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Forum: Ride reports 02-09-2015, 04:09 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Doug Vicarious at times can be better!!...

Doug

Vicarious at times can be better!! Cheers


Sara
Forum: Ride reports 02-09-2015, 04:09 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Venezuela

Im sure it is very similar. I wish we could have seen for ourselves. Thinking of you guys there!!! Sara
Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2015, 11:01 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Capivara Falls

Driving back to just past the village is another dirt track to the Capivara falls. This is a bit more of a hike down to the falls, but well worth the effort.

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Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2015, 11:00 AM
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Posted By Saralou
The first small pool we visited just for photos...

The first small pool we visited just for photos and then hikes further on to the large falls to swim. The water is crystal clear and really that color.

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Forum: Ride reports 02-02-2015, 10:59 AM
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Posted By Saralou
From here it is a 1.7 km walk to the Falls of...

From here it is a 1.7 km walk to the Falls of Santa Barbara.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7462/16147479049_56d8ef3aa3_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAU3Xc)calvacantes 43 (https://flic.kr/p/qAU3Xc)...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2015, 06:14 AM
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Posted By Saralou
We all drove the 5 km up the dirt track to the...

We all drove the 5 km up the dirt track to the trailhead.


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Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2015, 06:11 AM
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Posted By Saralou
On the way up the road at the Mirante or lookout...

On the way up the road at the Mirante or lookout we met Humberto a Brazilian riding from the south of the state. He fractured his leg two months ago so is riding is a walking cast “ for protection”!...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2015, 06:10 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Santa Barbara falls

We arrived after an 8 -hour day to a very cozy B&B run by the lovely Martha in tiny Calvacantes. She gave us a run down at breakfast about where we should go in the National Park.


The first...
Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2015, 06:10 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Calvacantes

It is so cool to see the rain pouring on one side of the road, while you are in sunshine.


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Forum: Ride reports 02-01-2015, 06:09 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Today 100,000 km on the way to Calvacantes Brazil

Well it finally happened our journey has rolled over into six-digit territory on our way to Calvacantes Brazil. What a grand adventure it has been so far. So many great memories and still so so much...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2015, 04:01 AM
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Posted By Saralou
The fist 1 km is paved and then the “road”...

The fist 1 km is paved and then the “road” becomes dirt and then mostly sand for the rest of the 60 km to near to Taguatinga. I must say we were pretty happy to see the pavement since driving 60 km...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2015, 04:01 AM
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Posted By Saralou
60 km of sand road

Today we planned another 425 km west and then south to Calvacantes near the National Park Chapada dos Veadeiros. After getting to Luis Eduardo Magalhaes we looked at the map again and decided the 62...
Forum: Ride reports 01-31-2015, 04:00 AM
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Posted By Saralou
headed to Brasilia

Today was just about making miles and we booked it 470 km west on the BA 242 to Barreiras. We found a decent hotel and hid from the heat.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:18 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Then we had to back track 140 km on the paved...

Then we had to back track 140 km on the paved road towards Lencois. Just 10 km past the road to Lencois is a small restaurant; where there is parking to access the Poco do Diabo. This is a small...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:18 PM
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Views: 139,698
Posted By Saralou
The pool is 41-68 meters deep and the “beach” is...

The pool is 41-68 meters deep and the “beach” is bat guano.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:17 PM
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Posted By Saralou
This is a cave with a large opening letting light...

This is a cave with a large opening letting light shine on the mineral pool inside, which creates a striking blue color. To see this you hike 80 meters down into the cave.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:16 PM
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Posted By Saralou
From here you continue south 40 km to the dirt...

From here you continue south 40 km to the dirt road and 25 km east to Poco Encantado.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:16 PM
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Posted By Saralou
After the last river crossing there was about a...

After the last river crossing there was about a km of deep sand to navigate and then suddenly you’re back on a nice dirt track, which dumps you on the paved road a few km from the town.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:15 PM
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Posted By Saralou
About 2/3 of the way it starts to get sandy and...

About 2/3 of the way it starts to get sandy and the road is deepish sand in parts. About ¾ of the way there is a river crossing with several hundred meter of deep sand. Luckily there is a nice...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:14 PM
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Posted By Saralou
We did come across a deadly coral snake and I was...

