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Friday, May 24 2019 @ 12:49 PM UTC

'99 Days to Panama' authors will visit

Books & Reading John and Harriet Halkyard never intended to write a book about their adventures driving a motor home from South Texas to Central America. The Halkyards wrote e-mails to friends about their journey. Everybody kept telling them they should write a book. The result is "99 Days to Panama," a widely applauded travel adventure and guide book encouraging others to explore fascinating places. The Halkyards will sign copies of their book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the West Side Barnes & Noble, 705 Sunland Park, and talk about their adventures on the road.
"We'll put on a whole travel show," Harriet Halkyard said in a recent phone interview from Indio, Calif. Harriet Halkyard, a native of England, worked 20 years in tourism in Southern California. Her husband is a research engineer in the offshore oil industry.

The authors suggest that many Americans have the misconception that traveling through Mexico and into Central America is too dangerous because of civil unrest or other problems.

"We had no major problems," Harriet Halkyard said. "Yes, the road is bad. We had six flat tires, but the locals came out to help us."

The Halkyards sometimes tell other travelers that you have a better chance of getting mugged in Boston than on the road to Panama.

"Every day was a different adventure and wonderful," Harriet Halkyard said.

The couple's Web site ( is filled with images from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama, plus places in South America.

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