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…
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!