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Old 04-08-2012, 07:49 AM   #256
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X2 Thanks for the pics

Wife and I are dreaming of moving there in the very near future - those pics just made us sad that we are not there already

Hoping to do a trip very similar to yours this fall, Novemberish is on the docket right now. Gathering all my intel to do a little motoadventure whilst Im there - but unfortunately it will be limited to a single day. Gotta do a little real estate shoppin while Im there as well. What was the price on that mansion you saw for sale ??
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #257
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Man you guys did Costa Rica right! No "gotta be at X by a certain time" or "all of Central America in a week" Just wandering around finding interesting stuff, cool people and great roads.
There's a bunch of stuff here that brings me back: Gallo pinto, local brews, surly roosters, sleepy dogs, weird cheese, foggy mountains, slick clay, epic potholes, howler monkeys, Jar Jar Binks cattle, cool schoolkids, and the Lake Arenal road!
What a cool place to just ride

Two questions, did you get to see the Arenal volcano? Is that compass you have on the first page calibrated for the north and south hemisphere?
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:52 PM   #258
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Man you guys did Costa Rica right! No "gotta be at X by a certain time" or "all of Central America in a week" Just wandering around finding interesting stuff, cool people and great roads.
There's a bunch of stuff here that brings me back: Gallo pinto, local brews, surly roosters, sleepy dogs, weird cheese, foggy mountains, slick clay, epic potholes, howler monkeys, Jar Jar Binks cattle, cool schoolkids, and the Lake Arenal road!
What a cool place to just ride

Two questions, did you get to see the Arenal volcano? Is that compass you have on the first page calibrated for the north and south hemisphere?
MJ,
EC does know how to tell a good story. We did have a great time, and I wouldn't want to do it any other way.

We did see the Arenal Volcano, but did not see it active. Earlier in the RR you will see quite a few pictures of it including some from the "Observatory" which almost included the very top. We did catch a few glimpses of the top but they were very brief.

They are Global Compasses. Costa is in the northern hemisphere and I expect a regular compass would work there, but not positive.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #259
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Thanks everyone for coming along and chiming in.

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Man you guys did Costa Rica right! No "gotta be at X by a certain time" or "all of Central America in a week" Just wandering around finding interesting stuff, cool people and great roads.
There's a bunch of stuff here that brings me back: Gallo pinto, local brews, surly roosters, sleepy dogs, weird cheese, foggy mountains, slick clay, epic potholes, howler monkeys, Jar Jar Binks cattle, cool schoolkids, and the Lake Arenal road!
What a cool place to just ride

Two questions, did you get to see the Arenal volcano? Is that compass you have on the first page calibrated for the north and south hemisphere?
Only way to do this country, imo. This year's trip was even less structured. Not sure if it was conscience decision or not but the focus seemed to shift towards the interaction with people. Great time!

When I read of plans trying to jam a ride with mileage like back in the states I cringe thinking they are going to miss the whole point. Not to mention it prolly won't actually work so they'll be somewhat frustrated. But that's just me. Whatever floats their boat.

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"Yer asking me?"

Bad choice. I'm only here cuz it's a cool suspension bridge that was calling my name as we came closer. Why wouldn't we want to go this way?



Across the bridge we keep exploring but eventually stop in a small village. We're getting a little hungry. Maybe even thirsty. We check out the marker...



They have these in every village. Knew they were put there by the 'water company' but never noticed the spigot before. Now I'm wondering if there's a spigot in every village so that anyone can get water. Makes sense...in a 'I have no freaking clue' sort of way.

Over in the distance is a structure of sorts. Hopefully a soda. We make our way over. Turns out it's a tienda. Starving, we find something we can eat. Canned fish and crackers. May be tuna...prolly sardines...



Either way, it does the trick. While there we meet Mike...



He's hanging around doing his laundry. He's an expat. 62-ish. Moved here a while ago. Long story. Has a new family and a 2 1/2 year old son. Interesting guy. Invites us to stay at his place but we're not really ready to call it a day yet.

Instead , he gives us a great route out of here, "...bridge, right, bridge, right, left at fork..."



After our lunch we say our good-byes and give it a shot...



...



...



...traffic is heavy...



"I think we're gonna get wet..."



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...



...



True to his word, it is a great ride out of the hills. It dumps us out on the other side of the bridge with the giant pothole.



We motor up the road without really any kind of plan so there's only one thing we can do...



