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Old 10-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #76
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Hello,

Liking your journey and your attitude of moving on and doing in a very different way that many would. Like your attention to detail on your photography. What kind of mileage are you getting of the DL and what mileage have you traveled so far?

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:01 PM   #77
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GREAT RR ELECTRICMALE. I WILL SUBSCRIBE. BTW, DID YOU LIKE THE CHICAS AT THE RODEO...THOUGHT SO. ME TOO!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:21 PM   #78
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DL Mileage

John,

I have not been keeping track of mileage, but I estimate with my 100lb luggage any my 200lb self...I am getting about 45 MPG. I estimate I have traveled about 3,500 mile so far.

Thanks everyone for the photo kudos...it really means a great deal to me. I am trying to improve my photo skills with every photo i take.

Thanks,
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:37 PM   #79
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Nicaragua to Costa Rica

First of all, I would like to apologize for not updating my travels in a timely manner. Right now I am in San Jose, Costa Rica, and plan to travel to David, Panama tomorrow. I entered into Costa Rica about 6 days ago, in a town called Liberia. I stayed one day in Liberia for one night and had a good time, my first taste of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is the most advance country in Latin America, and the most expensive. After leaving Liberia, I headed to the beach town of Tamarindo, and found the Hotel Villa Amarilla. The owners TJ and Cindy were great hosts, and I befriended a group of British travels, who turned out to be great group of people. I guess having a great time in Tamarindo, caused me to neglect my travel updates. I stayed in Tamarindo for4 nights, and headed to San Jose on the 5th day. It rained the entire travel day to San Jose, but I arrive safely. San Jose seems like a great capital city, but I am just not in the mood to explore (I am getting a little lazy), but I think it is the rainy cold weather that is making me lazy. I just don’t feel like getting wet anymore. I plan on taking the costal route to David, Panama versus the Pan American highway via the mountains…getting sick of the mountains. I will have updates soon after I arrive in David.


































Me and the British posse!


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Old 10-25-2012, 08:23 PM   #80
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Costa Rica is Amazing

Raymond,

Your photography is outstanding! I enjoyed the opportunity to ride some of the same areas in March/April this year and had a wonderful trip.

From your last post it seems you are ready to head into Panama. If you are not constrained by time I highly suggest exploring the Arenal volcano, the Arenal lake, and then crossing the new bridge across the Gulf of Nicoya, enjoying the Nicoya Penninsula to rejoin the mainland from the ferry to Punteranas. The scenery, along with beach riding, is difficult to surpass.

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #81
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Costa Rica to Panama

I took to coastal road in Costa Rica headed for David, Panama, but got a little tired and decided to stay in a border town called Ciudad Neily, Costa Rica. Border crossings seem to drain my patience…so I decided to get a good night sleep, and deal with the usual border madness in the morning. Arrived at the Costa Rica/Panama border at 9:30 AM, and did the usual passport/customs stuff, and by 11:30 AM I was on my way into Panama. I was happy to be out of the border and riding on some good quality roads, I decided to push my speed to 90 mph. I was not into Panama for 5 minutes, and I was pulled over by a cop for speeding. I did not get a ticket, but I got a Spanish verbal warning. Note to anyone traveling through Panama, the police use radar, and the cops are everywhere. I arrived in David, Panama about an hour later, and found a hotel. I did not see too much of David, but I am sure it is a nice place. I got an early start the next day and headed to Panama City, which was about 6 hours away. On my ride, 5 BMW GS’s blew by me in the blink of an eye. Later down the road I saw them refueling at a gas station, I honked and kept it moving. About 30 minutes later, the BMW’s passed me, and we decided to stop and talk. We did the standard introductions, and they were on their way to Panama City (where they live). They asked if I would join them for lunch, I accepted, and we all headed to this great restaurant about 1.5 hours outside of Panama City. The had great food and a rodeo going on in the back…who knew? The BMW Club of Panama was very kind and gracious to offer me 1.5 hour, 100 mph BMW GS escort to my hotel (thanks guys & lady). We exchanged numbers, and they offered some great advice about the city…I will stay in contact for sure. The next morning, I need to get some small issues sorted with my bike. As luck would have it, I saw a VSTROM outside my hotel and quickly found the owner and inquired about the nearest Suzuki dealership. He then told me he knew a mechanic, and escorted me to his place of business. Antonio (the mechanic) was great…he sorted out all of my small issues (new chain/sprocket install, horn install, oil change, and front suspension bolts install). I guess those bolts came off somewhere along the way…go figure. During my visit to the mechanic, I ran into some motorcycle travelers that were waiting on the cargo ship leaving for Columbia on 1 NOV 2012. I had a great time conversing with them, and telling stories of our travels. I am still debating making the boat trip to Columbia…$850 bucks…I will need time to let that cost sink in my brain. The next item on my list of to find a room or small place to rent for the next 6 months in Panama City. I really love this city, it is good to be back.


