Entries in 'Preparation'
Sewing Mosquito Nets and Skining My Knuckles

Sewing Mosquito Nets and Skining My Knuckles

September 17, 2009 by 1 Comment

These next few days are all I have to iron out the kinks in my gear and pack it up. My mosquito netting needed some alteration to accommodate guy lines, the bike needed to be broken down and boxed, and the remaining gear divvied up into the appropriate weight bundles to minimize baggage fees.

Flawless 70k Ride: Last Run Before Belem

Flawless 70k Ride: Last Run Before Belem

September 17, 2009 by 2 Comments

I loaded all the gear I currently have, filled all my water containers, and weighed the whole package. Including the bike, rack, bags, and gear I have about a 82lb load. Once you add my weight (165lbs) the entire machine is quite a beast that likes to go in a straight line!

One Week Before Epic Jungle Expedition: Time For a Soak & a Beer

One Week Before Epic Jungle Expedition: Time For a Soak & a Beer

September 12, 2009 by No Comments

With one week to go it’s time to fatten up, stay healthy, get some rest, and relax! Over the past few months I have chipped away at the slew of preparatory tasks. With the exception of a few minor loose ends (waiting for the camera and dry bags to show up) I am ready to ship out to Belem.

AmazonPilgrim Prep Work Video

AmazonPilgrim Prep Work Video

September 02, 2009 by 5 Comments

I’ve created a short video featuring some of my prep work, photos, video, and sponsors.

The Very Elusive Visa Has Arrived

The Very Elusive Visa Has Arrived

August 12, 2009 by 4 Comments

I thought I sent my money order, passport, letter of intention, and bank statements into a bureacratic black hole in downtown Boston. My plan of attack was to storm down to the consulate and demand to speak with someone about this outrage…then again they hold the power to let me into Brazil. Alas, bright and early Saturday morning the two-page 90 day visa arrived on my porch.

Letter of Intention to Consulate General of Brazil

Letter of Intention to Consulate General of Brazil

July 22, 2009 by 5 Comments

After approximately 30 phone calls to the Atlanta, Miami, New York, Boston, and Chicago Consulate of Brazil it was determined that I should write a notarized letter stating my intentions and why I don’t need a roundtrip ticket.

I’m A Vaccine Machine

I'm A Vaccine Machine

July 22, 2009 by 3 Comments

I made my first visit to the travel nurse for this trip and already have a fever from the injections. Although no vaccine’s are required to enter Brazil for Americans (unless they have visited certain countries in the past 6 months) there are more than a few recommended. I’ll be receiving six!

Advice From Jeremy Wade of River Monsters

Advice From Jeremy Wade of River Monsters

July 20, 2009 by 45 Comments

I recently emailed Jeremy Wade of the TV show River Monsters on Animal Planet to ask his advice on certain factors when trekking in the Amazon. Jeremy is an accomplished angler and biologist with much experience in the Brazilian Amazon.

Procuring a Brazilian Visa…Let the Headaches Begin

Procuring a Brazilian Visa...Let the Headaches Begin

July 09, 2009 by 1 Comment

The process of getting a Brazilian Visa should be straight forward for most tourists. Simply present your round trip ticket, passport, pay the fee, hand over some little square photos and off you go. Luckily I live close to the Brazilian Consulate here in Boston as well. My one dilemma is that round trip ticket [...]

Physical Training has Begun for the Trip…Minus a Bike

Physical Training has Begun for the Trip...Minus a Bike

June 23, 2009 by 2 Comments

With about 90 days to go before lift off from Boston, I am well on my way planning and preparing for the trip.