3.5 months to Machu Picchu - Or where ever the ride takes me

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by AK Smitty, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. AK Smitty

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    So two of us off to Sun Juan b/c when we went that afternoon to the cops shop to pick up Pawel's license LDP had not turned it in. The next day Pawel went in at 10 as instructed and still no license, come back at 2. Mihal and I decided to ride to San Juan and Pawel could catch up. He went in at two and nada! We arrived to San Juan with an email that said he would be staying the night in Granada. He talked to the police chief and assured him that tomorrow it would be there.

    Apoyo Crater
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    We ran across WorldVets or something like that. We stopped and talked to them for a while. It is very cool what they to. They are trying to make a difference in the pet population in some of these countries. A lot of them are students.

    Here is one of the patients

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    And some if the people at work

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    I think this pic captures it all! Traveling by moto is hard and no for everyone!:rofl Beer gear and a swim! Pawel we are very worried about you getting you license back. The stress was barely tolerable :evil

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    And yes I am still bronzy!

    Arrived in San Juan del Sur on a Friday. What can you do you have to go out. I was walking down the street and looked at this guy. I thought man that looks like my buddy Chad. Nah can't be. Hmm that looks like his wife Jamie. Holy Sh*# it is! Small world to run into friends from the great white north.

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  2. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I did forget to mention we ran into some crooked cops on the PanAm from Apoyo to San Juan. There was a long conversation and after some discussion I said we either go to the bank now to pay the fine or to the police station. I was very direct once they asked for money. They said 20 each. I knew they meant US dollars but I agree and asked for our licenses back(mine just an AK state ID and Mihal an international drivers license). Once they were back in our hands I looked at Mihal and he knew we were leaving no matter what happen. I held up the 40 cords(equal to a dollar or two) high in the air for all the people driving by to see. The cops did not like that and told us to get out of there. Score one for the gringos! No gringo tax on that one!!


    What a great place San Juan del Sur is! I love the size of the town and all the beaches near by. We spent most of our time at Maderas and I really dig this area. A little more gringo than normal and busy due to the holidays but still a great place. I will be back here sooner than later.

    Maderas beach

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    Beach in San Juan del Sur

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    San Juan sunset

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    We met this married couple on a Triumph. They were riding to Colombia on their honeymoon. They were awesome. Both so positive and full of life!! I feel like a jerk b/c I am blanking on their names right now. He made the boxes himself and they were all character with the bike and gear. This trip can be done anyway and I loved the style with which they are doing it. What a great start to life together. I think our paths will cross again in Panama or Colombia.

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    At one point we figured out that their were about a dozen ridders all in San Juan on Christmas. We should have had a biker Xmas dinner. It was great talking bikes travel and life with all of them. Everybody has a little different outlook and style to it all. I know I will cross paths with some of the again in the coming months.

    More Maderas

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    Surfed for a few days and the ways were really just slightly above my skill level. I got a lot of practice at being in the washing machine. Still had fun and got in some condtioning for my next attempt.

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    after 5-6 nights in San Juan the Canadians and I head to Ometepe. Pawel got his license back the day after Mihal and i left. He had a difficult time with the one day of being separated. :rofl He did say it was a great exercise in practicing his Spanish and patience.
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  3. AK Smitty

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    It was nice to get away from the festivities of San Juan for a few nights. The holidays give a lot of excuses to go out and have beers. You also start to know everyone in a small town like that. All travelers in this area are hitting the same hot spots.

    Ometepe, as is the theme with many other places I could have stayed another day or two. Would have been good to hike one of the volcanos but I got feel for the place in two night.

    on our way there.
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    Waiting for our "ferry"

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    we loaded our bikes on the top of this thing, using a plank. It was totally sketchy and awesome. And to everyone it is no big deal.

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    The pictures will always remind me of experiences like this but will never truly capture the moment for those who look at them. Pushing those bikes across those wood planks was priceless.

    from the mainland to the island

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    Barrage of volcano pics

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    A ride around the island almost all dirt.

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    Ometepe local

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    the team
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    waterfall hike

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    The last pic of the three amigos. It was a teary sunset for the Canadians!:cry It might have been the best 11 days of their life getting all my wisdom and entertainment! Haha jk We all had a great time and thanks to Mihal and Pawel for all the laughs. See you in Colombia

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    We made sure to catch a legit ferry back to the mainland. Once on the small boat is an experience twice is just a lot of work and increasing the odds of your bike ending up in Lake Nica

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    you can pretty much do whatever you want in Nica. Like hangout on the loading ramp of a ferry while in the middle of the lake.

