What I’m ONLY halfway through the #SambaCycle?! But I’ve been so far and seen so much already! Bloomin eck there’s still a long way to go – shows just how vast northern Brazil really is; I’ve got another 500km to Salvador, followed by approximately 3,500km from there to Recife/Natal/Fortaleza/Belem.
Here’s me celebrating the 4,000km landmark during yesterday’s ride:
I was slightly delirious at 90km into the day’s 122km cycle where the last 50km had been climbing up over these massive hills:
The previous couple of days were characterised by rear tyre issues – on Thursday I changed to the spare (fatter and more knobly) tyre at the side of the road after realising the old one was worn smooth (should’ve done that a week ago), and on Friday I had to change the inner tube at a service station when I returned to Brenda after lunch to find the new tyre was totally flat:
I’d stayed overnight in two more staging points along the BR-242 truck route, firstly Ibotirama on the eastern bank of the Rio Sao Francisco – which I already crossed back in Minas Gerais, and will meet again at its estuary up in Sergipe (see graphic below), and secondly in a place I think was called Beira Rio (so named since it’s next to a small river) which is another little town that’s not on the map!
Right now I’m in Seabra and today will be going another 70km east to reach my next chapada, where I’m going treking for a couple of days to visit some waterfalls!