29th Birthday in Igarape-Miri

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Not only is it my birthday but also the day of the Acai Festival in Iagarpe-Miri. This was my first full day of cycling and the Amazon is HOT!

I left Belem on a small boat (nearly losing my bike in the river while lifting it onto the roof) and for 2 USD I took a 2 hour ride through the twisting channels of a mid river island to reach the other side of the Amazon (sort of) to a town called Bacarena.

From there my distance calculation were way off and I stopped here, in Igarape-Miri beacuse I was about to die. Right before town I stopped at a shack bar for some cokes and saw my first Amazon monkey (chained as a pet and miserable looking).

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So far the road has been paved, there´s been a few hills but by and large it´s been flat.

The town I´m in tonight is on a river although my map doesn´t show it. The water front looks like something out of an old western.

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Before I left Belem this morning I checked out a herb store where all sorts of remedies from the jungle are sold out of bins, kind of like an apothocary you´d see in China Town. I was looking for Copaiba oil which is very good for all sorts of skin ailments.

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Well it´s time for me to drink as much water as possible and sleep. The sun sets early on the equator (6pm) so I will take full advantage of the night to sleep!

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27 Responses to “29th Birthday in Igarape-Miri”
  1. Happy Birthday Doug. It sounds like a great adventure. Not sure what an Acai Festival is–some sort of berry I guess. Those rive boats look like how I would picture the African Queen. Take care, Love Dad

    by Dad
    on 24. Sep, 2009

  2. Happy Birthday Doug. That looks like Greg D in the white shirt and red hat trying to steal some acai berries.

    by Pete
    on 24. Sep, 2009

  3. Happy 29th……Love the pictures.

    by Aunt Janie
    on 24. Sep, 2009

  4. Happy 29th……Love the pictures. Ben knows all about the Acai berry from working with the Honest Tea company. He was amazed at the picture.

    by Aunt Janie
    on 24. Sep, 2009

  5. Wish I was there. Makes living here a little dull. Take care and remember to smile. Love ya. Mom

    by Mom
    on 24. Sep, 2009

  6. All those berries are goin’ STRAIGHT to my place of employment! :-)

    by sara
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  7. Happy Birthday! Try to keep it slow out there these first couple of days, I hope your downing some Cachaça in celebration of the big 29!

    by Aaron
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  8. Happy Birthday old man! Good luck on the trip. I hope you’re able to keep us up to date.

    by John K.
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  9. Happy Birthday Bevin! Taste it! HTFU!

    by Chopper
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  10. Happy Birthday Doug. Looking forward to following your travels. Good luck.

    by Kober
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  11. Happy birthday Doug! Have a nice relaxing vacation down there.

    by Kevin
    on 25. Sep, 2009

  12. Happy 29th, Doug! There is a saying in New Orleans that if you don’t leave before you are 30, you never will, something that prompted me to venture out on my first overseas job in the Bahamas when I was 29.

    Those acacia berries are eye popping. As I have gotten into adding juice and dried berries to my diet – good to see that the bountys of the Amazon are as close as a farmers market, let alone the forest itself.

    by Ken Mcklinski
    on 26. Sep, 2009

  13. Happy Bday Doug! Safe Travels!

    by Greg D
    on 29. Sep, 2009

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