During the final at Captain Jacks yesterday a pair of French guys were looking to fill there boat up, a couple I met were watching a few of the Magic Thumb vids...a crowd gathered. One of the French guys was well versed in African Music as the vid featured Ba Ba Maal...one of Africa's finest.
" youuuuu moooost eeeh come with us No!!! "
They offered thumb passage at a good price but not cost price, cost price was all I was willing to take. Later that day they lowered there offer...I accepted, then asked when they were leaving...
"5,6,7 days time, we need to fill the boat no!!!"
I liked these guys and wanted to leave pronto... They need 6 passengers,
I offered to fill there boat by tomorrow morning, if so would they leave on Tuesday. They agreed!
The Thumb got aquatinted with Tom in Panama City...he is part of a project called 'The Dirty 2', he is in the middle of biking all the way from San Fran Cisco to the most southern point in the world, a place called Tierra del Fuego. A cracking fella who arrived by pedal in Portbelo yesterday, needs to get to Columbia and is keen to hook up with Thumb in doing so.
Then we have Deirdre and Shane, a lovely couple we watched the final with. They are moving back to Ireland from Vancouver via South America...they have already placed down a cash deposit on a tourist boat but at the right price would prefer a more rootsy experience.
Simon from Germany had already manoeuvred his passage.
With a little persuasion and the French guys boat tickles everyone's fancy then fingers crossed we can all lift the anchor and head off into the deep blue. This morning we all paddled out to the French Guys boat, it was a beauty! After much deliberation all was agreed. Job done, tomorrow night we set sail for Cartagena. 12 days of tosh has yielded a result. Let's go!