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Old 03-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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Wink 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!
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....9&postcount=64

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Old 03-05-2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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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!
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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Look forward to hearing more about this trip. CR is one of my retirement choices.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:29 AM   #4
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Looks like a handful of adventure

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:58 AM   #5
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Subscribed to this one. Been thinking about going there in a year or two.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:07 AM   #6
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nice to have you guys along for the bench ride (GB, its an honor )

be sure that there will be plenty of vids and photos later
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:21 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:57 AM   #8
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thanks for the info blooch. i looked through your pictures and vids. good stuff!

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

I salute you

Now you have Banshee talking about going back to CR. thanks a lot!
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:29 AM   #10
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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!
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:03 PM   #11
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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. There are basically no signs once you get off the big roads, leave plenty of time to get lost
How many nights you going to camp? I spent alot of money when I was near the beach but inland wasn't too bad.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:29 PM   #12
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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 http://neilcallanan.posterous.com/tr...entura-en-cost

Enjoy.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:19 PM   #13
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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-
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:54 PM   #14
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #15
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