Thu 24/01-2013 Day 373

A creative way to make a doormat at the Capitania

Pos: here
Loc: Machalilla
Acc: Capitania
Dist: 00 km
Start: 0:00 End: 00:00

Tomorrow’s estimated landing: behind San Lorenzo

I felt like I had been beaten all over my body, this is what it was like from my bad launching attempts and landing yesterday. But my neck gives me no more problems and recovered, thank goodness. Just a bit stiff all over.

I spent the day off as usual on the computer all day, pre-planning and organising my legs ahead. For example, I had a talk with Capitán de Fregata Carlos Delgado, who was so nice to reassure me of the support from the Colombian Navy on the Pacific side. Thanks! God bless all Armadas in South America!

The German Embassy in Bogota with Helge Holleck and many other helpers were active to make this important contact Thanks very much!

For Panama, I chatted with Hennie Marais from Paddle Panama who will be supportive on the Pacific side of Panama (he has been living there for many years…) and on the (hopefully possible) Canal paddle. The Canal authorities are not easy to convince (yet)…

For the Caribbean side of Panama with the Archipelago of San Blas owned by the Kuna people, Scott Muller from Expediciones Tropicales is happy to be helpful with contacts and permits. A big THANKS to both of them!

Also, my German Embassy in Panama City with Katrin Lehman was very active for obtaining any kind of information for me, including an attempt for the Canal permit. Thanks!

Besides that, I wrote and read thousands of e-mails, uploaded pictures and tracks and all the usual.
I also enjoyed to be looked after very nicely by Jimmy and Jaime from the Capitania of Machalilla. Nice guys!

And I will always remember the time and energy spent by Juan Rodriguez and his assistant Rocio Guijarro from South Expeditions/ Travel Ecuador to get all the initial Ecuadorian contacts. Where would I be without all those nice locals?

I will be full of energy again tomorrow for another about 50 km of paddling north. Yehaa!

11 comments on “Thu 24/01-2013 Day 373

Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

Frances Price

It is wonderful indeed to hear you sounding so energetic and positive after the difficult day. Glad the neck injury was minor. I continue to look forward to your blog; it is helping me get through the long winter here in the mountains, when I cannot myself paddle – thanks, Freya!

Jörg Hofferbert

Meike, Dir würd´ ich auch meine Stimme (nicht voice sondern vote) geben ;-), so engagiert wie Du hier bist.
Laßt uns eine Partei gründen: Die Engagierten (oder fearless – die Furchtlosen)


Hallo Freya würde Dir auch meine Stimme geben 🙂
Freue mich, dass es Dir gut geht und das Deine Planung durch Helfer langsam Form annimmt. Schön, dass es so liebe Menschen gibt. Hoffe, dass Du durch den Panama Kanal paddeln kannst. Welch ein Ereignis 🙂 🙂 🙂 Ich gehe stark davon aus, dass es klappen wird. So ein Ereignis kann sich doch niemand entgehen lassen und ist doch auch eine gute Reklame für Panama. Also ich drücke die Daumen, dass es klappt.
Weiterhin viel Spass

Jörg Hofferbert

Three things i forget to say:

1. It´s god to see you in a green, that in a red tent.
2. And your better feeling with your neck, is quite positiv too.
3. Take Peter in your cabinet after your paddling career.

😉 😉 😉

Jörg Hofferbert

Hey Freya, after your athletic career i would like to see you in a political career. I´m sure you are much better than our politicians in Berlin. My voice you have already.

Randall Lackey

Glad to hear the neck feels better. The rest youll work on out tommorow.Its good that you have got such good people helping with your advance planning.Sure hope it works out o.k. on the Panama Canal permit. That would suck to have to be portaged around that section.Good Luck Stay safe. Randall

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