A Honda CGL125 in Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by pdedse, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    You are making me very jealous. Kyrie and I have been looking at all the pics and reading the stories together. That property looks very cool. Will there always be a guard at the property? Is that part of the price. We got a snow day today and tomorrow. We might get snow days on Mon and Tues. Good thing I have lots of motorcycle prep to do downstairs in the workshop. Notice in the picture on the wall. I took my Guia Roji book and made color copies. Then had my Spa IV class last semester cut and paste it into a full wall size map. It's what Jax and I are using for trip planning for mexico this summer. We leave june 3rd.

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    The FZ1 got registered and passed inspection last week. We got to take it for a spin before the snow hit. Your sister in laws granite looks just like the granite we had in our house in Gilbert. That Osa peninsula looks very cool. I'm interested to see what the roads are like through those national parks. (Corcovado)

    KEEP IT COMING!
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  2. LaCorrida

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    Nice ride report, makes those of us bogged down in trying to make our own road trip come together a little more motivated!:muutt What a beautiful country your traveling through. I was there not too long ago; however, I didn't have the pleasure of having my bike, nor did I see too much beyond the small town I stayed in. Your photos are really beautiful, a few in particular are quite inviting......

    Great to see you were able to get some road time after the initial delay, hopefully you'll have some more photos to share.

    ¡Fortaleza y Adelante!

    El espíritu atrofiado es como el organismo inerte por la acción de la parálisis............
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  3. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    That is one SUPER COOL use of the Roji MX map! You're departure date for MX is while I'm still in school, but I wish you well on that trip, looking forward to the RR.

    Yes, the guard is always there...guard is perhaps too strong a word, he's more a guy you check in with, maintenance person, will "chapear" with the machete to clear your lot from time to time.

    Just got back yesterday afternoon from the OSA peninsula area. Fotos coming soon. Saludos a la familia,

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  4. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Hola LaCorrida...qué bueno verte por aquí. I like your end quote. Here's to strong, healthy spirits!
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  5. pdedse

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    Not sure how to describe this last weekend exactly. Political discussions with a campesino who runs a viable cattle farm in an area associated with ecotourism, up and down hills the likes of which I wasn´t sure if Perlita--or I--could handle, eating some of the worst gallo pinto I´ve every laid eyes on, being on the receiving end of hospitality that came a second after I realized I could use it....just the type of weekend that answers any doubt one might ever have about buying a motorcycle unseen in another country.

    I left off last Thursday with a bike that was acting up. Could only imagine that it was carb related as it consistently started cutting out around 4-5000rpm. Took it in to a Honda dealership...come back an hour later...mechanic starts off by saying "let me show you a little detail about these bikes" and it hit me right away and I finished the sentence for him "I left the choke half open,didn´t I?" We both laughed, me at myself, he at me. Oh well, add it to the list--lost key in the desert, kickstand left down, petcock on "off" as I take off, I´m sure the list will grow.

    Perlita all ready to begin a three day weekend trip.
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    The idea was to camping on the lote the first night, then head to a friend´s uncle´s farm just before Puerto Jimenez in the Osa peninsula. Getting dinner ready...
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    Maybe it´s a bit ridiculous looking, but there´s something about having the machete at your sidet that makes camping more fun.
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    I´m not gonna lie...it was absolutely tasteless...but filling? ok, sure.


    The first night I was to spend on the lote, a few outrageous birds calling.
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  6. pdedse

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    A lot of dew fell overnight so I had to use some gasoline from Perlita to get a morning fire started. A lot of good it did me as the powdered camping eggs were incredibly salty so I backtracked to Platanillo for some gallo pinto.
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    On the way to Puerto Jimenez...
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    Lots of date palm.
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    Different forms of transportation
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    Dates palm ready to be picked up
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    Put the dates in the horse baskets
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    Getting closer to Jimenez...it was humid and hot, but views like this helped
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    Hardly any traffic along the way
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    About 40 kilometers before Jimenez, the potholes started, sometimes it was bad enough that it made Perlita slow down to 10kph
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    My lunch partner
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  7. pdedse

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    The views....

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    River right after Rincón
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    Some of the housing provided for the date palm workers
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    In Puerto Jimenez, my first sighting of the scarlet macaws.
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    My friend Mike, a tico with gringo dad and tica mom lives on a cattle ranch that´s been in his family for years. I had never met him before this weekend, but he invited me to come spend a few days on his farm, chat a little. He´s alone, and seemed to enjoy just talking. He´s lived nearly his whole life in the area. Never really learned much English from his dad. Decided since he was in CR he was going to speak Spanish.
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    One of my favorite trees in the tropics, el ceibo. Simply majestic...
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    Evening comes quickly, around 545...
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    All sorts of yummy trees on Mikes farm...cashews.
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    Mike´s nephew, my sis in law´s ex Henri, is building his own boat to use on the bay.
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    I like farms, brings back lots of childhood memories of my grandparents.
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    Perlita getting ready for bed

