I wonder if I’ll ever wild camp during this trip? And if not then why am I carrying camping equipment?! Well it’s nice to have as a back-up in case I can’t find a cheap pousada/hotel to stay in, and I thought that would happen last night.
According to Google Maps there are no towns between Cristopolis (where I stopped on Tues night) and Ibotirama (where I’m going today), and so I was expecting to have to camp somewhere out of sight from the highway.
But, after 80km of cycling, as I reached the basic posto (service station) that I needed to stock up on food and drink for overnight, I saw more buildings a few hundred metres further along the road. Might as well check it out, I thought.
And there was Limoeiro (can’t find it on Wikipedia either) with the first building I reached being Pousada Portal, and call me a crap adventurer but I’m happy to pay £10 for a comfortable bed, air con, shower, WiFi and breakfast rather than go wild camping near a highway!
This place is quite fascinating – I assume it began as a simple truck stop along the BR-242, but has mushroomed into a little town that was buzzing last night with loads of drivers making use of the many mechanics and restaurants.
Here’s some photos I took early this morning: