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Nicoya

Promises of secluded camping spots and scenic beach riding are what led us from the inland city of Liberia to the Nicoya Peninsula, a 121 kilometer long stretch of land jutting out from the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica. The route we intended to ride is well traveled, having been published on Bikepacking.com some time ago and followed by many cyclists since that time. We had a GPS track from Bikepacking.com as well as one from our friends Mark…

Costa Rica

Thirty-five kilometers. That's all that separated Rivas, our final Nicaraguan stopping point, from the border of Costa Rica. Because we had returned to the mainland from Ometepe Island the day before, removing any uncertainty involved with a ferry transit, we were pretty confident that we could bang off that distance easily and make our way to our first Costa Rican campsite, a secluded little spot that our friends had previously scoped out. When we set off riding, pre-breakfast and even…

Ometepe

There are some who, when planning a bicycle trip of the Americas, strive to follow the most direct route possible. There are others though who, perhaps less constrained by time limitations, follow a more circuitous route, endeavoring to take in as many hot spots as possible along the way. While still definitely drawn towards our objective, I believe that we more closely fall into the latter category, and our recent side trip to Ometepe Island is a perfect example of…

El Astillero

While unquestionably a beautiful city, our stay in Granada ended up being a bit longer than we had hoped. The tire delivery that we had organized from Costa Rica took an additional two days simply due to the lazy and incompetent driver who held on to our package instead of bringing it to us as he was paid to. He even lied to the bike shop that shipped the tires, saying that he dropped off the package on Monday when…

Cycling FAQ

Where and when did you start? We began our trip from our daughter's house in Corona, California on June 1, 2017. Where are you going? Do you know where you are going in _______________ (country)? Our ultimate goal is to ride to the end of the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. As for the exact route we will take to get there, we have no idea beyond the fact that we expect to travel down the Pacific side of South America, transiting…

tire

When I last updated the blog a week ago, we had just arrived in Somotillo, 6 km from the Honduras/Nicaragua border. After one false start where the hotel we found tried to charge us too much for a single cot, we found ourselves at a friendly posada just off the main drag. The room was tiny — I mean really tiny — but we still managed to jam our bikes into it with us. We also had the chance to…

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