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Old 08-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #1591
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How do you know if a Kiwi is bragging/BSing!!!

You can see his lips move.
Ouwh hor hor, cruel... just cruel

How do you know if an Ozzie is bragging/BSing

Ya just know because they are Ozzie. .... and that is when the fight started your honour

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #1592
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Playa Del Coco to Arenal.

Saying goodbye to Can we continued on our way partly costal then across inland mainly to have a tickitour of Costa Rica and stay off the Pan Am which is loaded with trucks and buses.

Long Way Round ... without the glamour



So we turned off heading toward another beach, the road turned to dirt and was neat fun, at one stage we forded a small river and Maya had a quick wash.



The track was mostly hard packed clay so we were lucky it was dry or it would have been very difficult and greasy.

We came across a quad bike tour group and unfortunately one lady had binned hers and was crying and in an awkward position, we stopped and offered help but they already had help on the way.

I am no doctor and don’t profess to be but the position of her body and the way she was being held I think she too had done some ribs in as she was struggling with the breathing thing just like I was, hopefully she will be ok.

Continuing on our way we toured through the country side on a mixture of dirt and tar, through beach bays and small towns.

Also a big bridge which crosses the Rio Tempisque and is quite big so there is a huge bridge in the middle of nowhere ... well at least somewhere



A quick pose ... it was hot





The countryside was very green and lush, the roads conditions superb



We made it to Arenal where we had organised a couch surf that came highly recommended by Phil an Jane and they were right, really nice people and great fun.

Arriving at Arenal we went to the German Bakery, now this is quite simply and adventure bikers must stop, world class coffee, sandwiches with german sausage etc ... outstanding.



There is a window, it is covered in RTW biker stickers so with peer pressure we had to do the same, gotta put TMK with the big names



Lunch, what can I say, simply outstanding



The weather started to cave in a little, then a lot, then completely, we thought we would sit it out but this came in for keeps so we rode to our couchsurf and got drenched.

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #1593
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i have been following your adventure from the start. time to speak up and show appreciation.

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Old 08-06-2013, 08:04 PM   #1594
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Arenal

Having arrived amidst torrential rain we got sorted, hung up our riding gear and turned into humans.

Kim and family greeted us and welcomed us in, Ellen took control of the kitchen and knocked up enough tucker for the whole tribe with thumbs up from the audience.

Chats and giggles, discussions on Facebook etc and that closed off the evening.

The following morning after some chatter and coffee Ellen and I went for a ride to the hot stream, nice place with a few locals kicking around ... and free ... Kiwis price.





Muchas locals



After soaking in the stream for about an hour or so and turning into prunes we headed out to go home, I cleverly dropped my T shirt into the river which was really smart so I had to cram that back into the pannier and only wear my jacket back.

We got back to Maya and once again there was quite a crowd around her looking at the alien, a young fella with a small bike had a flatty, we lent him our pump but the hole in the tube was too big to hold air which was a shame, our patch kit was 35 km away at the house so we couldn’t offer any more help.

The ride around the side of the lake is awesome with very few straights so I really enjoyed it, I had to keep my mind on the job tho with missing road and mud slides from the previous nights deluge.

Trees down



Mudslide across the road



Unfortunately on the way back we lost our second carbon tank protector, this time the glue sticking to the tank but letting go on the back of the CF cover so she is a goneburger.

We also stopped at a place called the Toad Hall and there was a Toucan



Also spotted this on the table



And Pierres cuzzie looking happy



The road in a previous deluge had disappeared ...completely, the rebuild still going on.



Returning home we walked to the shop with Kim and the girls to get supplies for the night, Sushi was discussed and all eyes lit up so Ellens skills came into play again with smoked chicken and avocado as the base ... what a treat.

The family,

Kim, tribal elder and head honcho, hostess supreme



Tayler, elder daughter....main cause of trouble (j/k)



Aubrie, youngest ...looking to be main cause of trouble (j/k)



Included in the making was lessons for the girls in both making and cutting, a successful round yet again accompanied by Flore de Cana rum.

Tayler (the older daughter) did and interview with us which was great fun too, almost felt like being on a show.

Chubby Bunny, something new to the Kiwis, plan is to stuff as many marshmellows in your mouth and still say Chubby Bunny .... seems I am a big mouth ... at least I wasn't gonna let two young ladies kick my bum

Further discussions on facebook etc and how we were going to do it was all brought to a stop when the light flickered flashed and everything went dead.

I was already dark outside so only for the light from the computer screen that we could se anything so out with the phone with an LED torch and my head torch again providing all the light we needed.

After going outside and it being pitch black everyone decided it was bed time, I sat up for about another 1/2 hour keeping and eye out the front window just to make sure there was no funny business going on but the coast was clear so I too hit the sack.

