Jo both legs down, panniers too close to the safety netting

Into Costa Rica

Jo both legs down, panniers too close to the safety nettingJo both legs down, panniers too close to the safety netting

We were on the road shortly after first light and found a local food place where we got coffee and boiled eggs ,,, we wondered just how bad the bridge could be. We had read blogs about this bridge with one biker in hospital and another falling twice on it. Another biker told Gareth we may want to avoid this section all together just due to this Panama – Costa Rica border bridge.

We figured that as we had crossed the awful bridges of Anapa State in Northern Brazil we must be able to do this one, even if it is quite long.
We wound around obscure corners to the Panama exit, where a couple of stamps released us legally. The border formalities are right on the bridge access. Quite a few boards are missing on the sides and down the centre well is a train track and has to be avoided. I ask a local which side is better and he indicates left so off I go, Gareth is already feet down on the right side but nearing the end. Dave arrives safe too, “What was that fuss about” we all wonder. But all knowing a wheel caught between two planks could have been nasty.

Next, to do the entry formalities into Costa Rica ,,,,, the vehicle entry documents take 3 hours to get. The polite almost lady (Dave’s opinion) doing the work doesn’t seem familiar with the machines or requirements. We do a few trips to the pharmacy / photocopy /insurance shop to get insurance papers and copy the whole of the contents of each passport. We drip and drip as it is over 30 degrees but eventually, our day of travel ruined, we are free to go.

A cool pool and hidden Italian restaurant run by Luigi, an arm waving noisy Italian, revives us with garlic butter fish and fresh bread and sorbet.

Onto the port of Limon to the Park Hotel with a dirty room and ant’s nest in the bed and hanging under it. This town could be a gem if they would pick up some rubbish. Some hotel machine’s alarm beeped all night. Between the towns the jungle bird life is superb and we are on our way to spend a night on the side of an active volcano.

One Response to Into Costa Rica

  1. Virginia April 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I have just been transfixed by latest photos and comments, soooooooooo good really Jo you have wonderful Faith in those beside you and yourself of course !! Not a lot of people (mature types !!) would have the sheer guts and nerves to attempt what you are doing Granny – the family at home must be enjoying your adventures too.

    Our lovely Puereora Forest 10 min up the road with its gorgeous Podacarp trees pales in insignificance to the jungles you are in there and so quiet with no high ropes to zoom across on.

    The picture of Dave the DIARY farmer very good – is that the same N>Z> Fonterra as is spelt differently on the sign?. Never-mind it doesn’t matter.
    I relly enjoyed the close up shots of bikes and gear you are kitted out in. Looks like Moon exploration to me and so darn hot it must be to wear for you. Why isn;t Gareth tearing along in his Sombrero only !!??

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