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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Danielle and Erick are supper hosts. They fed and housed the bikes and us. One of the best things was the amazing job their washing machine did on our very dirty suits.


    [​IMG]DSC07741 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This is a very unique city as it was totally planned and then was built in 5 years. The Capital was moved here from Rio in 1960. The design planning was as the result of a contest and the layout of the city is an airplane shape.


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

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

    [​IMG]brasilia 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]brasilia 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The city itself has sectors so that like business are together. There is an industrial sector, hotel sector, and residential sector. A huge man made lake surrounds the tail area of the plane. This is the sector with all the hotels.


    [​IMG]brasilia 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]brasilia 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    We dropped the bikes off at BMW Motorad Munique, which is the new dealership in the city. They have a detail service and our bikes need it badly. We were even happier when they did the amazing cleaning job “as a gift to us”! They are really trying to build a great relationship with the riders here in the city.

    [​IMG]brasilia 40 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Erick took us on a tour including taking in the view from the famous TV tower. From here you have an overview of the city structure, parks, and architecture. You can see the multibillion-dollar soccer stadium that was built for the world cup and will now just sit empty.

    [​IMG]brasilia 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]brasilia 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]brasilia 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We also checked out a number of the Oscar Niemeyer buildings here including the Cathedral and the iconic National Congress building.


    [​IMG]brasilia 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]brasilia 44 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    [​IMG]brasilia 46 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    [​IMG]brasilia 47 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    [​IMG]brasilia 50 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The president lives less than 2 km from the congress on a road that only accesses her house. Despite that she takes a 12- man helicopter to work.


    [​IMG]brasilia 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We also had a culinary tour of the city and tried all kinds of great new things. I lilke the Caiprioskas here just a bit of crushed fruit at the bottom for your vodka.

    [​IMG]brasilia 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]brasilia 37 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    Brazil would be our perfect riding country if it were not so hot, but we started the day today with a double rainbow and so that’s pretty close to awesome anyway.


    [​IMG]brasilia 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks again to Erick who dropped us off at the airport for our flight to Fortaleza. We were sitting on the fully loaded plane ready for take off when they announced we all had to get off as the air con was not working. Surprisingly like they said another plane was found and an hour later we were loading again. Driving thru the not so nice side of Fortaleza away from the airport we were again glad we flew instead of drove the 10 days to get here. The north is not like the south of Brazil. Here it is less sophisticated, much poorer, and there is garbage and rubble all over.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 3.55.38 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    The tiny town of Cumbuco is 45 minutes from the capital and is visited almost for the sole purpose of kite surfing. The town itself is not nice and is covered with stray animals and there piles of garbage and rubble everywhere. The wind however is strong and steady.

    [​IMG]IMG_3402 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Haven't been to your RR in awhile. Good to see all the new pics and catch up with your adventures.
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ha ha me either i'm a few weeks behind and trying to catch up well we have good internet in Spain and before we head to Morocco!! Cheers Sara
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We hiked out on the dunes for the sunset. The local kids are good sand boarders.

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

    [​IMG]cumbuco 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

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    [​IMG]cumbuco 34 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]cumbuco 42 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The 0031 also had a great restaurant with incredible seafood.

    [​IMG]IMG_3395 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3398 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Daniel was able to rent gear from Kiteline on the beach. He did not ship his own kite gear here due to the 60% duty charge to “import it”. Then he could spend the next 10 days riding the wind.

    [​IMG]cumbuco 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 48 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    [​IMG]cumbuco 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]cumbuco 49 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Luckily he only needed a friend to launch and catch his kite!


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

    [​IMG]cumbuco 50 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 51 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    During the week the beach was deserted.

    [​IMG]cumbuco 54 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 55 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 57 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 58 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    It was a lot more crowded on the weekends, But Dan got a brand new 2015 kite and harness to use right out of the box.

