Silvia's place in Ilha Compride was really nice and she was a lovely host, even made me dinner and I felt totally at home, her place was very cheap too and only cost about $10 through AirBnB. The forecast for this area is slightly better with just light rain for the next day and so I decide to hit the road in the morning without the rain suit on, turns out I was a bit optimistic and only got about 10 minutes of riding in before the rain started.... Meet Sylvia Within about half an hour from her place my Garmin takes me down this very windy and tiny dirt road, not what I was expecting but I seems to be the only road that will take me where I need to go, I see a coupe of locals walking at the the start and they are clearly very surprised to see me there...hmmm, not a good sign, after a few minutes I start a Gopro video as it looks like it's going to get interesting to say the least. The road is made of clay, sand and little gravel and it super slippery after many days of rain, the potholes are all full of water and I am careful to avoid the bigger ones as you never know just how deep they are, could be ankle deep, could waist deep, I've come across both! I'm happy to come out the other end and back onto a sealed road which is a nice ride and the rain is only light and intermittent, thankfully. My aim is to get to the city of Sorocaba, a pretty big city about 300kms inland of Sao Paolo and I try to take some minor roads to stay off the big highways and this was a good choice. I end up taking route 478 from Juguia to Piedade and I highly recommend this road, probably the nicest road I have ridden in Brasil, winding through the jungle and tiny little authentic towns, beautiful! Unfortunately I still have light rain most of the day and the Gopro video I too of that road is not so nice with all the rain on the lens so I haven't uploaded it. I make it to Sorocaba and the rain finally eases up, I have found a cheap hotel on AirBnB and I try to find it on my own and avoid their high fees, I get close but can't find it, some cops give me a puzzled and kinda serious look at a red light and I decide to go for it and ask them for advice on how to get to this hotel. They turn out to be super friendly and tell me to follow them, they will take me there, with light flashing :) It turns out be a brand new hotel and very nice, I am the only person there and have the run of the place, they have good parking a great little meat grill place right next door. Yum !! I figure that this might the only big city I will get to in Brasil so decide to stay for another day and try and get some culture in. The Museum of Contemporary Art is right next to the Historic Railroad museum and the tourist information office in the middle of town so this seems like a good start, the next day the weather is beautiful without a cloud in the sky!! woohoo! I get to the art museum to find it is closed, as is the tourist info office and the railroad museum which is being renovated, even though google tells me they are all open..... hmmmm. So I decide to head into the central plaza and get some people watching in instead. Which I do and which was very nice. Google is clearly having a bad day today as it tells me that the New Zealand office for welfare and income is just down the road ????? WTF google!! Then I wander through the municipal market, which I always love and it is very interesting, this tobacco store had huge rolls of very strong and sweet smelling tobacco that looked like a wet rope. I have some traditional "bolos" for lunch, basically deep fried breaded balls filled with a variety of things like fish, shrimp, beef or pork, very tasty but everything is deep fried and very heavy, most of the people here are pretty over weight and it's not surprising given the food on offer and all the buffet livres :) I'm putting on a few pounds myself unfortunately.... I try to find some other museums but they are all closed and lots of reviews online mention that it's a shame that we are living in a city without culture !! bummer, but I have a nice day wandering around with beautiful weather. Tomorrow I aim to head directly west without a real destination in mind and just see how far I get. I have had loads of issues with the power supply cable to my Garmin Nuvi GPS - a very common issue with this model unfortunately, and it has been a huge PIA, I have now had to find another cable which was hard but fingers crossed I have a better day with it tomorrow. Will be good to be back on the road without the rain suit on, the forecast in this area is sunny for the next three days!! Ciao amigos.