Made it to San Gerardo de Rivas by 9:30, could probably get there in less than 45 minutes but stopped a lot for photos. The little town is familiar to me—this is where you get your passes to climb Chirripó which I’ve done a handful of times. I’m going to try to go this week or next. All the reserved tickets are sold out, but each day they sell 10 more for the next day. I need to store my bike somewhere, one hotel / restaurant said I could park in their lot for $10. Kind of steep, I’ll look around a bit more.
I really like this area of CR. Smells very fresh. There’s a small church, a school, community center, a few restaurants / hotels where hikers stay before they start their trip. There was a soccer tourney going on all morning.