Bike Tour To Panama City: Palmar Norte

October 3, 2013 | By | Reply More

Greetings from Palmar Norte, Costa Rica! After doing some whale and dolphin watching in Uvita, I’m ready to get out of this country quickly and head straight to Panama to cut down on my travel expenses.

I’m writing today’s recap from a crappy 2500 COL ($10 USD) hotel room that is right above a bar. There didn’t appear to be too many accommodation options in town and this was the cheapest. Imagine the reggaeton music pounding and karaoke action below the room. I might have to join the party. The good thing is that there’s free wifi!

While biking to this place from the main road, I got to scope out the area. It looks like I’m the only gringo in town. This is great because I can see how Ticos live in this part of the country.

Anyways, here’s a photo recap and rebroadcast of the live stream from the bike ride today.

Highway 34 leaving Uvita

Highway 34 leaving Uvita

Hills. I hate hills.

Hills. I hate hills.

Walking my bike uphill

Walking my bike uphill

Riding down hill is fun.

Riding down hill is fun

Ocean view along Hwy 34. Ballena Rock in the distance.

Ocean view along Hwy 34. Ballena Rock in the distance.

Deciding how far to bike depending on weather.

Deciding how far to bike depending on weather

My chain came off twice today

My chain came off twice today

Click to watch the rebroadcast of today’s live stream.

Arrived in Palmar Norte. The Panamanian border is 94 km away.

Arrived in Palmar Norte. The Panamanian border is 94 km away.

Uvita to Palmar Norte 44 km

Uvita to Palmar Norte 44 km

My first goal for today was to try to get as far as Piedras Blancas which is over 78 km from Uvita. The default plan was to get to Puerto Cortes. Once I arrived at the intersection leading to Puerto Cortes my energy level was still good, but the clouds where rolling in and it looked like was about to rain. I decided to bike to the next town over which was Palmar Norte.

Once I arrived, I saw a bank and went to change money. After talking with the security guard and asking him about the towns along the Pan-American Highway and gauging the weather, I decided to cut my day short and stay in Palmar Norte.

Good thing I did because it started to down pour after I checked into the hotel!

It took me about 3.5 – 4 hours with a lunch break to bike 44 km. There were a lot of hills between Uvita and Palmar Norte. Elevation varied from 90 to 400 feet above sea level, but most of the route was between 120 to 170 feet.

The Panamanian border is only 94 km away. I’m getting closer.

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