A Fist Full of Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by swamp, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Haywood

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    XR? Is the XT225 sitting this one out or was that just a typo?
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  2. EvilClown

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  4. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Cool man, packin' light! :thumb

    Looking forward to the jungle pics.
    Just started snowing again up here:puke1

    What do you think of that dry-bag backpack and who makes it?
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  5. rhino_adv

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    :lurk:beer this should be interesting! Ride Safe!!
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  6. bloochdog

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    Hot on the coasts, hot, rainy, dryish, coolish at night and at the highest elevations then warm,hot,rainy,dry,humid again. Point is you will ride through ever changing climates in CR. Plan on being moist most of the time.


    We are always looking for a reason to ride CR again.
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  7. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    ill be back in the states hopefully tomorrow night.
    was an awesome solo-exploration of the country.
    will post an in depth ride report as usual and have my
    GPS tracks and video ready in a couple of weeks.

    the 250 tornado is a great bike. air cooled with an oil-cooler and a sweet subframe. wish we could get them in the USA

    Somewhere near Samara on Peninsula de Nicoya

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    Manzanillo ..................... :hack




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    ........waaaay more to come :beer





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  8. Xamot

    Xamot Fringe Adventurer

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    Those maps don't look like they are in the shape of a fist!!!!!! Anyway, can't wait to read more of this one!
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  9. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    THE RIDE REPORT STARTS NOW



    Day 1 :




    My day started early. arrived at the birmingham alabama airport around 6:00. breakfast at the bar.


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    I Arrive at Miami International around 11:00 due to some sort of delay... i miss my connecting flight.... they put me on standby.... i cant get a seat on either of the next 2 flights.... i watch TV and see this----------






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    .....at this point i've been drinking "just a'lil bit" look to the guy next to me at the bar. I say..." fuck, thats a whole lot of toshibas and mitsubishis getting washed down the road"





    I finally get to San Jose around 00:00. when i get to my hotel i notice that someone has stolen the heavy-duty rear tube out of my bag. here we go.




    Hotel Paseo Colon _
    75 meters past pizza shop
    Loantes
    next to copenex
    28 to 30 street. $85/night. very nice place.
    accross the street from thorstons bike shop
    here is the WiFi Code: 1827364539





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    D A Y 2


    today ill be heading South East through the Mountains then on to the Peninsula de Osa.




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    At Thorsten's shop he and i get the tires off the bike. i brought a set of tires with me. he is very accommodating. I also asked for a front sprocket that was one tooth smaller. he called one of his guys who rode up and handed it over. I removed the stock sprocket and installed the new one..... after we mounted everything on the bike and tightened the chain we realized .. hey the new sprocket has the same number of teeth as the stock sprocket :lol3





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    there are plenty of Sugar Cane plantations around this area. i nearly tore my foot off while riding through this sugar cane field.


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    Sugar Cane Proccessing





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    heading into the mountains.


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    Abandoned




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    Tres Amigos


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    At this point my brain is still adjusting to my surroundings. Basically ive just landed in Costa Rica , jumped on a bike and aimed it at the jungle and mountains. Just following some "pre-planned routes" that ive programmed into my GPS unit using a mix of maps. some of the shit is there, some of it isnt. Im still getting used to this bike. I exchanged some of my dollars for Colones before leaving the airport. 500c roughly = 1 dollar. .. POP QUIZ !!! can you say 6570 in spanish ? The only people that ive interacted with are Thorsten, a Taxi Driver and 3 people at the Hotel. so, my senses are pinging. loving it.












    jungle mountains


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    these guys were walking up the trail i was on



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    completely not paying attention to where im going. my eyes are looking at everything but
    what is in front of me. funny funny.





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    there are PLENTY of water crossings here. some have bridges. MOST do not. its a blast. I can imagine what it would be like here in the rainy season. very very deep, fast and strong




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    I follow this river. Now is the dry season. this river must go Megatron in the wet season.