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    Can´t resist another shot
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    Mike´s house which he built himself
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    Coming up, visit to Matapalo...
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  8. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    I'm enjoying it all. What kind of cattle do they use for beef down there? I've been trying to follow your weekend tour on my map...but I don't think I found it. The names of the places and the river you crossed can't be found on my Google maps. I don't know if I need to back up and make it smaller or make it bigger. You should take a course from Trice and figure out how to make those cool maps with writing on them. I see where the Osa peninsula is on the map south of PZ. I would imagine you passed over the Rio Grande. (Big river) I think they could have come up with a better name. It's snowing again here. We got another snow day today. So I'm thinking about that heat and humidity closer to the equator.
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  9. pdedse

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    If you go to google maps,

    https://maps.google.co.cr/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

    Puerto Jimenez is labeled as ¨finca bambu¨, don´t know why. The ¨carretera¨is labeled 245, it´s the only road that hugs the left edge of ¨golfo ducle¨. to the right of Corcovado N.P.

    The cattle are a mix of brahman and something else, suited to hot climates, and they are like a lot of our bikes ¨doble propósito¨...both milk and..later...meat!
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  10. pdedse

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    I loved walking around Mike´s farm, just lots of interesting things to take in. My bedroom window...
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    Wire routing...
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    Ok, there are three fruits in CR that still confuse me through the years...
    1. guanábana
    2. guayaba
    3. guava

    Which is this one...if any?
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    This isn´t one of the three...I think.
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    Some plants just need a little help from others...
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    BTW...the spiky fruit is ¨guanábana¨ :1drink

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  11. pdedse

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    Walking around the corral, found some interesting items
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    Saw this little grill and thought ¨cool, a bbq to watch the cows as you eat their relatives¨...
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    Then I took a closer look at the rods placed by the grill
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    That was no bbq...that was for heating up the branding irons....for these guys.
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    Ok, here´s another one...the guayaba...there will be a quiz!
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    Always something growing on something else
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    I have no idea...
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    Limón grande
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    The morning was getting hot and it was time to do some riding in search of matapalo and carate beaches to the west...soon.



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  12. pdedse

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    I left Puerto Jimenez around 930am Saturday for playa Matapalo, bought some tuna and bread for a simple lunch, bottle of water and headed out on the "lastre" road, a rock / gravel combination. 3 kilometers outside of town, going down a hill towards a stream and I hear a "phat" and loose quite a bit of control of the bike...rear flat, nearly instantaneous.

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    Well, it had to happen "en algún momento". I had everything with me except....spare tube. Ok, I have my patches, let's see what it is, and how bad.

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    Ok, that's probably it.:rofl

    I take the tube out, leaving the tire on and pump up the tube, it takes a little while, but I finally get enough air in to find the whole. Patch on, and I pump it up again...better, but still some hissing. I look some more and....ok...there's 1...and another...that makes 3....ok there's two more......all together there are 8 holes, or more. I swear about two seconds after realizing that this tube wasn't repairable, the first pick-up to come by stops, a tico wearing dark sunglasses, about 25, rolls down the window and asks if everything is ok, if I don't need help. I explain what I've done and say that if it's not too much trouble, yeah! I could use a lift back to P.J. Two others jump out of the truck, Nilsen and the other guy I can't remember. Nilsen jumps into the back of the pickup and the other two and I grab the bike and lift it up and in. Nilsen stays on the bike and I grab my trunk and tools and hop in. A few minutes later I'm at the "taller" and waiting for Andrés to install a new tube. The 3 Ticos won't accept any "gas money" and just want me to know that there are still lots of good Ticos...I tell him that I don't doubt it in the least.

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    Perlita at the doctor's office:
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    I wait about 45 minutes for Andrés to finish another job. Then his assistant runs somewhere to pick up another tube...I shout out, "mejor dos, por si aca" and 10 minutes later he brings back two so that I really do have a spare for the next time.

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    Took him just a few minutes and I was ready to roll. Total charge: $19.50 for both tubes and for labor. Ok. I gave him a 10,000 colón bill, the equivalent of $20 and he said he'd have to run next door to get the change....I tell him that's all right...the heat convinced me that the 50 cents wasn't worth waiting. So...Gracias nice Tico maes, you saved me lots of toil I'm sure.
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  13. junglemototours

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    That is a Heleconia (the no idea plant)
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  14. pdedse

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    Dang! That's pretty good! :clap Is that English or Spanish? I asked my sis in law and she said it doesn't sound familiar to her. Gracias

    Mike told me the name of so many plants / animals / bugs and I didn't have my notebook with me so I lost track after awhile.
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  15. pdedse

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    After the flat, headed out again for the Matapalo. Lunchtime...found a nice little isolated beach, the only company were a couple of iguanitas.

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    Getting closer to Matapalo, the first little river crossing was about 6-8" deep. Watched a car cross through first because the water was so dirty. Once I saw how deep it was, went forward. Perlita pass her first quiz.

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    This looks perty...
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    Lots of "dangerous current" signs around so I didn't go in very deep. Nobody else out here. Apparently Matapalo is good for surfing.
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    I had wanted to make it Carate, but with the flat tire delay I stayed in the Matapalo area and enjoyed the beach and some of the wildlife. More "lapas" tucked away in the tree tops.