    [​IMG]cumbuco 68 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cumbuco 59 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    One of the local attractions is a buggy tour of the dunes. We did this with our Slovenian friend’s Šanin and Goran. If you want a good ride ask for one with EMOTION.


    [​IMG]cumbuco 90 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 92 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On our last day we headed to the lagoon for the day. “The Slovenians” were taking lessons with kite pro Dave from Kitebud. He is an awesome guy. He may charge more than the others, but he will have you riding in half the time.

    [​IMG]cumbuco 109 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cumbuco 110 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]cumbuco 147 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We loved our time with good friends from all over the world at the 0031 hotel.


    [​IMG]cumbuco 149 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our 2 1/2 hour flight from Fortaleza to Manaus was at 10 pm and we landed and were finally at the hotel at 1 am.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 3.56.19 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The hotel has an amazing view of the Rio Negro, which is the largest left tributary of the Amazon, is the largest blackwater river in the world, and one of the world’s ten largest rivers by outflow. A blackwater river is deep and slow moving thru forests with swamps or wetlands. The water is transparent, acidic pH, and darkly colored and looks like tea because of the tannins in it from the rotting vegetation. But this also means NO BUGS!!

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]450px-Negroamazonrivermap by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were picked up from the dock by motorized canoe and delivered to the Clipper ship “Premium”. We had our welcome talk and a tour of the ship.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Heading up the Rio Nego we were followed by a storm that luckily never caught up to us, but it gave us some amazing rainbows. The sunset over the river was very colorful.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 25 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first night we set out in the canoes with high-powered spotlights. The guides used these to scan the jungle for the “red reflex” of eyes. Doing this we found all kinds of things including huge poisonous frogs, caimans, snakes, and birds. The sounds of the night jungle are incredibly loud and we were happy to be safe in our boat.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 38 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This morning were woken up at 530 to see the sun rise and get out to see who else was up. The reflections of the jungle on the black water are incredible. We saw lots of birds including toucans, macaws, ibis, hawks, parrots, and parakeets.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 40 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 49 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    These crazy birds build their nests in trees with wasp’s nests for added protection from predators.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 60 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After breakfast we did a 2.5-hour hike thru the jungle. Here we saw all kinds of medicinal trees and plants. There were these crazy foam beetles and a small bird spider (a big one is 50 cm). Then it was time for some swimming from the boat. This was very good exercise, because you really had to give it just to stay where you were in the very strong current.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 63 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 68 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 72 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This after noon we explored the Anavilhanas Archipelago, which is the world’s largest fresh water archipelago of river islands. It is about 100 km up stream from Manaus and where the river becomes 27 km wider. The preserve has over 400 islands and extends over 90 km of native forest. Here we again saw the incredible reflections in the black water and tons of birds.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 101 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 97 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 99 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    We also found an egg-eating snake because we saw a large bird trying to pluck it from a tree for a meal. Sara spotted a wild Passionflower hanging over the riverside. There are also a huge number of orchids and bromeliads covering the trees.


    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 90 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 102 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    After breakfast we did a 2.5-hour hike thru the jungle. Here we saw all kinds of medicinal trees and plants. There were these crazy foam beetles and a small bird spider (a big one is 50 cm). Then it was time for some swimming from the boat. This was very good exercise, because you really had to give it just to stay where you were in the very strong current.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 63 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 68 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 72 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This after noon we explored the Anavilhanas Archipelago, which is the world’s largest fresh water archipelago of river islands. It is about 100 km up stream from Manaus and where the river becomes 27 km wider. The preserve has over 400 islands and extends over 90 km of native forest. Here we again saw the incredible reflections in the black water and tons of birds.

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 101 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 97 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 95 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 99 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 86 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We also found an egg-eating snake because we saw a large bird trying to pluck it from a tree for a meal. Sara spotted a wild Passionflower hanging over the riverside. There are also a huge number of orchids and bromeliads covering the trees.


    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 90 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]manaus-rio negro-amazon 102 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr