Day 4 – Journey Complete

Somewhere around 7:30pm on Thursday evening, we popped a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the completion of our ocean to ocean trek.  It was an emotional finish, as Panama Viejo came into view and the realization we completed something never done before, sunk in. Planet Jupiter smiled down upon us.

The day started with a long ascent that we could not ride.  Thankfully, we started early and there was a cool (for Panama) breeze to keep us comfortable. Upon reaching the summit, we were treated to a gradual, but long descent that was a blast to ride.  Day 4 was looking promising.

Within an hour, Perry had his first flat and after a quick patch, everyone was back up and riding.  But not for long.  Within minutes, Perry flatted again.  Time for a new tube. Flats became the theme of the day. The trail for day 4 was fantastic, but with what seemed like a constant string of flats for Perry, Brad, and Roland, it took a long time to get out of the jungle. It finally got to the point where Perry could no longer patch his tube and had to hoof it out.  Brad offered keep him company, and after hiking with the unis for about one and a half hours, the group was back together and Marcos was there for support.

Coming out of the jungle at Camino de las Cruces park

Coming out of the jungle at Camino de las Cruces park

Steve, Vince, Brad, and Roland continued to ride while Marcos gave Perry a lift to a local Pizza place where the team could get some lunch and finally put in a fresh tube. No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  We devoured two gaint pizzas and quickly downed some large Cokes.

After lunch all 5 unis hit the hot road and battled with traffic as we made our way towards downtown Panama. Soon, we were in the thick of city traffic and the contrast between day 4 and days 1-3 was stark.  The cries of howeler mokeys were replaced by engine breaking of large trucks.  The soothing calls of birds replaced by the honking of horns. Smells of the jungle became a fleeting memory as we rode into the heart of Panama City.

The first half hour of riding through the city was quite fun. People whooped, hollered, gawked, and waved as we rode past. We’re certian this scene has never before played out in Panama City.

The remaining ride through the city was a chore. Traffic was intense, the exhaust was thick, and our legs were fatigued. But, the Pacific was in sight and Panama Viejo was getting closer.

Finally the ruins of Panam Viejo came into view and we made one last push to the finish.  Perry essentailly collapsed from exhaustion but ralleyd to celebrate with the rest of the team as Marcos captured the moment on video. The team had completed their proposed ocean to ocean unicycle expedition through the jungles of Panama.  It was time for a beer and quiet reflection.  We all sat on the wall of some ruins and let the memories of the past four days sink in.

A beautiful finish.


22 responses to “Day 4 – Journey Complete

  1. I think the Guiness Book of World Records awaits your application. ….or perhaps just a Guiness Ale.

    Either one..great job.


  2. You guys did an awesome job!!!
    This was such an outstanding feat to have accomplished!!

  3. Valerie and Jim

    Congratulations guys! We’re sure Panama will never forget you. Enjoy your well-earned relaxation.

  4. All Right!! Good job. You guys must be exhausted… Can’t wait to see the video.

  5. Jean-Paul et Raymonde

    Congratulation to all of you. We are very proud of you. Your expedition is unique.
    Félicitations à toute l’équipe, c’est très beau de vous voir heureux et entiers. Nous sommes vraiment fiers de vous. Vous avez accompli quelque chose d’unique au monde.
    Vincent, on a très hâte de te revoir. xx

  6. Congratulations!!

    After so much planning, it is really great that you pulled it off!

    Am looking forward to hearing more stories.

    Those of you reading this blog who have adventure aspirations, the 2009 Evolution of Balance Award is now open for applications:

    Kris Holm

  7. Mercedes Welles

    Hi Perry,
    Finally out of the jungle, it must feel good! Hi to Laura.
    Love , Mercedes

  8. Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more and see more pics! Have a safe trip home.



  9. Wow, you guys made it. What a feat. congratulations!

  10. Alison in Minneapolis

    Congrats guys!
    Hi to Stratton and that “groupie”, Feldmann!

  11. Carlos Pürzel

    Great job you guys!! Congratulations!! You made it!!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  13. David and Pessie, Litman and Risha, Abraham and Minnie, Robert and Dorothy, Howard and Barbara — Steven. How remote and unimaginable it was or would have been for your ancestors to comprehend what you accomplished? But I guess they can all now be credited with the great DNA they passed down. You make us all marvel with pride. Can’t wait to talk to you more and (maybe) read your writings on this trip. Take care. Love, Dad.

  14. CONRATS GUYS! A friend of mine mentioned he heard your interview on NPR. I was excitied to say that I know 4/5ths of the gang who made it. Hope to ride soon with you.

  15. Wow guys!!!This is amazing…
    This is what makes the world go round, the passion of people like you who go through their dreams!!
    Keep going guys, you got a wonderful recipe to be happy!!

    Roger & Guy Québec

  16. Robert Youngren

    Awesome job guys! Very motivating adventure! I’ extremely envious and hope to do something truly epic on my muni one day soon. I’ve got plans but you have already executed yours. Soak in this moment and live it up! Congratulations! Maybe someday I’ll be able to meet in all in person, shake your hand and go for muni ride….

  17. I never doubted that you would complete this. Getting my popcorn ready anticipating the BIG video .
    Congratulations one and all !
    Nova Scotia, Panama :
    What’s next?

  18. So amazing!
    I really am inspired!
    I love it!

  19. Awesome, guys. Just awesome.

  20. Congratulations you guys!can’t wait to hear more about it.

  21. Oh my god enjoyed reading your article. I submitted your feed to my google reader!!

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