Yesterday's trip back to Siquerres was beautiful, past beaches, small beachfront towns and through large Banana fields.  We left Bocas Del Toro at 10:00 AM, a thirty minute water taxi to the mainland and then a 75 minute van ride back to the border.

By noon we had cleared immigration (Costa Rica and Panama) and were back in Sixaola, Costa Rica, reunited with our bikes.  Soon we were off headed to Limon, then 25 miles west to Hacienda Mila Veintecinco, the vast farms owned and farmed by Luis Diego, Ricardo's cousin and my good and generous friend.

Such a breautiful ride, then four kilometers from Luis' farm the skies opened up, totally exploded!  Rain, ferocious, scary...I could not see anything past my hands.  Two inches of rain in less than five minutes.  I could not see the road, oncoming trucks, nothing.....then suddenly it stopped, the skies cleared and the Rain Gods left me there soaked, frightened and thankful I was still alive.  A few minutes later Ricardo rode up...."if we had not stopped for a Coke in Limon, we would have beat the rain".  Thanks for your thoughts!

An evening in Siquirres, a good dinner with Luis Diego and Ricardo, and all was good.  Ricardo and I are now at a hotel here in Siquerres and later this morning will be joined by many bikes from both Limon and San Jose.  Luis is hosting an a  afternoon barbeque and few members of M14 will miss that.