Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. 1TrackSam

    1TrackSam Adventurer

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    De-lurking to say thanks again for the RR and information on Darien Gap! :clap

    Now I know why a co-worker always volunteers to go to Costa Rica when I need to send someone. Have to ask about the bar!
  2. Mustang28027

    Mustang28027 Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    I, too, have been a lurker for a while and have spent the better part of two days reading almost every log of your wonderful trip. Glad to see your engine was able to be repaired. By chance, what bikes have you seen the most of there? Thumpers, like the Dr650?

    Obviously, there is a great network of people here to give advice of where to go and stay. Any issues getting fuel? What are the prices like in these countries?

    Enjoy your trip!!!!

    Dave
  3. Tuff Tunica

    Tuff Tunica Moto-Skiveez creator

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    How are you liking Costa Rica? I did a mountain bike race called "La Ruta de Los Conquistadores" in 2007. Started in Jaco on Pacific side and ended in Limon four days later. The Costa Rican equavalent to the Tour de France.

    We then rented a van and drove south to Puerto Viejo. I actually spent some time in Coco's bar.

    Also a little trivia...about half of all of the breast implants sold in America are manufactured in Costa Rica. Allergan Medical, makers of Botox, has the manufacturing facility for all of their breast implants based in San Jose. Just a little FYI.
  4. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Interesting country. :lol3
  5. IceCreamSoldier

    IceCreamSoldier suffering somewhere

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    Hey Mark......... I spent some good times in Cahuita in the early 90's. My favorite beach town in CR. Might have a few pics to scan............... Like your attitude regarding the borders :clap
  6. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Woke up on the Caribbean coast to a nice view.

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    My breakfast view. Nice cup of coffee and some great fresh fruit.

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    Stayed here for $25. USD. Since traveling on my own through Central America my costs have gone up. The single rooms are more, and Costa Rica is more than other Central America countries. But in all less than it was costing me in the US and Canada. Still Ok on my budget as I continue.

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    A collection of things from the sea.

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    As i ride the last 30 miles through Costa Rica to Sixoala and my last Central American border crossing it seems strange to be out here riding. Just enjoying the scenery and riding the area.

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    Lots of Banana plantations along the way.

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    Then I come to Sixoala and the border. Looks like so many others with lots of trucks parked before they get all the paperwork done. Of course on a Moto I ride up past them. No helpers, no fuss. Not sure exactly where to start.... But I ask and am told the office up ahead on the right. Lock up my bike and walk up .....

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    past this gate and to the right.

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    Get in line here for passport stamping. and Aduana is right next to this.... Cannot see my bike, so I ask for someone to hold my place in line, I walk back and ask if I can move my bike right up to customs. Si Senor! Great!!

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    I get back in line and in 15 minutes or so I am stamped out of Costa Rica personally. Then onto Aduana (customs) for the bike. I show my passport and they ask for paperwork. :eek1 I had a moment of panic as I did not see any paperwork from entering Costa Rica. I have a zip up plastic case for all my copies, documents etc. I tell them I think that I did not get one...... :eek1 :eek1 So I start sorting through some of the old paperwork with receipts from Nicaragua, Honduras.... Then he spots the paperwork. :thumb :wings Wow I was nervous ..... But all is Ok. He takes the paper and looks at my passport. Ok Finshed. Adios!

    Jump on my bike.... Pass the guard who waves me through after asking if I got my passport stamped. Si Gracias!!

    Here is the bridge to Panama. Took the left side as Xavier had warned me that there were boards missing on the right side :huh

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    Only one way over, and had t wait for some people to be out of the way before riding across.

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    I had "talked" with two Panamaian Police who were on the Costa Rica side and one was carrying a large rear moto tire for his bike back to Panama. The shook my hand, looked at my bike. Very Friendly !! :clap

    When I got across the bridge they waved me to park near there bikes.

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    Then the same drill. Get in passport line. Waited awhile to get this done. I stepped out of line to get a photo back toward Costa Rica, and two french guys stepped in front of me, as they did not know I was in line :deal

    Cost me a few extra minutes. Oh well.

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    Once I get stamped into Panama I needed to get Insurance. I had been watching a couple other people who had vehicles and asked what next. Had to walk a bit up the road, down some stairs then to the 2nd floor Entrada (green sign near the stairs) and to the Sugoros. She did the paperwork 1 copy for me one for Aduana. Paid my 15USD and was ready for the next step. Asked about changing money from Colones and they did it right in the business 15 steps away. Great one more thing done.

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    Back up to Aduana. They were helpful. Filled out the paperwork, gave them the $3 USD tax, and he walked me to the window and said to give them the paperwork and return once I had there work done. All is spanish of course. Although there was a guy with a "El Gringo" hat on that was directing tourists to pay the tax, and change money with one of the guys.... Anyway. I waited quite awhile as there was a crowd waiting to hand in there paperwork ahead of me. Patience, smiles, greetings. A few of the Costa Ricians complained it was really slow. I smiled and said. El Salvador into Honduras was much much worse!!:lol3

    It took a total of about 2 hours, but I got my paperwork, and the Customs guys stamped paperwork. and another guy checked my passport after he held it up to some kind of wanted poster that was a bald guy with goatee:lol3 same? NO senor with a smile. He was having a bit of fun. Then "Welcome to Panama!!".

    Off I rode out of town and headed for Almirante- and then the island of Bocas del Toro. Not much signage (surprise) so I had to ask a bunch to make sure I was on the right road. One town was busy with some traffic otherwise it was a clear good road....

