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We hopped on our bikes, opened up the throttles, and buzzed around Lake
Arenal on our way to the peninsula of Nicoya in search of a pacific beach.
Our Costa Rica host Dale and his family gave us some good tips on a few
beaches on the peninsula as well as a German bakery along the way. The
diversity of vegetation and amazing views in Costa Rica continues to do
circles in my head. It's quite hard to pay attention to the roads as I am
snapping my head from the left to the right trying to capture it all. The
well paved roads and curvy mountain roads make for some fantastic riding.
There was quite a bit of cloud cover in the morning but as we got closer
the clouds moved on to give us some great views of the lake. We stopped in
for a coffee and a quick bite at the German bakery (amazing) and continued
on around the lake. The west side of the lake is known for its amazing kite
boarding, which means there were some pretty gusty wind conditions. This
was actually my "closest call" for dumping the bike. The curvy and well
built roads got me a bit excited to say the least. As I was heading
downhill and banking hard on a right hand corner a gust of wind, coming
down a draw in the hill, felt like it picked me and the bike up off of the
ground and set us back down a foot or two to the left. Once I touched down
I was able to stabilize and continue cornering. Melissa said at one point
she had her helmet visor screen up but felt no wind going about 50mph with
a tail wind, which meant the winds gust were somewhere near that. What a
We looked around at a few beaches but the price for a room was over $75 per
night so we headed a bit further south until finding Playa Grande. The room
was $50 a night but included AC and was one of the nicest hotels we have
stayed in during the trip. The bed and pillows were made of butter!
Arriving a bit late we took a quick dip in the swimming pool before heading
out to catch the sunset. Playa Grande is a mile long crescent shaped beach
located in the National Park Las Baulas, so there was little development on
the beach front. Stepping onto the beach was like leaving civilization,
except for all the tanned surfistas. Tomorrow we head back to Atenas to
hang out with Dale and his family... and maybe catch the Seahawks game.