The Route of the Hiawatha

Oct 24th 2015 — Biking — 8:10 pm

Cole had the genius idea to ride the Route of the Hiawatha when his Mom was visiting. I got to tag along. The weather was perfect.

First Tunnel Inside Cole Tunnel Fall Colors Tunnel Road Colors 2 Bridge 1 Big Bridge Tunnel 3 More Bridges Cole

Costa Rica and Panama: Misc

Jan 24th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 9:30 am

These are pictures from the course of the trip that were taken with my iPhone. Thank you Jeff and Joseph for hanging out with me for a month. Good times.

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Panama: Boquete y Ciudad de Panama

Jan 23rd 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 8:55 am

Boquete Flowers Boquete Rainbow Cafe y Cacao Backing Up Tiny Coffee IMG_1884 Panama Canal 1 Panama Canal 2 Panama Canal 3 Market Biking Boxing

Panama: Punte Peña, David, y Boquete

Jan 21st 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 9:01 am

We spent a night at each of those places and did some biking in between. Our trip was coming to an end.

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Costa Rica to Panama: Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Almirante, Bocas del Toro

Jan 19th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 7:37 pm

We started the day in the mountain town of La Fortuna we ended up on the Caribbean coast in Cahuita thanks to a bus and 100k of riding.

Cahuita was a quant little town, and after spending a night there and taking a stroll in the nearby national park we decided to spend new years eve in the nearby town of Puerto Viejo.

After one action-packed night in Puerto Viejo that seemed like two in my memory due to how action-packed it was, we hit the road again, bumbled our way across the border into Panama, spent a night in the port town of Almirante and then grabbed a boat to the resort destination of Bocas del Toro.

River Parque Nacional Cahuita Raised Walkway Puerto Viejo To Panama to Bocas To Bocas 2 Almost There Bocas Hut

Costa Rica: Liberia, Upala, San Rafael de Gustavo, La Fortuna

Jan 18th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 1:14 pm

We left the Pacific Ocean at Coco and biked to Liberia and hopped on a bus to Upala, near the border of Nicaragua. We had been told that Rio Celeste was a very blue river worth checking out and Joseph had been talking about wanting to go to La Fortuna for a long time.

After swimming in a hot river we discovered that La Fortuna is a very popular city with white people. Ziplines and mini-golf are mandatory. We promptly left.

Coco Swimming Hole Rio Celeste Steep Hill Putting Bikes Together Pavement Volcan Arenal Again Pineapple Field Random Stop Rain River

Costa Rica: Playa Carrillo, Samara, Tamarindo, Coco

Jan 16th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 8:35 am

We spent the greater part of a day trying to follow the coast from Samara. Our lovely dirt road turned into a rather hellish mixture of a much rougher dirt road combined with lots of traffic.

Dust was everywhere.

I could not imagine what it would be like to live there. We hightailed it out on a bus to Nicoya to meet up with our old friend, pavement.

Joseph Carrillo Carrillo Futbol Playa Pura Vida Joseph Boat to Playa Grande Boat Part Duex Tamarindo Christmas Morning Town Stop Map Bus Shelter Coco Coco

Costa Rica: Following the Coast from Montezuma

Jan 13th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 9:34 pm

Beaches and biking on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Montezuma Waterfall Soda Santa Teresa River Crossing Evening Beach Morning Joseph Beach Beach Biking Trio Dirt Road Water

Costa Rica: San Jose a Playa Tambor

Jan 12th 2015 — Biking,San Jose to Panama City — 10:36 am

Pictures from the first several days of a month spent bicycle touring through Costa Rica (mostly) and Panama (less so) in December and January. We did about 750 miles in total.

Jeff wrote about the trip ***here*** .

Airport Bike Building Mountain Scenery Cajero Automatico Park Ferry Playa Tambor Playa Tambor Horses

Biking With the Parkers

May 9th 2014 — Biking,Bozeman,Montana — 6:33 am

A sunny day in Bozeman.

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Final Pictures

Jan 21st 2014 — Biking,Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala — 5:49 pm

The day we were riding into one of the largest Mayan sites in Middle America, Tikal, my camera that I had bought right before this trip quit working. Several hours were spent trying to fix this to no avail.

The rest of the trip consisted of

  • camping in Tikal
  • walking around Tikal the next day
  • spending 2.5 days on the gringo-filled island town of Flores for some of the coldest weather of the trip
  • spending a day taking a series of buses from Flores back north to Valladoid, Mexico and camping on the roof of a random abandoned house there
  • biking from Valledoid west to Chichen-Itza, visiting the ruins, and then biking back east to Chemax and camping outside of a random abandoned house
  • biking to Coba and visiting the ruins there
  • biking back to Akumal
  • spending half a day in Akumal
  • taking a series of buses and a cab to the Cancun airport
  • sleeping in Terminal 3 of the Cancun airport
  • Catching a flight back to Greenville the next day
  • The end.

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    Xunantunich

    Jan 19th 2014 — Biking,Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala — 10:31 am

    On New Years Eve we stopped at the Mayan site Xunantunich, near the Belize/Guatemala border.

    From Wikipedia:

    Xunantunich’s name means “Stone Woman” in the Maya language (Mopan and Yucatec combination name), and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown.

    Walking In Sign Front Steps Us Clouds View Side Steps Rainy Walking Out Boat Bridge

    West From Belmopan

    Jan 17th 2014 — Biking,Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala — 11:02 am

    If you ever go to Hopkins I would advise against staying at the Kismet Inn, despite their abundant and enticing homemade signs.

    Groceries were actually a bit expensive in Belize and we were happy to be sold some ‘well-baked’ meat pies for 50 cents out of a 5-gallon bucket from a local as we were leaving.

    We road about 20 miles to Dangriga and took a bus back to Belmopan, stayed the night there, and then headed for the border of Guatemala the next day.

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    Biking in Belize: To Belmopan and Hopkins

    Jan 16th 2014 — Biking,Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala — 12:26 pm

    We rode from Belize City to the capital, Belmopan. The roads in Belize were way more rugged that what were were on in Mexico. The scenery reminded me of western North Carolina, with palms replacing the deciduous trees.

    After a night in Belmopan we went back east on the Hummingbird Highway, probably the most picturesque riding of the trip. Relatively hilly at first, then you are in a valley passing numerous small villages. Lots of locals were hanging out near the highway. We probably hollered at a few hundred people. At the advice of a local we rode to Hopkins, a small town on the beach.

    belizebus Stop Walking Cave Jungle View Blue Hole Biking River Mountains

    San Pedro Again

    Jan 15th 2014 — Biking,Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala — 10:53 am

    We woke up beside the ocean. We snorkeled. It rained. We slept in a hotel. We left for Belize City on a boat the next day.

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