Hurry up and wait
29 December 2017 | Shelter Bay Marina
Up early to get the last minute things done of the boat. Mark filled our water tank. Then it rained like crazy after we attempted to cover our solar panels to protect them in the transit. Only to find out from our agent via email that our transit was cancelled due to a lack of required Advisors. One will travel onboard with us while we transit the Panama Canal. So, I decided to sign up for the 1 pm bus and go to the shopping mall. You have to understand that the bus takes almost an hour by the time it boards the ferry and drives a two-lane road, which can be bumpy at times laced with pot holes. Then you have an hour to visit any of the large number of stores, including a 24-hour grocery store. The bus picked us up at 3:15 since today's ferry boat ride was longer than usual. Then it's an hour back to the marina. I was able to find Mark two 5 gallon diesel jugs, so that will be 10 more gallons of fuel, if we decided to go to Hawaii directly from here. Yes, it will most likely take us a month plus to get there. We have a couple of possible stops. One is Cocos Island which is 500 miles west of Costa Rica, and just a park island. The other is Clipperton Island which is an atoll in the middle of no where. The idea of stopping would be to break of the lengthy trip and at least get a couple of nights of sleep. Still not sure of our route. The drive back was not on the ferry this time, so got to see some boats in both canals as we passed by. Arrived back at the boat after 3. Helped Mark clean up a casualty of a brand new bottle of Godiva which apparently ended up with a broken top and the liquor had spilled out into the port bilge. Such a waste of my favorite drink. Our agent stopped by and delivered the huge bumpers and lengthy ropes to be used in the transit. Then since we were sweating, we decided to head to the pool. Missed the water aerobics class. It didn't take long to cool off as it was overcast and rainy. Showered and headed back to the boat. Noticed some of our fellow cruisers at the Palapa and decided to join them for the weekly Happy Hour get-together. Bring your own drink and share snacks. It was a lot of fun. Just got back to the boat. Had a sandwich are still researching routes. We will only have our satellite connection going forward.