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COSTA RICA by KATE on 25 november 2015

When I say Roads, I am talking about the one road that goes from Cahuita to Puerto Viejo, maybe it even goes much further but you are unlikely to do that on bicycle anyways (unless you are travelling on one of course).
So the one road that passes Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Manzanillo is not ver safe.
There are many reasons for that :

- It is not wide.
- People drive fast and the bigger the vehicle the faster they go.
- There are vehicles stopped all along the road.
- There are many other bicycles and mopeds.
- Some carry a surfboard on the side.
- There are stray dogs wandering in the middle of the road.
- There are people walking on both sides of the road.

More or less, these are the reasons why the roads can become dangerous for anyone on a bicycle (maybe also for others but bicycles are very more exposed).
At some point you may find yourself sandwiched in between running over a pedestrian (don’t worry you will only bump the walking human but still you will injure both of you), a dog, getting run over by a truck or letting yourself fall voluntarily in the gutter that is usually full of jungle and or rubbish.

And I am not exaggerating, this very story happened to Kate a few days ago while cycling just outside of Puerto Viejo.
I was riding with my youngest daughter on the bike (she has a proper saddle, it is as safe as things can be here) and Kate was trying to tell us something.
Suddenly a bus took us over and Kate had to let herself fall on the road not to be run over.
She hurt herself but not badly but she was very upset and I felt powerless (yes that’s how you feel on a bicycle confronting a bus).

ROAD RAGE PUERTO VIEJO

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