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Old 03-07-2011, 07:03 PM   #16
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:10 AM   #17
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will do mr.clown.
ill post some gear/info / tool kit n' spares pictures tonight
flight leaves at 6:00 tomorrow MONIN'


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Old 03-10-2011, 10:35 AM   #18
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:16 PM   #19
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Ok fellas. Basically this is what im taking with me.

I wont bore you with breaking down the tool kit or the individual bags.

Its really not that much stuff.







... oh, there is a Spot Tracker somewhere in there too.

If you are going to Costa Rica, THIS is the map that you need to buy. it is very detailed. much more detailed that the GPS map. You can find it on Amazon.com. another good book to pick up is "discover costa rica" by lonely planet. The BORCH map (not shown) is laminated which is nice for using a dry erase marker to plan a route.. however its not a very detailed map. Another map worth purchasing is the National Geographic "adventure travel" map for costa rica. not as detailed as the "jaguar map" but it shows better topography.









If you've ever had "the rot" then you know why i carry this with me on long rides. if you have never had the ass puckering pleasure of experiencing the rot, its having athletes foot from the tip of your toes to the top of your boot. it hurts so bad you cant walk. and yes, the sock sticks to your skin when you attempt to remove it. not pretty.





I'm also taking some over the counter stuff like : ibuprofen , Excedrin Migraine and some anti-colon-blow.




Everyone knows ya'gotta'have the flops right ?










TIME TO GO JUNGLE STOMPING!










..... updates will be posted along the way. stay tuned for the Grit
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:47 AM   #20
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finally made it to san juan at 00:00 this morning. i was supposed to be here at 11:00 but my plane was late coming iinto the shit hole that is miami. english is dead there. anyways. they overbooked the flights . i missed 3 flights. they put me on stand by . i got lucky and got a seat on the last flight out of MIA.

the customs officer wanted to take my tires from me. he asked me if they were new and how much they cost and what i was going to do with them. i told him they cost $50 and that i was going to put them on a bike i would be riding. "is this a problem?" anyways. ill pick up the xr in about an hour. change t5he tires and get a move on
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:31 AM   #21
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finally made it to san juan at 00:00 this morning. i was supposed to be here at 11:00 but my plane was late coming iinto the shit hole that is miami. english is dead there. anyways. they overbooked the flights . i missed 3 flights. they put me on stand by . i got lucky and got a seat on the last flight out of MIA.

the customs officer wanted to take my tires from me. he asked me if they were new and how much they cost and what i was going to do with them. i told him they cost $50 and that i was going to put them on a bike i would be riding. "is this a problem?" anyways. ill pick up the xr in about an hour. change t5he tires and get a move on
XR? Is the XT225 sitting this one out or was that just a typo?
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:34 AM   #22
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What are the current temps day/night, mountains/coast?
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:12 AM   #23
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:08 PM   #24
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Cool man, packin' light!

Looking forward to the jungle pics.
Just started snowing again up here

What do you think of that dry-bag backpack and who makes it?
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:49 PM   #25
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this should be interesting! Ride Safe!!
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:38 AM   #26
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What are the current temps day/night, mountains/coast?
Hot on the coasts, hot, rainy, dryish, coolish at night and at the highest elevations then warm,hot,rainy,dry,humid again. Point is you will ride through ever changing climates in CR. Plan on being moist most of the time.


We are always looking for a reason to ride CR again.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:31 PM   #27
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Wink A fist full of Costa Rica

ill be back in the states hopefully tomorrow night.
was an awesome solo-exploration of the country.
will post an in depth ride report as usual and have my
GPS tracks and video ready in a couple of weeks.

the 250 tornado is a great bike. air cooled with an oil-cooler and a sweet subframe. wish we could get them in the USA

Somewhere near Samara on Peninsula de Nicoya









Somewhere near Volcan Chato

















Manzanillo .....................













........waaaay more to come





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Old 03-21-2011, 06:46 PM   #28
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Those maps don't look like they are in the shape of a fist!!!!!! Anyway, can't wait to read more of this one!
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #29
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Wink A Fist Full of Costa Rica: DAYS 1 - 3

THE RIDE REPORT STARTS NOW



Day 1 :




My day started early. arrived at the birmingham alabama airport around 6:00. breakfast at the bar.













