Take it to the limit one more time. (Day 3 NW Tour: Diría National Park.)

What an amazing last day of our three-day adventure we had!! Yahoo and Yippee-de-do-da! 🙂

We left Yoko Hot Springs and took calle Cuigalpa from La Fortuna to Río Naranjo. A LOVELY up and down, badly-paved route, with great views. Sadly, it was still rainy, so the true beauty could not be fully appreciated, though, again, it was mystical and magical as it was. Oh how I hope we do this trip again this summer!! With the same fabulous routes.

My sense of the morning was of intesely wild and wonderful beauty!! Indescribable!! Wild winds, wild rains, wild clouds, followed by wild, bright sunshine, with rainbows everywhere, and wild storms in the distance, on wild new roads!!! Oh, yes!!

The FEEL of the wild!! LOVE IT. Nothing like it.

Calle Cuijigalpa was awesome. Need to return when it’s sunny and clear.

When we reached Cañas, Rober decided to head to Bebedero. Yay, Robert!!! More RECON!

The road from Bebedero out to San Miguel was of very loose small gravel, along beautiful, flowering cane fields (no photo). It was cool to see mountain ranges from this entirely new perspective.

The peak of the trip was going to Diría National Park, to which I have wanted to go for a long time, but was hesitant to do it alone. Again, I was so happy that Robert also wanted to do it, “desperately,” he said. Hahaha! And so we did!

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

We first went to Hojancha and took a recon road from there to route 150. I like it. It was a dirt road with a few easy downhill parts. Fun!

We then headed to Caimital and up through Gamalotal and La Virginia up to Cerro Negro on a route which borders Diría National Park. Thrilling is an understatement!

The road is mostly smooth dirt with a tad of gravel, but when it gets steep, as it did more than once, it is full of ruts/ditches with rocks from eight months of hard rains. It was a bit challenging, but also great fun! We made it up to the top without trouble, thank the Zopilota, our ReconCR goddess! Hahaha!

The wide vistas at the top are breathtakingly amazing! This has got to be one of the most beautiful routes I have ever done.

This screenshot from YouTube Channel ItchyBoots gives you an idea of the terrain we happily traversed.

The road down was easier, through La Esperanza and down to Nambi.

Robert and I were super charged that we had done it without misshap! We were our own champions! Hahaha.

We then headed to Salinas Bay as quickly as we could — despite long lines of trailer trucks on the way — so that Robert could make a meeting with his wife, Astrid, and other friends from ReconCR (Ignacio and Cristian), all of whom were to do a couple of days of kite surfing. We parted ways at Casa Soley on Bahía Salinas.

I closed the day with a trip to Playa Manzanillo, where I enjoyed the sun as it set behind a big rock. It was just what I needed. A peaceful and serene, quiet evening of more natural beauty, to rest into savouring the wonderful day I had just enjoyed.

Yes, December 3rd, 2022, a day full of adventurous recon — taking it to the limit, flying free and happy on the wild winds of life!

RIDING IN COSTA RICA: FEEL THE BEAUTY. KNOW THE LOVE. LIVE THE POWER.

Song: Take it to the limit.

And when you’re looking for your freedom (nobody seems to care)
And you can’t find the door
(Can’t find it anywhere)
When there’s nothing to believe in
Still you’re coming back
You’re running back
You’re coming back for more…
Put me on a highway
Show me a sign
Take it to the limit
One more time

It seems there are many routes up to and even through Diría National Park. How exciting! There are probably a few I could not do given my skill level, but I am sure there are one or two that I could do, with good company, of course. Perhaps my friend Ricardo from the CB500 group can lead us. He told me he recently rode from Santa Cruz to Cerro Vista Mar. Super cool! Would love to experience that. And thank you, Ricardo, for having your uncle in La Esperanza be there for us in case we needed help.

December 3, 2022

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