There continues to be a lot going on around here, much of it bicycle related. We had a great young Polish couple stay with us for a couple nights, and it was so interesting to hear about their experiences and life on the road. They only go back to work to save enough for another trip, and have spent most of their adult lives on the road mainly in Europe, North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean Islands.
Our other cyclist friend Jérémy convinced me that I could actually bike from David to Boquete, so that was our objective on Friday. We got off to a great start! I not only made it up the hill to Los Algarrobos, but also the hill coming up to Dolega! That was a first for me. As we continued on up the constant incline, the winds got stronger with each mile. That’s hard work!
We took some rest breaks and I had my first carrot and peanut butter sandwich (which really is quite good). Jérémy kept encouraging me as we biked on, but eventually I was too tired and the winds were so strong it was hard to even walk against them. I was only 3-5 miles from my goal of the tourist center right before you go down into Boquete proper, but it just wasn’t going to happen that day. I was disappointed but also thrilled that I had gone much farther than I ever had before.
The trip down sure was something! When I faced downhill I was afraid to get on my bike with those strong wind pushing me from behind but Jérémy reassured me that it would all work out, and followed well behind just in case. It was a thrilling ride for sure! And, it did all work out. We zoomed down about 40 mph until we reached lower altitudes and the winds calmed, and then we coasted the rest of the way home. We worked for 4 hours to get as far up as we did, and the trip home only took 1 hour.
I really think that if I try it again on a day that isn’t windy I can make it. I know Jérémy is waiting for an email with photo of me and my bike in front of the tourist center, so I will be working on it. He has been here for a more extended stay while waiting to meet his family in Costa Rica and it has been wonderful! He has been so kind and patient – teaching me, working on my bike, riding with me, encouraging me, checking my packing list, and doing anything he can to help me with my travel goals. I never would have made it that far towards Boquete by myself. He has been equally kind to Cedo (he’s staying at her house) and she is happy as can be to have such a great guy to help her out and keep her company.
I’m happy that after Jérémy’s time in Costa Rica, he and a couple friends will be coming back through here so I’ll see him again before he heads to South America. Check out his blog HERE – http://attrapemaroue.com/ He has news and a lot of great photos, and a really cool map of his route both where he has been and where he plans to go.
This was only the beginning of a very interesting weekend so stay tuned. Other news and photos will be coming soon.
Great biking, Kris…congratulations!
You are the WOMAN! Yeah! So proud of you.
Thanks! 😀 I have to get it together because you know what my goal is for my first extended trip. I miss my friends on Ometepe
Wow, Kris, that’s incredible-congrats on such an ambitious ride!!
Thanks! I’m working on it. 🙂
How are YOU? I don’t know if I’ve missed your posts lately or you have been too busy to write. You are in my thoughts and I hope all is well.
That is a tuff ride up. Look how far you have come in 6 months!
Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!
Are your bike guest using clip on bike shoes? How often are they replacing tires?
What gear are they using that you will incorporate? What brand of bikes are they using?
You are learning a lot and will be a pro very soon.
Thanks! I definitely feel stronger.
None of the guests have clip on shoes though some have things on the pedals to keep feet from slipping off the front. They say those help on hills.
As for gear and brands of bikes, they are all different. Bala had a road bike with small narrow tires. Most of them seem to have touring bikes, and I’ve been taking photos of them so when I know more I can go back and look at them again.
If this works out for me and I get more serious, I will add to my gear like front panniers and rack, maybe upgrade my back panniers, something better on the handlebars… I have enough to get me going though and that’s all I need for right now.
BTW you look so happy in your selfie shot!
Yes indeed, I’m having a great time 🙂
Bravo Zulu Kris!
LOL Thank you 😀