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Old 04-05-2011, 06:10 PM   #121
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Nice RR and pic's, Mr. Clown

Too bad you had to come back to such a wild change of weather!



Stay safe,


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Old 04-06-2011, 02:53 AM   #122
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:17 AM   #123
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I'll throw in a few random pics from time to time, not wanting to dilute the pool too much with a whole bunch of similiar pics.

But some just need to be shared:


Gad...he does love rice and beans and fried plantains. Sue, take note.

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May not look like much, but this is how they roll in Costa for comida rapida. It was always excellent.


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Typical sight...mountain Tico's, rubber boots, machete and his band of perro's:

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:21 PM   #124
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Guess we'd better get this thing going again...now, where were we?


Ah, yes. We'd stopped for a refreshment and perhaps some guidance.

"No bueno."

We ain't that smaht.



We motor ahead...



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...so far so good...



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...as we go deeper into the jungle...



...kinda like riding the woods back home...



... only somehow it's different...



The terrain switches up on us becoming much steeper and rockier...



Running the 'film' until he's back into the cover I follow Dave into the woods.

Coming around the bend there he is.



It was gonna happen to one of us sooner or later.

We upright the bike and Dave collects his gear.



Neither seem much worse for wear. We're both thinking, "At least we won't have to go up back up this way..."

We keep moving.



A few more obstacles and we finally reach the end of the road. We're in the camp we could see from above. Guess we are going back that way.

It starts to rain.

Downpour may be closer to accurate.

"I'm thinking we'd better start working our way outa here before this rain makes it even slimier..."

Don't think the fishermen minded us leaving in a hurry.

We pick our way back up the trail. Thankfully, it's not as bad going up as it is going down.

"Thought I saw a place where we could go straight instead of left. I'm guessing that's the road he was talking about..."

We get near the top and sure enough. We take the left.



The road becomes a bit more solid.



Originally thinking it was a hardpacked clay, a closer look reveals it's an old lava flow complete with the remains of solidified lava 'bubbles'.

This doesn't last for too long before we learn the true meaning of "No bueno."

Maybe Dave got some pictures but I was too busy trying to get the bike down a landslide while remaining upright.

Picture a road steeper than a cow's face lined with a deep layer of live rock like what you see in the napping bike pic.

We eventually worked our way down it without incident but it was rather hair raising with loaded bikes - 250s or no.

Very impressive on Dave's part as none of this is the type of riding he's been exposed to.

He done good!

No bueno, indeed.

By now, it's getting to be mid-afternoon. We've challenged ourselves for the day and are both thinking let's motor on over to Arenal and see what's what before it's too late.



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Out on the pavement we figger it may be a good time to find fuel...



Fueled up, we're back on the road.



At some point my clutch seems to be slipping some here and there...



...mainly high speed/top gear.

A few minor adjustments here and there.

Not really curing it.

We decide to turn around after passing a bike shop as this could prove to be a problem later in the trip as we get further and further away from services.

Let's take a few minutes and check it out.



These two are more than happy to come over and have a look. The clutch problem is quickly diagnosed as the rider being a dumba$$. Bungie hook of the tank pannier-turned saddle bag came loose and is interfereing with the linkage. Scrolling back I can actually see it in the shot at the gas station.

Maybe we can save face by having him check out the rear brake that seems to hang up all the time.

He plays around with the linkage hitting it with a good dose of WD40. It improves. For all his time and effort he wants a buck. I gladly hand him a buck thanking him. I'm a little slow on the uptake. Dave gives him a tip. Thanks, Dave.


Feeling a little better about all things mechanical we continue...


Karaoke, anyone?





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Must be snack time...




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While we're enjoying our delicious hamburguesa we're joined by this little gal who apparently doen't like Dave's bike...



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Initially, she was very skittish so it was my personal challenge to get that dog to come to me. A little beef jerky from Lemay's did the trick.



In retrospect, I should have eaten the beef jerky and used the hamburguesa to entice the dog...

edit: how could I forget the food pics?!?!?!?!

Not that it was that bad - just not the 'tipico' I was quickly becoming accustomed to.



Still not sure what that patty consisted of. I'll keep telling myself it was beef. I sleep better that way.


A couple of cafes and we're off!



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But not before another picture...



...or three...



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"He's go the rest of that stash in here some place..."

Alright. We're really leaving...



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We make our way to Fortuna...



...where Arenal Volcano provides the backdrop to a traffic light.

Crappy picture - cool bike.



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Is it obvious I'm facinated with this volcano?

Getting late in the day we're in search of a place to stay. We head down a long entrance to a hotel/cabinas...



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...unfortunately, the thermal pool is empty. Not much point in doing the whole thermal pool thing if the pool is empty, now is there? We move on.



Too bad. Seemed like a nice place.

The next place puts us into sticker shock.



We check out another that may have camping...



Another deadend.



We finally end up across the way at Los Lagos.





Despite the warnings, we go ahead and check in...



...decorate the room...



...and head down to the pool...



Prolly shoulda had a warning label for that one.

Then some dinnah...



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...and dessert...



Bailey's a la mode.

What better time to give the water slide a whirl?



A few runs on that and we call it a day.


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Old 04-08-2011, 06:43 PM   #125
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Nice Ride!!! Really into the report.....saw tickets from Orlando into San Jose @300
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:09 AM   #126
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THREAD RE-NAMED -

"Two Vitamin D Deficient Dudes go to the Tropics"





oh sure, it's the flash......uh-huh...........
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:20 AM   #127
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THREAD RE-NAMED -

"Two Vitamin D Deficient Dudes go to the Tropics"





oh sure, it's the flash......uh-huh...........
They are definitely rocking the Day-glo white
I am really enjoying the RR tho. I went in 1998- I was with my grandparents who were in their 80s at time so we went with a tour (bus). Your pics are bringing back a lot of memories- and it's great to see the parts of the country we didn't.
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:27 AM   #128
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"I was in the pool!!!!!!!"





