• Posted by Lar on Thursday, Nov 18th, 2010

Jes, Wade, and the Spaniards

The casa has been a happenin’ spot lately. My friends Jessie and Wade flew in last week to visit us and brought along three surfboards. Jess has been surfin’ for about four years now, and though I’m severely lagging behind I figure it’s not too late to learn. Good times were had (perhaps too good) and mucha Imperial was consumed. They even got me to paddle out with them into the biggie surf. I got pounded.

Master of pancakes, pourin’ your syyyyrrup.

A few days into Jessie and Wade’s trip, some Spaniards came through our town on loaded down bicicletas. They were intercepted by Jared and brought back to the casa. Jess had just finished leading a yoga session for the 2 of us and we were deep in meditation as Jared came up to the window shouting, “Lauren, Lauren, we’ve got two bicycle tourists here.” It was fun to be on the reverse end of the bike touring begger spectrum, and luckily Jess and Wade were cool enough to go along with letting two smelly Spaniards share the house with us for the night.

Juan and Rafa are hardcore. My jaw dropped when I saw their bikes. They may as well have taken a piss on my pannier. Rafa is on the shittiest of shitty department store grade bike that he got in Columbia for $40, and Juan’s ain’t much better. Juan has ridden all the way from Argentina and is headed to Alaska. Rafa started in Columbia and is going to finish his journey in Mexico. Pretty amazing and humbling. Juan had some very intense stories. He was apparently camping on the coast of Chile only 30 km from the epicenter when that bad earthquake hit last year. He said that the shaking woke him up and that he was very disoriented but headed up to higher ground in the mountains. When he went back to his campsite, his bike was destroyed and people were dead. The earthquake caused a tidal wave that hit the coast. It was very humbling to hear of what they are doing and the thought crossed my mind to buy a cheap beach cruiser and hop aboard.

It’s always quite interesting to see other people’s take on cycling. These two, for example, smoked everything like chimneys. Very Euro. It was refreshing to see two that were purely in it for the adventure.

A few days later we found our friends had landed on the front of one of Costa Rica’s newspapers.

The two call themselves the black cats, and the headline reads that when something bad happens, they are passing through on bikes. They informed me that was not the case when they came through our town! We didn’t have an earthquake while they were here, so I guess they made an exception for us!



  1. Dec 30th, 2010 @ 9:51pm

    Hey Lauren and Jared !happy new year!

    jonathan roth
  2. Dec 26th, 2010 @ 6:16pm

    Greetings to you all and power to your palindrome. Hope you’re doing ok. It’s been a while since you posted and well… I worry – you know. Give us a wink or something.

    • Dec 29th, 2010 @ 11:46am


  3. Dec 26th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    Merry Christmas you two

    Andy Trail
  4. Nov 21st, 2010 @ 11:30am

    What are we talking about?


  5. Nov 18th, 2010 @ 11:49pm

    dis reminds me of a time i was on tour and i had to shit. i pooped in a plastic bag and then wrapped it in another plastic bag for good measure. on a rail trail and not wanting to litter, i carried it outta there in a pannier, so i actually pooped in my pannier! good times!

    • Nov 19th, 2010 @ 5:07pm

      wow that is environmental dedication. where i’m from we just dig a small hole and hope for the best.