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    Again the hard like of an adventure motorcyclist.

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    Off Costa Rica for me and back to San Juan for Team Smokescreen after a farewell brunch in Rivas.
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    Big Toniiiiiiiies :freaky

    I see you're done slacking on the RR, now that the smoke screen has dissipated. Pete and Willem are still going strong. Off to the taco truck. Later!

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    Subscribed!!! :lurk

    thanks for sharing!!
    I will be following along with the rest of your ADVenture!


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  6. AK Smitty

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    Hit the border and exiting Nica was a piece of cake. Took about 45 min. It would have been less if my Spanish was better. Ended up with a helper and told I had zero money. He said no problem and still helped. He actual did help too because at one point I had to find a certain dude wandering the parking lot. I ended up tipping him a couple of dollars.

    Entering Costa Rica was a nightmare. Somewhere between 2.5 to 3 hours. The first guy I got would not stamp my passport until I processed the bike. I go to the Aduana he cant do anything until passport is stamped :baldy Back to get passport stamped and a bus load of people just beat me there. Insurance office, 2 aduanas and immigration and I am finally done. At the second aduana some people waited so long they cheered when the guy came back from lunch. None of the waiting was a function of how busy the border is but of people not giving the right info or being where they were supposed to be. Oh well I am in CR.

    I wanted to head east and ride to the mountains and around a lake, but it was black skies that way and it was starting to rain on me. Change in plan off to Tamarindo. No pics because I saw nothing to take pic off. Its a smaller version of Cabo in Mexico. I was lucky to find a room and it was nothing special for 75 a night.

    I was out of there the next day. On my way out of town I went around a guy at about 20 MPH because he was driving like a total jackass. All over the road and erratic braking. Guess who was parked on the side of the road when I made my illegal double yellow line pass. Old Jose Law!! he waived me to pull over. I wanted to keep driving but they have guns and I don't.

    A long conversation takes place and I give him a bunch of amigos and por favors. He asks for my passport and I tell him know. I tell him I only show it at borders and there is no reason why he needs it. Just like cops in the states he gets all pissed off because he knows I am right and doesn't like being told the law. He gets his little computer ticket maker our and starts typing feverishly. I ask him to calm down and show him a color copy. This seem to cool him down. I keep telling them I am leaving CR tomorrow and wont be able to with a ticket. Boat to Colombia blah blah. None of it true. But I know a ticket on a Saturday and right before a holiday this will quickly turn into a week ordeal. His partner writes down all my info on a blank sheet of paper and asks how much do I pay now? I say I have very little money and go to my stash where he cant see what I really have. I thought I had a 20 and a 1 but I reall had 2 20's. Oh well 40 is cheaper than another night in this town. I think he actually wanted 25-30, but as far as I know so far crooked cops dont make change.

    I was irritated but it was over and I made sure we ripped the paper with all of my information written on it to shreds. Off to Samara. No pics of the ride. I only spent one night in Samara but really liked it. San Juan del Sur is still my number 1 but Samara is a great second.

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    Finally talked to Eliza from Maine doing the trip solo. I have seen her 3 times but this is the first we got a chance to talk.
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    Off to Monte Verde tomorrow for this:

    http://www.monteverdeextremo.com/
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  7. jguerin77

    jguerin77 I ride my own

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    What a great RR and pics! I admire your sense of adventure and zest for life. Ride safe. I'll keep reading!

    :clap
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  8. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Thnaks for the positive feedback. Always good to hear. The only issue my zest for life makes me want to quit my job!!! But I need that to feed my zest!!!

    The age old predicament of people that like to travel for extended periods of time!

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  9. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I really wanted to stay another night in Samara but no more rooms anywhere. :cry The hostel that I was at offered a hammock but when I drank a beer on the beach the night before the bugs totally killed me. The harsh reality is that I need to keep moving. There is so much to see and do. So off to Monte Verde for the zip line. The ride west of the Pan Am was pretty standard only one photo stop. The ride east into the mountains was twisties, the dirt and amazing views. Even though CR is much more expensive than Nica I wish I had more time to ride here and do some zip lines rafting and jungle hikes. It is a really cool place. My list of places I will be back to is getting long haha. It is now a list of places I will try to get back to. I have actually considered not going to South America and really seeing more of Central America. But no can do. Colombia has been a desire of mine for a while and I really want to spend some time there. Colombia is in a really cool place in their development. If had just one goal on this trip I would have to say Colombia is it.