...stop for ice cream.



While we're taking a break we look at the map, talk about options and wander over to the police bike parked next door...



I really want a set of these guards.



Seriously.



Afternoon snack out of the way we have a loose plan in place. It involves San Isidro...



...it's a little bit of a zoo...



...but with a careful selection of wrong turns...



...we manage to get through it. Of course, we have no idea where we are and it's past time to start looking for a place to end the day. We keep wandering for quite a while. It has begun rain. Nothing major...yet.

One of the 4 or 5 voices in my head, "No need to stop and put that pesky rain gear on. It'll end soon and we're almost done riding anyways..."

Eventually, we see a little market and stop to hopefully find out where we can find cabinas. While Dave does this I check out the park across the street...



...I'm guessing the power company had something to do with its construction.

Dave wraps up and we head back the way we came. We take a turn or two...



...



They're mostly wrong.

It's now in full monsoon mode. I'm laughing out loud in my helmet it's so rediculous how much water is coming down.



Not to worry. My rain gear is nice and dry safely packed away.

We fumble around a bit more for what seems like an eternity. Funny, any other time cabinas are everywhere.

Eighty million gallons later we see a sign that gives us a glimmer of hope. "Pelicano Resort - 8 KM"

We turn right onto the dirt road and start the ascent. It's late in the day. We're beyond soaked. While trying to actually see the winding dirt road in the torential downpour, I think back to the resort we stayed at back in Fortuna. "...think that was like $147..." We had both rationalized that a bit while Dave was somewhat apologetic since this was billed as a fairly low budget trip. With that one exception, it really was.

As we continued on up the side of the mountain in the deluge I mutter to myself, "...I don't care how much a freaking room is, I'm getting one! It can be $200...$300...$500. I don't care. I have plastic..."

Finally, we see a gate with a sign indicating we're at the Pelicano...



We head in and up the even steeper driveway. We park the bikes. Slog our way to the door of what we think must be the reception area. Carefully stepping inside we are dripping wet. Water is literally running off of us. (My rain gear is still nice and dry, btw.)

At the desk is an angel. We ask about a room. She'll check. She comes back. "Si."

We do a check of the room that is really only a formality at this point. I don't care what it looks like or how much it costs.

She leads us down a long narrow hallway to a room...


photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

Looks great. It can't be more than 10'x 10'. Two beds. Shared bath. We'll take it!

How much?




















































$20.

Even better.

We get the bikes unloaded...



...decorate the room and the railings outside with our soaked shite...


photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

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photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

...then head downstairs for some dinner.

We catch up with folks at home and reflect on the day...



...while our meals are prepared...



Trout that you dream about!

And, of course, ice cream...


photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

...and cafe negra all served by the angel that greeted us at the door...



...Francina.

Another amazing day under our belts, we call it a night.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:53 AM   #261
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Awesome RR. Costa Rica is on my bucket list...and now it just got moved up!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:50 AM   #262
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...you don't visit heaven for a weekend 11 days and then come back to earth and rush things.
Of course, I couldn't think of it myself.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #263
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Just some random thoughts:





Kids everywhere are clamoring for this tasty, yet highly nutritious snack





While riding along, not a single house nearby that I could see... I spied this kid, who couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 walking down the road. Carrying what? Firewood on his head? I'm not sure...but I am sure this ain't a scene from my neighborhood.





All these Costa Rican miles are gettin the tires, tired. Everytime I look at this picture, it looks different.





Mike Says this is the Costa Rican version of Barbara Eden:





I think he's rubbing his jeannie bottle too much


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Okay....THAT does it....


I am going to Costa Rica and gettin' married:




She's got ice cream and everything a guy could ask for...
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Of course, I couldn't think of it myself.
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I love the pic of San Isidro home sweet home!!
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Día diez...

Sometime in the middle of the night we awaken to the sounds our neighbors arriving. The walls are one layer thick and act more as an amplifier than a sound deadener. If that isn't enough, the ceiling is made up of bamboo which is really just screening the view of the rafters and tin roof which relects sound quite nicely.



Needless to say, they may as well have been bunking with us. No biggie. Eventually we drift back off to sleep...

What seems to be moments later we awaken again to the sounds of our neighbors leaving. Yes. The same ones.

Apparently, they are in competition with the 'rude Americans' they had read about. Maybe if they fired up a weedwacker in the room they could have been slightly louder.

