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Old 12-13-2009, 02:31 PM   #16
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nice, looks like it was a great trip, and to do THAT for the 25th, I'd say she's a keeper
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:55 PM   #17
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Ok, so the road spills out onto the Panamerican highway...I felt like I had reached sacred ground...the path that many a famous and not so famous adventure rider has passed before me.
That didn't last long though...it's hot and not very picturesque...at least in this particular spot anyways. I put that lofty notion out of my mind and continued on to Puntarenas and the ferry.





The way to Puntarenas and Puntarenas itself is probably the least enjoyable part of the entire trip. Its hot, there's lots of traffic once in the town and there was nothing remarkable about it (that I saw) except where it's located geographically. It's actually located on a long ocean spit thats maybe a couple of miles long, maybe more.
Anyways, we found the terminal with pretty good timing as vehicles were starting to line up. Carla went for tickets across the street in a little market area...which was kinda interesting.





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A beautiful little Tico face





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Surprising!





No ferry decor is complete without the shrine of Mary and the baby...





Yup...the bikes still there...





The mountains we just came out of





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We arrive in Paquera on the Nicoyan Peninsula


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Old 12-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #18
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Loved the report so far! Great memory to celebrate your 25th!

Keep the pictures coming, I live for Costa Rica reports.

The hotel Cacts hasn't changed a bit.

Your report has me there right now and I love it.

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:46 AM   #19
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Nice pics, greetings from a TICO. Enjoy your time!!!
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:30 AM   #20
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Thanks for the compliments......I got a correction: It was Quakers not Mormons that settled in Monteverde. Those Mormons all went out to Utah

Continued... when I get this friggin snow cleaned up.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:21 AM   #21
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Great report. Sorry to be nosey, but about how much did this cost?


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Old 12-14-2009, 10:42 AM   #22
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Great report. Sorry to be nosey, but about how much did this cost?


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Not nosey at all....It cost roughly $2000 including airfare.

Airfare from NH- 575 (We had air miles for one, so X 2 if you have to pay)
9 hotel nights- 550
motorcycle 7 days- 550
Miscellaneous food, gas and tourist stuff-500 (prolly not really that much) Breakfasts are included, so we usually ate lunch late as a sort of early dinnner. But food is pretty cheap generally, and we didn't do a lot of touristy stuff, just riding. But even the touristy stuff isn't too bad.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:04 PM   #23
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Our point in going out to the Nicoyan Peninsula was to go to Montezuma. Seems like its a bit more remote and away from the mainland proper, thought it might be interesting... I dunno, we'll see when we get there...it's all good.
The road from Paquera goes through a few little towns, Curu, Pochote, and Tambor. They all seemed pretty similiar to any of the towns we have already passed through before. The road was tarred and decent all the way till about 5 miles outside of Montezuma where it turns to dirt. Really potholed, and rutted but kind of fun with the bike. It then descends sharply down to the ocean where the tiny town of Montezuma is.


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So we walk out to the beach to get a feel for that





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So we start looking for a place to stay....Carlas looking at the sign on the left....I'm looking on the right. Hmmmm... $265 on the left, $10 on the right.





Just about that point I hear this womans British accent...she's saying, I just started a new hotel, and am offering a deal. It has clean rooms, hot shower and only $40 US. And I'll take you on the secret path to the upper tier of the waterfall. Well Ok, it's settled.






So Carla hops into her car and I follow on the bike. It was kinda fun riding 1-up. We end up going back up the hill to this place.






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Oh yeah, we got to do some laundry too.






So we head to the waterfall and park here: Future reference for anyone coming later...there is a road just above this parking place...walk out that road and it eventually turns into a trail that brings you down to the third tier of the waterfall.







A thought to leave you with tonite



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Old 12-15-2009, 08:36 AM   #24
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Nice report!

My father has a house in Costa Rica, I must make a trip!!

