2 UP FROM 5 TO 9 - from New York to Brazil

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by luciosiq, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Robson Jaborá/SC

    Robson Jaborá/SC Brazilian Adventurer...

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    Lucio!
    Don't forget to put our city on your way... :clap :clap :clap :clap :freaky
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  2. Eduardo

    Eduardo Eduardo

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    Hola Lucio y Paula, Glad to hear you made it through Honduras. I'll share my crossing 4 years ago into Honduras and the wonderful cops and customs crooks I encountered.
    I was driving my pickup then and decided to go from my village in Guatemala to the crossing east of Puerto Barrios. They gave me my visa right away, but the permission for the truck was a different deal. They said they didn't issue those at that crossing and I would have to go 60 miles to Puerto Cortez and get one there. Just one hitch.....since I didn't have a sticker I couldn't drive there without a guard with me...which cost about $25. Okay, so I drive to Puerto Cortez to the officina de Aduana, it's about noon when I arrive. I spent the next 5 hours being shuffled from this office to that, with a different guy with a stamp at each stage, and a cost at each station. Finally, I end up back at the original office thinking I'm finally done. Nope. They said that I would have to come back tomorrow, and that I was to stay at the fleabag hotel across the street, and they took my keys, plates, and wanted my passport, but I explained that that would be against international law and they let me slide. They lock up the office, I take my spare key from my wallet, drove to the beach, got a nice hotel, had a great meal, and goodnights sleep. 9 a.m. the next day I pull up and there is a squad of solders, w/automatic rifles all pointing them at me.
    I get out of the truck, "Hola, Buenos Dias, etc." but they weren't happy.
    They had the handcuffs out and I said I want to contact the US embassy, so they put them away and escorted me back into the 3 story office building to continue the vehicle permint process. I ran out of money after two hours of stamps, papers examination, etc., so they sent two armed guards with me to the ATM at the bank for more money. Finally, I lost it, and threatened all of them with personal exposure to the world press, if I didn't get my permit right away. 10 minutes later I was on the road, after a total of 23 hours, $372. US, and bad attitude. I wish the story ended there, it doesn't. I drove east toward El Ceiba, along the beach, and come to a police stop. The cop comes up to the window, wants to see my passport, I show it to him, then he informs me it's against the law to drive w/o a shirt! He wants the equivalent of $35 US.....I tell him I don't have it, and he starts to eye my $600 camera on the seat, but I suddenly find 1/5 of what he wanted in small bills and give it to him and say "that's all I have". He takes it and gives back my passport and I go. I drive 20 miles and see this guy on a bicycle get run over by a semi-truck, and killed. The next day I went to Copan to see the Maya ruins there, and then got back to Guatemala as fast as I could. Of course, the helper routine at the exit border was expensive too. I almost kissed the pavement to be back in Guatemala, whose aduana were efficient, polite, and smiling. I swear I'll never enter Honduras again, take a boat around it or something. Too bad too, it's a beautiful country but it isn't worth all the hassle, money or aggravation.

    Sorry, it was such a long story but I wanted to share it. Really enjoying your ride report....thanks again. Saludos, Eduardo
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  3. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Robson,

    We would love to stop by and meet you guys in Jaborá/SC.
    We will try it, for sure. It would be very nice.
    Thanks for riding with us.
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  4. MtRainier

    MtRainier Keep Going! Supporter

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    Soon, I hope to share with you all what we had to do to survive in Honduras. And we did survive.
    I am not happy nor proud of what we had to do to go through Honduras.
    It is just very sad.........Such a beautiful country.



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    Thanks Mt.Rainier.
    You are correct. We always find solutions to our problems, as long as we are doing something we REALLY want to do.
    That works for our personal and professional lives. In fact, they are all linked.


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    KEEP GOING! THE BEST IS YET TO COME....... :clap :nod :clap :nod :clap :nod
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  5. Robson Jaborá/SC

    Robson Jaborá/SC Brazilian Adventurer...

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    Best notice of the day... :freaky :wings :beer :kumbaya
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  6. lrd2sea

    lrd2sea Turned orange,...

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    Hi, Lucio & Paula,

    Just read your post. Don't know if you have already past here and further your journey. But if you need anything in Costa Rica when you are by here, please feel free ot contact me. I have a little place for you to stay, and can provide assiatance if you need.
    If nothing else, it will be nice to chat with fellow riders of their adventure!
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  7. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Granada - Nicaragua is a very nice colonial town - similar to Antigua.
    We stayed there for 3 days and enjoyed it very much.
    From Granada, we decided to cross the broader into Costa Rica.

    The road is, again, in very good condition (single lane). Nice easy ride.

    Our only problem was that we, for the first time, did not follow the ADV Advice and crossed the border on a saturday morning.
    So, I guess now we belong to the "Saturday Morning Border Crossing Club" and can recommend border crossing only from monday to thursday (friday maybe ok).
    Big lines for immigration. But that's about it.
    Aduana - Vehicle Permit was a bit slow in Nicaragua (exiting) but quick in Costa Rica.

    HELLpers everywhere, but no big issue after experiencing Honduras.
    I even felt sorry for one of them, as I was very aggressive saying "No - Get out of my way !!!" and the guy just said "OK".

    In about 3 hours (between exiting Nicaragua and entering Costa Rica) we were riding and enjoying the beautiful scenery in CR.
    We went to Playa El Coco - Pacific Coast and are now relaxing a bit around here.
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  8. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Hi Ird2sea,

    Thanks so much for your message.
    We are already in Costa Rica (at the moment in Playa El Coco).
    Where are you located ? It would be very nice meeting you.
    See you.
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  9. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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  10. tommo2

    tommo2 Michiganee

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  11. lrd2sea

    lrd2sea Turned orange,...

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    I have pm'ed you my detail.
    I live in San Jose, about 5 hr.'s from where you are!
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  12. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    The boarders get easier and easier from here on.

    As for sail boats... if you can't find one, just do a two-day trip to San Blas. You can fly there from Panama City, or you can ride to Cuango, or a little farther, and take a boat from there. If you're really up for a challenging ride, you can do El Llano-Carti. Send me a PM if you want more details.
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  13. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Sent you a PM Bananaman.
    We are looking for alternatives to cross the Darien to Colombia.
    Thanks
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  14. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Nothing much to report lately.
    Enjoying the Pacific Coast (Guanacaste) in Costa Rica.
    Having a great time and impressed with the structure of the country.
    Costa Rica is clearly under fast development.
    As a consequence, they are starting to suffer the typical infra-structure problems.
    Roads are simply not enough for the volume of traffic.
    CA-01 is simply one huge line of trucks.
    It could easily be a 8 lane road and would still be a busy road.

    The beaches are great.
    A lot of hotel options (cheap, more expensive etc.).
    The smaller roads along the pacific coast are generally in good conditions.
    We would love to go to the Caribbean side of the country but we must move on to Panama, otherwise soon we will need to find work around here :evil to survive.
    Sorry, we have not uploaded the pictures yet. Not many though. We have been really lazy lately.

    Also, soon we will have defined the way we are going to cross the Darien (Boat or Plane).

    See you all on the road.........in a few days.....no rush, please.
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  15. mimo523

    mimo523 Been here awhile

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    I have stayed a few times at Casa Zen in Santa Teresa at the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula run by a nice American woman named Kelly. She has a great "Asian style guest house' with private rooms for $24. a night and a good restaurant. i highly recommend this place if you are near there.
    Thanks for your RR I'm looking forward to pictures!
    Mike
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  16. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Thanks a lot for the info, Mike.
    I will upload the pictures as soon as we have them organized.


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  17. Robson Jaborá/SC

    Robson Jaborá/SC Brazilian Adventurer...

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  18. GallopinTICO

    GallopinTICO Been here awhile

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    Hope you guys are having alot of fun in the PURA VIDA country :jive
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  19. Eduardo

    Eduardo Eduardo

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    Sorry, we have not uploaded the pictures yet. Not many though. We have been really lazy lately.


    Hola Lucio y Paula, Ah, being lazy is what it's all about, relax, rest, and soak it up! :jkam Saludos, Eduardo
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  20. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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