Page 39: - No Return Ticket - Just a Ride Report /w Pics - From the beginning
Unreal, my oldest sister Cassie e-mailed me and is flying down to Costa Rica for spring break. Super, I jump on the bike and ride off to Liberia to pick her up at the airport. This should be fun.
I got on the road early so I have time to for a few photos and time to attempt a repair on that missing foot peg problem I have. I stop at a small ferretería (hardware store). The owner of the store gets involved as soon as I explained my problem. Another guy at the store also helps. I look at the foot peg and the duct tape and say “necesito poco madera” (I need a small piece of wood)
The owner of the shop is on it. He tells me to wait then comes back with a piece of rubber tubing. It worked perfect. The tape should help hold it in place. This is fun....
He tests it out. We are both happy.
The airport at Liberia. My sister is electric. She is telling everyone on the plane that her brother is picking her up in Costa Rica on his Harley. The crowd cheers.
We instantly reminisce about when I was 14 years old and flew out to visit her at school in Arizone. I’ll never forget that time while hitchhiking to California and she taught me that you wave at bikers, instead you give them a type of finger solute ;) Later that year when school was over she gave me her Suzuki 100, my first bike. That for sure started my thirst for two-wheeled adventure. What a sister.
We are off. We ride through the jungle toward the Pacific coast, Samara beach.
Cassie, Heidi and I have a blast. Basically we do what Heidi and I normally do, exercise, enjoy the beach scene and have a good time. I am one lucky dude…..
Semana Santa (Easter week) is the best week to be in Latin America. Locals fill the beach and there is a lot of activity happening everywhere.
Music, sun, sand, surf and pina coladas, what’s not to like?
We have been hearing monkeys all week but they haven’t been in the neighborhood. Early on Easter Sunday a family moved into the mango trees at the hotel and began to feast. What a treat.
The monkey’s eat and eat throwing mangos everywhere. Then they all just picked a branch and slept with their arms and legs hanging down.
Cassie fly’s out of San Jose. We try to take a bus ride there the day before her flight, but the bus running from Samara to San Jose was full. This is the Monday after Easter and one of the busiest travel days for Ticos. Plan B, we take a Taxi to Nicoya and try to buy a ticket to San Jose, all full. We take another taxi to a highway that leads directly to San Jose. There we hope to jump on any bus going to San Jose. After at least 4 full buses pass us one finally stops and lets us on. Standing room only but at least we are on our way to San Jose.
We get a room at the Plaza hotel then proceed to enjoy the city. We zigzag around on foot for hours then end at an open air restaurant right on the plaza. What a good time. Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. Don’t miss it.
We will miss Barracuda and the village of Samara. Tomorrow Heidi and I are on the road heading toward Panama. On the way we will again attempt to ride to Monteverde cloud forest then tour around the lake Arenal area. We hope to do some jungle hiking and hopefully see volcano Arenal spew some lava at night.
The Ride Continues……..
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