I Arrive at Miami International around 11:00 due to some sort of delay... i miss my connecting flight.... they put me on standby.... i cant get a seat on either of the next 2 flights.... i watch TV and see this----------











.....at this point i've been drinking "just a'lil bit" look to the guy next to me at the bar. I say..." fuck, thats a whole lot of toshibas and mitsubishis getting washed down the road"





I finally get to San Jose around 00:00. when i get to my hotel i notice that someone has stolen the heavy-duty rear tube out of my bag. here we go.




Hotel Paseo Colon _
75 meters past pizza shop
Loantes
next to copenex
28 to 30 street. $85/night. very nice place.
accross the street from thorstons bike shop
here is the WiFi Code: 1827364539


















Razor Wire. It locks the freshness in.















D A Y 2


today ill be heading South East through the Mountains then on to the Peninsula de Osa.













At Thorsten's shop he and i get the tires off the bike. i brought a set of tires with me. he is very accommodating. I also asked for a front sprocket that was one tooth smaller. he called one of his guys who rode up and handed it over. I removed the stock sprocket and installed the new one..... after we mounted everything on the bike and tightened the chain we realized .. hey the new sprocket has the same number of teeth as the stock sprocket



























there are plenty of Sugar Cane plantations around this area. i nearly tore my foot off while riding through this sugar cane field.











Sugar Cane Proccessing












heading into the mountains.










Abandoned










i like the rotting umbrella.















Tres Amigos














At this point my brain is still adjusting to my surroundings. Basically ive just landed in Costa Rica , jumped on a bike and aimed it at the jungle and mountains. Just following some "pre-planned routes" that ive programmed into my GPS unit using a mix of maps. some of the shit is there, some of it isnt. Im still getting used to this bike. I exchanged some of my dollars for Colones before leaving the airport. 500c roughly = 1 dollar. .. POP QUIZ !!! can you say 6570 in spanish ? The only people that ive interacted with are Thorsten, a Taxi Driver and 3 people at the Hotel. so, my senses are pinging. loving it.












jungle mountains





























these guys were walking up the trail i was on











V I D E O




completely not paying attention to where im going. my eyes are looking at everything but
what is in front of me. funny funny.








http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0gIW0O4xNE



















there are PLENTY of water crossings here. some have bridges. MOST do not. its a blast. I can imagine what it would be like here in the rainy season. very very deep, fast and strong




















I follow this river. Now is the dry season. this river must go Megatron in the wet season.












it has washed away sections of the road. wicked













this dam is friggin huuuuuge. no way to get it in a frame





















the new church... right next to the old church











somewhere around here i ran over a puppy dog.
a couple of days later i didnt feel so bad about it. there are dead dogs all over the roads here. its like seeing dead squirrels on the roads in the USA.
Actually i started to enjoy seeing dead dogs in the roads. kind of entertaining. as i would approach the carcass i remember getting excited to see what breed it would be.

hey, when you ride solo ya' tend to go a little out of your head..







getting very close to pinensula de osa here. maybe on it already.
it was around here that i passed two naked native dudes walking on the side of the road looking up at the trees. when i rode by they didnt care. very cool.




























There were some Hombres working around here









and a cultural festival on the 12th and 13th of march








this bridge is sketchy. has a couple holes here and there.













V I D E O










http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0jrGCAS8w















I arrive at Rancho Corcovado. String up my hammock.













im the only guest here.
A woman cooks me up a porkchop , rice and beans for dinner. its awesome.


i climb in the hammock and pass out around 19:00.

figure im asleep for about an hour when some wicked wind blasts me so hard the hammock swings violently. i feel rain drops and the wind is getting stronger. its making the coconuts fall .

untie the hammock and head for a palapa (palm frond hut).
put my rain coat on , blow up my ground pad and fall asleep on the ground.

i wake up about an hour later when something warm n' furry crawles up my shirt and snuggles itself in my armpit. jump and shout f'n f' f'n sh*t what the ? i see something scurry off.

not much sleep.

Headed up the coast towards Jaco tomorrow.




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Old 03-24-2011, 12:03 PM   #30
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Awesome pics and video Swamp, bring it!!!
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