Anyway, the trip took about 5.5 hours. Many of the roads were narrow, windy, and bumpy, however. It's not for the faint of stomach, in my opinion. Lots of pastureland along the way, as I mentioned. Many of the farmhouses were large, beautiful, modern-looking structures; some were even for sale. How tempting, in a way.
La Fortuna is the town near the Arenal volcano. It appears to be a nice little town, not appearing nearly as sketchy as Quepos. The guy at the hostel here says it's really safe to walk around. I'm happy about that. I feel a little freer here already for that reason. I'm planning to rest and then figure out what my best options are for tomorrow.
I checked out a bakery and a grocery store in the afternoon and then came back to rest. It's really humid here, and even as slowly as I'm moving, the effort is too much! I just get so sweaty, I want to shower every couple of hours.
I went to a place called Nene's Restaurant for supper because it looked like only locals were there. The meal was ok, and only the grilled chicken was outstanding--savoury and juicy.