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swamp 03-05-2011 07:48 PM

A Fist Full of Costa Rica
March 11-22nd

Costa Rica, The Piece in the Middle.......

I finished the route today (took me a couple months of perusing through guide books, 4 different maps and GPS crap).

Also picked up some gear, meds and meals (if you call protein bars meals)

I will be bringing a set of knobbie tires and tubes with me as "checked baggage" which I'll install onto

the moto upon arrival at Thorsten's shop around 12:00 on Friday.

Ill then head SE into the cloud forest for some camping, then pick up the jungle trails early in the morning.

still escaping solo.

should be a mind bender.

Ill leave you guys with a few......

Route Overview Shots:

overview sat image of routes

GPS overview of routes

North Central overview

Pacific Coast: Ferry overview

South-East mountains rivers / Caribbean coast route overview

Southwest Pacific: corcovado

if you are looking for the DVD or the GPS tracks for this ride go here!

MORE LATER :1drink

Daily Rider 03-05-2011 10:30 PM

Just got back from CR two days ago. No bike was with the wifey. With the route you have I think you will def. see just about everything and then some. Good luck friend!

strom thingie 03-06-2011 12:11 AM

Look forward to hearing more about this trip. CR is one of my retirement choices.

GB 03-06-2011 05:29 AM

Looks like a handful of adventure :thumb


Steelybeast 03-06-2011 05:58 AM

Subscribed to this one. Been thinking about going there in a year or two.

swamp 03-06-2011 07:07 AM

A fist full of Costa Rica
nice to have you guys along for the bench ride (GB, its an honor :thumb )

be sure that there will be plenty of vids and photos later :D

bloochdog 03-06-2011 08:21 AM

Banshee and I rode last year. We had a blast The 690 KTMs we rented worked well . Her fist time there , my third.
Your routes look quite exciting and extensive. CR has so much to offer and worthy of more than one visit .

You might not need those protein bars since good ,cheap food is readily available at every turn. Be the tourist and do a canopy tour and raft . Pozo Azul has a good combo for just that. haggle with them and they will likely drop a little on their already reasonable rate. There is a back packers lodge " Rancho Leona" 300m down the road !2 bucks a night . Have a great time . Subscribed.
Costa Rica Pics

My buddy's Lodge . La Carolina Lodge

swamp 03-06-2011 08:57 AM

thanks for the info blooch. i looked through your pictures and vids. good stuff!

I salute you :ken

bloochdog 03-06-2011 09:24 AM


Originally Posted by swamp (Post 15349811)
thanks for the info blooch. i looked through your pictures and vids. good stuff!

I salute you :ken

Now you have Banshee talking about going back to CR. thanks a lot!

Motojournalism 03-06-2011 09:29 AM

Sweet! I wish I had spent more time there, Costa Rica was great!

Worth driving all around Lake Arenal, It's not too long, and you've got to see Volcan Arenal at night!
<a href="" title="Volcan Arenal by, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="333" alt="Volcan Arenal" /></a>

GSdiablo 03-06-2011 02:03 PM

Crazy Fun
I got back a couple of weeks ago. I ended up renting(Honda 250) in Jaco and doing day trips. The only time I was alittle concerned was when I was following a big truck hauling rocks. (I thought I was on the main road but it turned out to be a gravel pit) The water crossing was deep and the current fairly strong.:eek1 There are basically no signs once you get off the big roads, leave plenty of time to get lost:evil
How many nights you going to camp? I spent alot of money when I was near the beach but inland wasn't too bad.

AdventureHungry 03-06-2011 02:29 PM

Just got back
We did 5 days on what was our second trip down there. Thorsten had some bikes get swamped the week before, so we ended up having to rent from a place in Jaco.

A few recommendations based on your route:

- The road to Drake is great, but make sure you try to head down towards Carate if you have time. Great ride from Puerto Jimenez down.

- We hit up a great mountain road between San Isidro and Quepos. There is a ton of dirt to be found if you get up into the mountains.

Our full trip report


fishdawgz 03-06-2011 04:19 PM

Costa Rica 1000
I just finished 1000 miles on Friday with three buddies covering a lot of the same territory in CR that you did. We rented from Thorsten/Wild Rider and we'll crank out a ride report soon. I look forward to reading your report and sharing notes/stories! Pura vida-

Schmittenhymer 03-06-2011 04:54 PM

Planning a trip there next year - subscribed! :lurk

SoCalPhil 03-06-2011 08:24 PM

Thanks Swamp!
Here We Go Again, I Love It :clap

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