Costa Rica: Trippin' with GR

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by GRinCR, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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  2. RoadGrime

    RoadGrime Been here awhile

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  3. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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  4. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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  5. GRinCR

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    We were heading to Cañas where my wife had once lived with an ex of hers. She wanted to say hi to Mom. I didn't care because there was something named The Devil's Box nearby.





    It was the Pan Am nearly all the way to Cañas and then the pavement ended just outside of town. YBCaged was tagging along and this is about where he turned around .



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    My wife found a road too scary for you :dizave. He is still, to this day, skittish of anything unpaved. Luckily he recently rid himself of that worthless (to some) BMW.





    Not even a kilometer more and we arrived to the Devil’s Box. It was quite refreshing.



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    The fun had to end because the plan was a day trip. We headed back, out of the mountains on the treacherous dirt road.


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    We stopped in the city’s downtown to look around, say hello and grub.


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    The ride was finished in the dark but the fun didn’t stop. It appears we ate chili dogs and went to a concert?


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  6. isalas16

    isalas16 Adventurer

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    WOW this is a great thread and crazy little world, do you still work at Sykes? I worked there for 5 years... Cisco TAC account.

    I've drove on pretty much the same routes you took or ended up on the same places lol except on car.

    Never ridden ADV before, did motocross for a few years when I was in high-school always had cruiser bikes Harley/Big Dog, until a month ago I bought a CRF250L and just starting to explore more.
  7. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    You work for the government? Know where and on which account... :rofl

    That 250 should be enough to find you some fun. I have thought much about a downsize, but can't bring myself to let go of the original DR. I'm just going to have to get another bike. Mid 90's two-smoke is the thought. Tow it behind the DR.

    See you out there...



  8. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    The next trip down memory lane is a two-fer. Same route just a few years apart. I turned a 2 hour ride to port into five/six hours of excitement.

    2008: A lesson in picking up the big BMW :muutt.
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    2012: Nearly ended in a second divorce :zilla.
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  9. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
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    It is not very far before things start looking different.
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    Whichever way you go, you have to go through San Ramon.
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    Outside of San Ramon the road remains paved. We are on the edge of the cloud forest.
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    This road takes you to the “city” of Piedades Sur.
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    Piedades Sur defines sleepy. One nice thing to note is the tarmac ends at this sleepy little mountain town.
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    The gravel track gently climbs to 4000 feet and the views begin to open as we were now looking down the Pacific slope.
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    That is where this road goes, down the pacific slope to the coast and boy it takes you there in a hurry, kind of.
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    Mr. Caged complained of some snowplow affect his BMW has in this terrain. The road, although well maintained, is covered with a layer of loose golf and base ball sized rocks. I remember in 2008 thinking “What a weenie” as I chewed through this stuff on a 200cc chino-bike. That 1150 is nearly 6x’s the bike mine is, why is he whining so much? I was naïve.

    Well, 2012 was a learning experience. I don’t know what this snowplow affect feels like, but two-up with the wife and loaded for a day at the beach on a 650cc bike was a little different. There was no traction. Not because of bald tires. It was a combination of weight, pitch and road surface. Ana and I were sliding down the mountain and at some points out of control. Ana dismounted when I could get the bike to stop and she walked a lot on this day. We would get to the next switchback only to see another slippery slope. Ana fell to her knees at one point in defeat. All 80 lbs of her created enough to slide as well. I was using every bit of brake and clutch to keep from sliding through the next switchback. These stones acted like marbles.
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    YBCaged dumped the pig a few times (I so wish there were pics :baldy) and my wife decided to hitchhike. It was that steep :eek1.

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    Both kept asking, “How much further?” My response was the honest one, “I have no f*cking clue”, either because the road was new territory for me or I had forgotten. They were in the same mood at this point :ruskie.
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    According to Google Earth we had dropped 2,800 feet in 6 kilometers. The road cannot continue west due to a very large and deep river valley. Instead the road turns north and makes a big loop back up into the mountains to cross the big river’s tributaries where they are more manageable. This meant lots of up and down as we twisted down to the riverbeds and back up into the mountains. Most of the insanely steep stuff was paved in 2012. Not so in 2008 and we got to lift that behemoth Beemer a few more times.
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    There are a few small towns along this route. One in particular stands out in my memory:
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    The roads become paved here. You are thinking, “what a relief, good roads!” Wrong! The pavement ends shortly after town. In 2008 we were ignorant. In 2012 I was wise. I knew the biggest obstacle still lay ahead.

    This obstacle is a motherfu*cker combination of turns and elevation change. It is a right, left climbing chicane into a right-hand, nearly 180° switchback followed by an immediate near vertical climb up a washout covered in loose stones.

