The travel diary of a stylish woman and her journeys from the back of a motorbike
London fashion stylist, Lupe Castro, is traveling throughout Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Central America, all on the back of a motorbike.
Going since 1968, Pops is a Costa Rican concern that has expanded into El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Pops is a beacon in the middle of any hot and achy ride. Scattered all over Costa Rica, I first came across it on the autopista general at Cañas. The girls were sweet, although rather shy and could not understand why I was soooo excited about finding something that simulated Europe – a loo with a proper mirror to put on a bit of lippy. It just has to be lauded! Plus I enjoyed a very, very generous portion of dulce de leche ice cream with lots of hot chocolate sauce. So yummy!
The Beast started whining and whirring as we arrived into Atenas, Costa Rica. Of course I reckoned he just needed a break; after all this BMW 1989 R100 GS has carried Mr. P through 33 countries and over 30,000 miles! Although, The Beast has now earned Panamanian residency and relaxes for 5 months of the year, the poor chap has been ridden relentlessly over the last couple of days in mind boggling heat! Even with a nights rest his discomfort was still apparent and Mr. P went in for a closer look. After having discovered the noise coming from the electronics under the petrol tank, Operation Motor got underway with a faulty relay unit being identified. Wanting confirmation from his mechanical team at Wollaston Motors Northampton, Mr. P Skyped Richard Higgs (the same, who identified a motor fault listening to the sound, from a phone call placed from Pakistan) for confirmation!
A failing indicator relay unit confirmed as the culprit, we all breathed a sigh of relief. In a country where indicators are hardly used at any time, the problem became a minor one and we set off to San Jose to search for a tyre! Poor, poor Beasty!