Saturday February 9th, 2013, San Vito, Costa Rica.
Today was a “travel day” which means kickstands up and on the road before 9:00 am. The route took us in a general southeast direction towards the only border crossing with Panama. After a fantastic ride on road 702 we made our way through the major city of San Jose and back onto the Pan American Highway. After San Jose the road climbs to the highest point on the Pan American Highway, which was 10,919 feet according to my GPS. We entered another cloud forest and it was super refreshing to have the temperature drop into the 50’s for a change.
This has got to be one of the best stretches of the Pan American Highway.
We came to this restaurant near the highest point in the road and had to stop. David and Keith remembered stopping here 50 years ago, wow. We snacked and took a few pictures.
Back on the road for some more nice, twisty roads with light traffic.
We came to a point on the Trans American Highway, which for some reason is now called CA-2, where there is a cutoff towards San Vito called road 237. We were warned by a biker on a 990 KTM not to take that road because it was too “dangerous”. I asked what that meant and he said it was too full of sharp turns, steep downhills and dangerous roads. Our kind of road! Of course we took that route and it turned out to be beautiful new asphalt with almost no traffic. It might have been one of the best roads yet on this trip. Unfortunately, my memory was full on my camera and I couldn’t take any more pictures.
Today we rode 255 miles with a moving time of just under 7 hours. Our moving average speed was 38mph. We’re finding out it’s hard to make time on some of these roads but they sure are fun.
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Tomorrow we cross into Panama, hopefully it will be easier than some of the other crossings. Stay tuned.
D&D 🙂 🙂