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    it has washed away sections of the road. wicked



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    this dam is friggin huuuuuge. no way to get it in a frame






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    the new church... right next to the old church



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    somewhere around here i ran over a puppy dog.
    a couple of days later i didnt feel so bad about it. there are dead dogs all over the roads here. its like seeing dead squirrels on the roads in the USA.
    Actually i started to enjoy seeing dead dogs in the roads. kind of entertaining. as i would approach the carcass i remember getting excited to see what breed it would be.

    hey, when you ride solo ya' tend to go a little out of your head..







    getting very close to pinensula de osa here. maybe on it already.
    it was around here that i passed two naked native dudes walking on the side of the road looking up at the trees. when i rode by they didnt care. very cool.




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    There were some Hombres working around here


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    and a cultural festival on the 12th and 13th of march


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    this bridge is sketchy. has a couple holes here and there.













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    I arrive at Rancho Corcovado. String up my hammock.




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    im the only guest here.
    A woman cooks me up a porkchop , rice and beans for dinner. its awesome.


    i climb in the hammock and pass out around 19:00.

    figure im asleep for about an hour when some wicked wind blasts me so hard the hammock swings violently. i feel rain drops and the wind is getting stronger. its making the coconuts fall .

    untie the hammock and head for a palapa (palm frond hut).
    put my rain coat on , blow up my ground pad and fall asleep on the ground.

    i wake up about an hour later when something warm n' furry crawles up my shirt and snuggles itself in my armpit. jump and shout f'n f' f'n sh*t what the ? i see something scurry off.

    not much sleep.

    Headed up the coast towards Jaco tomorrow.



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    stay tuned
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  10. A.T.

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    Awesome pics and video Swamp, bring it!!!:clap<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  11. Xamot

    Xamot Fringe Adventurer

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    Dont worry about the furry thing that tried to sleep in your armpit, I'm sure it was just the ghost of the dog that you ran over! :rofl
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  12. Chairman

    Chairman Everyday is Friday

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    I was in Costa Rica during that time. Some of my friends moved to Atenas and I went to check on them. I plan on going back next winter and renting a bike. The riding looks like a lot of fun. Was that you crossing the yellow line up the hill in the curve?
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  13. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    :lol3

    good one !!
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  14. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    Never exchange more than $20 bucks at the airport, its a bad exchange rate. The banks in larger cities are kinda fun, they search you, make you take off your hat, put you in a room full of chairs.:evil I suggest going to the small banks, don't go in without your passport or you get sent back to square one:cry
    I had some dog treats with me for my trip and the damn dogs looked at me like I was loco when I tryed to give them any:huh Oh well, lesson learned.
    Got any video of San Jose traffic?
    Loved the bridge video:clapI wish I would of had a video when I followed a gravel truck thru a very deep/large boulder water crossing. So glad my I didn't swamp the engine. :lol3

    No Hay Paso get you?

    More por favor
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  15. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    sure man, i have some "playing in traffic" videos from the San Jose area. here is one for ya. :D


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  16. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Really cool treatment of your photos. It's almost like a combination of Lomo and Orton technique. You mind sharing what you're doing???? :ear
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  17. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    DAY 4 the Osa Peninsula to Jaco



    while i was having breakfast i showed my map to 3 different people that were working at Rancho Corcovado. I asked them all "does this road exist?" One of them (the cook) didn't know where the road was, one thought he had heard of the road but it was only for backpackers (a hiking trail), the third (the manager) knew of the road but it was only passable with an ATV.... whats funny is that
    I used this road to get to Rancho Corcovado & I was going to use the same road to leave corcovado. it is 1 of the 2 roads that Access Corcovado ! Jeez !

    so, as always, its better to trust your instincts.








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    i stopped to get gas from a quicky mart . check out the load the other moto - guy is strapping to his bike :D


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    I ride a yamaha XT225 "el chupacabra" back home. i love it. here is the Brazilian model of my bike the Serow. notice anything on this bike that would be nice to have on the USA version ?




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    I rode up into the mountains. according to my GPS i hit an elevation of 11,500ft. It can get pretty chilly up there with all the clouds and misty rain.








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    the fog is thick here. sometimes i couldnt see 20ft. beyond my front tire.




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    The roads here are amazing. twisty , gnarled, wadded up things with no guard rails or anything else to obstruct a riders view of the world.

    the potholes are also worth noting:

    I am absolutely certain that for each pothole that is filled and smoothed over in birmingham alabama , 2 potholes.. that are 3 times the size and 3 times the depth of those filled in alabama are instantly brought into existence somewhere in Costa Rica.









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    Lots of these kind of Palms around here. I think they are farmed for their fronds.







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    when i arrived in Jaco i rode around the town for a little while. fuck me what a shit-hole of a place. :puke2 .

    the main reason i stayed here is because i could ride up the coast to Puntarenas to catch the ferry to Paquera (Peninsula de Nicoya) which departs at 9:00.




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    NEXT TIME:


    Peninsula de Nicoya. Ferry boat. Carrillo, jungle mountain hill climbs / trail blazing. Tree houses , water crossings, tire problemos.
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  18. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    Nice lane splitting, you ever try the sidewalk or drainage ditch? They are kinda fun when all else fails. :evil I love the mountain road driving, less traffic than there are signs telling you where the F you are headed. Went down one "road" for at least 30 minutes and it ended at a closed gate. I hate going back:cry. Well I guess it didn't suck all that much:lol3
    Looking forward to the Nicoya report, I spent one night in Montezuma(raggae) and 2 in Santa Teresa(surf's up dude)
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  19. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    makes me want to pack up and head to CR and get out of all this rain and snow up my way. Keep it coming.:clap
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  20. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Tuesday 3/15/2011


    Jaco to Carrillo (peninsula de nicoya)


    The Golfo de Nicoya separates Puntarenas from the Nicoya Peninsula. Puntarenas is a cool little town. to access it you will need to pay a toll (for the toll road).

    I pulled up to the ferry about 30 minutes early. the guard pointed me to the ticket house. picked up my ticket and boarded the "TAMBOR II"








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    and like that i was headed to Paquera. the ferry is awesome. two levels. bottom level is a garage type. filled with cars. I talked with a few Ex-Pats that were now living where i was going. everyone is very easy going. I wandered around the parking deck for a while until i was spotted by a guard who told me i must go up stairs with all the other passengers there was some old yankee lady that wouldnt shut the fuck up.







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    the doubt had begun to creep in while on my way to the ferry. my front tire had "cupped" and chipped very badly. the center knobs were basically gone from all this.

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    I decided that I would flip the tire. you know, turn it around. even out the cupping.... for some reason this this er... sounded REASONABLE at the time. so i flipped it and carried on. the worry went down however the doubt still existed





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    There are so many water crossings in Costa Rica. very fun stuff. keeps it interesting. most of the time where you enter the water is not where you exit the water.





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    i decided to follow a dump truck into the jungle. it turned off down into a dry river bed where there was a shovel loader hefting boulders into another dumper truck.

    the " dirt road" went away.


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    i passed a couple local guys with machetes who gave me the "you are trespassing" stare. ... then i passed a big wooden sign that i couldnt read ... because i was going to fast.


    trail started to look like this:





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    this all first gear up-hill. i only uploaded half of this hill. it starts in a creek and goes all the way to the top of the mountain. front wheel size ruts , big boulders , downed trees. very fun stuff.






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    Here are some shots from the top of the mountain







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    This is one of my favorites. in the center of the photo, next to the bike you can see all those mountains. like steps. each one a different hue. a great reward for exploring the woods and taking the path less traveled.






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    i stopped at a little pizza joint near Playa Coyote called Treetop Pizza. Two guys run it. one is from Italy (Luca) and the other is from Quebec (Andre). Nice guys.

    Andre asked me if i could speak french. "yea, i can say lesse le bon ton rulette" (let the good times roll) and "manger de nana" (eat the pussy) - the story behind the last one...... a french prostitute once uttered those words and pointed to here uglies . i respectfully declined.



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    Concerning the pizza. I was ravenous at this point.
    this is what i wrote in my journal while the pizza was cooking: --

    "Pizza ! is being shouted from down below. Oh my God this Pizza is going to rule my world with an Iron Stalin Fist!"


    It was the best pizza i have ever had. I shit you not my brothers.






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    i had to take a picture of this older DT. sweet right !?



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    I decided to call it a day in Playa Carrillo. its a very relaxed little town on the coast




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    Next Time:
    tire change, mountains, Liberia, los chiles, Cabanga , Rio Azul ,volcanoes, drinking from coco nuts.
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