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Old 01-22-2013, 07:31 AM   #1051
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Playa Tamarindo
This is where I spent the night.
I found a hostel for $15 a night in town called La Botella Leche

Beautiful sunsets here
And even a better moon set



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Old 01-22-2013, 07:59 AM   #1052
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Eduardo -

Try this website if you haven't already - pretty specific information about what you need if you are going to ship the bike. Written by a couple who quit their job last year and intend to drive the world in their VW. Lots of info on the ferry that wasn't to be. Their last up date was in July - but you might be able to email them and ask what to do. I'll continue to look around for you on my end. Sounds like you are going to have to ship the bike via container. May delay you a few weeks, involve some backtracking - and cost $$$.

http://www.drivenachodrive.com/about...a-to-colombia/
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:03 AM   #1053
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Well it looks like I have a boat to Colombia. It is on the sailboat Independence. I don't know anything about it other than it cost me $900 and it leaves on February 21st. This puts me way behind schedule but that is ok. I think it will be for the best in the end. This way, I can spend more time enjoying Costa Rica and Panama. Plus I won't feel rushed in Colombia and Peru.
Patagonia will have to wait. But I will see it one day......just not this year
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:08 AM   #1054
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Congratulations, That's one worry over.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #1055
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Well it looks like I have a boat to Colombia. It is on the sailboat Independence. I don't know anything about it other than it cost me $900 and it leaves on February 21st. This puts me way behind schedule but that is ok. I think it will be for the best in the end. This way, I can spend more time enjoying Costa Rica and Panama. Plus I won't feel rushed in Colombia and Peru.
Patagonia will have to wait. But I will see it one day......just not this year
$900 bux for you AND your bike? How has the 1200GS(A) treated you so far?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #1056
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$900 bux for you AND your bike? How has the 1200GS(A) treated you so far?
Yes
900 !for me and the bike
And the gsa is a perfect bike for what I am doing
It is a big bike that only feels heavy when I am making a u turn
Also, in the deep sand
I was riding on a road along the beach yesterday and it was hard packed sand
But an oncoming car forced me in to the soft deep sand and things got interesting
I stayed on the gas and the bike was wiggling around quite a bit but I made it back on to the road without a problem.
If I would have let off the gas or tried to stop, I would have crashed for sure
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #1057
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After 27,000 miles, I replaced the rear brake pads this morning by the pool at the hostel. The front pads are doing fine. I am still carrying a full set of pads so I should be good for another 27,000 miles.
Ready to roll
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #1058
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Man, I saw your bike parked at Playa Hermosa. I am from El Salvador and went to San Juan del Sur last week for vacation. Also spotted another guy in a KTM 990 with NY plates riding around, but I did know who he was. Nice to see the bike around.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #1059
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Ed,
Have you thought of looking into a week or two of Spanish immersion class? I am so lame at speaking Spanish that I thought of hitting a program in Mex for a couple weeks, it's gotta be helpful....
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:03 PM   #1060
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Man, I saw your bike parked at Playa Hermosa. I am from El Salvador and went to San Juan del Sur last week for vacation. Also spotted another guy in a KTM 990 with NY plates riding around, but I did know who he was. Nice to see the bike around.
Thats funny
Wish you could have have stopped for a chat
I was just out for a swim
The guy on the KTM is an Israeli guy living in NY. He is doing North America and Central America
Good guy
I have bumped in to him a couple of times so far
Heading to Playa Samara now
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:06 PM   #1061
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Ed,
Have you thought of looking into a week or two of Spanish immersion class? I am so lame at speaking Spanish that I thought of hitting a program in Mex for a couple weeks, it's gotta be helpful....
I know it would help and it is a good idea, but the thought of sitting in a classroom when I could be sitting on my motorcycle or better yet......the beach......keeps from ever doing it
But never say never
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:00 PM   #1062
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Hola Lalo

+1 + + sound so good right now
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when I could be sitting on my motorcycle or better yet......the beach......keeps from ever doing it
But never say never
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:27 AM   #1063
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Hey Big Ed!

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Hey Trev
Thanks for the insight
After spending 2 months of under-utilized resources (all accommodatios, restaurants have been been open and sometimes empty), I didnt think it would be so difficult to get to Colombia. I figured that someone would fulfill the supply and exceed the demand for boats heading to Colombia. But there is a dearth of boats and demand exceeds the supply.
I think I am have a place on a boat called the independence. I booked it thru Captain Jacks
I am waiting for a response from them to confirm my reservation.
The date for my crossing is the 21st of February. That means I have a month to kill in Costa Rica and Panama. Not such a bad thing. But I think it does mean that I wont be able to make it to Patagonia before winter. And that bums me out but it also doesn't put the pressure on me to make time to get down there quickly.
I just need to plan one day at a time. Because, in the end, everything changes.....nit fault to yourself. You just need to be flexible and roll with the punches.
Hey Ed, enjoyed reading about your adventure and am glad you are having a fun and safe trip....Keep it up..Little Sam
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:31 AM   #1064
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Hey Ed, enjoyed reading about your adventure and am glad you are having a fun and safe trip....Keep it up..Little Sam
Hey little Sam
I am glad you are along for the ride
Big Lalo
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:36 PM   #1065
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Hostel Botella de Leche

I am always looking for a safe hostel/hotel that can keep my bike inside when I am not camping. This was a good one. Even my bike got to relax out by the pool

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