Costa Rica: Trippin' with GR

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

  1. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    We, for the third time, failed to make the boarder crossing as intended.

    On the brights side, we ended up here...

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  2. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    The Costa Rica, Panama 1,000.
    It was two days short of ‘epic’ but goes down as the longest sustained time I have been away just f’ing off on my motorbike. On paper it was supposed to be 1,100 kms, four days riding and one day off kicking it in hammocks, beach side on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Things didn’t quite go as planned so enjoy the madness.

    Anxiety was high… so much to do… Get official govt. permission to take the bike out of the country. Reattach my license plate I’ve been carrying in a folder for the last few months. I couldn’t quite find all the pieces but glued what was present back in place and did away with bolts opting to use rivets.
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    I had to remove the storage container hanging on the left side. It was rendered useless a while back when the door rattled itself open and subsequently was torn off by the tire when the suspension compressed.
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    With that gone I was forced to yet another govt facility to pay for and obtain my new sticker allowing me to circulate in 2018. Additionally I needed to re-weld the supports back to the frame since the weight of said container had detached them leaving the luggage rack supported by a few zip ties I used as a long term workaround.
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    While at the welder he patched up a crack in the same sides luggage rack, likely forming due to the added movement the zip ties allowed. He also stuck the chain guard’s mounting tab back on the swing arm.
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    I was tired of lugging a bag on my back so I spotted a deal on a top case from the Honda dealer and made the run to pick it up. Once home and daylight gone, I installed the new hardware and put in a fresh new air filter.
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    With all the days wrenching I placed aside all the tools and maintenance items which were coming along, and the only item left was to pack up my personal items.
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    It was some point past midnight before sleep set in. This state was short lived as by 05:00 it was finally time to shove off.
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    When the idea of this trip was first birthed, we were many. Roughly 10 if I recall. As time drew on, certain dilemmas surfaced and only four of us departed on three bikes. We chose the CR3, Aguacate route to get us started. This early in the AM, it was solitude as we wound our way up through Atenas, then down to the Pacific coast.
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    After the Aguacate we hit the super slab (CR27) for the remainder of the way. We ended up hitting traffic at some construction, then jumped off to bypass the toll before picking up the costal CR34 for our ultimate turn South.
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    By 08:00 hunger struck. We pulled off at the busiest looking Soda we found and proceeded to feast.
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    Intros: KTM 200, y’all were introduced a week or so again. This is Jorge and he also brought his wife Laura with. Our other participant, David, was on call for the shake down run. He is on the Honda XR250, Tornado.

    It was a leisurely stop and after about an hour we were back on the road.

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    With the dial pointed south we stuck to the CR34 with the Pacific to our right…

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    and the mountains to our left.

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    Quepos was the next major city in route and where we agreed to stop next for a breather.
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    This supposed quick stop took a tad longer as we searched out a bicycle supply shop for a hand pump (I forgot mine) as well as a hardware store for some zip ties. Roadside fix number one was already needed since the aluminum weld did not hold up very long.
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  3. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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  4. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Alajuela, Costa Rica via MN.
    Goddamned flat, rear tires :becca. I am still like 1:ever on bush fixes mostly due to the luck of having a tire repair shop with the fancy machine near where I get my flats. Only once, by fluke, has a self spooning session panned out for me. Gone are the days of never getting a flat. Seems every time out on anything remotely big I get a flat rear…. This day being no exception. The tire held air so with fortune again on my side we swung back 10 mins to the taller where I swapped the tube for a new one and patched the tiny little hole pinched in the side of the bad one. The ferry was waiting for us upon our return to port and our journey continued onto the Osa Penninsula.
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    Not only did this mark our entrance to The Osa, it also marked where the pavement would end for a while.
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    The views were great…
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    The road was great…
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    There were a few intersections along the way and being no one had a GPS and phone service was scarce we were using a pre downloaded Google map, counting turns along the way. First intersection take a left, second a right and so on. At this junction, we hung a right and continued on into Nirvana.
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    Things got interesting at this river. David found the steep part of the river bank exit and like a true champion fixed his dilemma with a fist full of gas, bottomed out and stuck a flailing, seemingly out of control landing as the bike launched off the lip.
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    As we continued on, no more than a few hundred meters, a gate appeared. It was wide open but its presence strange.
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    Not much further from the gate the group stopped sensing something not right. The road was becoming more “natural” and showed little signs of travel. I scoped out another couple hundred meters and it was obvious, we were not headed where we needed to be heading. The utility poles were gone and shadows getting long, we had to turn around.
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    Back across the river and this time was no different; David had to show off again…:lol3
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    While crossing the river David hit a baby head and it redirected the bike. He resisted with all his might but no matter, he still hit the steep, step up part of the riverbank exit. Once again he grabbed all the throttle he could and launched himself airborne. It was reminiscent of his first cross of this river, only this time he did not sick the landing.
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    He spent the next few minutes bending his “Barkbusters” back into a shape which would allow him to use his front brakes. The rest of us stood by supervising.
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    Once all the pieces were back in order, the convoy moved onward.
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    It was eleven hours after our departure when we hit the pavement, still quite a few Kms from Jimenez.
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    So, very quick stretch then back in the saddles.
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    Caught a rainbow!

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    So beautiful, until you get hands on with all the elements which made it.
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    To rain gear or not to rain gear...
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