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I can see the sea (again)

Posted by on 14/04/2014

Seven weeks after I left Rio for the big inland loop via BH, Brasilia, Cuiaba and Brasilia again, on Saturday I saw the sea once again and also Salvador for the first time across the bay!

My cycle east across Bahia was delayed for a day in Itaberaba when I realised from zooming in on Google Maps satellite imagery that none of the state highways leading to the coast were fully sealed, and not wanting another slog across sand/dirt roads, I decided to take a bus part of the way.

And that brought me to Ilha de Itaparica where I’ve stayed for the weekend in a beachside village called Mar Grande…

Map of the island

Map of the island

My room (on the left) with a view

My room (on the left) with a view

Wanted to go for a dawn stroll, but was locked inside the pousada!

Wanted to go for a dawn stroll, but was locked inside the pousada!

Beach kiosk

Beach kiosk

Beach

Beach

There's Salvador across the bay

There’s Salvador across the bay

Ships, chuva (=rain) and city

Ships, chuva (=rain) and city

The local estádio's seen better days

The estádio’s seen better days

Local s playing beach footy, despite the rain, spectators retreated to the kiosk

Local guys playing beach footy, despite the rain, spectators retreated to the kiosk

Then I set off on a 90km cycle tour of the island...

Then I set off on a 90km cycle tour of the island…

Northern beach

Northern beach

Itaparica town

Itaparica town

Colonial Dutch fort (pretty much the same as one I saw in Sri Lanka)

Colonial Dutch fort (pretty much the same as one I saw in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago)

Lovely cycle path from the fort to the marina

Lovely cycle path from the fort to the marina

Now down south, one of the island's two road junctions

Now down south, one of the island’s two road junctions

One of the better lunch stop locations

I’ve stopped at worse lunch break locations

Back at the pousada, dawn this morning

Back at the pousada, dawn this morning

Now gotta get packed up and head for the ferry to Salvador!

PS. to everyone who’s told me that Brazil isn’t a country for cycling, watch this video!

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