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Coasting along, until the road of sand

Posted by on 24/01/2014

#SambaCycle days 2&3… pretty visual update this, so I’ll start with a video:

I can see the sea from Andy Smith on Vimeo.

Of course I stopped for a drinks & ice cream break at the beach!

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Later I stopped again for lunch, and discovered ‘lanches’ which seem to be a cross between a toasted sandwich, pizza and burger – awesome!

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A pleasant day of cycling along wide, smooth, straight roads:

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Reached my destination of beach resort Torres and set up camp:

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Went for a stroll to check out the coastline:

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Then enjoyed the sunset over Torres-molinos:

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And decided to get up early the next day for sunrise:

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All good so far, but then after leaving Torres the Garmin directed me onto an unpaved road of sandy/rocky/gravelly averageness, which my tyres are not designed for so it was bumpy/wobbly/slow going. After a few km we reached a crossroads, the satnav said straight on, so I tried but gave up within 10m because it was just soft sand and Luis was sliding about from side to side. So we went left instead down a road that was just rocky and bumpy! And this led to…

BR-101 from Andy Smith on Vimeo.

And from the next junction onwards I followed that Via Lateral (road next to the motorway) for most of the rest of the day.

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One for Stu – hi mate, remember on our mini Oz road trip to the Hunter Valley where we kept passing signs for that mystical place U-Turn Bay? Well the Brazilian equivalent is RETORNO which was signposted at every junction and must be important since it’s always shown in capital letters!

I also saw the Disney castle (or maybe it’s just a church):

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PS. As you may have realised, I now have a Smudger Samba Cycle channel on Vimeo so will embed videos on here which you can also see on there.

6 Responses to Coasting along, until the road of sand

  1. Iain

    You are rapidly ticking off all necessary ingredients for a cycle tour.
    Ridden to the sea.
    Photographed a picture of your lunch.
    Camped in what looks like a car park.
    Watched the sunset on a beach.
    Watched the sunrise on a beach.
    And accidentally cycled on a motorway!
    You are missing the obligatory picture of you looking hot but smug whilst drinking a large bottle of beer. I’m sure it won’t be long now!
    Great work on getting the video embed up and running.

  2. Iain

    You are rapidly ticking off all necessary ingredients for a cycle tour. Ridden to the sea.
    Photographed a picture of your lunch.
    Camped in what looks like a car park.
    Watched the sunset on a beach.
    Watched the sunrise on a beach.
    And accidentally cycled on a motorway!
    You are missing the obligatory picture of you looking hot but smug whilst drinking a large bottle of beer. I’m sure it won’t be long now!
    Great work on getting the video embed up and running.

  3. Andre

    Awesome my friend!!! Very happy you enjoyed the “XIS” (this our pronountiation for cheese) hehehehe…
    You’ve got an amazing picture of the sunset, I really liked it!!!
    Next time you come to Porto Alegre, we’re going to see a football game, maybe a GREnal (as we call our most famous game between GREMIO an internacional. What’s more, we can have the most famous XIS in town!!! hehehe !!! You’re bound to find lot’s of really peculiar food as you go north (some disgusting things as well, hehehe)
    Have lots of fun!!!

  4. Sonia

    Andy, I’m really enjoying following your journey! What a world away from Paternoster Square …….

  5. James

    I want a Lanches!

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