Costa Rica: Trippin' with GR

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

  1. GRinCR

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    When it rains it pours...

    Literally; Tropical Storm Selma and Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen are bringing yet more rain.

    Figuratively; this will be the second weekend in a row of sneaking in some seat time. JuanCa quickly confirmed he liked the idea and in spite of all the rain we're going to take a run at the Poas Gnar on the SW flank of the Volcano.


    An ascent I've failed a few times before...


    Even better, for next weekend there is a shakedown run to the beach on something similar to this route:


    Aaaand.... Even better yet, this is the shakedown run for a multi-day, international, 1000 km ride @ the beginning of Dec... :kumbaya


    For tomorrow though, optimism is low on completion, but what the hell. The Mrs. is coming with so she can help me pick up, and push the pig around in the mud. Wives love that :deal.

    :asta
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    Well :topes. 06:00, the sound of rain on the tin roof. 07:00 no change... Then 08:00 and 09:00... and the window of opportunity has vanished since the sitter-in-law was only able to watch the chillins until 13:00. I figured, in a rush, 3 hours was needed at minimum. :boid, no ride.

    Did make a run to Walmart. Reporting back, the manhole cover on the way is still missing... Going on near 4 years now.


    Until la proxima.
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    The shakedown run is on :happay. Preflight... check. Packed, not really; I cannot find the hammock. There are currently 4, possibly 5 of us in the pack. Rondevu is @ 07:00 in front of "The Office". Weather seems to be holding out...


    :asta
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    Mother Oxean it has been too long.

  6. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    I wonder how much damage that hole has caused over the years? Is there a tire repair shop just up the hill? :lol3
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    Ironically, about 500 meters prior to there is a body shop and a tire shop. Somehow though, I honestly think everyone somehow misses this one or is wasted when they do so they don't stop. These things go missing all the time, randomly but for some reason they do not take interest in replacing this one while the others, yes.
  8. GRinCR

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    Shakedown Run to the Central Pacific

    From five there left three. One GF could not source a helmet and one rider had unexpected life business to deal with. I left my house @ 06:48 (según the foto) to head off into the mountains.





    All the remaining pack members were on time and we took off from the office, though the light, but already building traffic of Saturdays @ 07:09.







    This was the first time all of us had ridden together. Andrey rides the Honda Red Yamaha 150 and Jorge rides the KaTooom Duke 200! Not having ridden together I felt it was only appropriate to suggest some dirt options. Both, in spite of 100% street tires, were on board and ready to go. This was also Andrey’s first off-road experience. As we made the turn off piste a few peddlers took the opportunity to warn us that because of all the rain, the road is getting an overhaul. Their report informed us there were sections of freshly laid, loose gravel so things were slippery. He looked at me, I gave a head nod to keep moving and made sure to laugh loud enough so he could hear me.







    There were quite a few wiggles and wobbles but no one went down. It varied from old compact gravel, to freshly shaven earth. Once I saw the wobbles begin on the loose stuff it was time to get the revs up and put the DR in float mode. The route taken was the “little dirt road not far from home” and once we finished that short section we turned South heading to Puriscal. Our path remained of the earthen variety, but in much better shape.











    We had been riding for two hours by the time we hit Puriscal. By this time we were all feeling hunger so we sourced a locally recommended Soda and settled in for some fuel. We sat there for nearly an hour to digest our giant plates of pinto with varied combinations of carne en salsa, juevo, queso frito, natilla y/ó platano maduro. We chased the meal with a natural fruit smoothie and some of the world’s finest coffee, brewed fresh at the table.

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    Shakedown Run to the Central Pacific

    From here on it was pure pavement. This option is one of the CR greats. Never ending twists and turns with very little traffic, if any.







    The route winds down the mountain and left us where once stood the sketchiest bridge I have ever watched a fully loaded beer truck cross:



    Which was eventually collapsed by a school bus:



    And now stands this:





    After crossing we continued on slab. There was a quick jump onto CR27, and I learned of a nice little exit->bypass the toll shortcut which drops you right onto the southbound coastal route, where we needed to be.





    By 11:30 we had reached our destination, Playa Herradura.





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    Shakedown Run to the Central Pacific

    For one reason or another, neither of them could make this an overnight. Come 14:00 the boys were saddled up and headed back to civilization. I had a permit for 24 hours so not wanting to waste it I tied up the hammock and wasted away in time and space with the intention of camping out under the stars and nearly full moon.







    After dozing off to the rhythm of the Pacific I was rudely awakened by another of Mother Natures specialties; big, fat, tropical rain drops. See, I was all-in on sun and surf, therefore only packed rope and the hammock. It was not supposed to rain. Looking up, it was clear I had to start thinking on a Plan B, quickly.