    2008: took both riders down and ripped off a fancy BMW side-case :p3rry. We were very tired of picking up the big pig, it was very hot and on this particular fall the bike was laying nearly upside-down on the hillside. Once again, sorry no pics of this debauchery. I was green.

    2012: took two attempts. I was anxiously anticipating this section and once again dropped Ana to walk before my first run at it. I took off too much speed in the hairpin and was spinning the rear, nearly stopped half way up “the hill”. The eject button was hit, and I laid the bike down :muutt. I backed the bike down, unloaded the top case and walked the extra weight to the top if the hill. I had set me helmet on some fire ants which was nice when it came time to gear-up for the second go. No sympathy from the wife, I am pretty sure heard her laughing at the top of the hill.
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    This part is a grand finale of sorts because the pavement reappears shortly after. The road dumps you out on the Pan Am and it is smooth sailing, west to the coastline.
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    Each trip had its own final destination but the general idea was the same :jkam.
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    Now we know why the Yellow GS1150 vanishes from my RR’s.
    Ride Time: A normal ride from Alajuela to Puntarenas is two hours. In 2012 the first picture timestamps at 9:47 and the last picture on the beach is at 14:45 :deal. Not exactly for :gergs.


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  10. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
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    The closest thing to a ride recently, until today, was hosting inmate Cody (cmkaduce), currently in Panama; http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928493. Great adventure still in progress. If one cannot ride, ride vicariously.
    [​IMG]Work was fun the next morning.
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    Now to the present: A minor clerical glitch had me at work this morning when in reality the VM training is not until the 10<sup>th</sup>. Next Saturday. I should have read the memo… Anyhow as I stood getting ready to leave the parking garage I stopped for a moment to look around.
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    Clear skies, mountains all around… WTF, time to ride!

    I reached the city of Heredia looking for an ATM. I didn’t spot one on my route so I stared pointing myself north into the mountains.
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    The search for a bank took me off the normal route I would have taken so I rode around lost in/near Heredia for a while. A passing bus said Mercedes Norte in the window. Mercedes, I must be in a classy hood.
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    I was only lost for a little while as I soon stumbled across the primary route through Barva. I also found a bank:gun1!
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    I was set. I had cash, a full tank and a bunch of curves in front of me.
    [​IMG]In the above pic: The route continues climbing to the right up and over the first ridge seen. At the top it drops a bit to another high ridge line which leads you to the peak further off in the distance. That peak is the still active Volcán Poás, sitting just over 7,500 feet.

    Now that you know the route, enjoy the ride…
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    After the waterfall shot disaster stuck!
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    Not really as I luckily had the spare with me.
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    While I had the tools out, I snugged up the shiny new hardware I installed yesterday before work. I ruined the originals breaking them free and didn’t feel like cutting bolts.
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    All good… back on the road.
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    Poás is now much closer.
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    This was way better than being at the office learning about the virtual world.
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    In Poás it is customary to pick up some fresh strawberries. Only $4 for the big box!
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    Then the 4,500 foot decent home leaving the mountains/volcano behind me.
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    I took the route through San Pedro. In San Pedro I stopped for some fresh baked goods and coffee. I sat a while in central park before finishing the 16 kms back to reality.
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    :asta
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  11. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> I can’t freekin’ believe it! I got to ride two days in a row and it wasn’t for my daily commute :clap. A friend of mine called and out of left field asked if we wanted to go to Volcán Barva. I was nearly there the day before on the long way home from work. There were too many people for his car so I HAD to go on the moto :evil.

    Here is how the route varied:
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    Entonces, from the city of Barva head straight up the mountain.
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    The road is paved for all but the last 6 kms. It is a delightful motorcycle road, barley wide enough for a car and a moto. Lot of twisties as you climb quickly off the chaos of the valley floor.
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    The first three kilometers of dirt are the public road which lead to the National Park entrance. I sadly chose not to ride this section, at least for now. It was very steep, rocky and washed out in many parts.
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    Even though everyone, including my wife said to ride it I decided it was best to park it and walk. You know, throw the prego wife a bone and be a nice guy. I was paranoid about leaving the bike in the open, so near to the asphalt down by the cars so I did ride a little ways up to find the perfect hiding place.
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    I knew he wouldn’t walk the entire three clicks. And they told me to ride it.
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    It was an awesome road and I can’t wait to come back to ride it. The best part was you felt so far away from the urban mess. You could see it sprawled out in front of you but there were none of the sounds or smells. No diesel smoke, horns, squeaking brakes, nothing. Only birds and wind yet I could see the mess, right there in front of me.
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    These were so tasty. Better than any other I had ever eaten. The wife agrees too. Mora de Montaña.

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    The road continues on to the park entrance. It is another three kms to the Barva crater. A second crater awaits you if you wish to walk two kms more. We could not do the second crater. We had gotten a late start and the weather was changing fast. Plus, my wife and my son and my friend’s mother with Alzheimer’s and her caretaker were waiting at the ranger station for us to return.