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    Panama seems a bit more developed along the way compared to other countries in Central America. Nice cars, some nicer houses.

    Got to Almirante and rode right to the area of Water Taxi's fortunately I had called and found out I could securely park in a gated parking lot near the water taxi stop for $3.00 day. Think it is Lizas. She was rather full but I told her Stacy had sent me and she had her guy move a few cars so I could park along the fence!

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    Unloaded my gear, changed into shorts and she stored my riding gear in her house. Then walked the block to the water taxi. Lots of guys wanting to help direct and carry my bags. No Gracias. Got it!

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    The taxi headed out through the canal. These are some of the caribbean local residences. Fairly typical along these coastal areas.

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    Then across the bay about 30 minutes. To Bocas del Toro. A group of Island with lots of tourist activities. I had not booked a room, as many places were booked up because to the Holidays. Had spoken with one hostel and they told me to come by, I could leave gear while I searched.

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    Knee was really bothering me again as I walked the main street and checked various hostels and hotels. Really booked. Found a couple of places for a night but not the second night. I wanted to relax and not hassle. Finally found a place for two night but it was rather upscale. So I splurged and did it. Is the nices places that I had stayed in the past 3-4 months. Was also the most expensive. Oh well. As I have gotten older, life is short and this felt like the right place to spend a few extra dollars!!

    Sat out on the deck and had dinner and relaxed. Felt great!!

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  7. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    nice view Mark, beer and ladies :D
  8. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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  9. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Have had a few more questions about my camera mount..... Here are some photos. I made this years ago on my other bikes and it has helped me take photos along the journey without the fuss of pulling out my camera or attaching it to lanyard of some kind.

    the arm is a flexible Arm for lighting in photography it is made by Manfroto. I created a bracket that attached to teh handlebar and then added a Quick disconnect with full swivel. Also Manfroto. Purchased from B&H photo in NYC.
    Mounted my Sony DSC Tx-100 waterproof camera on a base so that I can just pop it on and off.

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    It comes off the left side so I can easily take a quick photo.

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    Here is a link to the arm.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/74314-REG/Manfrotto_237HD_237HD_Heavy_Duty_Flex_Arm.html

    I used quick release swivel I had a smaller one first, but wore it out.

    This is similar but not exactly like mine. Not sure if they discontinued mine as I did not see it. it has a lock and also a tension adjustment on the ball.
  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Took a day off to relax!! Since I splurged I even had a little deck to sit and have my morning coffee and watch the world go by.

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    Bocas del Toro is a big tourist destination for sure.

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    I took it easy all morning and enjoyed myself!! Oh for the splurge I have this room. Best bed I have slept in for months...

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    and a coffee maker in the room.

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    Then I decided to explore a bit and took a boat to the Butterfly garden. It was just a 5 minute boat ride from the center of town.

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    locals getting around the island.

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    Ok.... boat driver is taking me ?

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    This little dock..... Ok. He will pick me up in about 1.5 hours.....

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    Lots of beautiful butterflies.

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    Could not really capture the Blue winged butterflies in motion they rarely stopped. This is what they look like on the outside.

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    Not a great photo. But they did not stop much, and when they did there wings were up so you could not get the vibrant blue. It is cool.

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    there were also some brightly colored frogs about.

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    and Butterflies in the before they can fly.

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    and some cool flowers as well.

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    . Worked out to be a great day to take it easy. :clap
  11. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hey Mark,

    Glad your enjoying and taking great pics! Hope '12 is even better as the journey continues. Pablo the cat says hi.:D
  12. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    With trip reports like this, and the Dakar rally getting ready to start, ADV rider is the place to be. :freaky
  13. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    Mark glad to see you got to Boca okay. Things have returned to normal here in San Jose now that Xmas is over. Was good meeting you and hope I was of some help with your travels.

    Good luck.
    Ride safe.
    Stay healthy.

    TravelGuy:clap
  14. IceCreamSoldier

    IceCreamSoldier suffering somewhere

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    Oh well. As I have gotten older, life is short and this felt like the right place to spend a few extra dollars!!

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  15. rjmorel

    rjmorel Dual Sporticus

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    With those great pics Butterfly Island looks like a little piece of Heaven down here.

    Another travel ? for you Mark. Do you ever wish you had a little tow behind trailer to haul everything on instead of having all the weight on your bike?
    I'm making one for my Versys and I see + and - with either way. On certain trips it would be nice to get to camp, unhook trailer with camping stuff on it and be able to ride just the bike if I were staying in the area a few days. But in your situation of going in and out of countries, towns and traffic I could see it being more of a pain.

    Have a Happy and safe riding New Year to You , rj
  16. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    NO! just want to carry less stuff.!!
  17. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Yup Mark, sometimes you just gotta splurge it is sooooo worth it; isn't it? I am glad you made it now it's getting the Darien crossed. Loved the little exotic butterfly tour.


    This looks like a really nice place.

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  18. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    :rofl:jack


    Well, you did get the tire off finally and you'd seemed pretty dang happy about that.


    Safe travels..
  19. GhostRunner

    GhostRunner Been here awhile

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    Hi Mark,

    You're doing great! What a report...Looks like a new adventure coming up in Colombia when you're reunited with your bike.

    Good luck and safe riding.:clap

    Mick
  20. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Mark, going to see any of the Dakar while your down there?
    Of course you would probably have problems finding lodging if you go near the event.