For a plethora of reasons, both simple and complicated, a road does not connect the North and South American continents. The Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia acts as a buffer.
When the bug in your hotel room is bigger than your cell phone, chances are there is zero cell phone reception.
I will have to end my journey in Yaviza, a 1,600 strong frontier town abutting the Darien Gap. Here, according to Outside magazine, the weapon of choice is the broken bottle and the prostitutes are barefoot. That former strongman Manuel Noriega was raised in Yaviza is not surprising.
In a euphemism-filled advertisement for a hardwood farm (on sale for $1.2 million) near Yaviza, the seller states: "The nightlife [of Yaviza], while not continental, is lively." 'Nuf said.