Costa Rica – 08 – 12/29/2013

La Fortuna to Cañas

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La Fortuna is in the Continental Divide where air currents from the Caribbean and the Pacific meet and therefore rain falls frquently, and that is what happened today as we were started pedaling. Most of people, almost all, rode and a few rode the bus for the first stretch of the road.

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We rode around Lake Arenal.

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Tonight we are staying at the Hacienda Pacifica in Cañas. We enter the grounds of the hotel.

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In the lawn behind our casita for the night there were several Guatusas. Below is a picture of one…

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And a tree full with monkeys…

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Costa Rica – 07 – 12/28/2013

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour”

(Excerpt From William Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence)

Today we had a rest day in La Fortuna. Part of the group went for a bike ride, others went to the volcano, others went for a hike and I went to the Caño Negro Wild life preserve and paddled in the Rio Frio. Below I share some of today’s pictures:

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We completed today’s paddling trip at Avenue 0, street 6 of Los Chiles, very close to the border with Nicaragua…

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Costa Rica – 06 – 12/27/2013

Once a Zen Master said:
I often sit and think,
But most often I just sit…

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We had a bus transfer out of the hotel in Atenas and rode 70 kilometers to La Fortuna.

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Got the bicycles off the bus and started riding,

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The route was undulating with some steeps climbs and long downhill stretches…

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A rest stop half way to La Fortuna.

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Mountains and mountains beyond mountains…

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Works of art with recycled materials…

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And a bug Costaricensis…

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I was riding slowly and stopping often, but can one speed by and ignore the flowers dressed in their most festive colors that came out to greet us and wave as we pass by?

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And then behold, the majestic Arenal Volcano…

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We arrived to La Fortuna and after lunch we soaked up in hot springs at the bottom of Arenal Volcano…

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Costa Rica – 05 – 12/26/2013

Today we started with a bus transfer to a bike shop in Santa Rosa to repair a bicycle which front fork broke the previous day.
The ride began with a big and steep climb followed by an undulating stretch and then a long and steep descent…

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How many words does a blog need? And how many words are needed to engage in a dialogue? Would pictures without words be enough?

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Human Conversation depends on language. After talking for a certain period of time, either we are tired or the topic of the conversation becomes exhausted. But when we look at a flower, communication can be endlessly long and extremely subtle. Especially when we talk with the wildflowers, we rediscover how significant a seemingly insignificant flower may be…

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We continued pedaling towards a second summit:

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And we reached lunch

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A person leisurely rode by,

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And we rode on…

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Have you ever spoken to a cow?

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I took a front picture of the cow as we were observing each other, but I wanted to have a side picture, and with sign language I told the cow to turn left, and the cow turned left…

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We enjoyed more mountain views

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And we reached the bus for the transfer to the hotel in Atenas…

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we took some more pictures,

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And we boarded the bus…

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Costa Rica – 04 – 12/25/2013

Today we pedaled from the Turrialtico Lodge in Turrialba to Orosi.
In the morning birds came to greet us and posed for a picture:

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And we posed as well…

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Along the way we saw more birds:

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We pedaled uphill

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And when we reached the top we saw another strange bird:

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And views like the following were with us as we pedaled towards Orosi…

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After a steep climb we had a steep descent.

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Then we went by the Cachi lake…

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And we crossed the Reventazon River to get to Orosi…

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And we arrived to Orosi…

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Costa Rica – 03 – 12/24/2013

Today we rode from Cahuita to Limon, then had a bus transfer to Siquires in order to avoid riding in a busy highway. Then the group pedaled from Siquires, where we had lunch to the Turrialtico Lodge in Turrialba.

We took a picture in front of the hotel Casa de las Flores before departing…

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The road from Cahuita to Limon was along the Caribbean Coast and we enjoyed beautiful ocean views and the road from Chiquires to Turrialba was in the mountains and was very scenic.

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And on the road to Torrialba:

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And we arrived to the Turrialtico Lodge, on the top of a hill and with a lovely view.

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