Sometimes I feel a little bit of guilt. I leave in a pretty remote section of Costa Rica. There are Gringo sections, but not where I am. So, I suspect I am "The" Gringo - but often just Don Fred. The whole town isn't more than 500 to 1000 I think so everyone knows me and recognizes the large whitehaired Gringo.
I have a nice hardtail and I am in good shape from commuting pretty much every day with it - and we also have a Tandem that up to today has been in storeage.
Early in the morning I decided to take a spin with the MTB on the paved road. I have been planning to start using the MTB to cruise to our first finca (farm) instead of driving. This would be about 27 kilometers, 20 of which is paved. I had a couple of hours to kill so I decided to give it a try.
It was a lot of fun, I didn't go all the way, just fooling around. I made it to the turn off in about 50 minutes - not bad since it was uphill and the hills would have made very good interval training. Nothing more than 200 foot rise, but pretty steep.
I stopped at a small store, got something to drink (blackberry juice) and then zoomed back - took only 40 minutes and I was using the brake!
This didn't really scare anyone, what did is that I decide to ride the Tandem. I took it out because a worker was visiting us and he is about the size of my wife so he would work as a stoker. Pumped up the tires, checked out and off we went.
NO ONE IN COSTA RICA IN OUR NECK OF THE JUNGLE HAS EVERY SEEN A TANDEM. Man did we get the looks and the comments - even the police were commenting! A well, there are already enough stories about us in town - what is one more?
Riding the roads on Sunday in Costa Rica is wonderful, almost no traffic and just miles and miles of good roads near us. We went off toward Upala which is pretty flat since my legs were a bit tired from earlier. It was a great ride and I am happy to be able to report that no one drove off the road because they were looking at us.
Oh, the worker was pretty much spent - but had a big grin on his face. He had never gone so fast on a bike and we rode for about 2 hours. People here generally don't know how to keep up a cadence - he was asking when I was going to stop spinning my legs so fast.