Costa Rica: Liberia to Laguna Arenal – via Nicoya Peninsula and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
With most of the central american countries we’ve passed through we’ve picked a more-or-less direct route. Costa Rica has been a bit different for an increasing number of reasons. We’re got the chance to meet up with some much loved friends of Sarah’s who are coming on holiday here from Canada. We didn’t manage to visit them at the beginning of the trip, so we’re really looking forward to doing so here. Getting coordinated with their arrival and plans has meant that we’re taking the longer and more winding route. They’re also providing courier services for a number of things we need to replace broken and worn-out parts of our kit.
Our ‘community’ of like-minded cycle tourists has been expanding. One of the early members, whom we’d been inspired by but never met, was Anna Kortschak (www.wishfish.org). We’d used her route through northern México and wandered whether we’d ever meet in person. At the end of our rest day in Liberia she randomly turned up at the hostel we were staying in. Much nattering ensued!
Less welcome, has been the discovery that my front wheel rim has cracked starting at the tyre valve hole. I only found this while I was replacing my first ever broken spoke. The manufacturers, Velocity (an Australian brand) are sending an upgraded replacement to us in Costa Rica, free of charge. So we’re reduced to waiting for mail as usual. Hopefully this time things’ll work out that all is fixed up for when we part company from our Canadian friends…