants where they were crushing the big berry clusters to extract the juice for some kind of medicine I think. Will have to look it up when I get a chance.

Jason stopped to talk and took a picture of me with his digital camera. He said he would email it to me, so I might include it with this, or next article. Also seeing banana trees, corn, papaya, cattle, but mostly eco-tourism related businesses.

I was sitting down taking a break at a bus stop when a dog got run over right in front of me. Still alive but could not move, I think his back was broken. A local dragged him off to the shoulder and examined him. He had a chain around his neck that looked like he had broken and run away from home. Sad day to see something die in front of you.

Willy, an Italian bicyclist doing the pan-am highway, stopped to talk. He had a 4-month-old dog in a trailer he was towing behind his bike. Lot of gear and a big bag of dog food.

I stopped at a bank ATM to get some more money in Quepos. Was trying to get about $120 US, which is 40,000 collones in Costa Rican money. Only punched in 4000 by mistake, which is about $12 US. So I had to try again.

Stopped for a watermelon break one noontime. Smallest one they had was about volleyball size. Finished off about half there, and the rest an hour later. Sweet and juicy, real refreshing on a hot day.

I am headed east for Panama.

Weeks 7-8

Palmar Sur, Costa Rica to Tole, Panama.
12-14-01 to 12-20-01, 169 miles, 24 mpd, 8395 Total World Walk miles.

The last few days in Costa Rica were quiet and peaceful. Thats the way I like it, just walk all day and enjoy the beautiful flowers and butterflies along the roadside. Always lots of beautiful scenery, birds, insects, and people to keep me interested. Not too much traffic, just a few small towns to stop in for food and water.

The border crossing into Panama was probably the easiest, or maybe I am just getting used to it. I did pass right by the Costa Rica exit office and had to return 200 yards when the Panama official said I did not have a exit stamp. Changed my money back to USA dollars, the official currency of Panama. Makes it a lot easier to figure out how much things cost without having to convert everything.

Hot and humid everyday now in Panama. At least it is cloudy everyday, so not a real hot sunny kind of heat. Still lots of streams to soak in 3 or 4 times a day. Going through a pretty hilly area with lots of ups and downs. In this humidity I am totally covered with sweat going up hill, then cool off a little going down. Road pretty narrow with no shoulder, but everybody gives me room when they can. I only go off on the grass when 2 big trucks pass in opposite directions. There is always a single track trail for walkers and horses on the shoulder. Too narrow and bumpy for my baby stroller though. Almost every day at least one cowboy rides along with me for a while to talk. Mostly cattle country now, with a little corn and tree plantations.

The two pan-am bikers (bikeamericas.schoolaccess.net) that passed me in Honduras passed me again. They took off a week in Costa Rica, and a week in Panama to do side trips.

Almost got hit by flying tire shrapnel when a truck tire blow about 30 feet in front of me. Sounded like a bomb going off with pieces of rubber tire with steel wire flying all over.

Stopping for a half pint of ice cream twice a day now. I have probably lost 10 to 15 pounds of fat and crave the ice cream to replace it. Eating lots of bananas, apples, yogurt, cookies, sun tea, eggs, rice, beans, tortillas, and sometimes a melon or canteloupe.

Down to about 12 hours of daylight. Up at 5am to listen to BBC on my short wave radio. Walking just as it gets light enough at 6am. Beautiful sunrise sometimes at 6:45am. Then I walk about 8 of 12 hours and stop soon after the sun sets at around 6:15pm. I usually listen to Voice of America or Radio Canada in the evening.

Lots of nice people stopping to talk to me, ask questions, and sometimes give me food or drink. One small girl gave me a frozen banana and ice popsicle in a plastic bag while I was sitting at a bus stop. Real good on a hot day.

No flat tires so far. I added an extra layer of thorn proof inner tube, which is twice as thick, as a liner between my tire and tube. My runabout stroller is working real good, hauling about 100 pounds of food, water, camping gear, and clothes with ease.

I am headed east for Panama City. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
1337 miles from Guatemala City to Panama City!

Tole, Panama to Panama City.

2-21-01 to 12-27-01, 196 miles, 28 mpd, 8591 Total World Walk miles.

Out of the hilly western part of Panama and into the central plains. Mostly sugar cane and cattle. No good streams to soak in, mostly dirty green brown water. Raining almost every afternoon now though. I prefer a cool rainy day to a hot sunny day for walking. The rain cools me off and rinses the sweat off. Road has widened to a 2 lane divided highway from a narrow 2 lane. Makes it a lot easier walking without having to watch every single car buzzing by inches away.

Lots of dummies of famous people out in front yards. One guy told me that they set them on fire on New Years Eve. Seeing lots of Bin Laden and George Bush.

Camped in a town square in front of a church on Christmas Eve. Listened to the choir singing Christmas songs all evening.

Camped within sight of the Panama Canal Bridge on 12-27. Walked into the City on the 28th and bought a plane ticket to fly back to the USA. Going to stop my walk for now. Had enough walking for this trip. Took me 56 days to walk 1337 miles from Guatemala City to Panama City. Had a great time, met lots of nice people, and saw lots of great sights. Where ever I go people are always nice as long as I say hello in their language and smile. Back to work after I visit friends and family for a month. Will do some research over the summer on my walk for next year. I am looking at either South America, New Zealand, or Greece and Turkey.

Took 2 rolls of photos and will get them developed and try to put some on my web site. Thanks to Eric Mitchell for updating my web site and my brother Dave Hause for helping me with my articles and email.

Well, till my next walk, I am headed for Newfane, New York to visit family and then out to Lake Powell, Arizona to work.

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