Strange Magic! From Irazu Volcano to Turrialba volcano on Rt 417

This morning I headed out to the area above San Jeronimo to see the Zurqui Mountains again, I went on over to Coronado/Rancho Redondo (found new road!). My original plan was to go to Los Santos from there. Expect the unexpected when on a bike! 🙂

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Zurqui Mountains

Instead of going right and down from Rancho Redondo, I took a left to go to Tierra Blanca. Another new road for me! It had great views. Then, I decided to go find that spot where one can see the Turrialba volcano from the Irazu volcano. The road up to Irazu is a lovely road. Lots of great views.

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I love this view! I am surprised I never knew about it before. Never too late! I will return.
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View from Rt 219 to Irazu Volcano 

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Then, I figured I would take 417 to the Turrialba Volcano, a trip I have never taken. It was spectacular!

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Rt 417

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Rt 417

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Rt 417 is in pretty good shape. It does get narrow at a certain point, and a bit more gravelly as one gets closer to the volcano. I hit a few muddy spots, but not bad. (Best to go in the dry season perhaps.)

MUD

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I was excited to see my first glimpse of the Turrialba volcano!
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Such a strange magic! 

WARNING

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Nearer to the volcano, the road got gravelly and rocky, but, again, not bad.

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The road down from the volcano is quite curvy, but easy (no steep hairpin curves which stress me out).

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Hit lots of fog
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Road to Guayabo in Distance as seen from Santa Cruz. A future ride!
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Turrialba below from Santa Cruz

I was happy to stop for breakfast at 10 a.m. in Santa Cruz. I had left the house at 5:30 a.m.

Breakfast

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Got to take off all my layers! Hahaha! (It is cold at the Irazu volcano. But I dressed like this because I was originally headed to the Mountain of Death. Expect the unexpected when you ride!)

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Eucalyptus grove in coffee fields after fields of sugar cane. Rt 100

A day like today was the reason why I love to ride! Such strange magic going to places that are off the beaten track. Love it!

Total time: 8 hours.

Song: Strange Magic

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Riding in Costa Rica: Feel the beauty. Know the love. Live the power.

Me

 

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Happy to have my Honda XL 200 back! Perfect for these roads!

 

 

 

 

 

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