    Crossing the Rio Tempisque

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299283757&k=dD2qRKt&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-dD2qRKt/0/L/IMG_4553-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Getting into the Mtns. That is the ocean way in the back ground

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    Tried to capture how the sun was on that on hillside. Beautiful green lush country side. Lots of farming all through this area. Also a change in the weather. Raining and 60's from sunny and 90's just an hour ago.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299286980&k=96pNgmW&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-96pNgmW/0/L/IMG_4557-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    The good part of the road. I rode this for about 20 miles and then the same out another direction for about 30 miles in the am.

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    So I have a hotel res in San Jose for new years eve and I am also meeting another rider there. I really wanted to do the zip line and arrive in Monte Verde about 130. Check out a couple of hotels and notice the last tour for the zipline I want is 2. Time to make it happen. Get a room reserved at the tree hotel call Extremo hope back on the bike at 145 and boogie to the zipline. Change right in the parking lot and bam zipline time!:clap Its a 3 hour tour and to do it in the am I would not have been able to do the ride I wanted. I would have had to take the PanAm to San Jose and I try to avoid that thing like the plague.

    Here is the link to the zipline place again.

    http://www.monteverdeextremo.com/

    All I can say is wow!!! It was raining and blowing about 30 MPH. Me "Es Bueno" All the zipline guys "Si es muy bueno":eek1 This place blew my mind and almost made me pee my pants! It was so windy that on some of the lines they sent us double to keep our speed up!! Some of the lines are several hundred feet over the valley. More than once I asked my self why I get myself in these situations and actually enjoy it. The two highlights were the Tarzan swing and Superman zipline.

    I was very apprehensive about the Tarzan and warned people there would probably be some very loud F bombs. There were!!! Lots!!! I liked the idea of a pendulum swing but I thought they would start with rope basically tight, nope. They shove you off the platform and you drop about 20 feet before the slack in the rope is gone!! That was MFer number one and that was directed at the guy that literally pushed me off the platform, and laughed. I was all strapped in and just needed a second to get set/courage. The guy running the swing set up was behind and I thought helping me with the rope and showing me where to stand. Nope! He was done with all that he was getting set to knee me in the ass and there I go. MFer number 2 when I swing out over a canyon looking down several hundred feet. Then mostly woo hoo and holy F after that. I don't think I swear that much and I have reached my monthly quota in about 5 seconds. I do love things that get the adrenaline up and make me hesitate and the swing was all that and more.

    The Superman zipline is damn cool too. After the Tarzan swing it was a piece of cake. Except they dont tell you are going to come into the landing area at about mach 3 and a guy with a rope and metal stopper on the zipline is going to stop like a you are in a 30 MPH car accident. Gotta love Central America and their get it done attitude.

    Sorry to be so wordy but I needed to try and capture the adrenaline a little.

    The view at the end of the day

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299291826&k=BD7f7f2&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-BD7f7f2/0/L/IMG_4565-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>
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  10. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Up and on the road about 830. 30 plus miles of off road then the non PanAm way to San Jose. Great view and more endless green jungle and farm country. Also way better weather than the day before. Windy but no rain. Ill take it.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299304755&k=7wLGqRm&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-7wLGqRm/0/L/IMG_4570-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299308450&k=vDjNJXn&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-vDjNJXn/0/L/IMG_4573-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    The lake

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299310109&k=42mxkXz&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-42mxkXz/0/L/IMG_4574-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299314394&k=2zP5gXh&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-2zP5gXh/0/L/IMG_4576-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    These guys on the road.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299317274&k=ww3R7b8&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-ww3R7b8/0/L/IMG_4581-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299321325&k=DCFckZf&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-DCFckZf/0/L/IMG_4587-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    A cool jungle river. The water was brown due to all the heavy rain.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299331456&k=b6XJh3g&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-b6XJh3g/0/L/IMG_4595-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299332082&k=z2wJbmj&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-z2wJbmj/0/L/IMG_4593-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    Typical day on a CR jungle road

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    The other end of the lake

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299334878&k=8NPk2HH&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-8NPk2HH/0/L/IMG_4599-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

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    Random towns amazing plaza

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    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299346018&k=VkXTS3n&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-VkXTS3n/0/L/IMG_4603-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    If you make the ride south I highly recommend getting off the PanAm. You will see mainly tractor trailer trucks and crooked cops on that thing. The road around Lake Arenal and then a drive by the Volcano.

