Costa Rica
The gold mine

The gold mine

Although Corcovado has been a national park for nearly 40 years, it was only in February that the Costa Rican authorities insisted all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. (Above, that’s Ruth with ours, the excellent Rodolfo.) The main reason is the obvious one. Many experienced hikers have trekked successfully through Corcovado, but a...
Month 15

Month 15

10 September – 9 October 2014 Countries Costa Rica & Nicaragua (both of us), plus Honduras & El Salvador (just Will; total 14) Distance 1,692.18km (total 17,699.34km) Climb 15,879m (total 171,006m) Longest day 119.12km, Masaya to León in Nicaragua (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 67.2kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures 1 (total 25; Will...
Snaps - September 2014

Snaps – September 2014

Yet another month’s worth of touring reduced to a dozen or so rotten photographs. The other pages in this ‘Snaps’ series are lurking, a little sheepishly, behind this link.     Half the rooms at the Paradise Inn, where we waited out a day of storms, are named and themed after countries, with garish murals...
Caught on camera

Caught on camera

We don’t often lament our inability to take a decent photograph. Our point-and-click Panasonic and Ruth’s iPhone well enough serve their purpose – not creating wonderful, fit-for-print photographs but collecting a series of aides-mémoire, snapshots to jog our recall of sights and experiences we could never tame with a camera. We trust our memories to...
Month 14

Month 14

10 August – 9 September 2014 Countries Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica (total 11) Distance 1,450.86km (total 16,007.16km) Climb 12,542m (total 155,127m) Longest day 147.17km, Santiago de Tolú to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 66.5kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures 1 (total 24; Will leads 17-7) Touring cyclists encountered...