The contrast isn't quite as bad as when Shaka Bamba his real name and I were hanging on the beach.



But that was another trip and another story...
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:53 AM   #129
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Awesome ride report Mike!!! Looks like nice turf for a Ural Adventure
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:08 AM   #130
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Awesome ride report Mike!!! Looks like nice turf for a Ural Adventure



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Old 04-10-2011, 07:01 AM   #131
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Great pictures and RR. I love Costa Rica. Friendly people, reasonable prices (cheap beer), world class surfing/biking, and awesome scenary. If I ever get to retire CR is where it will be.

Thanks for taking the time to post.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:12 PM   #132
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...where Arenal Volcano provides the backdrop to a traffic light.



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Is it obvious I'm facinated with this volcano?
I was there almost 4 years ago, they had a small eruption while we were there. There was a little lava spray out of the top, and it shook enough that there were rockslides on the slides of the volcano. our hotel was maybe 1/2 to 1 mile away, and we could clearly hear and see the rocks sliding. Then a few hours later it was dark and we could see a little bit of lava still spewing out the top! It was very cool, and your thread is making me want to go back even more!
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:27 PM   #133
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Mike, you documented the "No Buena" road much better than I did. I was definitely at the upper limit on my "oh shit, what have I done" scale... Then it started to pour.



Camera stayed in pocket for the hairy stuff.


Somewhere between "no buena" and Fortuna





I think Pepe thought she might become the especial de casa if she got too close.





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Fortuna has an interesting backdrop




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Had to do a little of this while I was there. After all, this is where it all started.


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Old 04-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #134
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Somewhere in all the excitement the night before we signed up for an 8am zip line tour. Dave had talked about taking one if the opportunty came up. This was a good opportunity - stuff all still in the room with no worries about bikes/gear while hanging from a frayed cable thousands of feet off the ground.

Booking a zip line tour and doing a zip line tour are two different things. I consider the fact that the Tevas I'm wearing aren't the best choice and I'm not climbing up to a platform in my riding boots. This was a riding trip. I ding a toe on a zip line ride on day 3 and can't ride the rest of the time I may get tense.

What's it all mean? After deciding to pull the plug on my canopy tour I'm not in any particular hurry to be anywhere this morning. Truth be known, I coulda easily made it a 'down day' and hung around Fortuna all day long. As the day unfolds I'm glad we didn't.

Early morning with most sane people still sleeping, I have a look around the place.

The room.



The bikes secured with what is lovingly referred throughout the trip as the BF chain.



It's included in the rental. Not really an issue unless you have everything packed and see it over there on the ground still.

Had some time so I went and checked out the water slide in the light. This is the breech. Looks pretty tame.



This might give you an idea of how steep (read: fast) it is.



Lot's of fun!

I could see coming back with SCS and 'base camping' out of here for a couple of days. I'm sure I could find a few places around the area to get lost for a day on a bike.



Wi-fi central.



At some point the dining room opens and we grab some coffee and breakfast.



As I downed that sausage I recalled a fateful day and a certain buffet out in the desert. With that in mind the next trip contained the fruit. Good stuff.

After breakfast Dave caught up to his tour group and I wandered over to check out the crocs and butterflies.



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Bear with me here. You can't expect me to convince Sue to go back with me next March if all I show is the worst sections of roads in Costa Rica, now can you?

I find the crocs before they find me.



For effect, I try to frame the images so there isn't any fence showing. Of course, the reflection gives it away.



They look fairly harmless.

Moving along the trail this guy darts across in front of me.



He's not caged and the camera hides the fact that he's 13 feet long fairly well.

Next is the butterfly house.



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In here I learn that the most beautiful butterflies don't land for photo ops so you're stuck with these.



Believe it was in here I spotted Sue's flower.



My guess is with the big frog statue they figgered there was no need to mention frogs on the sign with the crocs and butterflies.

Inside this igloo-like structure they had little habitats set up for the various poisonous frogs native to Costa Rica.



Interestingly enough there were no warning signs, armed guards, velvet ropes or anything protecting us and yet we survived.



When I say 'habitats' I mean piles of leaves in with the plantings.



Not sure the contortions were worth the crappy shots I got of these guys.



I was beginning to like our plan of no rigid plan. If we had a place to be none of this could be happening. Next I went to visit my long lost ant.



In this exhibit they had a huge 'ant farm' set up complete with a vine stretched across the room that the ants could march back and forth on carrying their leaves with them back to the nest.



It was here that I caught back up with a family and their self appointed guide who shared with all of us the details of these ant colonies. According to him, these ants could strip an entire tree over night. I wondered if each day the caretakers had to go out in search of a sacrificial tree to use in this display.

The opportunity was also taken to pick his brain a bit about his splitting his time between Minnesota an Costa Rica over the last 40 years.

Thinking Dave might be wrapping up I start making my way back towards the room. Back by the crocs...



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Coming back around to the larger crocs, the self appointed guide is talking about the way the crocs will sit with their mouths propped open for hours, waiting for some unsuspecting creature to walk in or land on them for the last time.



Mom sez to Junior, "You think you can keep your mouth open for that long?" I prolly shouldn't have done it but quipped with a smile, "If he's like any other kid his age I'm sure he can." Thankfully, she got a chuckle out of it. I can see the headlines now if she didn't take it as meant.



About that time I hear a strange sound from above and look over just in time to see Dave flying by on a zip line. Cool!

Sorry. Not fast enough to get a picture but it was impressive. Neat ending to the flora and fauna tour.

Time to unlock the BF chain and do what we came here to do. Ride motorcycles!
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