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Published: February 15th 2010
We wrote the last blog while we were getting ready to leave the B&B in San Jose early in the AM and noticed I had quite a few typos. I’ll try and proof better but we were in a hurry to leave…
I can now report that the roads from there to where we were going on the Pacific have some good news and some bad news… Good news is that there is a NEW toll road that is wonderful and it just opened 2 weeks ago!! I’ll include a pix from that. For Costa Rica roads….this was heaven!! But after we got off of it we found out what the real roads are like…giant pot holes and drivers that will pass on a curvy mountain road while big trucks, etc. are coming down the other side really fast!!
We made it to the ferry and as luck would have it…the car in front of us was the last one on the ferry so we had to wait another 2 hours for the next one to go. Actually, it wasn’t that bad of a thing. We had an opportunity to walk up and down the street in this
area and take a few pictures.
So instead of taking the 11:00 AM ferry, we took the 1:00 PM one. It was only an hour for the ferry ride and then we were able to start driving again to our final destination. There were about 15 miles or so of curvy semi-blacktop where the best speed was about 50 kph (30 mph) with a lot of slow downs for large rough areas with potholes (hope the tires are good) then we got to the gravel road where the best speed was about 30 kph (18mph), this was the best it got for the next ten miles or so to the final destination. Several little dusty towns along the way and resort areas way off the road. Many one lane bridges with no sides. Took almost two hours from the ferry but we made it. The roads were not good but we persevered—stopping to buy some drugs for Jim who has a cold or respiratory/coughing problem but was able to keep driving. We finally arrived about 4:20 at Villas Hermonas. The last town just before we got here is Santa Teresa - lots of shops and girls in painted on
bikinis - maybe pictures later (there were lots of surfer guys too.) I think Santa Teresa is a place for the beautiful and famous although still a dusty little town with lots of dusty little bars and restaurants to try out later. Where we are staying is about 5 klics (5 kilometers - about 3 miles) down the road. Everyone here is closer to our age.
This place is amazing!! I expected it to be nice from the Internet pixs but it’s even better. We have our own villa—there are only 2 others besides the Honeymoon suite. I’ve taken some pictures for you to see. We’re going to be here for 2 weeks so we won’t be writing everyday anymore…we’ll let you know when we find someplace new to ‘report’ about, or if we have some pictures that we think you’d like to see.
Last night there were “howler monkeys” that didn’t wake me up but since I was already awake, let me know that “we’re not in Kansas anymore”. One of the other guests said it was a ‘primal’ sound. It sounded like a much larger animal than a monkey. I did see a couple of monkeys
in the trees this afternoon but too far away to take a picture of but I’m not sure that’s what was making that howling noise in the night.
We’re looking forward to staying here for the next two weeks and we’ll let you know if there is anything new to report…
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