    Now in San Jose and celebrated New Year with these characters.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2299433899&k=8GdPp7d&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-8GdPp7d/0/L/photo-3-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Sam on the right Keri on the left. The couple honeymooning on the triumph. Wilhem in the middle on a Vstrom.

    Off to Zapote tonight and the RR up to date :deal :clap
    #90
  11. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Great Stuff :lurk

    Along for the ride

    Stay safe & Feliz 2013
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  12. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    So no pics of San Jose and I mean zero. Nothing really struck me there. Whim said he actually read somewhere that SJ is famous for its lack of character. I totally believe it. Not meant to be a negative it was just kinda blah. Day and night. I would have left on the 1st but I was moving a little slow and we had all decided to head to Zapote the next night. It is a town or suburb that pretty much blends right into SJ as far geographically. However not when the carnival is going on! New Years was fun b/c of the people I spent it with and we went to a salsa club which was different for me. But in reality most of SJ was dead and I mean dead!!! I asked people how is a city dead on New Years?!?! All I hear is Zapote Zapote Zapote. I ask my taxi driver on the way home if I missed the big New Years Party in SJ. He says "nope everyone is at Zapote" I say "Everyone? Seriously?" He says "yes everyone!!! EVERYONE!!!"

    Ok Zapote it is!! I wished I had done a better job taking pics but we had fun. It is like a state fair with crazy bull fighting (no killing the bull) and great carni food!!

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302696674&k=X2KRDtH&lb=1&s=A" title="DCIM\100GOPRO"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-X2KRDtH/0/L/GOPR0347-L.jpg" title="DCIM\100GOPRO" alt="DCIM\100GOPRO"></a>

    The arena.
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    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302700229&k=qDbmSBq&lb=1&s=A" title="DCIM\100GOPRO"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-qDbmSBq/0/L/GOPR0363-L.jpg" title="DCIM\100GOPRO" alt="DCIM\100GOPRO"></a>

    I have some pretty good go pro video but it is taking a long time to upload. Sam and I were dead set on getting in there with the bull. I kept getting different answers if it was possible or not but all the answers were come back tomorrow. I tried to pay the guy who seemed to be keeping an eye on the people in with the bull but he seemed like he was more interested in doing his job. Shocker. Wish he was a cop Sam and I would have been in there!

    We also met a local biker gang. Sam and Keri are not riding right now b/c they have several broken spokes on their Triumph. With the holiday they were in SJ just playing the waiting game. Sam carries a broken spoke in his pocket and goes up to almost every bike he sees to see if the spokes are close. He sees a group of Harley guys in leather vests and sees an opportunity. This starts a lot of great conversation between all of us. We don's always know what is being said but they respect what we are all doing weather it is on a Harley or not!

    The bikers and us

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302696712&k=gFNckt5&lb=1&s=A" title="DCIM\100GOPRO"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-gFNckt5/0/L/GOPR0349-L.jpg" title="DCIM\100GOPRO" alt="DCIM\100GOPRO"></a>

    They were so pumped on us and took tons of pics. A couple emails were swapped and I hope to hear from them at least to share photos. My go pro photos are not good b/c my lens on the case is toast. Lucky I have a replacement...somewhere!
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  13. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Overcast so the pics are not what I had hopped, but shortly out of SJ the road goes through a National Park. Beautiful jungle mountains.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302703511&k=Fqh2bWm&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-Fqh2bWm/0/L/IMG_4608-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302702777&k=vjbbmZT&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-vjbbmZT/0/L/IMG_4607-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

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    So many picturesque mountain rivers in Costa. You could spend a lifetime just exploring them.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302708302&k=zsP9q5Q&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-zsP9q5Q/0/L/IMG_4616-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Then as I was riding along the coast I saw a sign for a Sloth Rescue Center. The sign says it closes at 2 and it is about 2:03. What the heck maybe they will let me snap a few pics. I start talking to the lady that runs it and she is originally from Anchorage. She says why don't I just show you around. After talking for about 30 min she says just join the last tour for free(which is two people). I make a donation in their donation box to show my appreciation.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302708184&k=Gps8RWT&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-Gps8RWT/0/L/IMG_4618-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    This guy is Toyota. He is missing an arm.
    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302710615&k=jB63HW9&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-jB63HW9/0/L/IMG_4621-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302715508&k=2T3LDCx&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-2T3LDCx/0/L/IMG_4629-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302716202&k=fqHzWpt&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-fqHzWpt/0/L/IMG_4630-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302710696&k=Bhw5mBw&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-Bhw5mBw/0/L/IMG_4619-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302713323&k=NHrLgcP&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-NHrLgcP/0/L/IMG_4627-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302714126&k=Csrz4CS&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-Csrz4CS/0/L/IMG_4624-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    They are pretty damn cool and unique creatures. It is also really cool what the rescue center does for them.

