We drove to Panama City for the holidays. I drove to the Bridge of the Americas in Panama City and then turned the driving over to a more accomplished and experienced resident. Following are a few photos that will provide a small taste of the drive. Most of the photos were taken beginning at the bridge, since I was no longer driving.
The following photo is representative of the highway between David and Santiago. For the most part, it was in very good shape. You always have to be alert for small ruptures in the highway, but I didn’t see any that would have punctured a tire between David and Santiago.
Since I was driving, I only took two photos of the drive to PC. The next photo is after you leave Santiago. The highway is two-lane from David to Santiago and becomes four-lane from Santiago to Panama City.
One thing that I didn’t get a photo of that I intended to take was of the munecas that were were along the road. The munecas resemble scarecrows. Some are made to resemble public figures such as George Bush or Martin Torrejos. On New Years’ Eve at midnight the munecas will be set afire. At least that is what I understand. I saw them on the way up and saw none on the trip back to David.
The drive to and from Panama City goes through many beautiful areas. I wish I could have taken a few photos, but one thing that the government does not spend money on is scenic exits for photo shots. The highway is very good in general, but if you have a flat and need to change a tire, there is none to little shoulder to accommodate your doing it.
I was a little surprised to see more problems with the road from Santiago to Panama City than from David to Santiago. Luckily, with a four-lane road you can move to the other lane when the lane you are in is too rough.
When we reached the Bridge of the Americas, I moved to the passenger seat. The following two photos are entering and on the Bridge of the Americas.
This is my first view of the city landscape.
Once over the bridge, you enter one of the poorer and more dangerous areas of Panama City. This is also where the majority of bombing during the US invasion took place. I understand that in many of these buildings, the plumbing fixtures have been ripped out and many of the building, the residents share one bathroom per floor. It is not a good idea to drive this area with the windows down and the doors unlocked. It is also not a good idea to get lost and need to stop and ask directions.
There is a double decker highway being built to ease the traffic situation. You can see the construction going on in the next photos.
The rest of the photos will get us deeper into the city. You will notice that there is a lot of construction going on. Land movers, cranes on skyscrapers.
I was wondering how the skyscraper cranes worked and came across this interesting video.
Well that is the photos I took on the trip to Panama City. Hope you enjoyed the ride.