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Day 4

KM 650 - Miranda

100 KM
medium-strong headwind, then sunny, later rain, 34 °C
7:20 - 17:00

I decided to try the 100 km to Miranda, in spite of my sore bum (it was getting seriously painful by then). But until noon I had to face a pretty strong headwind and didn't even make the 10 km/h average. =(
Scammed some rice and beans from some workers for lunch and continued on really good asphalt. The wind had stopped and I could make up for the time I lost in the morning.. The rest of the day was just eating kms and ignoring the pain.
Spotted animals: 2 alligators at the side of the road (dead), including vultures and a 3m anteater, dead as well. What a beautiful creature, a pity that it had died T.T Some smaller living mammals crossed the street in front of me, but couldn't identify them.
Cycled the last 5 km in rain. In Miranda I found the perfect spot for dinner - All-you-can-eat for a ~4us$. Awesomeeeeee =)
In the end, that water caused some serious health issues, my bum's bleeding and I'm thinking of giving up the whole thing. Yea.


Smile if you still can

Posted by macondo 16:29 Archived in Brazil Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

Day 3

KM 690 - Buraco das Piranhas - KM 650

sunny, no wind, 33 °C
7:30 - 16:00

Woke up at sunrise to the sound of thousands of birds. My map said it's another 30 km to the village of Buraco das Piranhas, where I wanted to stock up on food and water and get my bicycle fixed to take the 100 km to Miranda a bit more relaxed. It turned out to be two small huts, no more. At least I could buy a meal there. They didn't sell water, though. No water - no cycling. So I tried to get on a bus to Miranda but, you guessedit, they didn' want to carry my bike. So I had no other choice than to hope I'll find food on the way and filling my bottle with swamp water (tasty green, yummy). The guy there said I could drink it without problems. Asshole. :P
10 km and some fried fish later I found two families living in a basic campsite under a bridge. With my non-existing Portuguese I asked for a place to sling my hammock. I didn't understand anything and so didn' they ^^ But those guys were so friendly and never lost patience with me. Living there must be hard. No electricity or facilities and the next village is a 100 km away. The basically live from the fish in the rivers.

Sidenote: With that day I have been away from home for 18 months!

That's the spirit!


Posted by macondo 16:17 Archived in Brazil Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

Day 2

Corumbá- KM 690

~90 KM
sunny, light headwind, 29 °C
8:00 - 17:00

Okay then, let's see what this bike is good for!
First of all, I got lost on my way out of Corumbá and had to backtrack a couple of ks ;) In the future, I will always ask someone for the way. That was just frustrating after 10 min. >.<
Anyways, the worst thing on this bike is the saddle. It's a real pain in the ass, actually just a piece of metal with leather cover. It made my backside sore after already 2 hours.

These first 90 km led me straight into the Pantanal, world's largest swamp. I saw toucans, parrots, vultures and thousands of birds of prey. No bigger animals though.
No villages either. At a gas station I stocked up on bisquits and that was everything for that day. Resolution #2: Gonna check my route on google maps or carry enough food and water for one or two days...
I wanted to camp at about km 700, but it's basically only swamp and road - no way to hide a hammock. I had to ride another 10 km until I found a dry patch next to the road behind some tall grass... Sunset is definately too late to set up camping gear.

To increase my chances of spotting a bigger animal, for example, say, an alligator, I had my emergency can of tuna and cut my finger. Spilled both oil and blood generously.
Seriously, this wildlife is exceptional. I don't know what exactly crept around my hammock the whole night, but some of them sounded big.

It got bitterly cold at night. I dreamt of wrapping myself into a thick blanket and someone offering me a cup of hot tea. Am I in the tropics, or what?!

Still happy after one hour

The nature and me

Posted by macondo 15:58 Archived in Brazil Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

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