    One of the little guys not fully grown.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2302717426&k=zdzMcP9&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-zdzMcP9/0/L/IMG_4638-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    I learned a lot about sloths and had more generosity from great people.

    Thanks Judy
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  14. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Today I took a short ride to something tree animal rescue. I don't really like zoos and seeing animals caged but these places seem to care and are helping orphaned animals.

    Took a wrong turn and ended up on this road.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2303511014&k=9dn6tVW&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-9dn6tVW/0/L/IMG_4652-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    This monkey lived in a bar before this

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/27160287_RhBbQR#!i=2303512033&k=VfJ7k3C&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nica-CR-Pana/i-VfJ7k3C/0/L/IMG_4663-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

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    This mini Jaguar thing was cool.

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    Lots of animal pics deer monkeys etc. and these butterflies that were a cool but only when they would fly and their wings are open. It is very difficult to get a picture of a flying butterfly.

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    Then I did a short hike and finally saw some wild monkeys.

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    Angry monkey. I ran like Chris Griffin!

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    The monkey was mad at another guy videoing him.

    Photo of the week!
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    Lots more monkey pics etc on smugmug
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  15. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Had a nice lazy day around PV. A little swimming and beach time. Was bumming around my hotel when the Canadians rolled in about 4:30. I knew that I might see them. Told them I was headed to Bocas in the am and they said they might join me. I am all loaded up, sweating and ready to go and they give my the hard sell to just stay for half the day and we will just get across the CR Panama border in the afternoon. Pawel does some bike maintenance and Mihai and I head to the beach.

    Good day at the beach when these Brazilian girls showed up.

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    These are not just pervy guy pics from the beach. I went and talked to them and asked if I could take their pic b/c of the two little boys sitting behind them just staring. It was hilarious and pretty adorable. I mean there were lots of old dudes staring but that is not funny.

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    I did not get the exact picture I wanted of the two little boys just fixed in a trance but it is enough to capture the moment. The girls were good sports and thought it was funny. The two little boys figured out what I was up to and started just looking around.

    The beach and rough life of Puerto Viejo

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    It is surprising the lack of pics I took at PV. I must have gotten all pic-ed out on the animals.

    Ended up just staying another night which was the Canadians plan all along. Off to Bocas del Toro tomorrow.

    We get the border crossing from hell!!!
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  16. mehigh

    mehigh bum

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    i knew i would get my hands on those pics somehow!
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  17. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Started the day off with some rad pics. Slightly photo shopped. Growing up in Maine a lot of French Canadians woud come to Maine for vacation during the summer. The common term for them was Queb. Not a totally affectionate term but also not totally a slam just what I always heard growing up. My two Queb friends had never heard it. I had been seeing these signs when riding without them and boy was I excited to get these shots!

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    Unedited

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    So the Canadians and I are on the road about 930 and thinking we will get to Bocas del Toro in time to enjoy the afternoon. We process out of CR no problem. About 20 min and we we think things are looking good. I had heard a lot about crossing the sketchy bridge into Panama and was looking forward to it. Well there is a new bridge and the old really isn't that sketchy so now we are really on a roll. Hit the Panama side and the power is out. Hmmmm. Huge line to get into Panama and an even bigger line to get into CR. What you gonna do except sit and wait with everyone else in the sweltering heat. Mihai watched the bikes because of some not so friendly little kids and Pawel and I got the paper work for us handled after about 2 hours. Oh well it is what it is.

    Time for the bikes. The dude that processes the bikes says we need insurance first. OK, no problem it is right across the street. No insurance guy. He is on lunch. Ok we will wait about an hour and then 2 and... We then start asking questions and find out he disappeared yesterday for several hours and people had the same issue. We also confirm he is the only gig in town. After a total of over 5 hours at the Panama border 2 unhappy Quebs and one grumpy Alaskan are finally on there way south. We are rewarded with really fun section of twisty road. We need to keep on move in hopes of still catching a boat to Bocas.

