This is a blog about cycle touring and my adventures on my bike. I’m writing it solely to record my own thoughts and experiences, so I don’t forget any of it. If it is useful or entertaining for anyone else, so much the better.
I’m Kris, 63 yr old woman from the USA, retired and living in Panama since October 2012. (There is a whole blog about living in Panama here – http://blog.thepanamaadventure.com/ ) After moving to Panama I bought a bike and started riding, and found I really liked it. I have gradually gotten stronger and able to ride greater distances, and when I discovered the idea of touring it sounded like something I wanted to try.
My first tour was in March 2015. I took the bus from David to Santiago, Panama (the highway was under construction and not safe for bicycles). Then I biked to Chitre, stayed overnight, and then biked down to Pedasi where I spent a couple days with friends.
All went well and I liked it enough to try another tour. In June/July 2015 I biked from David, Panama to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. I had a great time! It took me 10 days to get there, and I returned on the bus (an interesting contrast to the freedom of riding a bike which I will write about at some point). Between this good experience and talking with other cyclists we host from time to time, I knew I wanted to do more.
What if I went back to the US to visit my kids, and then biked home to Panama? That’s a very crazy idea. It would take months. But, the idea kept growing in my head until eventually, I thought why not? I have met many cyclists who have traveled great distances. Some are on their way from Alaska to Argentina, and some are even on around the world trips. Why couldn’t I make it from Seattle to Panama? Well maybe because I’m a lot older than most of them, and female, and solo. But, should I let this stop me?
As I got more serious about this idea and started talking to friends, they told me I should document my trip and get on a crowdfunding site. People would be excited and would want to support me and follow along. I don’t think I’m doing something that remarkable and unusual, but many say even my biking around town inspires them to go do the things they want to do, and encourages them to get out there without being afraid. If this blog and this experience is useful to others, that makes me feel especially good about what I’m doing.
So, this is what’s going on here. 🙂