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Old March 1st, 2005, 07:22 PM
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Default Has anyone hiked the length of the Panama Canal?

I'm heading down to Panama next week for a newspaper story and I want
to walk the length of the canal. Is that even possible?

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Old March 1st, 2005, 07:53 PM
Mark O. Polo
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Hi LPiechel,

You should have contacted the Panama Canal Authority as they have fenced
property that would require permission to enter. You should be able to
email them easily enough.

Aloha

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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:14 PM
Mike
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wrote:

I'm heading down to Panama next week for a newspaper story and I want
to walk the length of the canal. Is that even possible?


I think you will have to define what the length of the Canal is before
determining if it is possible to walk the length of the Canal. Is it
the length the distance that a ship takes when taking the shortest
route, or is it the distance along the shoreline? Which shore would
one measure, the north or the south? Depending on which side of Gatum
Lake you are on would make the length much different.

Portions of the shore along Gatum Lake are thick jungle, which would
make it pretty difficult to walk. Portions of the Culebra Cut have
pretty steep cliffs.

Also, considering the that the Canal may be a desireable terrorist
target, I am pretty confident that if you were to find a route to walk
that you would see very little of the canal while walking.

Lastly, be sure to bring plenty of supplies including a tent. The
shortest water route from one end to the other is over 50 miles so
your walking route will be much longer than that.
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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:53 PM
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On Tue, 01 Mar 2005 19:14:24 GMT, Mike wrote:

Portions of the shore along Gatum Lake are thick jungle, which would
make it pretty difficult to walk. Portions of the Culebra Cut have
pretty steep cliffs.

Also, considering the that the Canal may be a desireable terrorist
target, I am pretty confident that if you were to find a route to walk
that you would see very little of the canal while walking.

Lastly, be sure to bring plenty of supplies including a tent. The
shortest water route from one end to the other is over 50 miles so
your walking route will be much longer than that.


And all the "stay dry clothes" you can.
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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:53 PM
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On Tue, 01 Mar 2005 19:14:24 GMT, Mike wrote:

Portions of the shore along Gatum Lake are thick jungle, which would
make it pretty difficult to walk. Portions of the Culebra Cut have
pretty steep cliffs.

Also, considering the that the Canal may be a desireable terrorist
target, I am pretty confident that if you were to find a route to walk
that you would see very little of the canal while walking.

Lastly, be sure to bring plenty of supplies including a tent. The
shortest water route from one end to the other is over 50 miles so
your walking route will be much longer than that.


And all the "stay dry clothes" you can.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 05:32 AM
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The easiest way would be to walk the tracks of the Panama Railroad.
The 47-mile railroad runs parallel to the Panama Canal, and links the
Atlantic port of Colon to the Pacific port of Balboa.
I took the train many years ago and it is a great trip.
The line carries containers now and I don't know if they still take
passengers.
Bill
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I'm heading down to Panama next week for a newspaper story and I want
to walk the length of the canal. Is that even possible?



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Old March 2nd, 2005, 10:58 AM
Charles
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In article [email protected], Bill Roddy
wrote:

The easiest way would be to walk the tracks of the Panama Railroad.


Very bad idea. The railroad is still operating. Don't ever suggest
anyone walk the tracks on an operating railroad.

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Charles
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 01:09 AM
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Thus spake Charles :

In article [email protected], Bill Roddy
wrote:

The easiest way would be to walk the tracks of the Panama Railroad.


Very bad idea. The railroad is still operating. Don't ever suggest
anyone walk the tracks on an operating railroad.


In college, I worked the extra board as a brakeman for the Southern
Pacific (RIP). There were cuts where I wouldn't want to be walking.
And a downhill locomotive makes almost no sound.

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dillon

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be far wrong." - Adm. Bobbie Ray Inman
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 01:09 AM
Dillon Pyron
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Thus spake Charles :

In article [email protected], Bill Roddy
wrote:

The easiest way would be to walk the tracks of the Panama Railroad.


Very bad idea. The railroad is still operating. Don't ever suggest
anyone walk the tracks on an operating railroad.


In college, I worked the extra board as a brakeman for the Southern
Pacific (RIP). There were cuts where I wouldn't want to be walking.
And a downhill locomotive makes almost no sound.

--
dillon

"When the French are against it, you know we can't
be far wrong." - Adm. Bobbie Ray Inman
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 06:10 AM
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It's 50 miles.
BILL



 




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