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Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 06:03 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Day 23 -- In Fortaleza

This was a day to take it easy, wander, and get settled in. Also, I did a fair amount of "customer support work" for some clients back in the states.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 05:45 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
More to come...

I haven't forgotten about this ride report. Instead, I was a few days behind when posting the pics of the ride into to Fortaleza. By the time I was actually posting those, the chapel construction...
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 07:24 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 22 -- Mossoro to Fortaleza

Today is going to be more riding through "Brasil nordeste", the northeastern portion of Brazil. The goal is to make it to the "fortress" city of Fortaleza. The name of the city translates literally...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2014, 07:40 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 21 -- Natal to Mossoro via Carnaubais

Today's ride holds a special place in my heart. I'll be heading in the general direction of Fortaleza, overall, but will spend the night in Mossoro after stopping off in Carnaubais. This town,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 09:02 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Cool2 Day 20 (part 2) -- Out and About near Natal

The buggy ride was a lot of fun this morning. After knocking out some work back at the hotel, it's time to go exploring again. Riding along the beach, I pass this prayerful landmark.
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Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 11:49 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Talking Day 20 -- Dunes, Dunes, Dunes near Natal

This day is one that I've been looking forward to for a long time! As shown in yesterday's late afternoon photos, there are some amazing sand dunes here. In fact, there's an entire park/reserve...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 10:54 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Paraguay looks good to me too -- might have to add it to the list!

Wow, that's an awesome ride report! I'll look through it some during the coming week in the evenings while resting from the chapel construction project.

BTW -- I've seen lots of "elbow helmets"...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2014, 10:45 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Looks Addictive

Thanks. I think I saw one or two people go through the line a couple of times! It sure looked good.
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 06:24 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thanks

Glad to have you here, Sister! :-)
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 05:50 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 19 -- Recife to Natal

It's time to get rolling again. I'm really looking forward to being back in Natal. We were there -- briefly, in transition from airport to mission site and back to airport -- back in 2012 and it...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 04:55 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thanks

Appreciate your reply -- it's good to have you along for the ride!
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 08:16 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Day 18 -- In Recife (another day)

[Special Editorial Note for today's report: look for the photosphere link below and give it a try -- very cool technology!]

It's Sunday, I'm in Brazil, and, unfortunately, still have some more...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 07:10 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 17 -- In Recife

Well, I'm here for a couple of days and taking some time off the bike to do some "computer work" for clients back in the States. Part of my plan over the next couple of weeks is to try to get far...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,537
Posted By DesertRider463
Question Helmet Cam Pics

One of the things I've done along the way is try to grab some shots with my helmet cam when there's something interesting while I'm riding. Unfortunately, it's a hassle to grab still images for...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 04:00 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 16 -- Maceio to Recife

The ride for today is a couple of hundred kilometers further north along the coast to Recife. Once there, I'm going to have to stop riding and work for a few days. Such is life...

Anyway,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 08:01 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 15 -- Maceio

Today's a "no riding", or at least not very much riding, kind of day. My plan is to do a couple of quick errands around town, but I have a ton of work to do for clients back stateside today.
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Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 03:35 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Ténéré is a Beauty

What a great bike!

Yes, there are some days when I wish I was on my VStar and other days when I wish I was on one of my motocross race bikes and other times when it would be great to be on a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 07:00 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Eh? Riding in sand

Spent a fair amount of time yesterday riding in sand and gravel. Note to self: remember that this bike doesn't have knobby tires.

I'm not concerned, at all, about riding in sand or gravel under...
Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 11:05 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 14 -- Aracaju to Maceio

Going to lay down some miles (I know, I know, down here it's kilometers -- I'm struggling to overcome my American education) and get to Maceio, then stay there a couple of nights because of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 10:08 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Wink Feeling pretty philosophical...