Looking forward to more photos!
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:00 AM   #25
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Last time i was i Montezuma was 9 years ago, this picture brings back good memories on the little bar on the left the blue one
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:40 AM   #26
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This little town definitely has it going on for wayward hippie chicks, rasta's and surf bums. They look up to me like a father figure...
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:04 PM   #27
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So, Sarah...the girl from the hotel takes us to the waterfall. It's a pretty good hike down to it. We cross over a zipline platform on the way and a twisty footpath on down into a valley to the falls. It's a three tiered thing, and we're on the top tier. There's about a dozen 20 somethings at the top of the second tier that have been climbing up to the top tier and jumping off into the pool below...maybe 15 feet. They egg us on... I came in motorcycle garb, but I brought my shorts. So I discreetly change into my shorts, watch someone jump first, so I know where to land. (the water is muddy, so you can't see if there are any rocks) and jump off, much to the glee of the kids below. Carla and Sara jump too. There's also a rope swing which we all try out too. Very fun. Now, these kids start jumping off the second tier...which is about twice the distance of the upper tier...nope...not for me. Especially since I can't see the pool below. I described all this, because I don't have any pics..except for the one above. (She's just about to jump) The camera was at the top of the first tier, and the only way down was off the cliff and across the pool. So you'll just have to go there yourself, if you want to see it...

Sara left ahead of us because she had an appointment, and after a little while we walked out, just as daylight is starting to fade a bit.

We stopped in town and had a couple of beverages and a bowl of pineapple before heading back to the hacienda.






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So off we went, did our laundry and spread it all out around the room to try to get it dried for tomorrow.

We got up early and went into town for breakfast. The town wakes up pretty slowly because I think it stays up real late. We got a spot right off the street to watch the people...they started to trickle by.





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We sat around for quite awhile... chatting with the guy sitting next to us who was from Holland, and had moved here 10 years ago. He bought a house and was slowly renovating it for rentals. We talked about the obstacles he faced not being a citizen and wanting to be in business here. We walked around town a bit more after breakfast.



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This guy was a happy guy and yakked all about how he and his wife had moved here from Manuel Antonio down the coast and what a beautiful place that was, etc, etc,....Lucky for us, we were headed that way.





So we went back on up to the cabin... packed our barely dried stuff up and headed back to the ferry about 40 km.

We got to the ferry about 20 minutes too late, already gone...guess we lolligagged too long at the restaruant. Soooo, there's another ferry up peninsula in Playa Naranjo about another 40km which we can catch if we hurry. Great....new territory to explore.


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We continue on and it's a pretty pleasant ride through the countryside...no particular sights just pleasant and the road turns to dirt but real good dirt. No cars or trucks at all along the way...just a couple of motorcyclists and iguana's


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We arrive at the ferry just in time to get tickets and load





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I watch this loaded cattle truck load...back off...then load again. It just barely fit on the boat. It also has two very pissed off bulls in it as well.






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This guy hops up onto the top and starts walking back and forth...every time this particular bull sees the guy it goes crazy and starts snorting and bucking...making the whole truck rock back and forth. I was just picturing the parking brake letting go and the whole truck sliding off the back of the boat.






Then they jack the truck up and do a tire change on the deck.







The tire they put on was completely bald.

This was a much smaller boat and really didn't seem to have any tourists on it except for us. It was a much more pleasant ride than the way over.


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Old 12-15-2009, 05:52 PM   #28
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OK....so we arrive back in Puntarenas and skeedaddle our way outa there towards Jaco. Highway riding here we come. I remember reading that you could see crocodiles off some bridge along the way. We soon came upon a bunch of people peering off a bridge so we crossed it, pulled over and walked up for a look see.





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Note to self....DO NOT TIP THE CANOE OVER IN COSTA RICA





OK enough of that

We continued on to Jaco....

It was just starting to get late in the day, and I was beginning to get anxious about cover for the night.

We pull in...it looks ok, just a mini version of our Myrtle Beach. Not exactly what I came to Costa Rica for, but it'll have to do for tonite. It did.





We really didn't spend much time in town...we found a hotel on the beach and hung out there.





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This was on the roof, at the top of that spiral staircase. A couple of Negra Modelo's.....A fine Cuban....it was ok.







The room...(sorry its so blurry) Too many Modelo's I guess.


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Old 12-16-2009, 01:35 AM   #29
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Coming along nicely, Dave!

Curious, what's a realistic distance to plan for a day if doing this type of ride 2-up on a DR? Seems like you two took the time to take in the area a little bit rather than just push the miles.



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Old 12-16-2009, 04:10 AM   #30
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Thank you very much for posting this-- I went to a semester of college at UCR in 1987, and this brings back back a lot of long-neglected memories.

Coffee, Gallopinto, Imperial-- powerful stuff.

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