A few notes:
The first scene is after we pulled over to take pictures of the Pacific from the mountains dividing Panama. Only 10 miles earlier we had finished the arduous climb up from the Carribean. We were lucky with the clouds and got to see both oceans from 4,000 feet. Where else in the world can you bike 10 miles to see two oceans?
The beetle you see crawled under Paul’s tent at night and started chewing (!) a hole through his ground tarp. Before falling asleep I heard something making noise next to the windscreen on my stove, I looked out of the tent and first mistook this giant animal for a mouse, it was that big! We slept next to the visitors center near the dam at La Fortuna resevoir, and the guard that morning saw us trying to shake the beetle of the tarp, but it was holding on tight, so he yanked it off for us.
After 3 nights of camping and 4 days of miserable sweat and rain, I just wanted to find a shower. We arrived at a town that had a hospedaje, but of course the town’s water had been turned off hours before. That afternoon an incredible storm came in and it made for a perfect cold shower with the runoff from the roof. Best water pressure in a long time! The hotel owner was bundled up, as the storm brought in some chilly weather (it must have gotten all the way down to 70 degrees F!).
The leaves closing up are of the sensitive plants that have been along the roadside since Costa Rica. Daily progress has slowed down as I have the need to stop and poke them all and watch them close up. I squirted water from my bike bottle for the video, it looks more natural than a stick or finger.