We did come across a deadly coral snake and I was stupid enough to try to get a close up shot.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:12 PM
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Posted By Saralou
There are lots of water crossings, but only a few...

There are lots of water crossings, but only a few were real rivers at this time of year.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7536/16146876329_ea1a98a0fc_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAQXMt)chapada...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Saralou
off road in Chapada Diamantina

We had asked about the route directly from the town Lencois to the larger town of Andarai to the south east. This would be 33 km off road instead of going 85 kmaround on the paved road. We were told...
Forum: Ride reports 01-30-2015, 12:06 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Ha ha ha yes for sure. Brazil is awesome...

Ha ha ha yes for sure. Brazil is awesome especially Santa Catarina, Minas gervais, and Bahia. I say skip Ushuaia and come here instead. Missing our real Salvador friends here though. Hoping we can...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:32 AM
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Posted By Saralou
A number of them take on interesting forms like...

A number of them take on interesting forms like the thinker, a lion, or chandeliers.


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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:31 AM
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Posted By Saralou
These are African killer bees that have a hive in...

These are African killer bees that have a hive in these Stalactites.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:30 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Gruta Lapa Doce

From Palmeiras we rode back to the BA 242 and then further west to the road to Iraquara in 31 km. This is the “city of the Grutas and Cavernas”. A cave has no exit whereas a grotto has. We decided...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:29 AM
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Posted By Saralou
After an hour or so admiring all the viewpoints...

After an hour or so admiring all the viewpoints we headed back. The water actually flows up at times with the wind.


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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:29 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Dan was brave enough to sit on the rock outcrop...

Dan was brave enough to sit on the rock outcrop with the 1200 m drop below.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7508/16147107599_17e2b6d4fc_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAS9wT)chapada diamanina Lencois 55...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:28 AM
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Posted By Saralou
The water coming off the cliff starts to vaporize...

The water coming off the cliff starts to vaporize and when the wind blows the water actually “flows” up the falls. This gives a smoky effect, which gives the falls it’s name.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:28 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Drive off the road up the unmarked, but on the...

Drive off the road up the unmarked, but on the GPS path. There is a good place to park the bike at the checkpoint. There is no entry fee.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Saralou
hiking

Feeling ambitious we got up early to tackle the 12 km roundtrip hike to the Cachoeira da Fumaca, which is the second highest waterfall in Brazil. To get there is an 80 km drive. First you go back up...
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 10:06 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Most businesses in the town are hotels,...

Most businesses in the town are hotels, restaurants, and tour offices.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7494/16147191109_a4ba655170_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qASzmH)chapada diamanina Lencois 33...
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 10:05 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Arriving at the hotel late afternoon we could see...

Arriving at the hotel late afternoon we could see across the town to the “natural” waterslides on the hillside. There are also lots of small dipping pools here. The rock formations are incredible.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 10:04 AM
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Posted By Saralou
This park is a must see destination if you are in...

This park is a must see destination if you are in Brazil. This is a great base for exploring the many natural wonders near here.


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Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 10:03 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Lencois

Lencois is 12 km on a paved road from the 242 and it has cobblestone streets. It is a colourful small town that is situated in a small valley adjacent to the Chapada Diamantina National Park.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 10:02 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Chapada Diamantina

Time to get off the coast and back to the mountains and Lencois in 417 km. We drove west and a bit north to Feira de Santana, which will mark the northern limit of our riding in Brazil. Dan was...
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 05:26 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Thanks Doug! He is a character! SP

Thanks Doug! He is a character! SP
Forum: Ride reports 01-28-2015, 05:25 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Skol

Yes it is! We wave to you from Cumbuco!! I wish you safety in Caracas. Sara
Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:51 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Tonight we returned to our favorite bar on the...

Tonight we returned to our favorite bar on the main square and they had a guitar vocalist and a percussionist. The only issue was there was a film crew from what looked like a talk show holding up...
Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:50 AM
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Posted By Saralou
The church of Sao Francisco was built in 1708,...

The church of Sao Francisco was built in 1708, but the first on this site was built in 1587. The courtyard is covered with Portuguese tiles and the baroque church is covered in gold leaf.
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