Posted October 11th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Don did you to the coast to coast train excursion? How was that, it seems so silly to be on a train for so long
Yes, we did do the coast to coast train. The rain takes you along the canal. It rides right along the canal so you can see most of the canal and some ships in transit between locks. The ride was not that long.
That being said - we had a good time, but I would have preferred to go on our own. We are not much for ship excursions. This is the only ship excursion we have ever done. You cannot book the train on your own - we tried.
I can sympathize with you, as we looked for a long time to see if there was a reliable and trustworthy driver before we settled on the train excursion.
I do know that last time Don (of DonMar) was in Panama in the 80s he had a driver - arranged through the ship transit agents. He was responsible for bringing a ship through the canal. Before we went in 2007 we looked for driver through ship agents - the people who process and rep the ships as they go through the canal. (I do not know if they have them anymore.) We were not successful.
You might want to try ship agents - to see if you can get a recommendation for a driver.
Have you looked into "My Friend Mario"?
Richard - do you have any other ideas for drivers or train?
Hope this helps.