In the Beginning

This is my first post on my new blog about cycling. I have been cycling for a while, but I am planing a big tour and thought it would be good to have this blog just for cycling where I can put down my thoughts, and when I’m out on the road I can share my experiences.

I moved to Panama in October of 2012 (for the blog about that, see After I got settled in I thought I would like to try riding a bicycle, something I hadn’t done since I was a kid. I went to the bike shop, they recommended a good sturdy steel bike (I’m a good size gringa gal), and off I went.

On my first time out I couldn’t make it up the small hill at the end of our street! After a few days I was able to ride around our small neighborhood. Then one day, I ventured out of the neighborhood which was really exciting! I spent the next few months riding around the area between our house and the Pan-American highway, which is bit over two miles away.

There is a very upscale neighborhood just south of us which is great for riding, and there is an army of gardeners who tend the yards of these houses. I passed Oliver so many times we ended up talking and becoming friends. He also rides a bike but it’s his only means of transportation. He told me that you can cross the highway and ride downtown (scary thought! There is quite a bit of traffic in town) You just need to be careful and patient with the traffic and it’s fine. He does it every day.

I picked a Sunday when the city is fairly quiet, I crossed the highway, and life hasn’t been the same since! I learned I can ride on busier streets, I can go pretty much anywhere I want, and traffic isn’t my favorite thing but it is quite possible to deal with. I started riding all over town, and venturing farther outside of town as well.

Then, I met a couple touring cyclists and this idea started growing in me. The rest, as they say, is history!


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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2 Responses to In the Beginning

  1. Carole says:

    looks like all is going well for you. Seattle seems to be a beautiful place to start. Have fun, enjoy your time on the bike. Take care, be watchful of your surroundings. Carole


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