Day 1 of the #SambaCycle and Luis & I covered 125km in 40+ degree heat! Sounds tough, was actually surprisingly easy, so let’s put that down to first day freshness/enthusiam/adrenaline eh. Get this – at 2.45pm I clocked my satnav’s temperature reading at a ludicrous 48.0 degrees celsius!! Stopped for a rest in the shade not long after that.
Back to this morning and after packing my panniers I was running a bit late so Marcelo hopped on his bike and quickly led me through POA to the Estádio Beira-Rio, where I was meeting David, Denise, the stadium managment and some press. Today we were given the privilege of going inside the stadium – a big deal since it’s not quite finished yet so construction work is ongoing. I was presented with an Inter (the local club who’s home ground this is) shirt with my name on the back and a club flag, amazing! Then I got to cycle around the pitch, before a quick interview and finally waved goodbye for my official departure – check out this video to see the Inter TV report.
I had a slightly hairy cycle out of the city since the directions took me along the motorway but after negotiating a few slip roads I got into my pedalling rhythm along the hard shoulder and after passing the Emirates Stadium-like Arena do Gremio (home of the other big local team) I was soon able to turn off onto a slightly quieter road and settled in for the long, hot ride ahead.
Here’s a short video commentary I shot during the ride:
About 5pm I arrived in Osorio and checked into the Big Hotel feeling hot and tired but elated to have the first day’s cycle done, and I loved it! We’re on the road to Manaus…
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