An early morning start being it was Monday and Kim had to go to work so kisses, hugs and thank you were had, Ellen had made enough Sushi for everyone to have roll each for lunch and I had precut it to make life easy.

We then packed up and left the girls to their school work.

Aubrie making sure we leave without nicking anything



Adios amigas

Huge thanks to Kim, Tayler and Aubrie for having us stay and best for your future travels too.

Next destination, Orosi.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #1595
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awesome rr.

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Heya Joel, thank you for the appreciation it is greatly appreciated and glad you are enjoying it too.

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Old 08-06-2013, 10:53 PM   #1596
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Heya Joel, thank you for the appreciation it is greatly appreciated and glad you are enjoying it too.

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andi and ellen.

really digging your travel....through your camera...seeing different places and landscapes, meeting all kinds of people, the food....and sushi..one of my favorites and of course, awesome riding.

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Old 08-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #1597
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andi and ellen.

really digging your travel....through your camera...seeing different places and landscapes, meeting all kinds of people, the food....and sushi..one of my favorites and of course, awesome riding.

cheers.
Heya Joel, excellent mate, yeah all good (or at least most of it), hopefully inspires a few as we have been inspired to do it by others.
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Arenal To Orosi

Leaving Arenal we headed around Lake Arenal, wanting to avoid the Pan Am and have a better look around Costa Rica we took a rounded approach.



Our destination was Orosi so we went through Angeles Norte over to Siquirres across through Turrialba to Orosi, Mrs Garmin sent us down some shortcuts... we had a good look around the countryside.

The road was very busy in places to Siquirres but from there over to Orosi we has great roads with a lot less traffic and a really cool ride.

Lunch was had in Siquirres in cento park just after a huge downpour which we had ridden through, sushi was on ... yummo and a what a treat after a reasonable ride.

The section of road with little traffic and great surface was excellent and we really enjoyed the ride to Orosi.

In Orosi we had arranged to stay at Costa Rica Moto, Freddys place. http://costarica-moto.com/

He has a caravan and a unit which is a great setup and they run the Swiss Bakery in town to, perfect, quiet and Maya was under cover, we arrived and just in time to get in before the rain set in.

Our casa



Being Central America it thundered for about 20 minutes then cleared again so we made a trip to the supermarket to get fud.

That night was some writing and early to bed from the 300 km day.

Orosi for the day we headed out for a walk across the swing bridge.



The road goes straight up the ridge, literally, in between when walking along the road a small dog decided he didn’t like us and wanted to have a go at us, he was quite upset, I was at the ready with my walking sticks but luckily he decided he didn’t fancy a mouth full of these and backed off ....grumpy little bugga!!



Reaching the top we had great view of the valley and we had a chat to some locals before heading back down to town to the bakery for lunch which included coffees and a chocolate buttoned heavy bread kinda thingy which was beautiful, coupled with some butter it was bloody good.



A typical back street in Orosi, no street names or numbers.



Lunch .. mmmmmm



After refueling us we walked up to a waterfall ....well kinda, we got ourselves lost and didn’t find it in the end, again we came across another angry dog, this time it was a big dog and he was playing for keeps.

Again with my walking sticks I kept him at bay while Ellen passed safely and briskly, he was very unhappy and I wasn’t that pleased either to be fair.

We had to return down the same track so this time Ellen grabbed two sharp sticks if needed for war and we made a game plan if things got nasty.

I was first up again and yeap he was pretty angry with heckles up and all.

Again I held him at bay while Ellen went passed behind me, the dog got closer and more threatening so I took a more threatening prod at him with one stick and raised the other stick very threateningly and luckily he backed off a bit, keeping an eye on him I was walking backwards down the hill watching my step and him at the same time.

We got far enough away to feel okay but I must admit I was a little apprehensive to say to the least and happy to be passed the war zone.

Heading back down the track we saw the rocks that had fossilized shells in them





So at the elevation of 1400 meters or 4500 feet this used to be sea base, mum nature at work big time which shows you just how active this area is with volcans etc.

Done with bad dog day we headed back to town and back to our unit dropping by the supermarket again for some fud for tea....and some chocolate for a treat....Cadburys nothing less!!

All in all a great day out, coulda done without the dogs, particularly the big one but all well and ended well.

Chocolate, now you see it



...now you don't



They have BIG mice here in Costa Rica capable of opening fridge doors

Ok, 9.26 pm, I am off to bed to dream of Halle Berry again.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:54 PM   #1599
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Orosi To Somewhere Then Uvita

So the day started early, woken by dogs barking I couldn’t get back to sleep so and early breaky and coffee and some other activities kicked the day into gear.

We said goodbyes at the bakery and headed off.



Plan was to go around lake Cachi, first we had to cross the bridge under repair, we waited for about 10 minutes then crossed and carried on only to be stopped by another lot of roadworks, they said upward of 2 hours wait and we still may not be able to get through.





