Curitiba – Florianopolis

Curitiba – Florianopolis

HJ had been backpacking around the world for 10 months before deciding to ride a bike with me to Florianópolis (Floripa), but at the end of the 8 days she said it was her favourite part of the whole trip, and Brazil her favourite country. We had pedalled just over 400km, met so many fantastic people and with a route that came about talking to people on the way.

It all started on a slightly sour note, as the weld on my saddle failed after 3km, meaning that I had to stand up until it got fixed or

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Montes Claros – Diamantina

Montes Claros – Diamantina

Montes Claros – Posto Seabra

I’d stayed in Montes Claros so Neto could ride with me and, as he managed to re-arrange the classes he needed to teach, on Monday morning he was ready. He didn’t have a touring bike, or racks, and the furthest he had ridden in a day was 60km, but he had the 3 most important things – time, desire and a bicycle. He was going to use a backpack to carry the minimal amount that he’d bring (little more than couple of pairs of underwear, off-the-bike

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Arzúa – Santander

Arzúa – Santander

Arzúa – Mondoñedo – Soto de Luiña

I got my water bottle filled with milk before leaving the farm. Even though they’d not gone to bed until past midnight, they’d been up before 6am and had delivered a calf while I’d been sleeping. I set out and had a relaxing day with several stops to drink the bottle of wine that I’d been given the night before.

Other than the wine, the highlight of the day was meeting Dani

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Fortaleza – Morro Branco

Fortaleza – Morro Branco

I’d arrived in Fortaleza a couple of days earlier than I’d planned, but that hadn’t mattered for my host Auri, and his family (Luciana, Levi, Guillermo and William – a homestay student from the US). I was welcomed in with great warmth which helped me recover from the cheese-induced food poisoning. Auri speaks English very well, but the rest of the time I was speaking in Portuguese. I still don’t speak that well, but Luciana has a lot of patience and so we could speak

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Kurupukari – Georgetown

Kurupukari – Georgetown

Thankfully after his spill the night before, Curtis’ knee wasn’t any worse. He takes ibuprofen every 3 hours to stop his knee being too sore while riding, but it was OK. I’d read that the road ahead was hilly, with one part in particular – Devil Hill – being a problem. We were in luck, as a new road had been built replacing the dangerous 20%+ gravel downhill with a much more sanely graded road.

While we carry water, and there were plenty of creeks to fill up from

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