Wednesday, November 21


Road Trip!

Something to do while waiting for the database to come back up.

One.  Google Maps seems uninclined to trace a route across the Panama Canal, despite there being at least four road crossings.  So I couldn't do Anchorage to Ushuaia as I'd originally planned.

Two.  Not really recommended to travellers unless you are accompanied by a TV crew and an armed escort, but interesting.

Three.  For that perfect combination of relaxed safety and utter insanity.

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1 Google seems perfectly happy to plot a route across the canal via the Gatun locks, the Bridge of the Americas, or the Pan American highway.  What it won't do is get you through the Darien, which is more or less accurate, getting a vehicle through there requires you to go off road, get local assistance through the  swamp, not get kidnapped by the FARC or the ELN, etc..
I'm curious what you consider the fourth crossing.  When I was there between 92-94, you pretty much only crossed at the Bridge of the Americas.  The Centennial bridge didn't exist yet, and while you could cross at the Gatun locks, the highways on the northern/Atlantic coast didn't connect to anything.  The Miraflores locks technically have a crossing, but it was pretty much only for official use, and it doesn't appear to be connected anymore.

Posted by: David at Friday, December 07 2012 07:16 AM (Lf1Ga)

2 Ah, is that what it is.  Thanks for the note; I didn't look closely enough.

The other crossing I had in mind was indeed the Miraflores locks.  Google Maps will generally route through any even theoretically viable connection, so I was surprised when it stopped dead.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, December 07 2012 10:46 AM (PiXy!)

3 Having looked closer, you're absolutely right.  Thanks!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, December 07 2012 05:27 PM (PiXy!)

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