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  11. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    "Made sure to laugh loud enough so that he could hear me".

    :lol3 ahhh motorcyclists.
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    Shakedown Run to the Central Pacific
    Plan B was a quick jaunt South on the PCH to Jacó. I landed myself in a $14 dorm for the night, just as the heavy rain started to fall. It poured all night long like it was the end of the world while kids at least a decade younger than I partied as if there really was not going to be a tomorrow. It felt as if I was the lone apocalypse survivor on the flipside because at 06:00 the place was a ghost town.
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    Slowly and quietly I packed and loaded the bike. A quarter of seven is when I hit the beach and my wandering began.

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    Given the amount of rain which fell the night before and my later than desired departure, the plan had changed some. In place of unknown dirt roads I was going to check out a vista and see the end of the road it lay on. I was once told it dead ended shortly after at an abandoned hotel. This turn off is on the South end off Jacó, pretty much in front of the bomba. So after filling up, it was through the woods I went.
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    At this lookout there is a map. This map lead me to believe this trail did not dead end, but intersected with the original route I was thinking on. I figured to give it a shot for a little ways at least.
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    It was sublime.
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    Eventually the path spilled out onto the main road. It was smooth sailing for some time buzzing up the ridgeline with Jacó off one side and Playa Hermosa off the other.
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    This portion of the road was well maintained; easy going with only minor obstacles to watch out for.
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    As I climbed Jacó was getting further away, some heavy clouds were getting closer and it was apparent less and less traffic passed this far up into the hills.
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    It had been an hour and change since turning off the highway. I had not seen any houses nor people or at least a half hour. The only sign of man were the utility poles. That was, until out of nowhere, as I crested a hill a structure appeared.
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    Modern day ruins. Someone’s dream was bigger than the bankroll.
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    It was only a few minutes down the road from the ruins when I noted two things: bigger ruts and no utility poles.
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    A few minutes more and the ruts were bigger yet, crossing the road and it was getting steep.
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    Shortly passed 08:30, I stopped again. The gravel was getting thinner, and the next curve headed into the woods. It was a chore to turn the bike 90* and get it up onto a flat spot some developer had plowed out for a home. I checked the maps on the phone and it wasn’t too much further to an intersection of a road I had once traveled and knew should be ok. There was also a bail option back to Jacó if needed. Problem was, the line on the map representing the road between me and the intersection was zig-zaged. Being alone, having not yet eaten and not even carrying a bottle of water, I decided it best to leave the rest of this adventure for another day.

    On the return, I ended up missing the turn back onto the jungle section back to the bomba.

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    This was not ideal as the route I was now on would drop me in Playa Hermosa and, well, the weather was looking plain shitty in that direction.
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    I was getting hit with sporadic drops as civilization appeared and the CR34/PCH lay before me.
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    Fortunately my turn North had my heading to high and dry as I bypassed the toll alongside the railway. One dollar less for Tío Sam and I was then on the Super CR27 with the next stop being Escobal for some grub.
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    There was one restaurant in town, I saddled up and ordered the usual.
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    Pinto, juevo frito, carne en salsa, natilla y queso frito. Natural fruit juice to drink with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The same meal, the day earlier cost 3,500. This day though, add a bottle of water and boom! 6,500 colones! My day was going so well and a confrontation was not on my list of shit to do this day. I gave him the dirtiest look as I handed him my card. He knew I was displeased but proceeded to run it. This proprietor asked I post the photo for him, you know publicity… Here you go buddy!

    BEWARE: RATA

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    The food is good, but be prepared to dispute your bill.


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    Honey, we don't need a minivan.
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    It is happening... :happayT, minus 1.5 hours to blast off... :wings



    :asta
  17. DaveCR

    DaveCR Been here awhile

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    great riding report! I'm Costarican and I don't even know most of those roads!

    PV!

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  18. GRinCR

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    Sup Dave? Pura Vida indeed. My wife and others make similar comments. On more greats roads now and into Panama via Rio Sereno next.

    Hands down best place in the world: Corcovado Natl. Park and the Osa Peninsula. This was where the real fun started yesterday;

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  19. DaveCR

    DaveCR Been here awhile

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    Very cool!
    We crossed to Panama a few years ago through Rio Sereno, great ride!
    We want to ride to Drake this summer, I’ve heard it’s beautiful there !


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    Trying to convince him to hot spot off my phone but he just isn't grasping the concept nor will ge let me in to help...:baldy

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