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Elvis is in Costa Rica and Working on my Bike

May 3rd, 2009 by sunflowers

Saturday was spent hanging Mishca’s bike shop and getting my bike cleaned by Elvis who works there. I also watched the police burning out the druggies shack across the road.

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San Jose, Costa Rica

May 2nd, 2009 by sunflowers

Managed to meet up with Mishca from ADV and he kindly allowed me to stay so I could do some washing and look around the city.

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Stood up in San Jose

May 1st, 2009 by sunflowers

On Thursday I rode into San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica) to meet up with a motorbiker off of ADV. We were meeting by a park at 4pm before 5pm. It was quite a dodgy place to wait with heaps of young kids hanging around so luckily after about half an hour a American and Canadian women walked by and said they would wait with me. In the end it was just as well as no one showed up by just after five and I decided to follow a taxi through rush hour traffic to their bed and breakfast. Scary!

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Volcano Arenal

April 30th, 2009 by sunflowers

The area around Volcano Arenal is beautiful and green which meant I woke up to rain. So I went to the hot springs passing some monkeys and some funny looking creature on the side of the road.

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Decision Making Process

April 29th, 2009 by sunflowers

Other than heading roughly south my plans are very flexible. The first place I had planned to go in Costa Rica was Volcano Arenal until I got an email in the morning saying it might be windy, so I decided to head to the coast. Then talking to someone at the border they said it was expensive at the coast so it was back to the volcano, then I got an email when I checked my email at lunch about a cheap place at the beach so that is where I headed. It turned out to be a surf beach full of surfers so the next day headed for the volcano.

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Effected by Swine Flue

April 28th, 2009 by sunflowers

Nicaragua BorderRiding towards the border of Costa Rica there were thousands of swallows dive bombing the road. I didn’t figure out why until I rode through this huge swarm of little bugs that instantaneously covered the front of my bike and me. So arrived at the border to be yelled out by the ‘helpers’ while trying to clean my visor.

Nicaragua BorderIt took 5 queues and two hours to check myself and bike out of Nicaragua and then 2 hours in the queue for the stamp for Costa Rica (because they were only letting in a few people at a time and wearing face masks due to flue swine) then another two hours to get my bike through. 6 hours at the border, lovely.

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Stuck Halfway up a Hill

April 27th, 2009 by sunflowers

Leaving Omepete I decided to stop and see San Juan del Sur the Nicaraguan surf spot. I stayed with a lovely couple from Canada who had said that their driveway was pretty steep. I got half way up and there was a second 90 degree turn and panicked and couldn’t go any further. Luckily John who was I staying with turned out to be a motocross rider arrived home to find me sitting on my bike and rode it the rest of the way up after I had taken the luggage off it.

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Riding Around the Island

April 26th, 2009 by sunflowers

The next day I rode around the two islands in the rain. Turns out they are pretty big as I did almost 80 miles. I also went to a coin museum and a pre-columbian history museum. That piece that is broken was a dildo.

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Climbing a Volcano

April 25th, 2009 by sunflowers

Climbing up the volcano I realised how unfit I have become and made a vow to get some exercise every morning. It was like getting on a stair master when you haven’t before and doing 6 hours. I had to keep on making excuses to stop like photographing the howler monkeys.

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Omepete Island

April 24th, 2009 by sunflowers

OmepeteOmepeteIf you look at a map of Nicaragua there is a huge lake and in the lake are two connecting volcanic islands and is the largest largest freshwater island in the world.

Also the lake has a bunch of sea fish that swum up the river and adapted to freshwater like a sawtooth fish and bull shark but there isn’t an easy way to see them.

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