RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    hope i didn't burst your bubble on this...really not much to say at all, i have been to a lot of breweries, large and small over the years in lots of different countries and this really didn't stand out from a beer point of view or location...its a shame because only a few miles away the views are amazing next to the lake, the place is 350 yards down a dirt road at the end of small town that has very little going on - its kind of strange, not what i was expecting at all - and beer was about $2 for half a pint
  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    rolling thru Nicaragua from Esteli heading to Leon the altitude dropped and the heat rose, farming looked very organized

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    the land flattened out besides the few volcanoes dotting the horizon

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    dylan got a bug up his ass to do some off road when we had some of the best pavement i had seen in weeks

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    we rolled into Leon just in time for the big screw cap checkers game

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    and spotted the biggest single cylinder ever (maybe, well fins for sure)

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    Dylan was working hard to impress the local ladies

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    and i found a clock that tells time perfectly for an adventure rider...

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    sadly they are working on the main square so no real good photos of the Cathedral, or as it is also known Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of León...sadly it was closed and appears to be having work done around it, the main square was closed off...what we didn't get to see inside under its arches, in their crypts designed to withstand earthquakes , lie the remains of 27 people, including 10 bishops, five priests, a hero of independence, three poets, a musician, six notables and a slave.

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    there is a Russian influence in some of the buildings, what looked like it could just have been a balcony could also double as a watch tower for some with a Kalashnikov rifle?

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    and how about this for a complete architectural failure...

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    the real Leon is quaint but seedy, old signs fr building that not longer remain are still firmly planted

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    life here seems to run at a very relaxed pace which is perfect for us that don't know the day or the time and honestly really care

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    ...but what Leon does have is probably one of the largest populations of manequins per capita that i have ever seen

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    just couldn't seem to find the real life version anywhere in town :cry

    rtwpaul, out....
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  3. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    What kind of beer do you like? There are a few breweries here that we might be able to hit up, but all of them brew beers that are slightly "hoppy" to me. If you like highly hopped beers like an IPA, or Ambers/Ales with a bit if hop bite then you're set.

    If you're like me and prefer richer flavored non-bitter beer then you're kind of out of luck. :lol3
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  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    best thing is to try them all then make a decision...:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky

    thanks dude...took a while to reconnect as i've been on a private beach in Nicaragua for a week with no internet...very cool




    *************i'll add to this report when i get a good connection in a few days












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  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    had an extra day in leon and went to eat with the locals

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    all this for about $1.50

    and hows this for surroundings????

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    and here's the kitchen

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    decided to do a little James Bond language lesson in the afternoon, English with Spanish subtitles...now i'm really confused, as i read along as listened and they were totally different :huh

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    the following morning it was time to roll out of this secure area

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    I have seen hundreds of photographs of bikes parked in "secure areas" and have always wondered how you do that without cracking those tile floors?
  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i guess the tile is a lot thicker down here...i tested it out good and proper as well as i had my back wheel off, while i was doing some work on my cush drive, so maximum weight on the center stand and not an issue...

    this place (viavia cafe) we had to ride thru the restaurant so if i guess they are not bothered about the diners they're sure not bothered about a bit of tile :wink:
  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    riding out of Leon and deeper into Nicaragua, the roads to this point had been perfect, the weather was getting a little warmer, actually doesn't bother me at all after living in Vegas for 12 years but Dylan was looking for shade every time we stopped but with this temporary roadblock the was none

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    right after the cows the road turned and it was pothole city for about 40 miles

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    we had a riding debate which side gave the best traction as the pavement just plain sucked

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    cresting a hill gave a good view of the shit road to ride on for miles and miles more...

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    did a quick stop at the Volcano in Masaya, i guess i have been spoiled by other volcanoes in the past, i was off the coast of Monseratt, in the caribbean in the late 90's when it was erupting whilst a total eclipse of the sun was happening and it went dark at midday as the volcano was going off in the background...also i was in Hawaii watching molten magma roll into the ocean and make Hawaii bigger

    so into Masaya volcano, it had gone off quite recently so it was still smoking so most areas were off limits, shame

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    on the ride back thru managua Dylan spotted a car wash and suggested we wash our dirty bikes, mine really needed it, we had four guys working on two bikes for over an hour and were charged $1.60, when the bikes were done they looked new, i was amazed how much they seemed to care about what they were doing, they certainly did a much better job than i would have done. To give you an idea if this means anything to you, bikes would have passed inspection to get into Australia

