Monthly archive September, 2013
The spaces in between

The spaces in between

Most tourists crossing the border between Brazil and Uruguay do so at Chuí/Chuy, heading either to or from the apparently beautiful Uruguayan coast road that runs unbroken to Montevideo. We chose a different route. Border towns can be dusty, somewhat seedy places, but Jaguarão is thoroughly pleasant, a modest, sleepy, neatly gridded settlement dotted with...
In Porto Alegre

In Porto Alegre

The approach to Porto Alegre was not a journey we were anticipating with any great relish. The major roads, we were told, grow filthy with trucks as you near the city, while staying off the main arteries would force us through neighbourhoods we’d do well to avoid. A little research, though, revealed an alternative, a...
The view from up here

The view from up here

A photograph much like the one at the top of this post is largely responsible for us changing the route we’d sketched out in advance. We’d planned to ride east from the city of Curitiba to Foz do Iguaçu, then head more or less south to Buenos Aires. But in a Curitiba bike shop about...
Bless our cotton socks, we're in the news

Bless our cotton socks, we’re in the news

Pottering around the appealing small town of Urussanga last Tuesday morning, we made our way to the tourist information office, housed in a former station. A couple of hours passed very easily in the delightful company of Henry and Hevelise, first in their office and then in the ice cream parlour opposite. Via Henry, we’ve...
Month 2

Month 2

10 August – 9 September 2013 Countries 3 (Brazil, Argentina & Paraguay) Distance 1,346.93km (total 1,939.12km) Climb 13,533m (total 19,059m) Longest day 132.48km, Bairro Itapocu to São José in Brazil Top speed 62kmh Punctures 4 (total 5; Will leads 3-2) Broken spokes 1 (Will) Boats taken 9 (total 16) Horses ridden 1 each Dead snakes found...
Better where?

Better where?

We don’t yet know enough about the Brazilian national character, if such a thing even exists, to guess whether it’s a typically Brazilian comment or simply a classic example of grass-is-greener syndrome. But wherever we are, the locals have consistently told us that yes, it’s nice here, but it’s nicer somewhere else. In towns and...
Snaps - August 2013

Snaps – August 2013

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 our journey. There are many more such amateurish snaps on our Flickr page. July’s photographs, sneakily backdated although we only posted them a couple of days ago,...