Day 10 – March 26
Mountain bike – 31.7 km (19.7 miles), 867 meters (2,844 ft) elevation gain, 1,562 meters (5,124 ft) elevation loss.
There was a relaxed feel about the ride today. We knew it was all downhill (except for the uphill parts) and there was a beautiful beach (literally Playa Hermosa – one of a half dozen in Costa Rica) waiting for us at the bottom. We had a swimming pool, hammocks, a couple of cabins and family waiting at Hacienda Barú just up the coast and Jack always has cold beer in the fridge.
Dropping into the Río General valley (aka Río Pacuar where we crossed) was like a trip down memory lane through the Costa Rica of decades ago. Small farms and ranches between tiny communities with a pulperia, church, bar and soccer field.
There was some whooping and hollering as we rolled down the last hill. We dropped our bikes under the palm trees and ran out to dive into a Pacific wave.
And that, as they say, was the end of that.
Photo Gallery Day 10 – La Gran Vista to Playa Hermosa – The Pacific
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