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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

Roads to nowhere

Costa Rica Posted on Tue, September 15, 2009 23:01:31

Central American drives are actually not that bad (especially not compared to Vietnamese or Sri Lankans), but their road signing has something to desire. Firstly it is hardly existing.

This road led us to the cloud forest in Monteverde

Here I might need to mention that we are travelling without GPS or real road maps… so we rely only on the crappy maps in our guide book and asking people (but we already know how that can turn out – read the previous post “Just around the corner”/Guatemala). Sure, they don’t have that many roads here but they certainly have a tiny bit more than what the maps in our guide book indicates. The first task is always to get out of the city/town where we slept, which is usually the easiest part unless it is one of those town with only one-way streets (they are very popular over here). This means that any recollection of how we came in doesn’t help crap.

This road took us along the Caribbean coast

So assuming we have found our way out, then we need to navigate the main roads… again without any signs. During a day the road will split into teens of Y-intersections with no indication of whether the road lead to a farm or the country’s capital. Then once and again a sign does show up, usually pointing to places we never heard about, but the brilliant part is that the sign is never placed at an intersection or even before one, no they are placed kilometers after one… meaning if you are on the wrong track you need to u-turn and back track, hence we have become masters of u-turning.

A very unhelpful road sign… but how cool it is always sunny

So finally we end up close to where we wanted and need to find a specific location, like a hostel. Close to impossible for guess what, they hardly use street signs too and if they do the locals don’t use them but prefer to landmarks like McDonalds or Coca Cola billboard.

Well talking about sunny… driving in full mc-suit is very very very very very hot

We have even experienced asking some locals for a street in tiny town and they had no clue (pointing in different direction) even though we were standing right in front of it (there were actually street signs, they were just written on the curb… silly me).

And this road took us to Panama… yes, this was the bordercrossing



Water and volcanoes

Costa Rica Posted on Fri, September 11, 2009 16:48:52

After all this time you start thinking
that you have tried all combinations of dirt, gravel, sand, mud, wind
and weather – and then some new arrangement making you ride
sideways up a mountain road and into the clouds surrounding
Monteverde. Here we took the time to try another type of
transportation; wires and harnesses. Conopying through the wet forest
over the trees. It was great fun being a bird for even such a short
time.

Bo sliding through the forrest

Moving on to ever-active Arenal volcano
we had a funny experience along the road. Some coatis have figured it
out – why dig for scraps when you can get fresh food for free? So
what happens is – one coatis volunteer to go and snooze around near
the road. When a car comes along and people spot the animal it does
not run away – but comes closer to the car and tries to look as
cute as possible and usually ends up being fed peanuts or cheese pops
– this is when the other coatis come charging out of the bushes and
joins the buffet.. how their digestive systems handle this is beyond
me..

“Any cheese pops for us..? ….please…”

We also treated ourselves to a buffet –
that came with a hot spring arrangement of 25 different temperature
pools complete with water slides and a giant jacuzzi. It was a very
tacky arrangement but we still had a good time and became very clean
😀

Cheesy waterfalls, but the water was hot (unusual on this trip)

Arenal volcano – when we saw most of it..