|Panagas propane refill site, about halfway between|
PanamaCity and Colon.
We couldn’t believe it – a city of 1.3 million or thereabouts residents who actively use propane and yet the fill facility is a long haul away.
“Why don’t you offer some of the other cruisers a refill when you get yours done?” "our" taxi driver Fred suggested. “Split the cost.”
|Fred, trying to figure out the charges|
|Caged! This was as far as the Panagas|
folks let Wayne go.
Upon arrival, "Half an hour," we were told the tanks would be ready for pickup.
|Locals line up for awesome BBQ stand a block from Panagas,|
off the old highway between Panama City and Colon.
I ventured off to the BBQ place a block back down the road. It looked tantalizing when we passed it and its smoky scent made my mouth water and my nostrils tingle. There was a lineup of locals, a sure sign of seriously good cheap eats. A quarter of a chicken was $4; I passed on the sides, though they looked pretty good, too.
|BBQ scent? Moutwatering. Taste? Divine.|
|Round 1 of Panama propane tank refills.|
By early afternoon, everyone had their tanks back, including a few we delivered directly to their boats.
The next morning on the net, one of the cruisers complained about the cost of his refill.
Wayne explained how he calculated the cost, noting it cost no more than if he filled his tank himself in the states. Allen of Nauti Nauti quickly chimed in and thanked Wayne for providing the service. I won't deny I wish the complaining cruiser paid $25 plus the cost of his refill, or made that trek with 8 tanks besides his own. Guess that goes into the category of no good deed goes unpunished.
|Wayne discussing reimbursement cost for the propane run|
with the Panama City cruisers whose tanks we picked up,
got filled and returned.
Nevertheless, I'm betting there were 7 happy cruisers and I got some really excellent BBQ out of the deal. And Fred was pleased with several cruisers asking for his assistance.
Ironically, the next day we saw a panga leave our anchorage in Taboga with about 30 propane tanks! We couldn't help but wonder if that might've been easier.
This blog was written anchored off Isla Contadora, Las Perlas PANAMA (N08.37.393 W79.01.870) though our propane hunt occurred when we anchored in Panama City's La Playita (N08.54.519 W79.31.497). After Las Perlas, we're off to the Galapagos! Cross your fingers for us our gear box doesn't prompt us to return to Panama City first.