Costa Rica: Outside my Comfort Zone

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  1. EvilClown

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    Monday morning's haps at la casa de EC...

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    Might be time for a ride.



    The countdown begins.


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    9, 8... I've seen enough snow this year... let's get to the warm stuff :lurk
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    Believe me when I say I'm trying to get there.:D

    So far the warmest stuff I've gotten to is when my SteverStove 'show and tell' went pear shaped on me.:eek1

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    But we won't talk about that. :lol3

    Let's be clear - it was purely a matter of dumbass on my part. Steve makes a fine product.:deal

    More later. Stuff to prepare.:evil
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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    No kidding! He says Costa Rica then only shows a pile of snow!

    On with it, man!

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    It's funny where life takes you and sometimes even more interesting the path it uses to get you there.

    Costa Rica has been on my 'list' for years. Even before I got back into riding several years ago it was on my list.

    It started out as a possible retirement destination, actually - bandied about along with other retirement related topics with a now gone co-worker.

    While the retirement element of it had faded a bit, the desire to visit and explore Costa Rica hadn't. It may have even been fueled by a quick stop over in Puerto Limon a few years back with Sidecar Sue.

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    Ride reports like this one didn't help either. Working Man's Costa Rica Ride

    Fast forward to about a month ago. Whizzerwheel (Dave) and I are having a casual conversation. This conversation followed many thoughts and half-hearted plans of warmer climes and early season rides all designed to use up my limited and cherished vacation time. Many would be great rides but, quite frankly, all of the ideas were luke warm at best.

    Our conversation turns to Costa Rica. Don't think it even involved motorcycles initially. Dave then he mentions he may be heading down in late March and eventually asks if I'd be interested in going.

    There was nothing luke warm about this. I was all over it! For many reasons. Some we may even touch on as we wind our way south.

    This is Saturday evening. Monday night we had airfare booked.

    We were going to Costa Rica!:happay
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    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    After a bit of giddiness, reality sets in.

    "No hablo espaƱol..." is the first thing that comes to mind. Only, in English - because I can't speak Spanish.

    Then, of course, the typical weather related/what to bring questions start to flow.

    This then leads to the whole "How am I going to carry all my sh...I mean, a...all my gear around down there?" If you've ever seen my bike on the road you know why I'm nervous.:lol3

    Not to worry about the whole language thing. A couple of Spanish books show up one day. :bow SCS. She also picked up a nice waterproof map. A trip to the library also gets me some Spanish CDs that I eventually rarely listen to.

    How do you say "I'm so screwed" in Spanish?:huh

    The following weeks are spent preparing for the trip. When I say 'prepare' what I really mean is replacing any gear I may have been thinking about replacing anyway. At least that's SCS's loose interpretation.:zilla :lol3

    Thankfully, PWRCRZR roped me into a little wager early this winter in an effort to help us both lose some weight. He's kicked my a$$ 9 ways to Sunday (he apparently thinks this is some kind of race or something) but I've still managed to lose 25 pounds or so. 31 is my official goal. Plus, I've even managed to get to the gym this winter instead of hibernating so I'm certain this will be helpful.

    Getting directly off the winter couch and onto a bike for 10 days might not be the best plan. Thanks again, David (PWRCRZR). Bastard.:D



    More later...

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  11. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    well lets get this thing started already :clap
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  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  13. jab1026

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    lets get it on.....
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  14. EvilClown

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    As you wish!

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    Gonna have to update later. Busy day here today.
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    I wanted to hear more about the creek coming out from under the garage,backhoe,etc. Ive been to Costa Rica,all I did was lay naked on the beach with a gal friend from Florida,have sex,drink,eat killer sea food,
    Some times all at the same time (of course)

    You ride bikes there?
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  16. EvilClown

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    Today's calendar pops up: "Costa Rica, Baby!"

    Not too exciting...unless yer us.:clap:clap:clap

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    On our way!
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    :raabia SWEET !!!!! Have a safe trip !!
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    Getting warmer...:clap
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  20. MZcountryboy

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    You're the only guy I know who takes more time off than me.

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    Stay out of trouble, you two. someone please pass the buttah......

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