Saint George – Macapá

Saint George – Macapá

When I got to the post office at 7:10 there was already a queue, even though it had only been open for 10 minutes. That was probably because people were eager to get their posting done before the work day began. As for me, I figured that the French postal system might be better than the Brazilian one – fingers crossed. It started pouring it down while I was inside, so I took shelter, speaking to a Brazilian boat guy. He seemed to be an official sign post, as he asked where people were going

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Cayenne – Saint George

Cayenne – Saint George

Alex and Lydie, my hosts in Cayenne were going back to France for Christmas to introduce their son Camille to the family. Even though they had a new born, and were leaving soon, they were happy to let me stay for a few days. On the weekend, they invited me to spend a night at a carbet to celebrate their friend’s birthday. I’m not sure exactly what a carbet is, but it seems to be a log cabin without any walls where people go to get away and sleep in hammocks. The carbets I’d seen

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Kourou – Cayenne

Kourou – Cayenne

I’d originally thought that I’d have been able to get on a tour at Le Centre Spatial Guyanais easily, but when I contacted them on Monday they said the first tour with availability was on the Thursday, and in French. I don’t speak French, but the tour ended up being OK. We got shown to the 3 launch areas – Arianne, Soyuz and Vega – but couldn’t get out at Soyuz as they were preparing for a launch that will hopefully take place

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Iracoubo – Kourou

Iracoubo – Kourou

I’d been invited to stay with a Couchsurfer called Clément who lives near Kourou, about 90km from Iracoubo, but would be playing at a festival in Sinnamary, only about a 30km ride, that Saturday evening. It meant I had a relaxed day, which was really helped by a very friendly fire station that had no problem with me staying in the room until well past 10am – a definite advantage of having my own room rather than staying in my tent.

I was very glad to only be riding 30km, as during

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Paramaribo – Iracoubo

Paramaribo – Iracoubo

Leaving Paramaribo, my knee was feeling a bit better, but I didn’t want to ride over the bridge that crossed the river. It’s a 2km climb up, and then a 2km drop down, with a single lane each way that wouldn’t have been at all enjoyable during rush hour traffic. Thankfully the boats that used to get people across are still running, and I took one. I’d read another blog where they paid 20SRD ($6) each so I offered 15 ($4.50) and the boatmen accepted. We left straight away,

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