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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    100k congratulations!

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    Wow ... what a journey! And it's far from being over. I hope you two document the second 100k as well as you did the first!

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much guys! im a bit behind on the RR. Just too much fun here in Brazil. :freaky
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Poor Dan had to do the oil changes on one of the hottest days we have had, luckily the guys at the local service station let him use their bay so he was inside in the shade. The worst part as usual was to get the bash plate back on Lulu. Since she is so low it has been whacked by thousands of rocks and speed bumps and is warped. With two of us and a metal pry bar we managed to get the bolt into the worst bent area on the right rear.

    Now we are ready for a Paulo day ride of 340 km to Buzios, with stops at Saquarema, Arrail do Cabo, and Cabo Frio. This was a long day and so we ended up riding the last hour home in the dark and the rain.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 3.57.48 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Once we got out of the city and east of Marica we rode along the coast.


    [​IMG]buzios 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We stopped first in Saquarema to check out the lagoon and the church on the hillside. Dan did a little “off road riding”.

    [​IMG]buzios 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Buzios is awesome and you could spend a few days here. We stopped at the beach for lunch of fresh sautéed squid and some shrimp pastels.



    [​IMG]buzios 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    We then did a little driving around the hills and coastline. There are great beaches here, with diving, snorkeling, and surfing.

    [​IMG]buzios 36 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]buzios 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The town itself is very cute with lots of hotels, shops, and restaurants.

    [​IMG]buzios 38 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Paulo introduced us to this Brazilian treat, which is essentially shredded coconut and tapioca and is delicious.

    [​IMG]buzios 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We got up at 630 to drive over the Niteroi Bridge to beat the morning traffic and go 57 km to be at Corcovado when it opened at 8. The traffic was not too bad, but finding the unmarked road to the park from this side of town was a challenge even with the GPS. We missed the tiny road exiting the 4 lanes of traffic and we then got stuck in tunnel traffic trying to back track. Ultimately we found a bricked switchback road back over the hill and then to the bricked Paineras road up the mountain in the Tijuca Park to the “Paineras hotel” ruins, where the shuttle busses leave for the summit.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 4.02.42 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 4.03.42 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]corcovado 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We wanted to see the view, but also the iconic 38 meter Statue of “Christ the Redeemer” at the top the peak. It is one of the “New” 7 wonders of the world. It is constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone and was made between 1922 and 1931. It has been hit by lightening several times and suffered damage.


    [​IMG]corcovado 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    The most fun we had was watching all the people taking selfies!

    [​IMG]corcovado 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    This was our last view of the city at sunset.

    [​IMG]corcovado 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well we finally have to leave our home at Paulo’s in Itacoatiara and head north. Our visa runs out February 16, and we have a lot of ground to cover. We have changed out plans and instead of driving the extra 3200 km from Salvador de Bahia to Fortaleza and then Brasilia, we will drive to Bahia and then Brasilia and fly from Brasilia to Fortaleza and Manaus. This allows us time for 13 days in Cumbuco the number one kite surf location in the world and 5 days to go to Manaus for an Amazon boat trip.


    [​IMG]guarapari 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Step one is get the 1700 km to Salvador in 5 days. This is in 34 plus heat on 2 lane roads, with an amazing amount of truck traffic = slow going and long hot days. So glad we are flying some of the north now. Today we are making for Guarapari in 471 km.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 10.02.02 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We left from Paulo’s house with instructions and the best route to take to avoid the city and the terrible traffic. Our ultimate goal was the highway 101, but we took the 106 and then cut up on the Ubatiba road at Marica. Driving along the 106 we were speeding a bit, but so was everyone else. These 2 Policemen on motos came up behind us and passed us. About a km later they suddenly flipped on their lights and signaled us to get over. The funny part was they almost clanged into each other and then into the car passing in the right lane while trying to do this. Long story short the reason they pulled us over was to ask where we were going and to tell us that this was not the 101! They thought we were lost. I assured them by showing them our route on the GPS to show that we were turning in 9 km to go to the 101 on the small local road with no traffic.

    [​IMG]guarapari 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is just about getting north as far as we can stand in the heat and with the amazing truck traffic. We aimed for Teixeira de Freitas in 418 km. We experienced the moto lane at the tollbooth, which actually seems slower and a pretty tight squeeze. There are so many moto clubs here in Brazil. When you get gas often the attendant will ask you for a sticker for their collection. We made good time and arrived in time to enjoy the pool at a Posada we found right on the 101.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 9.37.21 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The traffic in this busy beach town is incredible since there is only 1 road all along the coast. It is just a long line in both directions. It is impossible to pass or split the lanes. Finally we got to a small hotel with good parking. We did spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach hiding under an umbrella and enjoying some Itiapava.


    [​IMG]porto seguro 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    There is a great night market here in the downtown. You can get almost anything to eat or drink. We had fresh fruit caipirinhas and delicious cakes.

    [​IMG]porto seguro 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    When it finally cooled off at about 6 we could ride up to the historic center. In 1500 Pedro Cabral landed just 16km north of Porto Seguro at Coroa Vermelha and this is said to be the first Portuguese landfall in “Brazil”. They just stocked up on supplies and left. Three years later Gonçalvo Coelho arrived and his men planted a marker in what is now Porto Seguro’s Cidade Histórica.

    [​IMG]porto seguro 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Jesuits on the same expedition built a church, which is now in ruins.

    [​IMG]porto seguro 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]porto seguro 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    In 1526, a naval outpost, convent and chapel were built. We stayed just north of the historic center, but drove thru Vermelha on our way north.

    [​IMG]porto seguro 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road on the map was north and west from Santa Cruz, but when we got to the edge of the town there were no route signs at the round about. The GPS was no help and neither was the English-speaking guy who stopped to ask us if we needed help. There were 3 roads bricked coming off the round about. The left looked like an alley, the middle looked major and went up the hill to the city hall or so the sign said, and the last looked major, but seemed to head more north than we wanted to go. Picking the middle we drove around the dirt roads in what looked to be a subdivision, and then backtracked to the “alley”, which it turns out actually becomes the “highway” BA 683. This is bricked initially, and then paved for a few KM before it is packed sand and for us raining, but you are soon back on the pavement.

    [​IMG]itacare 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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