lower lock, Miraflores west lane, waiting for the upper lock gates to open

The canal adviser points out the location of a live WebCam. The lower locks of both lanes of the Miraflores locks have just about completed filling. Ropes are held tight while the turbulence from the ingress of 52 million gallons of water - over a couple of minutes - subsides. Panamanian rent-a-muscle, in the ultracool shades, holds one of the stern (that means rear-end, not upset in highfalutin nautical terminology) ropes, while for some reason, the captain hangs onto the other and does rodent impressions.

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