    The Braulio Carillo National Park is 100,000 + acres. More than 90% of its area is covered in virgin rainforest. 135 species of mammals including multiple big cat species are cataloged. 600 + species of plants and 500 + species of birds as well. We could hear the Quetzals as we walked the trails. The Barva crater is 500 feet shy of 10,000. It is unearthly.
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    What a sweet place to live, in a volcano crater. Private lake, virgin rainforest, cats and only an hour from the airport!
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    While we were at the lake the rain began to fall. By the time we got back down to the ranger station it was raining harder. The aguacero never came so we stayed relatively dry as we walked the three kms down to the vehicles. The girls, and my son had hitched a ride 30 mins before we arrived.
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    The DR out of hiding and we slid down to the pavement as the rain left loose rocks and mud to be navigated.
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    I will come back one day and give this section of road its due justice. A camp out here would be amazing. Plus this is ADVrider, not ADVhiker and I didn’t ride the whole road. You can camp at the ranger station for $2 or anywhere nearby for free. Park entrance is $8 for gringos, $2 for locals.
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  12. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    408
    Location:
    Maryland
    I have kept up with your report for quite some time and enjoy it very much. Thanks for the report. I could travel to Costa Rica...
    You say Gringos camp for $8 and locals $2. Well you are a gringo and a local...so what do you pay?:rofl
  13. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
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    It is four lanes, two lanes each way and I was heading eastbound with a red light 50 meters in front of me. There are no lane markings on the asphalt, cars are half parked on the sidewalk thus blocking half the right lane. I go straight though this intersection and most others go right since it dumps them directly onto the highway. I was hugging what would be the double yellow line. A man in an Isuzu NKR started easing off center with the cars Pac-Manning what would be the dotted white line in the middle of the two eastbound lanes. This is normal, he was passing the poor suckers waiting in line to go right. There are no lines painted so the lanes “technically” don’t exist and people make room where they can. Following…? I started fucking up at this exact moment.

    Everyone goes right or straight here. Wrong. 50 meters from the intersection (where we were) there is the tiniest of hardware stores with two parking spots on the north side of the road. I never knew it was there, until yesterday. Many of you already know now how this story ends. But… I felt comfortable knowing everyone goes directo or derecha in this place so I put the DR in second gear, breaking my personal lane splitting rule to make sure I was around the truck before we reached the light. Unfortunately the NKR went from merging into the left lane to a full on left turn into the hardware store parking lot. I swerved but no matter. The handlebar clipped him and end of story.

    When in Rome, right? I do split lanes in CR but have one rule; never get out of first gear. I made the rule after my head on with a taxi. The fact I broke this rule angers me. I am further perturbed because thinking back on it, I may have made that move any day. I was feeling comfortable in traffic. I made an assumption based on what I had never seen or taken notice of even though I pass this place five and often six times a week. The “what ifs” anger me most of all, still, right now. What if I had totaled the bike? What if I had someone on the back? What if I wasn’t the luckiest SOB on earth to somehow land on my feet? What if the bike hadn’t just slightly twisted my knee? What if I were on crutches, surgery, pins, bolts, screws? What if there was an oncoming car? What if I had been feeling this comfortable and making these assumptions in some other situation, maybe on the highway, or an empty parkway at breakneck speed!

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    Sorry about the downer post. Happy things to come, if I just slow the fuck down.


    :beer
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  14. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    No discrimination on the camping charges, everyone pays $2. They just stick it to the white man on the entrance fee. All national parks/museums are like that here.

    I pay local rates with my CR affiliation/residency card. I was somewhat pissed the ranger didn't ask to see it since I paid so much for it. I must look local :lol3.
  15. QCRider

    QCRider Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Oddometer:
    94
    Location:
    Costa Rica
    Sounds like it was more of a "oh sh*t" moment than actual damage, which is a good thing. I like your "splitting in 1st gear only" rule. It took me some time before splitting lanes here, but I do now and then mainly when cars are stopped or crawling. And I'm always afraid of dumping the big pig right in the middle, which would be quite embarrasing to say the least... :lol3

    I've meant to touch base with you for a while now and meet up for a ride. Let me know when you and the bike are back in shape, and we'll set up something if you're up for it.

    Still enjoying your RR btw! You seem to find roads I've never been on yet. PV!
  16. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    Thinking back on it, it was an oh shit moment and then some. If I hadn't broken my little rule, it would not have happened. I was in a hurry that day for no reason. I wasn't even running late for work like every other day of the week.

    We should ride. There are ruins near by. A friend of mine paid for some obscure sales pitch/cheap tour to them this week. Says the road to it should be fun on a moto. There is also the small patch behind the wind farms TheDudeHimself and I missed due to darkness a few months ago, or, or, or...

