NOVEMBER 2016

CYCLING TOURING COSTA RICA AND PANAMA

November seemed to flyby at super sonic speeds, we had a couple of dates to keep in Panama City for the end of the month, meeting up with our friend Kat, and to catch a flight back to Alabama, to spend Thanksgiving with Julie’s Mom. Only 600 miles to cover in 30 days, easy right?

Costa Rica, what a country. I wish we had more time to explore this lust green wonderland, and I wish we had a unlimited bankroll to fund us, having the highest standard of living in Central America they sure know how to extract money from tourists, $15 a day for a national park entry, $8 a jar of peanut butter, not to mention $1 for a can of coke. So we resorted to camping on the beach, sleeping in hostel dorms, and cooking a lot. Still, I can’t really complain, Costa Rica was simply stunning. We made our way down the Pan American Highway which connects up with the pacific coast road about half way down the country, from there the road is rather impressive to cycle as it hugs the coastline and every bend seemed to throw up new surprises. Pristine beaches and the wildlife, oh the wildlife, that’s what makes Costa Rica truly a magical destination. The abundance of wildlife is like you are starring in your own David Attenborough documentary, from the cheeky monkeys taunting the tourists on the beaches by sneaking food out of their unattended bags, to a flock of scarlet macaws chit chatting away on the side of the road. Every day we seemed to see a new type of exotic animal, and sadly we saw many exotic road kills on the Pan American Highway, I suspect the tourist buses which whizzed up and down were one of the main culprits of these murders.

Our final day in Costa Rica was marred by our back wheel, again we had the same problem with the rim tape wearing out so we had to hitch a ride to the border and then get a bus to the city of David in Panama.

We were not going to get to Panama City in time, so we ended up leaving the bike in a hostel and travelling by bus to Panama City. On the way there we checked out the wonderful mountain town of Boquete which is peached on the slopes of Volcano Baru. There main export of the region is Coffee, some of the worlds finest coffee grows here, it even has a special name, Geisha Coffee, a 250g bag will set you back about $80.

Eight hours on a bus from Boquete and we find ourselves in Panama City, here we hung out with our friend Kat, ate Indian food for the first time in months, and visited the Panama Canal, yet another thing to tick off the bucket list. The little geek inside me had been wanting to see the canal since I was a little boy and it didn’t disappoint, as we where “sitting on the docks of the canal watching those ‘Panamax’ ships roll in, and then we watch ’em roll away again, yeah” I’m sure there’s a song in there somewhere.

Total so far: 5320 miles.  Costa Rica, Panama
Current Location: 34.328175, -87.938948

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White-Headed Capuchin

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FARMLAND, PANAMA

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CLOUD FOREST, PANAMA

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VOLCAN BARU, SUMMIT

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VOLCAN BARU, SUMMIT

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TOURISTS WATCHING SLOTHS

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PANAMA CANAL

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PANAMA CITY

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JACO, COSTA RICA

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HIKING WITH FRIENDS

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CROCODILES, COSTA RICA

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