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Old 03-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #196
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Hey you two,

Sent you a PM. I see you made it to Samara...lovely beach town with beautiful beaches and awesome people. If still there, head over to La Vela Latina Beach Bar...on Monday nights, its 2 for 1 Sushi (delicious).

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:17 PM   #197
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Thanks for the tip!

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:04 PM   #198
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You are very welcome...continue to enjoy CR
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:16 AM   #199
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Wow ...

Samara looks awesome. (Keep those pics coming! And if you ever get the time to write more about your experiences ... that's be great too. But it's amazing how many pics you consistently post.)

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:55 AM   #200
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More feeling

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I will try. I spend a lot of time on the posts, but you are right I need to add more to the photos. It's just so hard to describe I guess


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Old 03-30-2013, 04:22 PM   #201
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Way too hot at the beach

The next bay over is Playa Carillo so we rode over to check it out the white sand and waves.



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Samara part 2 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Back in Samara there were quite a few horses wandering down the beach.



Samara part 2 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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There is a fair in town so we had to check it out.



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Old 03-31-2013, 03:26 PM   #202
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Some alone time

After 9 months on the road together we actually were going separate ways for a week. Dan was headed back to kite surf up north at Playa Copal and I was headed to Nuevo Arenal on the lake for some relaxation and a cooler climate after 2 weeks of oppressive heat at the beach. When we left home in June we said we would try to get time by ourselves regularly and we did not do it.



Screen Shot 2013-03-30 at 9.52.01 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Heading east off the Pan Americana you can feel it get cooler from 37 to 27 degrees. Turning towards the lake the road was initially like a paved country lane.




Nuevo Arenal 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


It did get windier (is that a word) and windier until I saw the dreaded wind farm.



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Suddenly the pavement stopped and for a few KM it was a dirt road with some pretty steep down hill grades.



Nuevo Arenal 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



I had booked into the Agua Inn B&B for some R&R. They have a steep very windy driveway too. Up is worse than down for sure, especially if you meet a car.




Nuevo Arenal 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Nuevo Arenal 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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Nuevo Arenal 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


It was nice to be alone and go for walks to the lake or just hang out on the deck and watch the birds.



Nuevo Arenal 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC08559 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



They really make you feel at home here. The girls were always making goodies for me.



Nuevo Arenal 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There was a tropical storm here and it poured rain for days, but I did not mind just hanging out on the couch with a book. It rained so hard on the metal roof on the inn that I hardly slept 2 of the nights.



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Old 04-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #203
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Copal part 2

Daniel meanwhile was at copal with wind that was way too strong for a noobie, but some of the experts did kite by the full moon with glow stick on their kites.



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He finally gave up and headed back down the dirt road south of Copal to hit the pan Americana.



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That meant Daniel arrived back at Nuevo Arenal a few days earlier than planned, which was great. The rain finally stopped so we could get out to ride. We were last here in Arenal in 2001 when there was a very badly pot holed dirt road. The now paved road along the lake is curvy enough to drag the pegs. There are amazing views of the Arenal volcano and you end at the hot springs for a dip. There is a very expensive private springs, but as usual if you ask the locals there is a free hot spring near by.



Nuevo Arenal 58 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nuevo Arenal 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Nuevo Arenal 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Nuevo Arenal 25 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


In town at Moras for dinner we met Ric and Karleen. They make us look like pussies on our 500 lb BMW bikes. They walk or ride somewhere in the world for 3 months every year. Last year they walked from Ushuaia up the spine of the Andes. Ric had stitches put in on Bocas del Toro 10 days ago so it was time to take them out




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Old 04-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #204
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Cool pics ...

I'm doing your journey vicariously, and it's keeping me inspired to do my own version of it in a couple years. The moonlight pics are awesome. The one of "Nurse Sara" is great too. ;-)
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #205
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Wicked thanks for the props

Yes when Ric said " you can take out stitches?" I said "trust me I'm a surgeon"!


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Old 04-06-2013, 01:09 PM   #206
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San Jose for BMW service

Leaving Arenal the sky was dark and like most of the week it was raining and we are thankful for our over suits even if we look like two pylons. We are headed to San Jose for service at BMW motocicletas.



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We are glad we say the volcano before, because today you cannot see anything. It did clear up by La Fortuna for a nice ride thru the mountains via Zarcero.



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The roads here are paved, but criss-cross and wind all over like they paved the cattle paths or something. This “major” road was under construction.



San Jose 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Zarcero is known for the topiary in the church gardens.



San Jose 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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Like everywhere in Latin America driving or even walking at night can be hazardess. This hole was on our way to the grocery store in San Jose.



IMG_1542 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We arrived bright and early to BMW and Adolpho the service manager was there to meet us. They did a great job. We were there all day so took a break for lunch too.



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San Jose 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Thanks to Steve in San Jose whom we met on ADV for his advice on riding in Costa Rica and the name of the Out of Bounds B&B near the BMW dealership.




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Old 04-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #207
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Golfito

We are now all serviced up….the next one is in Uruguay. Heading south we opted for the cooler route thru the mountains on the way to Golfito on the coast. The road curved up to 10,000 feet and the temperature dropped to 11 c degrees.



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But first there was the hour just to get out of San Jose in the traffic.



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Up at 10,000 feet we were in the clouds.



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It was still sunny and nice as we neared the coast. The palm tree plantations are for harvesting the nut for palm oil.



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As we are nearing the rainy season it tend to rain in the afternoon. It is raining and hot as we are on the coast again.



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Tomorrow COUNTRY NUMBER TEN
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #208
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Paso Canoas border crossing

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Tomorrow COUNTRY NUMBER TEN
Good luck with the crossing at Paso Canoas tomorrow! (assuming your RR is not delayed). I'm pretty sure you already have everything lined up for tomorrow's crossing, but just in case, here are a few tips:

> CR customs office is the building with blue metal roof on your left
> After customs line up, the aduanas is in same building, around the the corner from the customs windows.
> If needed, photocopies are available across the street
> then ride to Panama border. You can park the bikes in the building near the customs windows. If no space, then park at the front right on the "Panama" mosaic (good set up for pictures too. ).
... now this is usually where the fun begins!
> while in line for customs, you need to buy a stamp for $1 (usually an official selling them).
- you must buy insurance for Panama. You have several options, but there's a small desk near the entrance of the market on the right hand side when facing the Panama building. ~$20 if I recall.
- if things haven't changed (yet again), you have to go up the stairs to get someone to sign a piece of papers (forget what it was exactly).
- Then you should be good for aduanas and import your bikes
- once done, the official need to check your bikes and sign papers.
- last couple steps is to pay for the fumigation ($1) in the small triangular window opening towards the back of the building. Then ride to the fumigation building and get the bikes done.

Then your on your way to PTY!

Hopefully I remember most of those steps correctly (it has been several months since last time, and the process seems to change ever time I get there).

Here's the link to my friend Rose who owns a bar restaurant near El Valle in Panama: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Province.html . They also have very nice cabins you can rent there. Please say hi for me if you stop there.

Safe travels! I was a pleasure meeting you guys in CR. Maybe we'll cross roads again down in SA!
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:22 AM   #209
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10,000 feet?!!!

I had no idea there were places in CR that high.

The garden sculpting at that church looks amazing.

Enjoy Panama ... looking forward to seeing your pics from there.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:51 PM   #210
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Thanks

Hey Steve thanks for the tips. Love to see you guys in SA!!

Doug the topiary were really cool some are animals like elephants.


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