Monday, April 23, 2012

Dusty road

Bicycles are common for Ticos traveling from their villages to the nearest town.  This photo shows a section of the dirt road just outside of Villareal.  It connects Villareal with the main town in the area, which is Santa Cruz.  Villareal is the nearest local town to Tamarindo, as Tamarindo is an international resort community.

You can see that cars kick up a fair amount of dust on the unpaved back roads of Costa Rica.  In some towns they spread on dirt roads a sealer made from a molasses-type of by-product of sugar cane mills.  It keeps down the dust.  They do that sometimes on unpaved roads in Tamarindo.  I like it, as it smells sweet when you walk around.

We have photos of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

9 comments:

brattcat said...

ah, i was hoping you'd tell us how it smelled. thank you. nice shot.

Lowell said...

This is a nice composition. I'm glad to hear they try to cut down on the dust for that would be a huge problem for bicyclists and walkers.

I've never heard of a sweet-smelling road before! But I've drive some pretty stinky roads! :-)

Rambling Round said...

Looks like a wide and well maintained dirt road.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I love the smell of the molasses when you walk down the dirt roads. there are more paved roads each year which does change the area from the rural dirt roads atmosphere

Sharon said...

Reminds me of when I was a kid and would walk down country roads.

Jarart said...

I would like to ride a bicycle down that road. No hurry, no worry......That would be nice.

JM said...

Actually the dust makes a quite nice effect under that 'bridge' of trees.

Bob Crowe said...

I've only visited Tamarindo twice but I've driven or been a passenger on a whole lot of these roads. You see tiny compact cars rolling down them but I feel much more comfortable if I have a 4WD vehicle.

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