    This year's bag-o-parts is due to arrive soon. Nothing major but is prohibiting me from any rough roads and I am trying to stick to only the daily commutes. Once in top form I will drop you a line. Winter riding is always fun. I almost had to ride in tonight's little downpour...

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    :dllamaRide on everybody!
  17. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    476
    Location:
    Belton, Texas
    Keep it coming.....:clap
  18. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="&#45;-"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> The thought of how long it has been since my last proper ride makes me depressed. The DR has been on the chopping block more than on the road since 18Aug. Various states of disassembled as I worked through a few of the items on the overdue list.
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    MY baby has some new hardware and keeping the rest of her in shape.
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    In these dark times I am stuck in a cage. Two hour commutes driving me insane. :fyyfftraffic. :fyyff:fyyff Costa Rican traffic.

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    Even though from 18Aug until now is the wettest time of year with surprise thunder storms and apocalyptic downpours daily…

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    I would choose the bike and the “get out of traffic” benefits any day, rain or shine, except when raining in the morning…

    [​IMG]


    Even with the bike together I have been limiting the distance with some work still left to complete. So only the commute of 25 kms each way, Mon-Fri. Alajuela is fun to drive through.

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    The last bit of parts are in route and something potentially epic is in the works
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    Very excited for that one but it is still a ways off. Luckily today the wife gave me permission to escape with what she sees as my other wife.
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    Time for a long over-due leisure ride…
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  19. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    326
    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
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    I then strapped all the family into the cage and off to the in-laws. They were dropped off and once this task was complete I was free.

    Today I kept relatively close to home. The ride was only 42 kms in total but when compared to what I have been able to squeeze in since May. Not bad at all.
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    I started with a quick lap around the neighborhood to warm up. I had just completed an oil change/valve adjustment and wanted to be sure nothing was left out of place. Once confirmed there were no abnormal sounds the ride was on.

    The first plan was to find a little rancho with a view a compa from work had taken me to. We walked it one time and he said the road had an exit. I took off on the old road (non pista) to Grecia. In a town named Pilas I hooked a right and was soon face with my first decision.

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    I had done this once before but I was following another car and not paying attention. The return on that trip was also made in the dark so I did not recall exactly what the route was. I chose left.
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    Dirt roads and views.
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    Eventually the road spit me back onto pavement. I was soon sure I had made the wrong choice. The road was fantastic so I kept on for a while.
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    Knowing I was on the wrong route I came to a plaza in some small town and cut a U.
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    Back at the first intersection I this time picked the high road, up the middle. I recognized a few landmarks and finally make it to the “T” I was looking for. In no time I was at the dirt road I needed to be on. It was sad to see a good road being paved.
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    I was initially looking for a rancho I had been to with my co-worker and I knew I was close. Somehow I managed to miss it but I was on the right track, or was I? The ranch had no electricity and this road I was on is flanked by utility poles. After riding for a while I knew I had passed the rancho, but this road had to lead somewhere. As long as there are utilities and their infrastructure to maintain there is generally a passable road.

    After one particular bend the electricity stopped and the road when to sh*t. Maybe I was nearing the rancho, but his made no sense as the road was losing elevation and the Rancho is on a hill with grand views. Now I was wondering, “What kind of cluster fu*k do I now have myself in?”

    Slow and steady through some pretty rough and rutted out stuff but nothing too crazy.
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    It was short lived and I was once again reunited with block-top.
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    Tarmac is not preferred but certainly not the pits either. Could be pedaling, or walking while pushing a bike :lol3.
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    Oh and what a difference this little change made:
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    There is another little “short-cut” I took in route to my next destination. I had vowed in the past never to take this short-cut again. I for some reason ignored this past experience and had another go at it. Just as I expected; a shitty pave job, busted up into loose rock and sand on a pitch so steep my bike just slides. I finally got it stopped for a pic and some dude on little bike putts on by, no problem.
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    At the bottom is a peaceful place. I walk this hill often in the mornings. Hydro electric plant just around the bend. It is one hell of a hike out but easy-peasy for the DR.
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    I made my way through the outskirts of the city in route to my In-laws.
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    They live in a small house on a coffee plantation. I love playing around on the farm.
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    After dinking around it was time to turn in. The sun was setting and there were Tamales waiting to be consumed :dg.
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    :asta
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  20. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2011
    Oddometer:
    405
    Location:
    Panama Highlands
    I'ad to see you got her back together and are on the road again, I was missing my doses of CR views! I'm jealous of your mechanical abilities. But I can't imaging how you are able to get so many pics while on a trip, the best views I see are usually in places where I can't stop.
    I am heading to CR in two weeks, maybe we'll run into each other (I hope not literally).