Adios Costa Rica

Trip Start Oct 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Friday, September 5, 2008

The rain continues and bad roads are worsening so our plan to spend a few days roaming around this area are replaced with new plans to get ourselves into another country, hopefully less wet.
Back on the Panamerican Highway near Liberia we encounter massive flooding. Fields, parking lots, ditches and highways are flowing rivers. This is our only route out of this place and ahead of us the highway is flooded and beside us horses struggle to step through belly high water in the fields. A Best Western Hotel is surrounded by water. If you could get to it and rent a room on the top floor you would have a great view. Rescue teams and police are monitoring as vehicles slowly wade through the vast area of water flowing freely across the highway.
We planned to stop in Liberia and spend the night at El Delfin, a camping area in a nice grassy field but on second thought we change our minds. We have to drive past it so we stop to see what condition it is in. So far the water has not flooded it but the river is high and we do not want to chance it.
Don and Karen you would be surprised to see this area which you drove through earlier this year. I know this occurs all over the world and in our own country but we have not experienced it first hand. So far we have been in the middle of flash tropical rains in Panama where flooding happens instantaneously and now here but because of a season of rain building up. Apparently this is the height of the season with December being the start of a five month dry season.
Five miles from the Nicaragua border we come across a solid line of semis waiting for border procedure. Thankfully a policeman waved us around and we arrive at the border prepared with paperwork, positive attitude and patience for whatever awaits us. Normally central american borders are congested and chaotic with a mob of aids vying to be chosen for the duty of walking you through the maze for a healthy tip. Dom politely declines help and confidently walks into the maze while I keep Gillie comfortable. Within an hour he is back and we are legal to go at will in Nicaragua.
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