Seven full hours, first a little around town, maybe 5 miles on the highway, then it was hours of volcano views, rubber plantations, back "roads" passing chicken buses and dump trucks then middle of nowhere dirt paths across streams and up and down hills and mountains. What a ride. I'm a competent but not highly skilled rider and the challenge level was perfect for me on the Dirt River Tour. Frenchie the guide was totally relaxed and kept me at ease the whole time. He tolerated my careful pace without complaint and gave some helpful pointers to move things along. A few technical points: my bike ran smooth, had good tires and the suspension was good. Size wise it was about all I wanted especially when hauling it out of a ditch when I encountered a tractor on a sandy, blind incline. I had the guide to myself so it was pretty expensive but then again I didn't have to deal with the pace/skill level of any other riders. My advice: if you can ride some and love to explore, this is a can't miss experience. I finished the day dirty, tired, in one piece and Totally Happy. Just a note on the "expensive" comment...I had a 7 hour blast that was worth every penny I paid and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Finally, I carried my big SLR which was a mistake....the trail is too dusty and dirty to wear the camera so its in the bag and difficult to access. If you have a choice, stick a small point and shoot in your breast pocket. You couldn't possibly get a shot of every beautiful sight and there are TOO many dangers to be fiddling with a camera frequently. Next time I would just snap a few pictures on a cheapy camera and hope for the best. The guide will probably snap a few of you crossing a river anyway. Thanks for a great day.
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