Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. vintagespeed

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    i remember reading in other reports that there is a large ferry that was supposed to start making regular crossings. this was in a report i read last year.

    what became of that? did they have to postpone the first sailing?

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    did some looking, and it seems that the ferry is delayed until who knows when. disregard.
  2. flyingdutchman177

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    I think it just turned out to be a ciber houx
  3. flyingdutchman177

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    Here's a typical beach in Nicaragua just north of San Juan del Sur. It is a surf camp. People come from all around the world to surf these waves........girls and guys both. They have a good fish taco restaurant one the beach that serves cold beers. Plus you can park your motorcycle up close to the water.

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    I have to tell you that the beaches in Sourthern Nicaragua were not my favorite. First off, the wind that is generated from the high pressure over gigantic Lake Nicaragua blows so hard on the beach, it creates a dust storm that gets in your eyes and everywhere else. But it makes for nice sunsets.

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  5. flyingdutchman177

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    Here is the beach camp at Playa Hermosa. Lots of people come for the day to surf there, but they don't stay the night. It is expensive to stay there. I paid a whopping $21 a night (includes breakfast) for a dorm room. But since I was pretty much the only one there, I had the place to myself.

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  6. flyingdutchman177

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    Here are the rooms right on the beach

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    I rented a surf board from a 10 year old kid and negotiated a price of $6 for an hour. The kid was a good negotiator, He got me to pay that extra dollar as I wanted to pay only $5.
    The surf was really small. There was , of course, a huge off shore wind blowing. But it was still fun getting out and "standing on top of the world" in Nicaragua. Also, the water temp was about 75.......10 degrees colder than El Salvador. Go figure

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    It took almost 3 hours to get across the board in to Costa Rica. Nicaragua got a few extra dollars from me to leave. Costa Rica I had to pay $30 for insurance.......and that's about it.
    But I had to walk back and forth to different windows, making copies and getting stamps. I didn't use a helping which I think actually helped, I don't think I will use one again unless I get stuck.
    It was getting late by the time I crossed the border and I made my way in to Santa Rosa Nat'l Park. It was closed so I didn't have to pay the $10 entry fee and $2 camping fee. I just made sure I was out of the early.
    The winds were incredible that night. I even heard a tree fall that night. Kind of scary in a tent!

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    My firs full day in Costa Rica, I explored and swam at 6 beaches.
    Here is Playa del Coco

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    I went to Playe Panama
    Playe Hermosa
    Playa Grande
    and this one just south of Coco, which I forget the name of

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    Playa Tamarindo
    This is where I spent the night.
    I found a hostel for $15 a night in town called La Botella Leche

    Beautiful sunsets here
    And even a better moon set

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    Eduardo -

    Try this website if you haven't already - pretty specific information about what you need if you are going to ship the bike. Written by a couple who quit their job last year and intend to drive the world in their VW. Lots of info on the ferry that wasn't to be. Their last up date was in July - but you might be able to email them and ask what to do. I'll continue to look around for you on my end. Sounds like you are going to have to ship the bike via container. May delay you a few weeks, involve some backtracking - and cost $$$.

    http://www.drivenachodrive.com/abou...-about-the-new-ferry-from-panama-to-colombia/
  13. flyingdutchman177

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    Well it looks like I have a boat to Colombia. It is on the sailboat Independence. I don't know anything about it other than it cost me $900 and it leaves on February 21st. This puts me way behind schedule but that is ok. I think it will be for the best in the end. This way, I can spend more time enjoying Costa Rica and Panama. Plus I won't feel rushed in Colombia and Peru.
    Patagonia will have to wait. But I will see it one day......just not this year
  14. Pete_Tallahassee

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    Congratulations, That's one worry over.
  15. Adventurous Human

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    $900 bux for you AND your bike? How has the 1200GS(A) treated you so far?
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    Yes
    900 !for me and the bike
    And the gsa is a perfect bike for what I am doing
    It is a big bike that only feels heavy when I am making a u turn
    Also, in the deep sand
    I was riding on a road along the beach yesterday and it was hard packed sand
    But an oncoming car forced me in to the soft deep sand and things got interesting
    I stayed on the gas and the bike was wiggling around quite a bit but I made it back on to the road without a problem.
    If I would have let off the gas or tried to stop, I would have crashed for sure
  17. flyingdutchman177

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    After 27,000 miles, I replaced the rear brake pads this morning by the pool at the hostel. The front pads are doing fine. I am still carrying a full set of pads so I should be good for another 27,000 miles.
    Ready to roll
  18. Meme

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    Man, I saw your bike parked at Playa Hermosa. I am from El Salvador and went to San Juan del Sur last week for vacation. Also spotted another guy in a KTM 990 with NY plates riding around, but I did know who he was. Nice to see the bike around. :1drink
  19. hankgs

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    Ed,
    Have you thought of looking into a week or two of Spanish immersion class? I am so lame at speaking Spanish that I thought of hitting a program in Mex for a couple weeks, it's gotta be helpful....
  20. flyingdutchman177

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    Thats funny
    Wish you could have have stopped for a chat
    I was just out for a swim
    The guy on the KTM is an Israeli guy living in NY. He is doing North America and Central America
    Good guy
    I have bumped in to him a couple of times so far
    Heading to Playa Samara now
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