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Old 03-28-2012, 05:10 AM   #241
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #242
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Looking thru your RR, reminded me that I need to get back CR.

Great report

Thanks for posting

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Old 04-01-2012, 04:47 AM   #243
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Ok. We're back.



It didn't suck.

It's been nearly three weeks. Let's try to get this thing back on track...

Last time, before any of the recent haps were posted, we were having lunch at Henry's place up in the hills around Jaco. (say hah-Coh)



We'd made some fresh cane sugar juice...


photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

...and just sat down to a fantastic lunch...



Let's continue...

We finish lunch and Henry gives us a little tour of the place before we head out. He's been adding a house...



Kinda growing up in the construction world, I'm fascinated with the process.

It's gonna have a killer view!



The other directions...



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Tough to tell in the pic but once this wood floor has a finish on it the alternating light and dark boards will show through...



Tour done, but before we leave...



Great spot!



Enjoy it we do...



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...it's tough to take...



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We eventually pull into a little village...



Perhaps these guys can give us a clue as to where we are...



...and an idea of where we could stay.

Quite a process later we are pointed in the direction of the restaurante owner(?) and discover he has a cabina for rent. It's actually an empty store space behind this local on the bike.



We check it out. Meeting our high standards, we move right in...



...and find a place to park...



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There's a very brief discussion about the merits of a gas can in the room.

BTW, we parked inside at the suggestion of the owner.

After we unload, we head outside and watch the cattle play for a bit...



...before we head to dinner. I order the fish and phychedelic salad...



Don't ask me how that image happened...

After dinner we wander up the street to the local watering hole and see what's what.


photo courtesy of whizzer's smuggy

A pretty slow night, after a beer we head back to our cabina and call it a day.


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Old 04-01-2012, 07:01 AM   #244
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #245
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I think you captured the ghost of the fish on that picture
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:17 PM   #246
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After a hard night of partying...we're not the only ones asleep on our feet.....



After a restful nights sleep, cozyed up next to our beloved Tornado's we find ourselves back at the same spot watching the town wake up and the kids arrive for school.




I always liked the idea of public school uniforms...





Nobody here's worrying about who's got the coolest clothes





I have never once seen a Costa Rican kid wearing his pants half way down his crack with his underwear sticking out the top......kinda refreshing.....no, really really refreshing.


It was time to move on for the day but we noticed the goal tender was still there.





Later in the day EC found himself back in school




Today was mostly about school. We learned alot.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:16 PM   #247
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Your RR has kept me obsessed for the past day....and I am LOVING it

I was in CR 20 years ago for a month and am ready to go back for a few weeks of motoadventure similar to the spirit of yours.

A few questions:

1) I am sweating just looking at your gear. I wear a Darien as well for touring up here (Canada/US), so appreciate what a great jacket it is....is that a Darien Lite or regular? But what would you wear next time?

2) What were the 250's like? I am thinking Suzuki 400 or KTM 690 for rental....????
You know how those folks in the middle east wear all that gear around their head and whatnot? I think that's what's going on with the Darien. It seems to work...bright color, good ventilation, hot as hell...but probably as good as it can be under the circumstances. You need to have something that will work in 115deg. and 50deg. when in the mountains. This wasn't a particularly thought out decision to bring the Darien mind you... Now....that said, I've heard others yak about a vest that you wet down and it evaporates causing a cooling effect which works for them...I don't know. Very Very high humidity down there may affect the evaporative qualities. I personally am not inclined to add another level of gadgetry to my ditty box and try to make due with what I got. I'm stubborn that way.

As far as the bike...the only thing that would improve it would be fuel injection for the altitude issues. IMHO. Oh, and better tires

The rest is just a matter of personal preference, riding styles and expectations.

Hope that helps...
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #248
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #249
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Now....that said, I've heard others yak about a vest that you wet down and it evaporates causing a cooling effect which works for them...I don't know. Very Very high humidity down there may affect the evaporative qualities.
I have heard those really only work in a dry desert environment. In Costa Rica would just mean you are covered in more sweat.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:40 PM   #250
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Up before the crack of dawn and no interweb, I head out for a stroll...



...to kick off día nueve.

Near as I can tell this village isn't all that old...



Looking around the common I note it's amazing how fast 'urban decay' takes hold when there's no money for maintenance. Possibly a glimpse into our future back home.



Across the way is the local school...



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Quite an organizational chart there.

The ladies are out for their morning excercise and constitutional as well...



My walk around the village brings me back towards our place...



Next to our room is a store...



...where they stock a little bit of everything...



If I look carefully I think I can spot the highlighter I bought before leaving.

Back at the room we eventually get our gear collected and get ready for the day. The 'plan' today is to just plunk around the mountains exploring.

But first, coffee and some tipico...



While we eat the local kids pile off the bus...



...some hang out in the restaurant until te school bell rings.

Wrapping things up we entertain starting the bikes in the room and riding out 'Animal House' style.



Our better judgement gets the best of so we roll them out quietly.

Before heading out of town we run into Henry from the day before...



