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So after several days of sketchy WiFi availability there’s a lot to catch up on, not least that I forgot to tell you before that my bike’s changed name again, from Legover to Wedgie! So yes, after getting my Legover in a love motel last month, I’ll now have a Wedgie to sit on every day for the last few weeks of the #SambaCycle.
Looking back again, some of the places we’ve passed through in the last week were…
Next we took the scenic route as we passed into Piaui state for the day:
We headed to Parnaiba where Civil Police officer Wilson had invited us to Couchsurf at his home, where we also met his wife, two young daughters and pet dog:
Plus we hand washed some of our filthy cycling kit:
After going into town for a couple of beers, back at the house we watched Argo on DVD before getting a good night’s sleep:
From here the route west became more challenging due to a huge river estuary followed by giant sand dunes, so we decided to embrace the opportunity for some different modes of transport, combined with cycling whenever there was actually a road:
This brought us to the river and sea-side town of Tutoia where we took some awesome footy action photos which I’ll share when Martin can download them off his camera.
The following morning we quickly cycled 35km to Paulino Neves in order to catch the midday Toyota 4×4! Yes, despite Google Maps claiming there’s a road across the next 40km to Barreirinhas, in fact the terrain is so difficult that it can only be crossed in a big off-road vehicle, and thankfully we found one that could fit us and two bikes:
But after massive rainstorms here in recent days, the grassland nearby was flooded and our 4×4 got stuck:
After much wheel spinning to no avail, we waited for another 4×4 to drive out from town to give a tow, but that didn’t even budge our now totally wedged vehicle. So onto plan B and the driver called for a tractor!
Remember I mentioned that Google Maps thinks that this is a road! And as if more evidence is needed of how ludicrous that is… the video below was shot at this location a bit further along the ‘road’:
It was great to stop at the top of the huge dune:
Another hour of slow, bumpy off-roading later and we finally reached Barreirinhas, found a pousada and had a chance to relax, despite the heavy rain:
See my next post for the stunning place we visited on Saturday…