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February 18th, 2012 - Yes…

We have received a lot of questions lately asking if we are returning home in the near future and the answer is yes. I know that sounds crazy coming from two people who are riding motorcycles around the world. We still have many cultures to visit and adventures to experience but logically returning to Canada for a short time makes a lot of sense. How the whole situation started was two of our close friends are getting married and I have been asked to be part of the wedding party. These people mean a lot to us and we very much want to be there so for me it was a no brainer, we’re going back to Canada.

At first an expense like flying from South America to Canada and back seems crazy especially for someone on a small traveler’s budget like me. This would also entail leaving Erin somewhere in South America by herself with the bikes or storing the bikes and doubling the flight expense to bring Erin home for a visit as well but like always things seem to happen for a reason.

We have known for some time now that we will not be making the southern tip of South America this season and will have to wait for the next summer. This presents a few options. Live or travel in other parts of South America and slowly deplete our funds or try and find work in South America and slowly replenish our funds. Either option still includes the expense of flying home for the wedding but if we are flying home anyways why not wait out the South American winter in Canada’s summer. There we could find jobs easier and with higher wages and really replenish our funds with the strong Canadian dollar as well as deal with some other upcoming logistical hurdles…

Before we left British Columbia I tried to update my Driver’s License but they said it was too early and they could only renew it within 6 months of expiring. As far as I know renewing my license is something I can only do in my home province of British Columbia.  Also for our travels over seas the motorcycles will require a document called a Carnet. This is a bonded (money backed) document that ensures we will not sell the motorcycles illegally in a country. Basically it’s a passport for your motorcycle. As far as I know it must be obtained where the vehicle is registered… British Columbia, Canada. It was beginning to make sense spending the South American winter in Canada where we could also spend time applying for and obtaining our Russian Visas and figuring out our shipping options for the bikes.

All that for us seems so far away but for now, in Costa Rica, life is good. We have been absolutely mesmerised by the wild life here and never thought we would see animals like this outside a zoo. After 4 hours of walking through the Cahuita National Park we experienced an amazing amount of exotic wild life in their natural habitat and I had 400 pictures to show for it. The park is by donation so it fits any traveler’s budget and I would highly recommend it. So the pictures don’t have anything to do with my discussion on returning to Canada but they really capture the wildlife here in Costa Rica. Tomorrow Panama…

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