...then it's finally time to get this day rolling...



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Not too far into the morning, I'm a bit ahead of Dave and come across a herd of dogs lying in the road snoozing. Something about the scene makes me pause to set up for a shot. Long about the time I'm ready to hit the button Dave blasts right through the middle of the canine slumber party shaking up the dogs in good shape. While I just about piss myself laughing all I can manage is this shot of, "What the heck was that!?!?!"



Cue the helmet cam video, whizzerwheel.



Not to worry. No dogs were harmed in the making of this RR.



Continuing on...



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These two are hauling around a portable sawmill...



Stopping in the next village, we check out the school...



...the teacher even gives us a short tour...



Class pictures...



The guy in the back row out of uniform is a bit of a trouble maker...

Brief yet priceless encounter. Heading back to the bikes we grab the only thing we have to give them as a token of our appreciation - a pack of gum.

It was like backing up a truckload of X-boxes here.



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We move on...



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Time for a break...



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Not sure what we are trying to secure here...



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Back on the road...



...we're quickly distracted again...



...sensing we've been on the road a while, the goats scatter when Dave approaches them...



We take the left...



...at the next intersection I stop and wait for David. Looking around I notice something a little unusal across the way...



Dave pulls up. I point it out and we have a closer look...



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While we're looking in awe at the detail of his work the artist, Manuel, comes walking over from the front porch. We strike up a 'conversation'. Again, when I say 'we' I mean Dave...



The chainsaw is is tool of choice...



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This piece was at least 25' feet long!



The business end of it...



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Everywhere you turn there's another piece...



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Before we go, Manuel takes us back to his workshop...



Unfortunately, he doesn't make anything small enough to tote around on a bike.



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The bus tour doesn't stop here, folks. I can't imagine too many people make it out this way to see it.



I feel honored that we are able to get such an intimate view of Manuel's work.

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Old 04-08-2012, 04:12 AM   #251
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Minds blown away with Manuel's work and what one can accomplish in their spare time with no TV or interweb to distract them, we move on.

We quickly drift back to our perceived need for fuel and the lack of fuel dispencing facilities we've witnessed for the last several kilometers.

In country over a week now, passing a kid working on his bike in the front yard it's time for me to unleash my lack of language skills on the unsuspecting countryside.

Coming back around and stopping in front of his house I ease into it. Pointing to my tank, "Gasolina?"

As typical, I'm not prepared for an actual answer. He gives me some directions - in Spanish - points, waves his arms but out of all of that I get the idea there's a place up ahead on the left. "Mucho gracias."

My Spanish is terrible but I'm nearly fluent in pointing and waving.



By now we've caught up to each other and have probably passed the gas station. Stopping a guy on a motorcycle with a ginormous chainsaw strapped across the back, we go through it again.

We've gotten warmer. Through his gestures I figger out it's just a couple of houses back on my right.

Sure enough...



How much was it?



It didn't matter.



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First remote gas stop under our belts...



...we get back on the road...



...relieved we won't be walking out...



We make out way out towards a main road...



...as if we know where one exists...



Eventually is comes out...



...we stop for more hydration...



...and a photo shoot of sorts...



...before moving on.

We decide to take the main road down to another mountain area Thorsten had pointed out to us...



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...passing a huge agricultural area...



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...the precast ceeeee-mint plant...



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...eventually turning off onto some more interesting twisty pavement...



"Hmmmmm...what's this all about...?"



No airport in site, we need to investigate...



Dave talks to the guys sitting under the wing...



If memeory serves...Sounds like it's going to be some sort of theme restaurant or some such.

Back out on the road we discover what a real pothole on a bridge looks like...



With the traffic and all I'm in too much of a hurry and am unable to frame the shot with the "No fishing through pothole!" sign.



In the US, this sign means 'RV ahead'...



...here it means 'Truck ahead'.



Slowly work past the congestion we see what the hold up is...



...someone fell off the road. Check out the paint job on that cab.

Right about here we decide we've had enough pavement...



...and introduce ourselves to the red slimy clay...



...as well as the road crew...



Dry, this clay packs like iron. Wet, it gets interesting real quick!



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The fact that they're working it doesn't help matters...



We muddle through.

When you can take your eyes off the road the view is spectactular...



There's quite a bit of iron up on this job...



We're beginning to think these clouds that make the dramatic backdrops may become an issue...



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We stop an watch the grader for a while...



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This is one reason you avoid riding at night...



If I had to bet money, I'm guessing that washout will be there for some time even after they're done with this project.

If you want to get a better idea of just how many full-sized cars this thing could swallow up watch this to the end...

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Old 04-08-2012, 04:47 AM   #252
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Geeze! And I thought some NH roads sucked . Lovin the RR ! Keep it coming.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:20 AM   #253
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I don't know where my head was at but....it was almost all she wrote for Bruno:





Sea monsters and motorcycles.....


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Old 04-08-2012, 06:38 AM   #254
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This is sooo cool, thanks for taking us along.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:47 AM   #255
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Mike, how much was that gas anyways....





Priceless...
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