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1000 Miles Away

1000 Miles Away

November 12, 2009 by 7 Comments

I was feeling stong and sassy as I left Rio Branco with a three day jaunt down to the borders of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. I never expected to make it this far in this amount of time and I thought “Wow, I am killing the miles, maybe I can get home early.” Then, staring me in the face for the first time was a distance marker over the road showing the kilometers to Lima. It says 1,931…that´s about 1,200 miles to go, with the Andes in between.

Rio Branco and an Interesting Flea Treatment

Rio Branco and an Interesting Flea Treatment

November 06, 2009 by 14 Comments

I was laughing in wonder as I watched these guys treat a mother dog and her two puppies for fleas. It probably wasn’t something to laugh at but it just seemed so bizarre. They used a two liter coke bottle filled with the blackest used motor oil and poured it all over these poor dogs. From branco to preto with just a little oil.

Alexandre The Great

Alexandre The Great

November 05, 2009 by 12 Comments

Since leaving Humaita´and passing through Porto Velho I’ve cycled 443 miles in 4 days on the bike. I’m now resting in the city of Rio Branco. I had the fortune of meeting some fellow cyclists while in route from Porto Velho to Rio Branco, including the toughest man I’ve ever met…Alexandre!

Crushed Out 131 Miles First Day Back on the Pavement

Crushed Out 131 Miles First Day Back on the Pavement

October 31, 2009 by 19 Comments

Some days everything just clicks. I left Humaita´ after downing a pineapple vitamina, or smoothie with milk and sugar, and headed down the longest paved straightaways I’ve laid eyes on since my days in Indiana. The heat never passed 98F and a headwind kept me cool. I pedaled like I would never get tired and yesterday I didn´t. After 131 miles I reached Porto Velho and felt exhilarated. As the ruthless commodities trader Mark Yost would exclaim…”TASTE IT!”

Fishing on the Rio Madeira and My Afternoon with a Garimpeiro

Fishing on the Rio Madeira and My Afternoon with a Garimpeiro

October 29, 2009 by 9 Comments

Humaita´ is a rather pretty city on the Rio Madeira (which means wood). For the past few days I have been catching up on my X-Tudo and ice cream eating, tried my hand at fishing, and have met some colorful people along the way.

The Price of Reaching Humaita´

The Price of Reaching Humaita´

October 29, 2009 by 10 Comments

I packed up camp in the dark at 4:30 am and forced a few hundred calories of raisins, granola, cookies, and Tang down my throat for a kickstart to the day. I figured Humaita´ is about 75 miles away, there’s no sense making it a two day ordeal, might as well start early!

Swimming with the Jiahoy Tapyýnha Rapepukua Rekwiawa e Tenharim Indians

Swimming with the Jiahoy Tapyýnha Rapepukua Rekwiawa e Tenharim Indians

October 28, 2009 by 8 Comments

Ten bucks to anyone who can pronounce that. I left the riverside campsite and dogs behind for another day heading towards Humaita´. With such flatness on the road the previous afternoon I had ideas of another 100 mile day and was hammering the pedals before 6am. This wasn´t one of my wisest decisions. Also, I still don´t quite understand the indians of northern Brazil.

Bacana, Americano. Bacana.

Bacana, Americano. Bacana.

October 27, 2009 by 59 Comments

At this point in the trip when I tell people where I have come from I watch their eyes dart up and down from head to toe. While in a pharmacy before leaving Apui´ the woman came from behind the counter while I was explaining my trip and stared at my face from less than 10 inches away. Then she says, “Bacana, Americano. Bacana.”

Across the River Pineapple (Abacaxis) to Eldorado

Across the River Pineapple (Abacaxis) to Eldorado

October 22, 2009 by 17 Comments

I am now in Apui´ with an injured hamstring. I predict it will take more time than I have to heal so I will head out and try to take it easy on the bike. I have trimmed some of my gear down by selling and giving away parts I don´t need. It´s not easy to be a salesman in a foreign language!

A Big Thanks to Resu the Pig Farmer

A Big Thanks to Resu the Pig Farmer

October 22, 2009 by 14 Comments

I´ve made 160 miles since leaving Jacare´and had a very interesting stop over midway. In this section of the TransAm it is very sparcely populated and a smiling face is a welcome sight, especially after an afternoon bogged in torrential rains.