Border Town (Paso Canoas, Costa Rica)

There’s something odd about checking into a hotel at 8:30 in the morning.  “You want a room all the way until tomorrow morning?”  Yeah – something like that.

By 5:30 this morning we were on the road – it’s the only way to even kinda, sorta beat the heat.  Although it’s hot at 5:30, it’s blazing hot by 7.

So at 8:30 we arrived at the border with Panama – the border!  We could have passed the border and made it another 22 km to a small town, then a very easy day to David tomorrow.  Or we could have stayed here today, and have a slightly harder day to David tomorrow.  We opted to take the day off.

This actually may end up being Costa Rica’s saving grace – we found a wonderful hotel here with beds for us all and air conditioning!  And it is actually considerably cheaper than many of the other places we’ve stayed in this country.  All four of us are enjoying a day of relaxing in the cool, watching TV, reading books, and drinking Pepsi.  I’ve taken advantage of the time to wander around – love all the hecticness in the duty-free markets!  I guess border towns are not all that bad after all.

Kilometers today:  33
Kilometers to date:  14169

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to Border Town (Paso Canoas, Costa Rica)

  1. Anja July 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey u 4!
    Seems like you had a great time at the coast! Saw your surfing video, that’ s great! I’ m a few days ahead of you, in Penonemé. About 2 more days to Panama City from where I’ ll fly back on monday (via Florida to Germany).
    Keep pedaling,
    Anja

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  2. Anja July 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh, just daw that your entry is from the 4th already … where are you now?

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  3. nancy July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey Anja!! I figured you had reached Panama a long time ago!! We are now in David and will be heading south tomorrow. You’ll be gone by the time I get there though… Have a good flight home!

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  4. Anja July 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    Yeah, I stayed for 5 weeks in Puerto Viejo at the Caribbean, visiting a friend of a friend.
    I cycled from David to Las Lajas, the town is 4km off the panamerican HWY. The room I stayed at, at Restaurant and Bar Meira, was pretty bad, but I didn t see anything else around. Going south from Las Lajas I found the first 50 km pretty tough with 1000meters of climbing.

    The ride from Santiago to Penenome was pretty easy today, though, and there was a hotel in Aguadulce, too.
    Enjoy your ride
    Anja

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