A Route-Packed Day! (Piedades Sur, Palmira, Alto Palomo, and Calle La Paula.)

Today, Saturday, October 29, 2022, the morning was unclouded, and my friend Harold and I did several routes in about five hours. Pretty amazing, come to think of it.

We first headed out to San Ramón via San Isidro — route #1 (See map below, right side.) From the Atenas crossing on route 1, one goes up to San Isidro and down to San Ramón. It has two sharp curves, but is all paved.

Harold liked this route, especially the upper part where one can see the impressive church of San Ramon below. I did not stop for photos and can’t find where my past photos are of this route. 🙂 Oh well. Since I don’t post all my rides here, photos get lost somewhere.

We took 706 (Route #2) to the Bajo Zuñiga area to end up in 702 and Soda Diana in Los Angeles. And from there we headed over to 703 (route #3) to take the road to San Luis de Zarcero (Route #4). There are, of course, lovely view of green, rolling hills and quaint little towns all along these routes.

At Zarcero, we decided to head down to Bajos del Toro (Route #5) and head on up and down to Sarchí from there on route 708 (Route #6). Incredibly picturesque at first, with farms and cattle pastures, then with big views of the back of Poás Volcano.

The above photos are of our trip down to Bajos del Toro. The views are incredible and not captured here.

Below are photos from the top of route 708, the new road that was built. Gorgeous!

We stopped for a second coffee at Restaurante Alto Palomo. More views!

And finally, we headed back to Atenas vía the new route from Candelaría, Calle La Puebla. I was anxious to do this route again, as I had only done it once. It has been scraped and has fine gravel on it, which is not fun. Hahaha! It could be they are preparing to pave it. This will be an alternate route to Palmares, less steep and less curvy than Route 135.

Calle La Paula
My house is up on that peak across the way.

Pretty hard to believe that by 11:30 a.m. we were pretty much finished. 🙂

At Atenas, I stopped by my mechanic for him to work on my clutch/gears. I could barely shift all day. Impossible to go from 1st to 2nd and up to 3rd. I had to shift up and down several times before it would work. He fixed it in a few minutes (adjusted the clutch cable, did something with the gear level, and greased some parts somewhere). Yay! Tomorrow is Sunday! Another riding day. 🙂


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Song: In the Summertime when the weather is high

We love everybody, but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine, we go fishing or go swimming in the sea
We’re always happy, life’s for living
Yeah, that’s our philosophy

Thanks to Harold for some of these photos and for his easy-going company.

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