Free Day #1 - Time for a bike ride
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June 9th, 2006 – by: smhirsch
All but four of the people in my group had stayed in Puerto Viejo really late the night before, so almost everyone was still asleep at around 8am.
It was a nice ride. Beautiful day, perfect weather, and a lot of really nice scenery. It was funny to be riding around and having to watch out for lizzards and small iguanas that would dart out in front of the bikes from time to time. We decided that small reptiles in Costa Rica are like chipmunks and squirrels in the US...although we're much more used to seeing squirrels as roadkill. You don't expect to see a squashed lizzard or snake in the road where I'm from.
The only thing that wasn't the greatest about the ride out to Manzanillo was that we were in bathing suits with shorts on.
We got out to Manzanillo and locked the bikes up outside Maxi's, a restaurant Daniel had recommended for good Caribbean Costa Rican food. The beach was empty, since everyone in town was either in Maxi's watching the start of the game, or home watching the game. We decided to join the masses, and watched the game until halftime. The road out the Manzanillo was pretty hilly for old cruisers that were slightly too small, so after a bit of the game, we went down to the water to cool off. It was beautiful, and really peaceful (besides the occasional cheer or screaming heard from inside Maxi's). We hung out there for a while, swimming and making drizzle sand castles, until we got hungry.
The food at Maxi's was pretty good. It took a while for us to get, and they forgot my dish, but once we got it, we were so hungry and it tasted really good. It was traditional Afro-Caribbean food with a bit of Costa Rica mixed in and it was very good, just as Daniel told us.
After a bit more on the beach (and realizing that our arms and thighs were incredibly burnt from the ride out without sunscreen) we got a couple of huge bottles of water and headed back to Puerto Viejo playing 20 questions and relaxing (more on the way back than the way there since we didn't have the start of the futból game to worry about). There were a few times we thought about hopping in the back of a dump truck with the bikes, but we kept saying to ourselves "Oh, it's just a bit farther. Let's just go to that tree..." Hahaha. I love doing that to myself. Man, was I sore the next day...haha.
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