Monthly archive August, 2013
Heading south

Heading south

The owner of the lanchonete in Jaraguá do Sul where we stopped for lunch on Saturday was effusive in his praise of Balneário Camboriú, the largest mainland beach resort between the cities of Rio and Porto Alegre. ‘A mini-Copacabana,’ he called it, gesturing excitedly to his nodding colleagues. Riding south towards it the next day...
In Curitiba

In Curitiba

An unpromising security gate opens into a wedge of a courtyard with a tower block view, a giant bicycle fashioned from drainpipes affixed to one high wall. Onwards, a labyrinth of a dozen or more rooms spreadeagles inside and out, into cellar, studio, kitchen, workshop, gallery and so on, full of space and visual surprise:...
Gol

Gol

They’re everywhere. They’re where you’d expect to find them, of course: in towns and cities, their 90-degree angles set on regulation lines atop benign green carpet. But they’re also everywhere else. By the roadside, on corrugated scrubland. Next to one-room wooden churches, in place of a cemetery. In the gardens of smart houses, barely enough...
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Month 1

Month 1

10 July – 9 August 2013 Countries 1 (Brazil) Distance 592.19km Climb 5,526m Longest day 97.44km Top speed 57.4kmh Punctures 1 Boats 7 Number of times pulled over by the police 2 Best breakfast Casa Milà at Praia da Almada; juices, breads, granola, fruit, strong coffee and gorgeous views out into the bay Worst hill The...
Mend and make do

Mend and make do

We bumped into this jolly chap a few days ago while riding around Ilhabela, a postcard-perfect island just off the coast of São Sebastião. He was intrigued when we told him about our travels, but not half as fascinated as we were by the enterprising bike modifications he was very keen to demonstrate to us....
To boldly goap

To boldly goap

When the two of us are faced with a fierce hill, Ruth is the pragmatist. If the going gets tough enough that she’s in danger of riding to a standstill or losing control of her steering, she’ll simply stop riding and start walking. Will, on the other hand, is ox-stubborn on even the stiffest climbs,...
Snaps - July 2013

Snaps – July 2013

We’re both wholly unaccomplished photographers, and any quality that any of our pictures possess is due much more to our camera than to our own endeavours. Nonetheless, at the end of each month, we’ll post ten-ish photographs that might help to provide some sort of narrative arc for those of you who’d like to follow...
In Ubatuba

In Ubatuba

We ran into a friendly cycling club in Rio, were overtaken by various road-racer types on the hills while leaving the city, and have since seen a fair number of bicycles – cargo bikes, rickety cruisers and the occasional mountain bike – in towns along the way. However, a diversion through the pleasant coastal town...