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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.
Can one get Canadian Rye Whiskey down there?
Anything you desire is here if’n you gotz de dinero
You may appreciate Jimmy Cliffs "You Can Get It, If You Really Want It" also.
Your view of the US and the President must be overwhelmingly bad from afar, but no, with the protests, riots, Looting it is actually worse. Add the fires in CA & OR....
Seems like a reality show come alive!
And you missed it all so far, yet you gotta get home. Dad, Son, Employment a big pull, we get it. Caught between a rock and a beach....
No matter where you go, there you are: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/...l?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
Economic collapse, hundreds of thousands of Americans dead from epidemic disease, riots in the streets. Is America great enough great? Can't see why you're in such a big hurry to come back Dan. I'm thinking about becoming an expatriate myself.
It’s simple really. I don’t have the funds left to stay away. Of course seeing family again is important. If you think I’m excited about the place I’m trying to return to you’d be dead wrong
"Sunny’s big enough." Si I spent a day at "school" riding a big GS 1200 off road. It's amazing that their engineers can make such a big bike handle so well in dirt, sand, rocks, etc, but it begs the question, "why?" My rule, if I can't pick it up alone it's too heavy. That's what moved me from KLR to DR.
More importantly, I can understand why you need to come home. I wish I could say, "Welcome home," but i'll just say safe journeys and good luck keeping your sanity here. I'm sure it will be very good to see family.
The attraction to the GS’s, at least for me, is the fact that once you’re through the dirt and mess, and have to ride 500 miles of pavement back home, you can do so cruising comfortably at 85 and still hit the twisties with gusto as well. Off road, it’s an intimidating bulky beast. In automotive terms, it’s like comparing a wrangler to a Cherokee SRT. Dan has the right tool for the job.
Now back to paperwork adventure and liquor selection!
Every country is a lot better when you turn off news media. Report the worst & report it first.
Here's are the facts. Beaches good. Liquor good. Travel good. Tune into that as long as you can. Such as Dan. (rhyming unintentional) L
What beautiful weather today compared to the last week or so.
Slept in (it’s what I do lol) and heard Ema dropping off food out in the kitchen. Waited for her to leave (didn’t want to burst out in my skivvies) and sat down to a hot plate and sides. Today’s meal: bife (steak), arroz (rice), and abobrinha salteada (sliced sauted zucchini). Delicious!
Then I decided to ride my “loop”, which consists of a twisty part-dirt backroad that starts near the Pousada and runs into Balneário Camboriú. Then, twisty pavement along the coast with great scenery back towards Praia do Estaleiro. Then past the Pousada and more paved twisties along coastal areas and onto the highway BR101 towards Itapema (same way I go for groceries). Ride past the main Praia Centro in Itapema, get off the highway and ride along the main beach strip through town, standing the entire stretch as it is peppered with large topes (big speed bumps) where with a slight whack of the throttle right as the front wheel goes on top get the front end airborne a touch and allows a nice smooth exit off the big hills.
From there, back to BR101 and head back towards Balneário Camboriú. The highway splits and the northbound lanes go through a huge long tunnel (love tunnels now). Then, get off at the first exit (signed “Retorno”) and ride the Southbound BR101 for a short stretch where the exit for Praia do Estaleiro is. Off the exit takes you through a steep twisty area that feels like you’re in the Amazon. Awesome stuff. From there right back into town and the Pousada.
Today as I tooled along I looked for dead-end streets heading towards the ocean, away from the city centers.
And I did find a few places where there were overlooks I hadn’t seen before. Stopped at a few to stretch the back and legs.
All in all a nice afternoon that had me smiling ear to ear. Hell, in Itapema I heard a big thumper behind me and some guy on an old Yamaha Tenere 600 , purple and black blew by me and nearby ate it on a tope he forgot was there I guess. As he wobbled and recovered I did my stand-up wheelie off the tope right as I blew past him! Then for the next km or so we just exchanged looks and smiles and we zigzagged through Itapema traffic. That was fun.
Here are a few pic from today
At midnight last night Luis’ brother Tony and I walked the beach and sipped whiskey. There we met a friendly security guard for a local restaurant. Masks off for this picture!
Me and Tony
The guard showing off his Honda Bros 150.
From today’s ride. Itapema in the background
Stopped at another new (to me) overlook to take a pic. While his owner takes pics, this dog waits patiently.
Little bronze statue on the rocks of a fisherman
Impressed with your attitude thru all the uncertainties Dan...you are to be commended....bravo !!
BTW...great pics !!
