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DAY 74-76, Dec. 23-25, Tamarindo, Temp 30C Scattered Rain/Sunny, (200/10,885km)
A line of semi trailers indicated we were at the border where we had already planned to use a helper hoping to get through in 2 hours or so. It was menacing from the start, thankfully the Nicaragua side went quick enough (45 min) and it all looked good at that point. We were handed to the Costa Rican helper agreeing to pay both guys $1 per bike (the Nica helper agreed before and then jumped back when we tried to pay commenting that this was nothing and he didn't even want it which is a typical ploy. He took the $3).
Unfortunately arriving on the Costa Rican side we were welcomed by a massive, and I mean massive, line of people trying to go both to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Holy Shit! We paid $10 each to jump the queue which entailed standing like a sponge in a bucket of people who gave no quarter as we all tried to squeeze through the patrolled door. The worst 30 minutes in a long time that felt like 4 hours while the helper was on the other side of the door just looking at me signalling to go through every 5 minutes only to be stopped by the security dude and yelled at by the crowd. Yikes. I've definitely spent $10 in a more enjoyable way before that day. In addition to this pain and cost the helper wanted pay more than the $3 in my mind. As Guy and David were in the final of what seemed like 100 stops on the Costa Rican side I agreed to $3. He flipped out and said it wasn't enough and walked away. I wanted to punch him, but let him go. Shit, he had two other groups of people going at the same time so he was doing alright with the $30 from us in 2 hours (average wage about $500/ month so these helpers at $30 in 2hrs is great).
|Rainy fun on the Nica Border side|
|Fumigation, our Costa Rica helper|
already trying to take money off
the top switched the prices.
|So busy! Once inside I saw Police having to beat people|
back in order to keep things under control. Bit scary.
|Nice parking by the garbage and|
|Just interesting stacking and a|
|Another cool bike|
|Poor bastards lining up to go to |
Nicaragua. Must take them days.
More border info and general stats at http://thelifeofbrad.blogspot.com/p/tlob-to-argentina-stats-page.html
Finally on the road again after about 4 hours we pushed through a head / side wind all the way to Liberia for a Subway lunch, WTF? Everyone was too hungry to search around so we paid Canadian prices for Subway in Costa Rica. Wow.
After lunch we rode our way to one of the more expensive places in Costa Rica = Tamarindo. Beautiful beaches, food and people! At first it was not paradise as we struggled to find a place to stay, but luckily snapped up the last room at Hotel Chocolate for $60 for 3 with A/C, kitchen and a pool (Dec. 26 to Jan. 15 the price goes to $120). Great manager, Christian, out of California who was full of tips for health, drinks and food.
Eat at: Soda el buen Sabor de Vida, Gil's and Seasons (Higher end pick, but still only $20 for a fillet mignon)
|Syrup coated streets in front of Hotel Chocolate to|
keep the dust down.
|Hotel Chocolate, one of the better|
accommodations on my trip.
|Lobster at El Lugarcita. Not bad|
for the price, but I would say
"Seasons" is the spot to splurge.
|Guy, David and myself on the other side of the camera|
at Beach club for happy hour.
|Love this shot as the cop rode through at the perfect|
time. Good to be lucky!
Side note: Hanging at Monkey bar around 8pm David and I met this guy with a noticeable head twitch which I thought may be turrets. It was from surfing equalling 3 broken necks and more. After some good chats about Tamarindo we started talking about football. It turns out Eric's son-in-law is Hank Baskett from the Colts. Who's that? He's the guy who married Kendra Wilkinson (Baskett) from the TV show "Kendra" and firstly famous for being one of Hugh Heffener's 3 playmates appearing in the show "The Girls Next Door" (my favourite one). Holy Crap, the people you meet over a beer is mind boggling.
Fire twirling at Monkey Bar
|Ok, so we can go 2 hours on|
pavement or 20 mins on rough
|Rough road from Hwy 6 to Lake Arenal C5R2T2V8|
|Just a good photo to share from this rough road|
|First looks at Lake Arenal|
|Keep it on your side Mate!|
|A couple rough spots from wash outs|
|Very friendly, but at first you don't|
|Road side Cotamundis gathering|
|Volcano Arenal with a rare cloud free look|
|Cool brick road to the Hanging Bridges|
|Wild looking jungle hopper|
|High above the falls|
|Enjoying the free Hot Springs under the highway.|
|Under water camera test|
|Hopefully my bag of Rice can|
sort this problem out.
|Not as common to find vehicles|
with safety hazards in Costa Rica
|Shot of rough Limon. Didn't seem too bad, but definitely|
a port town.
|Big ships off the coast|
|Wonderful looking river inlets|
|One lane bridges similar to NZ|
|Beach views at Kaya's restaurant |
during the tasty breaky.
|Black sand. Some tough swimming spots, but move 50 m|
down the beach and it's pretty damn good. Spent hours
at the beach.
|These guys really got the place|
going with the latest Hip Hop.
|Christian from Hotel Chocolate gave Guy this Colloidal |
Silver concoction to solve his bad stomach. Did it work?
|Using electricity you can bring the|
silver in to the water. Then you
drink the water.
|Sergio avoids the Helmet law with his braids.|
|Check out this tree house in |