The Road to Dos Rios, Costa Rica 2016,#4.

How did we get to Dos Rios? We left San José to travel the new superhighway west to the Pacific, go southeast down the coast road to Dominical, back inland on a smaller road, and, after a half hour or so more, we took a gravel side road into a valley.

Here’s a tiny fraction of what we saw along the way.

We’ll skip the superhighway part, because I took no photos there, and start with when we crossed the Rio Tarcoles.

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Rio Tarcoles bridge.

This bridge is a popular stopping point.

It’s a good place to see crocodiles.

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Looking down from the bridge.

Slowdowns and delays can be expected on Costa Rican road trips.

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Highway delay.

Road side improvements were underway. Machines were busy.

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The billboard is for Radio Maria, a worldwide Catholic radio network. 55 countries, over 1,500 land transmitters. Your go-to place on the dial for church music, discussions, masses, and novena and rosary recitals.

A surveying crew was working, too.

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“X” marks the spot!

Passing Jaco, we headed south. There were glimpses of the ocean.

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The blue Pacific, framed by hedgerow and blue sky.

After our turn south, coastal plain began.

Here the road is straight.

On either side are miles and miles of palm (oil) plantations.

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Flat Land. Straight Road. Miles of Palm Oil Trees.

Periodically along the edges of the road are rectangular spaces not planted to palm. In these places are places for people. Settlements, soccer fields, and towns. Almost every town has a soccer field.

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And a cemetery.

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Cemetery.

From time to time you pass a palm oil factory.

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Palm Oil Extraction Plant.

Traffic passes by.

While life goes on.

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Shake it.

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An encounter, perhaps some discussion.

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Life on a town side street.

Then, near Dominical, we leave the coast road, head inland, and after a while we turn off onto a gravel road.

The Valley is ahead of us.

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Into the Valley.

Familiar contours and colors appear.

We’re getting near!

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Pastureland, with Talamanca Mountains in the distance.

And at last…

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Dos Rios arrival.

We are there.

 

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