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Old 01-28-2014, 10:07 PM   #196
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Wicked Another flat and routine maintenance. Only to be followed by a ride.

There is a ride coming soon. Destination: Manuel Antonio. Route: TBA

There have been a few recent changes to the bike.

My prototype dash has been slowly self destructing over the past year.

So I removed all the loose pieces rattling around and will have to redesign.


I tinted the windscreen with some black paint. ADVrider stickers will look better on an all black background when they arrive.


I had to remount my cheap-o top case. Who knows how long it will hold.


Then today I had the opportunity of yet another rear flat .


So off came both and tomorrow the Dr. gets a new pair of shoes. Sad, there is still some tread left.


I am dropping the width of the rear from 140 to 120 in hopes of making roadside repairs possible. I still cannot break the bead on that SOB to save my life.

The up coming ride takes place 07Feb-09Feb. A fellow inmate is in town, has rented a bike and we have some of the same morals; wife and children on the bus. We will meet them there on the bikes.

Stay tuned...
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:10 AM   #197
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It´s funny how you can see pictures of the same country you live and always be amazed!

I like this topis very much, I live in CR and this topic pretty much shows the best rides in CR.

I saw you rode near Nosara, but you didn´t go to the north part exiting in Santa Cruz, gravel roads but wonderful views and places.

There are so many places to go in Costa Rica, that vacations are not enough!!

If you want, I can give many new rides or places to go.

Ride on!
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:54 PM   #198
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I'll be just down the road, but I'm not sure about the morals part....

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Old 02-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #199
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Cool2 Manuel Antonio

0700 --> Manuel Antonio.
-Two ADVriders + Fam


Ale: Send all the routes you can. I then have more rides to go on.

Jungla: If we had no morals at all we'd ditch them on Sat too and ride with you. In or around Manuel Anthony on Sat, we got the day off.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:53 AM   #200
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Talking Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas.

I saw this other day...


This is where I was:

In brief it was one of the best rides to date. But I think I say that just about every time I ride…

Day One: first beer before noon and 170 kms of mostly dirt.



Day Two: The National Park and lots of R&R.



Day Three: An Epic Ride





The details forthcoming…

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:02 PM   #201
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I'll start a thread on ADVrider real soon - don't want to step on Greg's toes in here.

But yeah, the ride back was EPIC. I have a video: 3 minutes through 5-6 distinct microclimes: arid palm farm to cloud forest to leeward plateau to cold mountaintop village. We rode 7-10 different kind of dirt over 8 hours. EPIC.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:08 PM   #202
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Cool2

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Old 02-13-2014, 11:39 AM   #203
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In 5 more months we'll be as warm as you

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #204
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Talking Day I: The Central Valley to Manuel Antonio

The evening before departure left little doubt what the day to come was going to bring. Two families of like mind seeking ADVenture...


The Plan: Make sure wives and kids are out the door by 0700 and on their way to San Jose where they would rendezvous for a cab ride. The cab would take them to the Tracopa bus terminal where a large bus with comfy seats chauffeured them to the beach. The Dude and I had other plans;

At 0734 I was in the saddle and ready to kick start the DR when I saw the ordinary unfold before me.

I would have been 34 minutes into my ordinary day. A smile came to my face because I knew the next three days were going to be far, far from the ordinary.

I met Dude at his in-law’s home down this fantastic little dirt road.

It only took me twenty minutes or so to get there, but we stood around bullshitting and eating fresh mandarins until 0830. We then took off.

Twisting out of the valley we were in route to the mountain town of Puriscal.



If you happen to be in the area 14-24Mar: Party!!

After Puriscal we had mountain roads all to ourselves.

Shortly before the pueblo of Salitrales the pavement ends.

By 1020 the mandarins were wearing off and we were getting hungry. We stopped at the first sign of food and had our desayuno típico: Gallo Pinto, Juevo, Natilla y Beer.

The earthen road splendor continued as we wound our way down to sea level.


At the bottom the road flattened out and the local municipality had just laid down some fresh gravel. This made extra dust. The thick and loose layer of stones had also been shaped into a bone rattling washboard texture.

We were content when we hit the highway for the bomb run into Quepos where we reunited with our families and we feasted.




From Quepos it is a very steep, twisty, and paved road. One last stretch of dirt brought us to where we would call home for the next two nights.

Manuel Antonio was still four kilometers away and there were too many us for two bikes… We were on the Pacific coast and 1700 was rapidly approaching. So we grabbed some roadies and took off on a ride. We all got on the bus for $2 and headed to the beach! The bus runs every 15 minutes between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, FYI.

The sun was setting as we began our decent into downtown Manuel Antonio. We jumped off the bus as soon as we got close to the water.

It was all around a good day. Sure beat the shit our of an ordinary day. Today I got to kiss my conscious wife and kids goodbye, ride, see wife and kids conscious again, eat, drink beer, swim, sunset and a psychedelic beach bonfire.



Fin día uno.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:01 PM   #205
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I'll start a thread on ADVrider real soon - don't want to step on Greg's toes in here.
Dude, step all you like, hijack away here if inclined.

I need a GoPro .
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:18 PM   #206
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In 5 more months we'll be as warm as you
I can't imagine minus anything anymore. I put on a sweater in the 60's.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:52 AM   #207
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Most of my GoPro'ing was video mode, and I don't have the cycles or bandwidth to post that until I get home, but I'll throw a few stills up:









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Old 02-17-2014, 04:01 PM   #208
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Sure beat the shit out of an ordinary day.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:37 PM   #209
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Great stuff! Man, I miss CR! Only been a few times but it seems like I think about moving there at least once a week!

We went exploring in some Toyota car once from Playa Hermosa to some volcano. Wish I could remember exactly where but I really didn't even know at the time. I think we crossed the Colorado river to get there. Great dirt roads that made me wish I had my DR. Started raining on us so on the way down we did World Rally Sport! We only bent 3 out of 4 tire rims.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:51 AM   #210
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Manuel Antonio - Part Duex

On day two the bikes did not move. I felt much like doing the same but we had a mission. Funny; one of the most known and visited destinations in the country is Manuel Antonio National Park and I have never been there. Funnier; neither had my wife! So the eight of us hit up the bus for downtown Manuel Antonio.
This is an extremely touristy area but well done for 3rd world standards. The “downtown” is surrounded by the park so the urban sprawl is limited. The streets are clean, sidewalks are even and has lots of charm. A tropical paradise in every way which makes it very popular.

I have heard the key to seeing a lot of wildlife in the park is an early start. We weren’t those people on this day. None the less we were treated to a few critters.
These little guys were friendly enough to steal food out of everyone’s backpacks. I would have off’ed the one that nabbed one of our sandwiches, but the park guards were never far away. “Gringo Mata Animales en Parque National!” I wouldn’t give them the pleasure of printing it.

So we inhaled the samiches before the raccoons did and did what there is to do in Manuel Antonio NP.
There was a huge sign just prior warning of giant crocodiles.

By 1500 we were back home, poolside. More wildlife graced us with some afternoon delight, then hung out and ate some leaves.

We had finally won. The little man Joe had not slept much more than 10 hours in the last three days. He was out from 1630 to nearly 0900 the next day. R&R!

On this night we did not quite make it to the beach for sunset. In place we chose the infamous “El Avion”. I always order the fish sandwich as long as it is Dorado. The seafood rice was small but didn’t lack seafood and Mrs. Dude had Pargo Rojo which rarely disappoints. We were full and exhausted. Sleep came easy.

Day III
Please keep in mind I am easily amused and do not have a lot of worldly MC experience when I state; best ride ever!


Stay tuned...


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