Have bicycle, will travel.

Trip Start Nov 05, 2005
Trip End Jan 04, 2006

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I had a good scare yesterday with my money situation. Had I been in a better frame of mind when leaving San Jose, I would have been more prepared. There's one bank in Puerto Viejo and they don't like my bank card, nor my Mastercard. They prefer Visa.. !! uuurrgghh.. I had about 8000 colones in my wallet or about $18. This was not good. I had to pay for my hotel in cash and then live!! After searching out stores who had M/C in their window, looking for someone to give me a cash advance on my credit card, I found a currency exchange place who would do it. She charged me 9% but who cares, at this point. I would have been hooped for sure (that is proper use of the word, George!!!). So I'm back in business and was able to buy some food! Phew!

I rented a bicycle today and started out down the road going south. When I figured out that the brakes were the 'reverse pedal' type (had to go back to my childhood!), I was on my way. Went for about 20 minutes and stopped at the beach and met this nice couple (also staying my lodge) and they were heading to Punta Uva. Seemed like a good option, so I went that way too. I stopped in Punta Uva, which if you blink (even on a bicycle), you would miss it. I had some lunch there (getting the old appetite back -- yaayyy!) and carried on. Another couple was stopped on the road, looking upward. Must be monkeys!! Sure enough, there were about 10 monkeys 'hanging out'in the trees. They were fun to watch for a while. The road was pretty deserted... sometimes paved, sometimes not so paved with potholes big enough to swallow a bike. But it was so pretty and peaceful. I ended up in Manzanillo which is 13km from Puerto Viejo!!

Had to go for a swim in the ocean and boy, was that refreshing. Even though it's cloudy today, it's still very humid and hot. I started my journey back and about 10 minutes later, heard a whole group of howler monkeys!!! Scared the crap out of me because now it's just me and my bike and however fast I can pedal in flip flops. I don't know if they chase girls or not !! I finally make it back to Puerto Viejo with a very sore butt, if you know what I mean. 26km bike ride -- Not bad for a gal who turned 36 today!! LOL.

Had dinner with the couple from my lodge who are from Massachusets and we had a few birthday drinks. Overall, a great day and a quiet evening which is fine by me. I'm just happy that I'm eating and able to have an Imperial again!

PS: Imperial is the local beer here!
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