Loco, pero no estúpido!
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
The longaniza ride...
I haven’t seen any ride report from Puerto Rico, so after thinking of doing a long report of all the island attractions and beauty, I better start with a short one instead. So, if you haven’t heard about Puerto Rico, get started here: http://welcome.topuertorico.org/descrip.shtml
Being a long weekend and after a stressful week at work and with Hurricane Earl in our neighborhood, why not taking a little break and head out? Well I was invited by a group of friends to go for a ride and guess what? They showed up with these…
…well, I guess a ride is a ride, no matter what you ride!!!
So the route was intended to be this:
So we started early, at around 7:00am we gathered in San Germán (http://www.topuertorico.org/city/sanger.shtml ) and left toward Ponce (http://www.topuertorico.org/city/ponce.shtml ) via PR-2. Meet the guys, from left to right, Vicente, Carlos R. (not seen here), Olvin and Roberto.
After stopping to get some breakfast we continued through La Ciudad Señorial toward PR 139.
This road had to be relocated because a water reservoir was desperately needed for this area. Cerrillo reservoir was recently used for the row competition as part of the Central America and Caribbean Games (http://www.mayaguez2010.com ) and has plenty of facilities for fishing, kayaking, etc. We started uphill, winding around hills with plenty of view to the south sunny coast of the island. As you can see here, it was an interesting ride toward the boat ramp facilities.
So, here is Carlos R and Olvin.
We spent a while there taking the usual pics, then we continue on PR 139 toward the Cordillera Central and the highest peak in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta. This is a video while leaving lake Cerrillo. This has been one of the rainiest season in the island, as stated by the NWS (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/sju/?n=record100901) : “As of September 1, 2010, San Juan continues to be on track to break its all time annual precipitation record of 77.28 inches recorded in 2005. Through August 31, 2010, San Juan had received 57.36 inches of rainfall, nearly 7 inches more than on the same date in 2005 and exactly 28 inches above the normal 29.36 inches which accumulates at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan by this date. (The average annual precipitation in San Juan is 50.76 inches, which was surpassed on August 12, 2010)
Road conditions are fair, with potholes, cracks from time to time and fallen trees. You have to be particularly careful with wet leaves and dirt that accumulates along the road, which makes the border pretty slippery. A few streams are visible from the road, a great place to stop and rest...
Midway along PR 139, we stopped at a restaurant/bar to cool down a little and chat about what we’ve ridden so far.
Finally, we hit PR 143, which is part of the Panoramic Route that follows the Cordillera Central across the island. Here we see Cerro de Punta and Cerro Maravilla, crowded with antennas.
The cordillera, with its spectacular views and lush tropical vegetation makes it ideal for motorcycling, with cool temperatures and twisties its fun to ride. We ride down toward La Divisoria, and then into Orocovis-Villalba Mirador.
This is a nice place to spend some time, with breathtaking views, not only to the south coast, but to the north coast as well. We continue on toward Barranquitas, but turned north on PR 569 and then west on PR 156 and into the City of Orocovis. Orocovis is not only the geographical center of the island, but is home of the best longaniza ( http://www.aboutmybeaches.com/4162/bar-restaurante-la-sombra-restaurant-review-orocovis-puerto-rico-longaniza ) you can find. So, after indulging ourselves with such a delicious meal, we didn’t notice that it was already raining!!!!
So we hit the road again with all the rain gear and continued west via PR 155 and then into PR 157. Here we ride along the mountains, bordering cliffs and rivers.
Roberto and I
Here is another interesting video, under the rain...
From there we go back to Cerro de Punta toward Adjuntas, along PR 143. Finally we arrive at Adjuntas and turn south on PR 10 toward Ponce.
Here is where we met the girls...
And of course, my riding buddies couldn't miss it too....
Instead of returning via PR 2, we turn west on PR 132 to Peñuelas and Guayanilla. From Guayanilla we ride back to San Germán arriving just after sunset. It was hot and humid today, but because we were in the mountains, it cooled down a little. As stated before, road conditions were fair, with the added grievance of rain, and in some places were the sun rays never reach the road, it becomes slippery. Then add that in most places the road narrows a little, due to lack of space or landslides. But the outstanding views and the quest for adventure makes it worth risk.
Waiting for another break to ride...
1989 Honda XL600V Transalp, slightly modified!
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locorider screwed with this post 10-28-2010 at 12:14 PM
Reason: corrections and improvements