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Heading inland and up

Posted by on 22/02/2014

After the Maracana visit I cycled out of Rio, via a slightly convoluted route since my Garmin wanted me to turn right a couple of times where a Metro track was blocking the way! Once on the flat highway I sped along heading inland, knowing that ahead lay a very big climb up into the mountains, but not knowing that the road I’d chosen to make the ascent on was in fact cobbles not tarmac, but nevertheless it was an epic climb that I quite enjoyed!

Motorists please take note!

Motorists please take note!

Crisps and ice cream - the obvious fuel for a big uphill cycle

Crisps and ice cream – the obvious fuel before a big uphill cycle

Dinly (same bike, new name) on the way up

Dinly (same bike, new name) on the way up…

...and up...

…and up…

...and up!

…and up!

At the top I reached Petropolis and cycled through town to reach my lovely hostel for the overnight stay.

Nice place for brekkie

Nice place for brekkie

This guy lives at the hostel...

This guy lives at the hostel…

...and this lot too.

…and this lot too.

The next day I continued north towards Juiz de Fora.

This local lad cycled with me for 5 mins, chatting away in Portuguese, despite me trying to tell I didn't understand!

This local lad cycled with me for 5 mins, chatting away in Portuguese, despite me trying to tell him that I didn’t understand!

Like a classic Microsoft screensaver?!

Like a classic Microsoft screensaver?!

The rare sight of a railway, and a train!

The rare sight of a railway, and a train!

Get your passport out Dinly, we're crossing into another state

Get your passport out Dinly, we’re crossing into another state (number 6 so far)

In JdF I was fortunate enough (thanks to Jose in Sampa for the connection) to stay with Kico Zaninetti who knows a thing or two about cycle touring after spending nearly 3 years on the road during his Nova Origem adventure! It was fascinating to learn from his experience and brilliant to be looked after by someone who truly understands the strains of cycle touring. For example, he offered me advice about healthy eating/drinking and tips for my route, plus gave me the impetus to finally (been meaning to do this for a while) remove some unneeded kit from my pannier bags to reduce the weight that I’m lugging about. It was great to meet his brother and father too, thanks guys!

With Kico's dad

With Kico’s dad

With Kico

With Kico

Spotted some capybaras (the largest rodent in the world)

Spotted some capybaras (the largest rodent in the world)

Ready to cycle out of town

Ready to cycle out of town

This was a loooong climb

This was a loooong climb

Today’s destination was Barbacena (where on my way into town the bad thing happened) and on arrival my host Thiago had to come and find me as the city has two streets with almost the same name and my GPS took me to the wrong one! But once at his home I received a warm welcome from his parents and had a nice stress-free evening. Thiago’s a photographer for http://www.pedal.com.br so in the morning I answered some questions for him edit into an article along with some photos that he took as we cycled to the highway.

Dawn

Dawn

With the Lemos family outside their shop

With the Lemos family outside their shop

For the second day running I stopped at an O Gauchão roadside restaurant for a superb buffet lunch - on the first day the staff recognised me from a press story about my journey and so gave me free food!

For the second day running I stopped at an O Gauchão roadside restaurant for a superb buffet lunch – on the first day the staff recognised me from a press story about my journey and so gave me free food!

Saw this church during the day's cycle

Impressive looking church

Next up was Conselheiro Lafaiete which has some steeeep roads, I know because I had to push Dinly up some of them! I’d been invited to stay with Daniela (and her mother & uncle) via a comment that she left on this blog – the first time that’s happened! It turns out she knows Marina who I met all the way back in Porto Alegre since she works at the British Consulate there. So thanks ladies, and also to Marina’s brother Daluan who I’m currently staying with in Ouro Preto!

Sunset view of CL, taken from...

Sunset view of CL, taken from…

...beneath this guy! A smaller replica of Rio's statue.

…beneath this guy! A smaller replica of Rio’s famous statue.

With Daniela. The third day in a row that my kind host cycled with me to the highway!

With Daniela. The third day in a row that my kind host cycled with me to the highway!

And then I headed towards Ouro Preto, but that ride deserves its own post.

One Response to Heading inland and up

  1. Kico Zaninetti

    Very nice man! I’m happy to be a part of your trip. Best regards from me and my family!

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