It was VERY windy when we started
After descending from the hotel, we began our biggest climb of the day
The route rolled up and down along the lakeshore for miles! Lots and lots of hills.
Before too long, Jeff and I broke off from the others, opting out of the group rest stop, so we were on our own to enjoy the ride.
We ran into a pack of coati (relatives of raccoons) trying to beg for food
Finally we stopped at the Arenal dam to wait for the group
Our first view of the Arenal Volcano, though the top remained shrouded in clouds today
We rode on a bit further with the group to reach our lunch stop. On the way, I had one of the scariest moments of the trip when I hit a bump on a downhill and went skidding sideways - still at speed and still on the bike - as the back fishtailed back and forth. Somehow I managed to stay upright! Phew...I was even more cautious on descents after that.
At lunch I could have sworn our waiter was that werewolf kid in the Twilight movies.
Never pass up an opportunity to get up close and personal with a cow. Even a fake one.
Once we arrived in Fortuna, Jeff and I dropped our clothes off to have laundry done - after a week of riding, we really needed some clean clothes! The rest of the evening was spent enjoying various alcoholic delights of Costa Rica.
I became a bit of a pina colada addict on this trip too.
Map/elevation for the day's ride.