(Penas Blanca - Santa Cruz - Volcano Arenal - San Carlos
- Rio Claro)
Rich and Beautiful
[November 21, 2004] I did not like to leave Nicaragua, the
impressions I got were too good. Well, luckily was the border
crossing a "piece of cake", this time without the
helpers and the saved money was invested into the Cervesa
in the town of Santa Cruz, in the hotel of a Dutch. The guys
felt like home, me too. And to listen to his story was another
interesting piece, became a doctor and worked in Germany for
10 years, then learning alternative medicine from the Indios
in Mexico, now since 30 years in Central America. It´s
always faszinating whom you meet while travelling.
We continued to the most active volcano in Costa Rica, the
Arenal. The road lead us through beautiful hills and montains,
then also nice valleys that must have inspired a journalist
in the 30ties to call this "The Swiss of Central America".
And I do pass a small settlement with houses just like in
What a treat, greeting to home, but here we have 25 degrees
Celsius. And the visit at Tom, the German baker and his good
dark bread made our day!
We arrived near the volcano, but Arenal was hidden in the
clouds. Well, we showed some patience with the local Cervesa
and our cigars, and there, in the early morning (with the
birds) one could see the glimming top of the mountain. Again
a fazcinating moment.
However, Fortuna is a town just living of this tourism and
therefore not inspiring at all. I decided to run! We visited
Ronaldo and his family in San Carlos, they invited us for
breakfast and later on to stay longer and party along. So
nice of them to invite a group of strangers into their live
and sharing live and friends totally with us. Great guys,
thanks for all, amigos!
We drove to the Pacific coast, for the first time in 4 months
in the rain. We camped in Jico, a tourist trap with far too
many surfers and the stupid tourist crap. We must move on,
was a wise decision. And again in the warm rain we followed
the road along the beautiful coast line, a little slippery,
The farming area of palm trees is 35 miles long, and finally
we hit the Panamericana again. It used to be a good road,
but now it has holes as big as one of the small Hondas. It
is Dirk who finally loses the Slalom around the pits and crashes
his back wheel.
As there is no repair possible, he hired a pick-up truck to
drive him into the next town and we then organized on the
next day a new wheel in Ciudad Neila at Ronaldo´s. A
family run motorbike business, a dream of each biker! In total
chaos repairing and living with the bikes, me gusta mucho!
We finally arrived at the border to Panama
crossing one day later, but enriched with another good experience
and having met nice people again.
Thanks for the nice days and the deep insights, you beautiful
and rich coast.