The Darien Gap (Drive day 117 minus 14 years)
One thing that hasn’t changed in the thirty years since I last drove through Panama is that you can’t really drive through Panama. At least not all the way. The famed Darien Gap is impassable — unless you’re the National Geographic expedition type and plan on hacking your way through by machete. The end of the road for the Avion will be Panama City or Colon on the Caribbean side of this skinny country, depending on where we find ocean passage.
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