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Coasting along (again)

Posted by on 20/04/2014

This third and final stint along the coast will last for 7 weeks and take me all the way to Belem in the far north!

Now that I’ve passed the halfway point my outlook has changed – you know when you book a two week holiday and spend what seems like ages looking forward to it, then during the first week everything’s new and exciting, but when you get into the second week suddenly you can’t help but think about having to go home soon and so it becomes a race against time to do x,y,z and eek out every good experience from your time away before it’s too late? Well I’ve started thinking about reaching Manaus, and then the World Cup, and then – gulp – going back to London to find a new job! Proof: I spent most of my ‘spare’ day in Salvador completing an application form, and it frazzled my brain having to switch back into a corporate mindset, even just for a few hours!

Enough of that, I’ve only got 7 weeks left to eek out every good experience from my #SambaCycle… and for the first 4 of those weeks my bike will be called Legover as it’s time for the penultimate name change (as per the raffle draw). I enjoyed riding Brenda, but the new innuendo starts here.

Before that, a quick review of the last couple of days. The 80km cycle from Salvador to Praia do Forte was smooth and flat so was easy and fast. Being the start of the Easter weekend this place was rammed, but I got a dorm bed at the HI Hostel, tho struggled to find a non-full restaurant that evening as the main strip was buzzing (too touristy for my liking though).

Lovely cycle path along the east coast of Salvador

Lovely cycle path along the east coast of Salvador

I passed LOADS of beach football games being played

I passed LOADS of beach football games being played

Would you call this a castle? Well apparently it's the oldest 'castelo' in Brazil (built between 1551 and 1624, so took even longer than the World Cup footy stadiums!)

Would you call this a castle? Well apparently it’s the oldest ‘castelo’ in Brazil (built between 1551 and 1624, so took even longer than the World Cup footy stadiums!)

Let's have a look through the square window

Let’s have a look through the square window

Morning after mess next to PdF's main bar

Morning after mess next to PdF’s main bar

Quaint seaside church

Quaint seaside church

During the World Cup the Croatian squad will be staying at this posh resort...

During the World Cup the Croatian squad will be staying at this posh resort…

...but this is their training centre! Apparently ze Germans are staying further south in Bahia and their facilities are even more behind schedule!

…but this is their training centre! Apparently ze Germans are staying further south in Bahia and their facilities are even more behind schedule!

Yesterday was a hilly 110km to Sitio De Conde, a much simpler but in my opinion much nicer little beach town.

Lifeguard tower at dawn

Lifeguard tower at dawn

Easter Sunday sunrise swim and stroll

Easter Sunday sunrise swim and stroll

And that’s me done with Bahia, it’s been a long journey across the state from a sand road in the west to a sandy beach in the north east, but now I’m gonna get my Legover and continue north into Sergipe.

Luis -> Dinly -> Brenda -> Legover

Luis -> Dinly -> Brenda -> Legover

One Response to Coasting along (again)

  1. Tania Eremkin

    Hy Andy,
    I liked very much your photo at Pousada Casa de Tãnia and I´m goinCasa g to publish it in Face Book – Pousada Casa de Tânia. We hope you ome back here one day.
    Tãnia

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