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Old 12-16-2009, 04:28 AM   #31
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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.



We did a total of just under 600 miles in seven days. Of course it depends on the road surface, as you know. The longest day was about 130 and the shortest was prolly around 50 or so. The butt screams for a break more often as the day ticks away. Its kinda like riding that Ural with one foot in the side car and the other on the passenger left peg...jus kiddin
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:33 AM   #32
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Thanks for the EXCELLENT ride report, whizzerwheel!

Your text and images kindle memories of a similar itinerary (San Jose to Volcan Arenal (what? you guys didn't ZIP-LINE?); Liberia to the coast; down to Tambor and ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya and return to San Jose); but on an ATV (street-legal there, as I'm sure you discovered!).

Pictures of pico de gallo on your plate whet my appetite!

Glad Costa Rica and its people remain as delightful as I remember them.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #33
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Thanks for the comments and compliments.

We really didn't have/take the time to zipline even though it was tempting. I know its not the same, but we can do that at home.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:29 AM   #34
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Thanks for the EXCELLENT ride report, whizzerwheel!

Your text and images kindle memories of a similar itinerary (San Jose to Volcan Arenal (what? you guys didn't ZIP-LINE?); Liberia to the coast; down to Tambor and ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya and return to San Jose); but on an ATV (street-legal there, as I'm sure you discovered!).

Pictures of pico de gallo on your plate whet my appetite!

Glad Costa Rica and its people remain as delightful as I remember them.

Here's the recipe in case you can't stand it:


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Old 12-16-2009, 04:53 PM   #35
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Our plan is to head out of Jaco and go down the coast to the town of Quepos. then just a little further to Playa Manuel Antonio where there is a National Park we were told by many people not to miss. Not only is the park beautiful but the beaches are too. Unfortunately, the park is closed on Monday, and it's Monday. So if we get down there and make a reservation to go into the park early Tuesday morning, we can then make the run back to San Jose by Tuesday evening, when the bike needs to be returned.

A shot of the town of Jaco on the way out:





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We arrive in Quepos and stop and get cash at the atm.





We continue on to Manuel Antonio, find a hotel on the beach and go here:






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The next morning we went into the park as planned... and I'll spare you the pics except for a couple:





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Old 12-16-2009, 05:08 PM   #36
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I almost drowned here in 1984 (upper photo)

I fell ass-over-tincups in love-- platonically-- after a moonlight swim just beyond those rocks at the left center a few days later. (lower)

Keep 'em coming-- you're fueling a realization that it's time I got back there.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #37
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We were done with our tour of the park and on the road for San Jose by noon. It was an uneventful four hour ride back to the city, but surprisingly nice. San Jose is in the mountains, and you have to gain quite a bit of elevation before you arrive. I was expecting highway the entire way but the last 30 miles or so was a really fun twisty secondary road full of mountain twistys. The only down side was a bit of traffic, but in Costa Rica, bikes rule...and you just pass them wherever and whenever you want. It's expected.
The section from the airport to the city proper didn't let me down and was just as I remembered it...holy shit...but we made it back to Paseo Colon in central downtown and returned Thorstens bike to him just as promised at 4:00 p.m. with zero mishaps.


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We spent the evening roaming around San Jose. There is a huge market place unlike anything I have seen in the states or elsewhere where you can buy anything....literally.

A few random shots of downtown San Jose:





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I just love them authentic Katerpilar boots





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Hope you enjoyed....we did.







Buenos Notches....
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #38
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Thank you for the RR & the pix; I never thought of seeing CR by bike, but now I'm thinking of it quite seriously.

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:47 PM   #39
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Awesome report!

Brought back many fond memories. I thoroughly enjoyed your report.

The food, beaches, and wild life, its all beautiful!


What was going on below? I never saw a gathering like this? Was it a Saturday night street party? Was it on the pedestrian thoroughfare in downtown San Jose?

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:03 AM   #40
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Hope you enjoyed....we did.


Can't believe you're already done. Time sure does fly when you're on vacation, don't it?

Great RR, Dave! Thanks for taking the time!

Where are you off to next?

PS - Thanks again for the coffee!
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:43 AM   #41
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:04 AM   #42
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:56 AM   #43
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Nice!Nice, nice!
I did the same sort of trip in reverse when I turned 50 four years ago. I was solo,though in January and early February. The bike was a XT 600 rented from Thorsten at Wild Rider.
I glad to see Costa Rica is still beautiful and enjoyable, I had zero problems and a great time while there also.
Anyway great report , makes me want to return.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:42 AM   #44
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Awesome report!

Brought back many fond memories. I thoroughly enjoyed your report.

The food, beaches, and wild life, its all beautiful!


What was going on below? I never saw a gathering like this? Was it a Saturday night street party? Was it on the pedestrian thoroughfare in downtown San Jose?

Yah, if you keep walking south along Paseo Colon it turns to a cobblestone walkway for pedestrians. I never did figure out what was actually happening here. We thought it may be a local radio personality on the stage to the left. He was talking so fast I never got any of it. But it sure had the crowd mesmerized and laughing for quite a while. There were a ton of people out and I don't know it this is normal or not.


Thanks all for the compliments....it makes it worth doing.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:39 PM   #45
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Costa Rica rules. Thanks for bringing us along. I hope to get back there some day.
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