Again, we drift back to sleep...

But not for long. The internal alarm clock goes off.

First, a run down the hall to inspect the plumbing...



...where everything looks hunky dory.

Then, it's search for coffee. Downstairs there's a giant pot brewing. Not quite ready, I wander around a bit seeing what it looks like when water isn't pouring out of the sky...



...the bikes and the BFC are still here...



...



"...interesting flower..."



"...now, where's that danged coffee?"



"Ah. There it is!"

The sun is starting to come up over the mountains.



This place is tucked right up into a valley.



The views around here are incredible. You'll have to trust me on this as a cell phone can only take an image so far.



Sipping the coffee down enough to wander without spilling too much, we have a look around some more.



Careful. If the stairs don't get you, the lack of a railing and the hose will. I love this place.

Depositing the empty cup inside...



...I see there's some activity out back and decide to have a closer look.



A path leads me through a garden...



...to a building out back that the gardner gestures me into. Walking by the wooden serpent I wonder if this is some of Manuel's work.



Not smaht enough to think to look for his signature, I step in the doorway where I'm greeted by a big booted woman.



Or at least the likeness of one.

They've gathered quite a collection of local artwork...



...mostly wood carvings...



...but there is other media...



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...



...



My apologies. The lighting isn't particularly great and the cell phone...



The work varies in size...



...some table top, some bigger than life...



This looks much better when the earth isn't shaking.



...



The intricate detail in the carvings makes your head spin...



...



Oh, look! A chicken!



Or is that a rooster?



...



Quite a range of subject matter...



...I guess they all fly...



Some tools of the trade...



The display goes on for sometime, eventually spitting me out the other end...



Wandering back over to the dining room we check out the interweb. Our maps don't have the detail we need but Google Earth does.



A few crappy shots are taken for reference.



If there's a plan today it will take us from Alaska to Siberia.
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Glad to see this RR fired back up again EC....

Here's a few random pics:




We found that while the mountains were a bit cooler...you could plan on rain almost every day.






You probably noticed a lot of pictures of us with the Policia...when we came into an area where there was a presence, we took the approach that it's better for us to take the lead and engage them first. It worked out perfectly and we never had a problem. This guy posed for a picture, but was the least friendly of all of our encounters with them. Nothing bad though. Generally speaking, they were great, helpful, regular guys that we enjoyed interacting with.




What pothole???







There goes the neighborhood....damn gringo's

This was a nice place before we arrived.....





The Pelicano was a great base camp for us.


Some of the nightlife....







Take it away EC......yer almost there.....
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The Pelicano was a great base camp for us.


...
Indeed it was. On both counts.

Now, where were we...?

After my tour of the grounds I catch up with Dave and we have breakfast.



Typico - with the exception of the pelican cheese which is a house specialty. Ok. I made that part up. But is it included in the astronomical room price. Can't beat that with a stick.



Over breakfast we review our plan for the day. Not sure if the details originated the night before as we reviewed the events of the previous day over beers on the porch or if it came to us this morning. Or maybe it was at 2:30 in the morning when our neighbors crashed through the walls to leave. Doesn't really matter.

Up until today we've been on a constant move. Get up, pack our crap and roll onto the next place, yet to be determined.

Today we discuss a different plan. A plan whose seeds were planted months ago (years, now) with an email to Dave that included a Google Earth link showing Alaska, Costa Rica. After virtually traveling over the terrain I shoot him the link with a simple note, "We gotta go here."

His quick reply, "Right after we go to Siberia."

Sure enough, zooming out, there's a Siberia, too! A plan is hatched.

That, btw, is more or less the extent of our trip planning.

So, over another cafe negra, typico and some fresh pelican cheese we plan the day. "What if we leave our crap here and just spend the day exploring the mountains. The bikes will be nice and light for the trails, we can get back early, hang around, have a nice relaxed dinner and some Bavarias..."



After 10 days on the road this has a certain appeal. Only one thing can kill our plan - do they have a room for the night?

We check with the staff. They do. It's a plan.

After breakfast we head back upstairs, down the hall to our room...



...collect our soggy gear for the day...



...leaving some of it behind to continue to dry.

BTW, when I say the walls were thin I'm not exaggerating.



From the porch you can read through the wall the large print Gideon's Bible that is in each and every room.



After a bit of a slow motion prep we finally get the bikes loaded...



...and head out the steep driveway...



...towards adventure...
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