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    on what looked like new shiny bikes we headed off to inmate 'Salcar' to stay at his place...now get this, he is not even in the country and he let us stay at his place...cannot thank you enough for that, it was perfect, happy travels in the Bali, Salvador
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    from Salcars house rode to Granada because i haven't been there before...wrong...as soon as i got there in the main square i recognized the place, doh!

    when you've been to about 70 countries sometimes you forget a place or two :huh anyhow its still a cool place for a second visit

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    riding out of there it was time to play avoid the falling sugar cane all over the roads, and this beast was the reason why

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    then down a side road that turned to dirt almost straight away

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  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    so looking at map, the idea was to head to San Juan Del Sur, as it was close to the border to be able to arrive really early, you know the Nica/ Costa Rica Pan American crossing the one everyone hates the most, as basically its the only real crossing for vehicles (more on that in the next post)

    so anyhow looking at the google map i click a little above (read north) of SJDS and it zooms into here if you get close enough up pops camping matildas, about 6 bays up from SJDS

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    so the theory here is if its no good then there are loads of places a few km's south just of here to try, lets head down that sandy road

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    go along with a tall yellow wall along your right side

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    when it looks like it dead ends make a right, down here

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    then it looks like it dead ends again now make a left and you'll see this, park your bike by the gate on the right and walk onto the beach, thats where the entrance is

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    but before you go thru this gate you will look at the view for quiet a while, and this was the busiest i ever saw this beach except at sunset

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    this is the real coordinates, there is no address

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    if bird watching or surfing (5 minute walk to the next bay) is your thing this could be your place

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    the sunsets here are amazing, even the local dogs come out to see them every night, seriously :eek1

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    this place was so relaxing, secure parking behind a locked gate...no wifi..$6, $8 or $15 a night depending how much privacy you want...i stayed a week, and for sure will come back :deal Sjoerd Bakker if your are reading add it to the list for next years book

















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    Got any pics of the rooms? That place looks like paradise.
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    I'm in:D
  15. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    that would have been been a good idea :huh my room had two beds, a single and a double, private bathroom, hammock out side and about 50 feet from that beach - hope you have a good imagination :lol3
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    good to have you along for the ride
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have just finished writing a Central America Border Crossing Guide.. "A step by step guide for crossing the notoriously difficult Central America borders, showing pictures of buildings, paperwork, fees, tips...with this book you find your way south a breeze".

    Hardback, softback and PDF version HERE

    ebook for all Apple products ibooks ipad format HERE



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    ^^ That seems so strange from when I crossed that same border in 2010. The aduana and insurance *edit- on the Costa Rican side- were just the opposite places than what you listed, insurance was right there in the little building across from the immigration building.:huh I was also too lazy to do the walking and just drove over to the aduana:lol3 (the place where you got your insurance)

    Ended up meeting up with Alberto and Naomi too for a short visit.

    We got hosed too:lol3
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i did these border in the other direction last year and don't remember the new big building on the CR side, they had finger scans and xrays for luggage in this building...it is all very organized now

    the place where i did my insurance yesterday was used for something else last year, but i did go in that building for about 3 hours with a room full of truckers...insurance was over by the migration when i went thru near the ATM

    you'd like it now its was gravy....:lol3
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    left the beach in Nicaragua early to head to the border, had a real easy crossing and the plan was to grab some gas before crossing but i didn't see a place so in CR i filled up on super at 688 colons a liter or $5.05 a gallon

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    moments later i was stopped by the cops, i was struggling to hold my bike upright in a crazy strong side wind and they wanted to tell me the wind was blowing and be careful, behind them in the distance there were dozens of wind turbines, blurring with the speed they were spinning :huh

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    you notice straight away Costa Rica has more money just by simple things like massive rolls of bundled hay plastic wrapped in fields, more organized than its neighbors to the north

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    my plan was to head to Bijagua to the Vista Point B&B (from Sjoerds book on CA) it looked like a good distance from the border and was heading in the right direction, so out towards the volcanoes away from the coast and towards the looming black clouds

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    sadly this place is closed down, so i had to flip a U turn and back track towards Lake Arenal and look for a new place, i found a dirt track short cut

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    the dirt track ended up being a road to a wind farm

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    eventually it got me back towards the lake where the rain clouds were a few feet above the water and the rain came...time to find a cheap, sadly not Nicaragua cheap, hotel

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