Sleeping in a hammock, I generally get a very restful sleep, so wake up early and refreshed. That’s why at just after 5:15am I was up and packing things away, even though I’d stayed up until 10pm editing photos. The first hour of riding, I averaged an easy 18km/h, but by 7am the wind had picked up and my speed dropped quickly, as I would ride into a headwind all day long. Over the day, my average ended up at 11km/h for 115km on an ostensibly flat road. There were a couple of interesting
I stayed with Abílio in Barrinheiras for more time than I was expecting. He had contacts in various tourism offices and so was trying to see if I could get on a tour to see the Lençóis for free. The problem was that even though it was holiday season, the lack of rain meant that there weren’t too many tourists. The tours don’t leave unless there are at least 5 or 6 people on them and as I’d be going for free, I obviously didn’t count! On my second day in town, a Wednesday
I had arrived in São Luis on the Sunday, and ended up staying for 7 nights, which gave me plenty of time to relax, see the historical area and work on my bike. I did two of those. The reason I stayed for so long was because I wanted to meet Wilson’s sister, and she was meant to be coming on the Thursday or Friday and then it became the Saturday. On Saturday evening I heard that she’d be arriving around midnight, and so I waited up until 1am, but fell asleep before she got back.
When I wrote the previous blog post, I was expecting to leave on the Saturday, but of course that didn’t happen. Wilson & Tania were rather certain that they would keep me kidnapped for a while longer. We did have goodbye drinks on the Friday evening, but as they lasted until 4am, it made it a little hard to get up at 6am. Wilson doesn’t drink much, so spent most of the Saturday feeling very sorry for himself. Then Sunday came and well, I couldn’t leave then, so Monday I
I got here Macapá on the afternoon of the 18th, it’s now the 3rd of January. That’s 16 days of hanging out at Wilson’s house. I’ve got to go to a Brazilian Christmas work-do, which started at 7pm. We turned up after 10pm, and weren’t the last to arrive as one couple turned up around 11:30.
There was also a trip back to Porto Grande to go to Gloria’s high school graduation. I’d had a stomachache and generally feeling lethargic in the morning, and that evening