Coastal views of Costa Rica






Me and the BMW Moto Club of Panama


Image of backside of restaurant








Live rodeo action...I bet you thought I was kidding!





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Old 11-11-2012, 05:20 AM   #82
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:09 AM   #83
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Caught up and subscribed now - great RR and even better pics, you truly tell a great story with your camera!
Way to keep you head up - Good luck and enjoy.

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #84
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Panama City

I am currently in Panama City, and I am trying to learn the lay of the land. My current dilemma is trying to find a 1 bedroom fully furnished apartment for about $400 – $600 per month. I know that is going to be hard to find in a city as modern as Panama City. I am hold up in a hostel/housestay in the Ancon/Bsalboa area, and I must say I am having a great time, but something is missing. I am missing the open road and the wind in my face. I am contemplating three options:

1. Staying in Panama for the next year (if I find a place I can afford)
2. Heading South to Columbia (it will cost $850 oneway)
3. Heading back North to visit all of the places I missed on the way down (my favorite choice)
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:52 PM   #85
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I've really enjoyed your RR and am looking forward to reading the upcoming installments. If you go back north I second the motion to visit Arenal volcano, there's a hot springs place there too, which was really relaxing, and to check out the Nicoya Peninsula. Stayed at a great little hotel there a few years ago, set back a few yards from the beach in the jungle. Had a great time there. One caution....if you ride the Panamerican Highway north out of San Jose and into the mountains, there are lots of twisties, but also truck traffic (at least when I was there 7 years ago). Came around a blind curve only to find that some truck had dumped it's crankcase all over the road. Could have been a game-ender as there was no guardrail or anything else to stop you from falling hundreds of feet straight down.

Wishing you all the best on your continuing journey!
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:51 AM   #86
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I would recommend Option 2. It will be the best $850 you ever spent.

Colombia has way more riding options than Panama because it's a much larger country. It's much cheaper to stay and live there. You will find beautiful scenery and nice friendly people everywhere. Two coasts, high mountains, deserts, jungles, the coffee zone, amazing little villages everywhere, and world-class large cities. It's a very biker friendly country. You will find out why so many travelers who planned to ride through Colombia ended up staying there for a much longer visit, many permanently.

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I am currently in Panama City, and I am trying to learn the lay of the land. My current dilemma is trying to find a 1 bedroom fully furnished apartment for about $400 – $600 per month. I know that is going to be hard to find in a city as modern as Panama City. I am hold up in a hostel/housestay in the Ancon/Bsalboa area, and I must say I am having a great time, but something is missing. I am missing the open road and the wind in my face. I am contemplating three options:

1. Staying in Panama for the next year (if I find a place I can afford)
2. Heading South to Columbia (it will cost $850 oneway)
3. Heading back North to visit all of the places I missed on the way down (my favorite choice)
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:33 AM   #87
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Where are you now?

Pics stopped coming in. Did you stay in Panama or did you make it to Colombia?
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #88
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Pics stopped coming in. Did you stay in Panama or did you make it to Colombia?
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You OK? Which option did you take?
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:18 AM   #89
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Awesome trip

Sitting in the office on New Years Eve day wondering about some of the same issues in life that many others are. Why am I still doing this and where do I want to be 5, 10, or 15 years from now. I'm pretty sure I'm going to start throttling back and find a more enjoyable position so I can relax and get more riding in.

Best wishes in your travels and I'll be enviously following. Thanks Raymond.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:21 AM   #90
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Where is Raymond

It has been over a month without any update, I hope he found a place and settle down with a Chica
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