Puntarenas - Costa Rica 09/05

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p9300418e.jpg (122621 bytes)  09/29/05 - Thursday - San Vito to Dominical
Funny, but we actually planned on going to Panama today through a frontier border crossing. As it turned out, I was the only one who saw anything there. Being the US Passport holder (AKA "Gringo") I was escorted (on foot) to a bank nearly a half a mile down the hill and around the corner. I paid $10 for some stamps and huffed my way back up the hill. Thankfully I had my hydration pack on! When I got back (yes after paying the tax in US dollars) the immigration officer wouldn't let us go in because one of our certified documents was not "fresh" enough. A new faxed copy from the lawyers in San Jose wouldn't work either -- it would have to be original. I am just thankful they got my money before turning us back. I would hate to see them go under budget this quarter.

We looped back down to catch the road to Neily, continuing on our survey of the area (can you believe we were actually down there for work? ...well at least Andy was, and Gordo was the guide, and I was carrying the spare  bike parts). We stopped for Arroz con Pollo (simple chicken and rice dish) at Palmor Norte, where the rain really broke loose on us for the first time. Not too much further down a pretty large but agile iguana successfully ran across the road beneath Gordo's speeding bike. That kind of stuff reminds you that you definitely are not in Kansas anymore as the saying goes! We found a nice resort  to stay at and settled in for evening just past Dominical (it's off-season so everything is cheap and quiet).

230+ Km for the day.
Next: Domincal to San Jose
(Valle de Parrita)

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The frontier border crossing
into Panama at La Union
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Walking back from my "visit"
to the bank in Panama
(photo Andy)
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Jungle style switchbacks
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A map view of the same twisties
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View to Neily
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Gordo leads us back 
down a detour of a side
road to view the 
spectacular coast
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An IKEA baby seat cover to 
help keep my tush from sticking
to a stinky wet seat. The jury is
still out on this idea.
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The typical surface of the
coastal dirt road north of
Dominical. Not for night driving.
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The cabin's heated shower head
is where the night-time danger
should be limited to
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My flip-flop gets sucked off my 
foot on a dark walk through
the muddy rain forest to get
to the beach
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The flip-flop incident was well 
worth it to view another 
custom Costa Rican Sunset!
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You measure it. Those are
twelve inch tiles!

Next: Domincal to San Jose (Valle de Parrita)

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