Saturday, January 16, 2016


I hadn't made any plans yet for crossing the Darien Gap - everything I'd heard basically said that you can't really do it until you get there, because you never know when things will change. I'd been kind of dreading it because it was such an unknown in my travels, but as it turns out, that wasn't the thing that would mess with my plans.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Volcanoes and Waterfalls.

When I first found out Dan and Clement were in Boquete, I decided to stay two days. Once I found out they were doing the Volcano hike the night after that, I went ahead and extended to join them for that. And while it was an amazing hike, it was exhausting as well. But between that, and the waterfall hike the day after, I got to see a lot of the local beauty in Boquete.

So This Is The New Year

I'd chosen Boquete for New Years because it seemed smaller and a little bit more chill, and sure enough it fit that perfectly. But even better, my travel buddies Dan and Clement had ended up there as well, and the hostel was full of cool people to meet and go off on the numerous activities in the area.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Costa Rica Mountains

I'd been going back and forth on what I wanted to do for New Years. Well, I knew what I wanted - something small but not too small, a little bit of party but not a huge party town. But I wasn't sure how to find that. As it turned out, I ended up exactly where I wanted to be. But first I had to get there.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Manuel Antonio and Tamagringo

After leaving my travel buddies before Christmas I was feeling a bit lost as far as what to do. My time with others had made me lose my solo travel rhythm, and I had to get it back somehow. That turned out to be a little easier than I expected - all I needed was a goal and some time on the motorcycle.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Slowdown (Costa Rica)

I came into Costa Rica a few days before Christmas with almost no plans, not even knowing where I was going to stay for Christmas. But I was still fully in slowdown mode, so it turned out I didn't need to have too many plans.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Slowdown (Nicaragua)

I didn't realize it at the time, but Ometepe was the start of a slowdown of my trip. At that point I was about 75 days into traveling, and I'd started to get a little drained. Mexico was amazing, but tiring because I was on the bike almost every day. Central America had slowed me down as far as distance goes, but I'd been doing more activities and staying just as busy with the Belgians and the French. So a break was in order.