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    Cariblanca
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    It was getting late and I was supposed to go to some wedding reception so I started heading back...same "quebrada" crossings as before.
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    Back in P. Jimenez in time to take in an afternoon soccer game...the ref wore no shoes.
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    The games always bring out friends and family
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    A few shots of the bay
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    Back at Mike's, missed the reception but found some other interesting things. It doesn't go to waste.
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    Life seems simple for a bachelor farmer...not so sure that it is
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  17. pdedse

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    How to capture 5-6 hours of conversation with Mike regarding the politics of the Osa Peninsula from his point of view? I'll try a paragraph...in his words, not verbatim of course....

    >>You hear the term "ecológico" and you think "conservation, green, good for the planet, protects animals" things like this. You hear of "Parque Nacional Corcovado" and you think "good, the CR government is doing what's necessary to protect large areas of forest intact". I hear these terms and I want to throw up. I mean, they sounded nice in the beginning, even to us who have lived here for a long time. (When Mike says these words, he practically spits them out). But to us these words sound like slavery words. What they mean in reality is that we can no longer fish the gulf. We used to fish and bring in what we needed...no commercial fishing, just enough for what we needed or could sell locally. The big fishing companies changed that. We used to hunt... we wanted a tree for finishing a structure, we cut it down...now you have to get permission from MINAI to use a fallen tree for lumber. We're supposed to leave it rot...they think it produces less carbon than if we burn it. BURN IT?!? Who the f*ck wants to burn it! We want to use it for building, to make a corral, to make furniture...they told us that the carbon doesn't escape as fast if the wood is left to rot! ...Pura mierda el gobierno de CR...They want to build a marina in P.Jimenez and they have to bring in tons and tons of material to fill in one area, sand, rocks and such....the owners don't have any problem requesting the materials because it's an "ecologically sound" project that will create new jobs--dock workers, mechanics, restaurant...have they done any analysis on the long term effects on the quality of the water? Noooo, that might show it to be less "ecological" than what was presented. But if I want to bring in the same type of rock and sand to improve my driveway, the permit is denied! What does the government what? I'll tell you what they don't want...they don't want to pay us old timers a fair price for our lands so they can protect the environment for future generations, hell, they don't even want to pay us a third of what the markets says our lands are worth. They don't want "sustainability" for us...because we wouldn't sell, we wouldn't leave. So what do they want? They want to bound and gag us with all their restrictions so that we'll just give up, leave our lands out of frustration, die off maybe...that way they can get their hands on our lands without paying anything...and all that money that comes from these international organizations that give CR money to pay us decent prices for our lands? Where does that money go? Into the very pockets of the politician's that sell the idea of "green" to the international community, that's where that money goes.

    So what do you think you will do?

    Maybe I'll sell at some point. Maybe move to Panamá...maybe buy a small finca somewhere else, just enough cows to make life interesting. Maybe not.<<

    --Mike
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  18. pdedse

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    Mike's living room, kitchen, dining room all rolled into one. The roof is zinc and there are no glass windows, nothing much separates the farm and the kitchen
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    The two of us...
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    When several locals suggest a route that they think you'd enjoy, it's worth listening to. The voices told me to look for San Juan after Rincón, that it would take me to a ferry cross the Río Serpe, that it would be shorter than going back on the "carretera" to the interamericana. My question each time was "will my bike handle it"...usually the response is "sure, no problem"...this time they would look at my bike, then look at me..."maybe it will". Hmmmm...

    The ups and downs were pretty spectacular...as usual pics don't do it justice.
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    I had no idea what Perlita was capable of...with a 28 inch seat height wich allowed my feet to be used as rudders and a red line at 10,500rpm it was simply a question of letting first gear just pull you right up! I was pleasantly shocked at what it was able to climb...loose rock and dirt and it never really hesitated.
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    From the hiway to the ferry it was about 20 kilometers of up/down, every now and then passed by the 12 year old boy on his dirt bike speeding by me as if I were parked.

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    That's Río Sierpe where there's a ferry crossing somewhere.
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  19. pdedse

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    Getting near the ferry
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    The ferry won't take just one motorcycle, so I had to wait about 20 minutes for a car to arrive, cars pay $12 and bikes $5.
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    Washed out here and there
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  20. pdedse

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    Time to finish off the ride home last Sunday. The interamericana turns north around Paso Real and there was very little in the way of anything. Did notices some signs for different indigenous communities. The students and I were set to visit one such community soon, so I didn't feel like stopping with the heat and humidity.

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    After Buenos Aires intersection there were two things more of interest to me. Anything to do with agricultural production is worth a stop. Pineapple...
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    And the sugarcane...
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    When I got back to Perez, I filled up Perlita and these guys, a Harley chapter from San José were happy to show off a little.
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    A very good three day weekend trip. Coming up, CR's version of bullfight / rodeo and visit to the indigenous community of the Bri-Bri...