    Pull into the Fire Station in Almirante (tipped off by another biker to store our bikes there) at 5:15. Last boat is at six!!! Mad dash re-pack and jump in a taxi to the water taxi. Made it with 15 min to spare. Side note Almirante is one of the ugliest places I have driven through. Lots of trash piled on the side of the road and just really dirty everywhere. Bocas was a nice change from that.

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    The bomberos were cool and we felt really safe leaving our bikes there. They were pretty interested in our trip and wanted to know how we could all afford it. We said work work work! He still had a look of "that is not enough on his face" so I said "no esposa and no ninos" He the went "OHHHHH!!!" and we just started laughing. It all clicked for him.

    Rolling into Bocas at sunset.

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  18. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Almost forgot to mention that my bike hit a milestone yesterday.

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    Not a milestone for me b/c I bought the bike with about 1800 miles on it so my 20,000 mile mark will be here in about 2 weeks. So in about 14 months I will have personally done over 20K miles on the bike while maintaining a job. The majority of the miles out of the US. I have put less than 5000 miles on my truck (now sold) in that same time. I would said that my friend is a damn fine past 14 months.


    We got up the morning and took a boat out to the national reserve and to go snorkeling. $35 US so a little pricey but I am here only once so what ya gonna do. Bocas is very touristy but it is what you can get to from Bocas that is cool.

    Literally a boat load of Chile girls that we kept running into.

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    Fun nice girls that told us a lot about Chile. Made Mihai and Pawel excited and me a little jealous.


    Protected undeveloped island
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    Prolly need to photo shop in some hot chics. It appears that I am still almost as white as the sand. It is really that Mihai just doesn't know how to use his fancy camera. I actually very bronzy!

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    Lunch spot

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    On the boat snorkeling. We hung out with Ryan, a non-Queb Canadian, that we had run into several times on our trip.

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    Me in action. The snorkeling was only ok but still fun

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    Finishing up the day. Saw a couple of wild sloths. They lay around as much as the captive ones.

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    Pullling back into Bocas. It is a unique place but as with many other places it seems to be getting over-developed with no rules.

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    Closing the gap on Panama City tomorrow.
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  19. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    The first half to 3/4 of this ride was amazing. Great twisty roads over the mountains. Some good pics.

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    More Quebs
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    A good day and we will hit Panama tomorrow for a few days. Santiago is just a highway town and served our purpose of a place to sleep and eat.

    And also to see La Bamba in Spanish. Pawel couldn't watch. It brought back harsh memories from Grenada. Mihai and couldn't stop laughing.

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    I am now in Colombia with no bike!!! Yes that was unplanned and is a problem. I will get to a Central America wrap and including the obligatory Panama Canal pics(very cool) hopefully in the next day or two. Right now I need to focus on the moto and then having a beer to de-compress.

    We have done a great job of avoiding the PanAm but there are very few ways to avoid it form where we connected to it all the way to Panama. The PanAm is boring and lots of trucks. I am glad I have ridden it very little.
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  20. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    406
    Location:
    Somewhere in South America
    Not a lot to see from Santiago to Panama City so I didn't take any pics. Lots of cops in Panama so speeding is a very bad idea. Got into Panama city and my GPS was sending us the most complicated way to the first place we wanted to look at to stay. We drove right though the hood and I mean the hood. We went with plan B and headed to a hotel we knew there were some other riders at.

    My second day in Panama CIty I took the bus tour of the city and the canal. Whim and Pete took it the day before and thought it was great. I strongly disliked it and would have been money ahead to just take a cab to the canal and old city. Not much else worth seeing and the things that were are a walk from any central hotel.

    The Old City and Canal are worth seeing no matter how you do it.

    The Old City pics

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    This dude discovered Panama and apparently liked to be surrounded by naked dudes.

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    Panama skyline

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    The Canal. I have lots of pics and thought it was pretty damn cool. It is truly an engineering marvel. A big cargo ship and a cruise ship went through at the same time while I was there.

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    Cruise ship setting up.

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    Both boats

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    These little trains help guide the ship and are close to half a mill each.

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    It was a good day and glad I got to see a little of Panama. Off to the airport tomorrow to get the bike shipped to Colombia.

    The whole deal is quite the process.

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