Riding past welders ,grinder, sandblasting equipment it was all a bit narrow sometimes



We made a decision to backtrack and skip the lake after about another 10 minute wait, so back to the bridge under repair and wait another 10 minutes.

Slalom back through all the gear



So about half an hour riding and half an hour waiting we were back in town an hour later no further ahead.

Carrying on we took the main drag up and out, we needed fuel and today seemed to be l”let fill up our car day” and there were queues for petrol at 5 - 6 stations we passed, finally we found one not too busy, not sure why the other stations were so crowded.

Leaving town we followed two moto cops and they were riding side by side, in, on and over the double yellows and all!!



And on the other side



To be fair tho they were passing slow joes and at one point they overtook a bus, the first rode passed and signaled his buddy to come through cos it was a blind corner at this stage and he takes off, his buddy then signals us to come on through on the blind corner (they could see tho at that stage) so that was pretty cool.

When we turned off we gave them a big wave and they waved back.

This is where the somewhere comes into our trip, somehow we managed to muck things up and the road we turned down was the road we were meant to come up so the wheel fell off it completely and we ended up in the middle of nowhere with some bloody good views.



The road was fantastic



It got narrower but still very nice and on the top of a ridge



Then we got lost .. how .... I dunno



Steep corners



Drink of water, some nuts and we backtracked realising our mistake and soon got back on track although now well behind where we thought we would be.

Wasn't too long and we were making our way back to the supermoto circuit



The road climbed to 3345 meters or nearly 11000 feet, it went down to 12 degrees and we froze our arses off, a stop and put on warm gear was needed then we carried on all the way down to 600 meters and were sweating hard so had to strip it all back off again.

Ellen took the photo at 3328 meters



We rode into a wall of fog and we wofted in and out till about 2500 meters



Lunch was in order, I was very tired from not much sleep, an early start and from wrestling Maya on the steep little shingle backroads which were steep.

This was was we did in the end



From there we continued down to the coast and headed south to Uvita where we ended up for the night.
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Smoked chicken & avocado Sushi????

Looks like you guys are doing good....I was on the road for a while and most travellers I met had heard about you guys. Of course I told the ones who hadn't to come snoop in here....!

Oh....I know you didn't meet them but some here have, I shared beer and stories with Gino and Fiona. If they read this....my offer still stands, no need for more references. But I won't be home, my leave request is officially denied.
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Chubby Bunny, something new to the Kiwis, plan is to stuff as many marshmellows in your mouth and still say Chubby Bunny .... seems I am a big mouth ... at least I wasn't gonna let two young ladies kick my bum
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Smoked chicken & avocado Sushi????

Looks like you guys are doing good....I was on the road for a while and most travellers I met had heard about you guys. Of course I told the ones who hadn't to come snoop in here....!

Oh....I know you didn't meet them but some here have, I shared beer and stories with Gino and Fiona. If they read this....my offer still stands, no need for more references. But I won't be home, my leave request is officially denied.
Heya Pierre, great to hear from you mate, glad all is well up north, bugga about your leave ..... sounds like you have a pretty bad throat tho ...

Funny thing with travellers is we all seem to bump into each other along the way.
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Classic .... yeah a game of being silly with HUGE marshmellows ... in NZ we just toast em!!
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Classic .... yeah a game of being silly with HUGE marshmellows ... in NZ we just toast em!!
You should see what they do with them in Texas!
They create a diabetic coma on a 'cracker' with a giant toasted marshmallow, done to the point where it almost blisters the mouth and/or falls off the toasting stick.
A nice thick piece of Hershey's chocolate (rapidly melting thanks to the marshmallow)
and a couple of 'graham crackers' (biscuits for those who speak English)
and they call them "Smore's"

I think the name comes from the inability to speak properly after consuming one of these creations from diet hell.
The problem is they produce a euphoria that is known to induce people to say stupid things like "gimme another", ..... often said several times.

For your reference, this is what they look like...
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You should see what they do with them in Texas!
They create a diabetic coma on a 'cracker' with a giant toasted marshmallow, done to the point where it almost blisters the mouth and/or falls off the toasting stick.
A nice thick piece of Hershey's chocolate (rapidly melting thanks to the marshmallow)
and a couple of 'graham crackers' (biscuits for those who speak English)
and they call them "Smore's"

I think the name comes from the inability to speak properly after consuming one of these creations from diet hell.
The problem is they produce a euphoria that is known to induce people to say stupid things like "gimme another", ..... often said several times.

For your reference, this is what they look like...
you have been warned
Argh mate I am a sweet tooth and just drool when I see that ... might have to make some such creation....over the other side.

In Panama today, going to the canal WOH HOH, loading on the Stahlratte tomorrow sailing Monday

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