When Project LA2BA got rolling on December 14, 2007, it was planned to be a five-month expedition ending in Buenos Aires.
As of this writing, it has covered over 2.5 times the planned distance through 15 countries, and over 2 years after the first post, I’m about to conclude this spectacular journey. What started as an adventure turned into a lifestyle, and the guy now writing these words is a significantly different person than the one started it.
Nevertheless, I can tell you this much: this is only a beginning =)
PALENQUE vs. TIKAL vs. COPAN
Before the trip, when I was trying to decide which Mayan site I should include in the route, I dug quite a bit in forums and touristic guides only to get even more confused. Now that I’ve ended up visiting all three, Palenque, Tikal, and Copan, I understand why it’s so hard to recommend one over another.
Adios Los Angeles! You’d gotten pretty cold anyway.
The initial plan was to leave on October 15th THE LATEST, so that I could reach Ushuaia by the end of their summer. But of course, almost everything that could go wrong seems to have, and I’m still stuck here in LA.
Even the recent accident that totalled my car and the never ending frustration inflicted by Infinity insurance could not have delayed me this much.
But I am a citizen of Turkey, and that means I have to deal with things like visas. Thing is, they used to be one or two day’s work tops. It was a 45 day wait to obtain a tourist visa to Mexico. Then, started the wait for the visa to Panama. I was told it would take one month to get it, and applied on September 24, accepting to delay my departure a bit.
As of this writing, almost 2 months later, I neither have the visa nor a given date. For at least 2 weeks now, I’ve been talking to the Panama consulate in Houston every day, going through a strange routine. In the mornings I ask how much longer I need to wait and am told: “We’ll call Panama City and get back to you at 2pm”. They never call. Then, when I call again after 2, they say : “We’re sorry it’s not ready, maybe tomorrow”. I mean, everyday! So, maybe tomorrow, maybe next year, maybe in another life. They don’t know, and they don’t know who might know either.
Here’s the better part: while I wait for divine intervention, my Mexican visa is getting close to expiration. When it does, it will mean that this is an unbreakable loop!
If I could find a reliable cargo company that can fly a motorcycle from Costa Rica to Colombia or Equador, I’d just hit the road and skip Panama. But for now I’m at their mercy, and so far they don’t seem to have any.
What a wonderful start.