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On the road . June 2009 . Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

map route Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

Artenet Internet, Quepos, Costa Rica, 04-06-09
Nicoya to Quepos (3 cycle days; 1 ferry trip; 221km; 1237m)
Nicoya to Playa Naranjo (75km; 388m)
Playa Naranjo to Jacó (78km; 682m)
Jacó to Quepos (68km; 167m)

Turner green

Even though we sleep through the alarm and are plagued by flats tyres before we even get started, it doesn't deter from another fantastic day of riding in Costa Rica. Take a quiet winding French country lane and pop it into the richest of tropical surroundings and that is what cycling on the Nicoya Peninsula is like. Friendly inhabitants and diverse landscapes filled with mangoes, bananas, corn, rice, all arrays of palms, mangroves, murky rivers; one lane bridges, parks; quaint villages; and not to forget plenty of cows. It is almost unbelievable to think that this area was dry as a bone just three weeks back. I just have a wonderful time admiring each and every view and its potential of becoming a Turner landscape.

Local friendliness
Hardly anyone is using the road leading to Playa Naranja. The trip is a little more rolling...

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hema towel pan caddyTip of the month: teatowel pan caddy
We have mentioned this tip before, but with the rise in popularity of cooking-caddies, we would like to re-iterate one of the many uses of the common 100% cotton teatowel. Tea towels can act as an insulator too and we use ours as a cooking caddy. Pasta only needs to be cooked for a third of the cooking time and then wrapped up and left to continue soaking until the sauce is prepared. Rice takes a little longer but performs exactly the same.

When camping and staying in colder environments, we also place our enamel plates on the top and bottom for extra insulation. Added benefit here being, it also warms the plates up before serving the meal. So, not only can you use the teatowel for drying your dishes or a picnic cloth for preparing the sandwiches roadside, but it can save on your fuel consumption as well.


Nicoya (Costa Rica) - Cartagena (Colombia)
Kilometres: 955 kilometres and 180 metres
Riding days: 13 only
Alti meters: 6796 metres
Weather: morning sun, afternoon RAIN and thunder
Best accommodation: Paradise Inn in Las Lajas, Panama. Luxurious bungalow with huge bed, hot shower, swimming pool and wifi. And very hospitable owners...

Special thanks to:
Fabian Arcila for taking us across the Darien Gulf from Panama to Colombia on his Sailing Koala • Linn, Stan, Florence and Morgan for a great time!

02: flat (Ali)
03: flat (Son)
13: flat (Ali)
14: flat 2x (Son), 1x (Ali)
15: flat (Ali), flat (Son)
17: flat (Ali)
28: flat (Son)
30: new tyres Ali, new front derailler and headset Son

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