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Day 6: Motorcycle Tour through Costa Rica

January 14, 2017

 

 

 

 I love sightseeing on a motorcycle. I've always enjoyed riding through hillsides and forests, along the ocean and up into the mountains on a motorcycle. It's a wide-open feeling where my visual perception is expanded. I feel closer to nature while still enjoying the feeling of flying with the wind in

 my face. The Costa Rica landscape is perfect for an epic motorcycle ride. About five years ago I invited a group of friends to join me on a three day tour through five distinct ecosystems of Costa Rica. I'd like to bring you along too, on Day Seven of my bucket list adventures in Costa Rica. Put your helmet on and let’s roll.

 

We set out with eight riders on BMW in Enduro 1200s, a professional stunt rider as our guide, and a chase vehicle with two mechanics, an extra bike and parts, and our luggage. We departed from San Jose up in the coffee hill plantations on two lane roads. It was a gorgeous day and the weather was perfect. Winding roads took us through small

 towns with the church on one side of the square and the soccer pitch on the other. Coffee plantations expanded over hillsides as far as the eye can see. We raised in elevation probably no more than 2000 or 3000 feet but the air grew a little heavier with moisture. We left the central valley and crossed over to the Caribbean ecosystem, staying on small winding roads that saw very little tourism traffic. On these roads we learned a few key driving techniques in this part of the world, like understanding that semi-trucks will take up the entire road on a sharp turn cutting you off completely. So you had to judge whether you would be meeting a semi at the apex of a turn, then decide to accelerate or slow down to avoid a collision. We also had to be vigilant of occasional potholes that could easily swallow up a motorcycle, especially on roads carved out of mountainsides that have eroded in spots down to a single lane. It made for exciting and highly attentive riding.  After lunch we continued riding through plantations and forests until we came upon the great basin of the Arenal volcano, one of seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica. We checked into our hotel, dropped our bags and headed straight for the eco-glide zip line (as I mentioned in my previous blog post) with the Tarzan swing.

 

Day two started out with an early morning ride winding along the shores of Lake Arenal. It was a cool crisp morning and the air felt fresh. We stopped at the end of the lake at New Arenal to check out the German bakery for breakfast and peel off a layer as we were headed to the coast. This day was a very