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Old 07-30-2013, 09:19 PM   #121
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Lake Arenal x Santa Elena. 20Jul13 Pt.II

Ah hem… So… Problem resolved


At the shop there was someone ahead of me so at 1110 I was ready and on my way. I left Santa Elena behind me.


The mountains now became less dramatic. They were more like heavily rolling hills. Regardless, it was no less fun to ride. One worry I did have were the heavier clouds moving through the area.




Just before noon, 155 kms into the day, I finally stop to eat brunch.


After brunch I found myself on a very strange surface. I thought at first it was gravel. After passing the large and very DEEP potholes I saw there was much more involved. It seemed to be a thick slab of concrete that had been beaten into a neo-barbaric style of cobble stone. Only with lots of stones missing and some poor asphalt work thrown on top to try and hold it all together.



It still wasn’t all bad.


I knew this road was not correct and before I had time to realize my error I found myself only 7kms from Tilaran. Damn! I forgot an important point on my GPS.


1230 - 169 Kms Tilaran


Arriving to Tilaran I started to notice a screeching noise when stopping. It was this.


There was no imminent threat; all paved from here back to paradise. I continue.



The road was Be-u-t-ful! Then this happened.




There was a 5 kilometros detour around the hazard. A fun gravel route if it weren’t for the tourist filled rental cars and vans. Dropping back down to the main route was exciting. They were filling the washed out parts with a black, heavy sand-ish material and I was trying not to use my rear break.



Once that was over it was back to bliss…


I had left a swath of tourist vehicles behind me at the construction zone. I was on the path to something touristy.


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Old 07-30-2013, 09:31 PM   #122
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remember when
Yes I do.

I better get some practice at home if venturing further into nothing.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:14 PM   #123
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my first problem is that my current bike (an XT250) doesn't have a center stand.
Mine niether. My solution:

El Cheapo Enduro Stand. I get 3 out of a single $1 palo de escoba. Fits in my El Cheapo Duro Top Case.

I need the all facilitating means of easily poping a 140/80 17 off the rim.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:23 PM   #124
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Nice RR Greg... Sucks about the flat tire...

let's do that ride we've talked about when JDowns was here.

The wife has verbally agreed to letting me do a "big" ride once every two months. That puts me into Sept. Got any bucket list routes in CR?
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:27 AM   #125
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It might be difficult to do a "big ride" in such a small country!
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:17 AM   #126
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Big Ride

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The wife has verbally agreed to letting me do a "big" ride once every two months. That puts me into Sept. Got any bucket list routes in CR?
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It might be difficult to do a "big ride" in such a small country!
Maybe we can do the Rio Sereno bording crossing, have Chiriqui Charlie buy us a Balboa, and head back... that could be a "big ride"!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:18 AM   #127
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While we're at it, we might as well continue on to the Canal or to Yaviza.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:31 AM   #128
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CC, now you're turning this into an "iron butt" ride!
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:19 AM   #129
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Thumbs down

There is no worse ride than going down the Panamerican to Yaviza. Lousy scenery, lots of traffic, and either sweltering hot or pouring rain. Let's go to Antigua instead!
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:03 AM   #130
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That's dream country to ride in. Keep the pics coming.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:18 PM   #131
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Where in N Idaho? My previous life was spent in Post Falls. There is no better place in the world to ride than the Idaho panhandle and Montana, I miss it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:14 PM   #132
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Where in N Idaho? My previous life was spent in Post Falls. There is no better place in the world to ride than the Idaho panhandle and Montana, I miss it.
I'm north of Sandpoint and you're right - the riding here is awesome. But Panama sounds great too.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:58 PM   #133
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There is no worse ride than going down the Panamerican to Yaviza. Lousy scenery, lots of traffic, and either sweltering hot or pouring rain. Let's go to Antigua instead!
I have heard the ride to Vaviza is nothing special. Still might like to try it just to feel as close to SA as possible. Smell it.

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That's dream country to ride in. Keep the pics coming.
Thanks for being here...

More pics comming. How about a few of I-the-hoe? Surely must have a few dreamscapes in the wild west.

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Maybe we can do the Rio Sereno bording crossing, have Chiriqui Charlie buy us a Balboa, and head back... that could be a "big ride"!
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #134
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Lake Arenal x Santa Elena. 20Jul13 Pt.III

It is 1442. 248.5 kms ridden to La Fortuna.



How could you not?... This is how. I went, my mom makes better brownies and it is touri$ty. Oh well, the dipped cherries were nice.


Onward. La Fortuna’s one Ferreteria open on Saturday didn’t have the bolt I needed. Entonces, zip-ties.


I took off heading East. It was getting late and I still had some distance to cover before dark. Also I anticipate getting soaked riding over the mountain. Looking south I could see the San Ramon route was socked in with very dark, heavy clouds. I continue East, away from those clouds, on the original route. As I near Ciudad Quesada the clouds were clearing off the city. I went for it and turned South. The other route I planned was going to be too much and I didn’t like much the idea of a mountain pass, rain, fog and dark.


1617 - Pit stop. I needed a stretch. Another good excuse to stop was to put on the rain gear.

Things changed the higher I got. I have been chasing rain all day.


In and out of the clouds I rode.




I only felt a few drops passing through traffic in Zarcero. 6000 feet! The highest we get on this trip.


Chasing the bad weather into the valley.


I take a quick TO at 1710 - 325 Kms. Not too far outside of Sarchi.


1805: I arrive home just before dark. 12hr .45min, 369 kms.


Back to life…
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:30 PM   #135
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Pissed A la puta, carajo de mierda...

Electical problems...


Here is what we got thus far...

YESTERDAY:
- Leaving work I notice no lights.
- Seat off and I find a melted, but not blown main fuse.
- Limited recources so I stuck in a spare and drove home.
- Bike runs fine, still no lights.
- Get home, fuse is fine but battery is dead (5.9V).
- The R/R is WAY TOO HOT to even touch.
- Buy new battery and "It's Alive!". All systems GO.


TODAY:
- Bike starts, all system still GO.
- In route I think the lights are dim and the horn is weak.
- By the time it arrive (20kms), the fuse is toast (not blown) and no lights.
- Work ends 8 hours later and everything is magically fixed?
- Stop at trusted shop and buy more 15A fuses.
- Also buy new fuse box and clean the contacts on the current one.
- Test battery and it is slightly weak (11.89V off, 12+V running).
- All lights working and strong. Horn works too.
- In route home (last 6kms), LIGHTS OUT.
- Test battery at home: DEADER than DEAD (0.65V).

Frustrated does not do proper justice...

One good thing is I have run the readings off the stator and all is well. 1.2 Ohms between the Y wires and no resistance from Y to ground. Now onto the R/R...

I know what my weekend will be consumed with if the "Mechanic Fairy" doesn't fix this sh*t while I am asleep.

Electrical engineers? PhDs? Anyone? Feel free to hijack...
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