The boat is completely still in the water, invisibly held in place by its anchor and chain. Breaking waves out on the reef are the only soft sound. The sky is clear and the moon in its second quarter.
Sounds like Paradise?
4000 miles and about 30 days at sea - a daunting perspective. Embark on this passage with crew or single handed? Due to the COVID crisis Panama is in complete lockdown and finding crew is very difficult. But sometimes circumstances force our luck and in the end the challenge of crossing the Pacific alone appeals to me.
We move into the lock and the giant riveted steel doors slowly and silently close behind us. Amazingly, these are the original doors from 1913 and are still in daily service. What an incrediblep engineering feat the whole canal presents, let alone all the effort and suffering it took to construct it in a tropical climate!