Good read of the Brazilian Red Tape ! Reminds me of Mexico Red Tape although it has improved the last few years. Now regarding the US IMHO, as I have recently being Road tripping following the Great Divide, I will say it is a beautiful and marvelous country. It has it all. As a foreigner here, I will not talk US politic although I totally share your views . As any country some surprising things to view with an open mind (e.g : So many Churchs and Casinos in Montana !!!). Never felt unsafe here. Only carrying Bear Spray in National Parks . Cheers.
Dan, this picture says a lot to me. These ancient cultures clearly have a value system developed over centuries that confers a respect for a thing of value that someone else has put a lot of effort into, whether its wall art or a rock sculpture.
In my country, new Zealand, a little bronze statue on the rocks would last less than a day before it was vandalized or worse stolen by a pissed and/or stoned youth who knows his rights but has no concept of respect and personal responsibility
Glad you're doing well, all things considered, Dan! I was curious, are you still running the Tractionator GPS tires? My DR650 is in need of a new set. My D606 and MT21 are almost shot after less than 2,000 miles!
My front is the same Tractionator GPS that was mounted in Lima Peru on my way south. It’s getting pretty worn but no cupping and still feels good.
The rear was gone by Punta Arenas, a bit before Ushuaia. Couldn’t find them down there so my rear now is a Heinendau Scout 130-17, the one without the continuous center strip. Also a great tire but it’s nearly gone too.
I think there is enough rubber to get me from the port where I will hopefully pick up Sunny to either home in Ohio or Denver for work. Weather depending on timing etc.
The Tractionator GPS are great tires. Very similar to the Mitas E-07s but a bit longer wearing. Can’t go wrong with either.
On a journey like this, sometimes you run whatever you can find that fits...and you’re happy to do so lol.
Dan I finally got to catch up with your blog. Lots of good news! Keep on posting, Amazing how everything is coming together so you can get home.
Dan, I have been lurking, really enjoy your stories. Your humanity really shows through, and if we were closer I believe we would be friends.
Good luck with your journey home. Things are not as bad here as the news makes it seem. On the positive side we are probably at a turning point as far as attitudes toward each other, and hopefully the fires up here are bringing an awareness of the dangers of climate change. Maybe then we can get on with developing a new energy economy, with less focus on consumption, more respect, more awareness of the plight of others, more kindness.
My niece got married last year, I think in your old neighborhood, she lives on Grandview, she calls her neighbors her Grandview family, and that was the vibe I got. Nice people. It would be hard to leave, but Colorado is nice as well.
If you are ever in southwest Washington, look me up, you have a place to stay.
So I rode Sunny to Barra do Sul to spend a few days with Luiz at his waterfront villa and ride some roads with him on his BMW GS1200. Then......Change in plans.
The courier from B&M Logistics successfuly picked up all of my documents from Emma at the Pousada while I was in Barra do Sul at Luiz’ waterfront villa. The plan was for Luiz to drive to Joinville this morning while I slept in and when he returned he’d show me some excellent roads.
But lo and behold another “Bomb Cyclone” was inbound on Barra do Sul, and along with crazy winds coming in today, when these types of storms hit, there is a LOT of flooding in the waterfront homes such as his. So he returned to the villa on his Honda 125cc rather than his big BMW GS1200, and I followed him to his main house in Joinville under quickly darkening skies. Before leaving the villa we placed the couches and such up in chairs to keep them dry when the waters come in (a month or so ago, a “100 year” such cyclone hit the area and his place had two feet of water in it.
Tonight’s a BBQ. Then what I have no idea!
And oh yeah. I’ve been banned for 24 hours on Facebook for a comment I made. Imagine that! And trust me, what I said was not only factual, it was FAR less divisive that much of what’s posted all over FB daily. I won’t repeat what I said here as I try hard to not get overtly political. The comments I made were not on my page but a group I belong to that I really enjoy called Left of Center Riders.
Oh well lol. Their loss hahaha
a few graphical representations of what I’ve done the last two days
Starting Sunny up at home (Pousada Dona Emma) to head to Balneário Barra do Sul
On the way, Praia do Grant
Off the highway BR101 and into dirt secondary road SC415 along a river towards Barra do Sul
Arrival at Luiz’ villa
my host Luiz Honorio at his waterfront villa. Peppered with shrimp boats
Praia Barra do Sul
A whale vertebrae
Dinner with Luiz’ friend Flavio, a Federal Police helicopter technician
He was looking at pictures of my trip and when he saw Sunny and I in front of the giant hand statue in the Atacama Desert (Mano de Desierto) he beamed and showed me his tatoo of him and his Yamaha Super Tenere at the same spot!
great to be able to catch up with your RR.
Looks like your trip continues to prove interesting. Glad to see the great pics.