This happened during last year's 35-day ride across Canada and the western U.S. and it's happening again on this ride through Brazil. It creeps up on me during hour-after-hour of riding down the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 07:19 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 13 -- Salvador to Aracaju

Today seemed like it was going to start off okay, but then "mais or menos" struck and blew away half my day. See the earlier "mini-rant" post regarding laundry delays. Not a good start to a day of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 04:28 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

For some reason, I keep hearing this song. A live forro band covered it the other night in Maceio. Yesterday, I heard a different version of it in Natal as I walked down a street near my hotel. ...
Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 04:08 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Fazer fan club

You're so right! I find myself being tempted by the idea of an even larger motor. Those BMWs are so very nice, but I could not afford one in the USA, much less here in Brazil. But, I'm going to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2014, 02:07 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Eh? More on taxes in Brazil and the BMW F800gs

The cost of owning a bike here is staggering and I'm still pondering that BMW ad. Here's a quick analysis. It may not be perfectly correct, but it should be close.

According to the BMW website,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2014, 06:27 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 11 and 12 -- Salvador

Okay, it's a new morning and a new day. I'm shaking off the exhausted frustratedness that tried to take root in my spirit last night. Riding at night in a developing nation, as has often been...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 06:10 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Bluhduh Day 10 -- Ilheus to Salvador

It's beautiful outside this morning. This hotel that I'm staying in is like a little self-contained world. You'd never know it was all back here from looking at it from the road. But, after you...
Forum: Ride reports 07-12-2014, 08:24 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 9 -- Porto Seguro to Ilheus

First of all, Happy Birthday America! Or, as they'd say down here, Feliz Aniversario America!

The hotel room was a little grungy last night, but it was a bargain price and served its purpose just...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2014, 09:00 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Day 8 -- Itaunas to Porto Seguro

It felt great to get up this morning, the first morning "on the road", and grab some "cafe da manha" -- a Brazilian breakfast of bread, fruit, cold meat, cheese, and other choices.

I'd like to go...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 10:13 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Talking Day 7 -- Guarapari to Itaunas -- Setting Out!

This is REALLY it, the day I'm leaving town and not coming back until the ride is over. I'm eager to get rolling, so it's time to load the bike and head out.
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Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 05:43 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Fellow 250 Rider

Hello Macadom,

What a great ride report. Hope you are well and still riding! It does take a good bit of work each day to keep the reports going.

Like you, I'm riding a 250 (Yamaha Fazer 250)...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 05:44 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Muito Obrigado

Thanks, Enduro10, for your comments. I agree. Brazil is a huge country, a beautiful country, and -- like any other country -- filled with all kinds of people. The main reason I'm on this ride is...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 05:38 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thanks!

Thanks for the feedback on the bike, horn, and indicator codes. I'm seeing them in action, and giving them myself, every day now. It's clear that they can mean the difference between a nice day of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2014, 05:35 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Reflections and Perspective

Thanks for your comments. Yes, I'm really enjoying the Fazer! Also, after getting the "mini-rant" out of my system, I've moved on past that episode. It is a small thing in a big trip and it's not...
Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2014, 07:51 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Pissed Brazil -- Some of Those in Charge are Truly Indifferent to Your Plight

Mini-rant:

I should know better. I've spent a good bit of time throughout Latin America in several different countries and have also been in developing nations in Asia and Africa. But, for some...
Forum: Ride reports 07-08-2014, 06:11 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Eh? Day 6 -- Guarapari to ... Guarapari

Okay, today's the day! The paperwork for the new bike was started yesterday afternoon and the facilitator/agent who is handling the paperwork for us said the license plate ("placa" in Portuguese) is...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 08:02 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Talking Day 5 -- Guarapari: Blame it on the Candy Bar

It's Monday morning. That means the paperwork for the Shineray should be delivered shortly. In the meantime, Marcos and I take it back down to the mechanic to see if he can do something about the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2014, 06:46 AM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Cool2 Day 4 -- Last Day in Guarapari?

It's Sunday and time to go to church with Marcos and family. The service was wonderful and the church quite nice. It's a little bigger than my church back home and the pews were packed with...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 10:53 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Cool2 Day 3 -- Guarapari, ES to Pedra Azul and Back

Today's the day I get to go for a "trial run" on the bike. Unfortunately, the official documents are not ready to set me free yet...

Anyway, I'd been planning to do a "day trip" out to Pedra Azul...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 08:50 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Muito Obrigado!

Thanks klauskiwi! I don't know if I'll be able to get down by Sao Paulo on this trip, but maybe next year. While I'm still catching up on the ride report, today's ride (7/4) was a blast! There are...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2014, 08:40 PM
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Posted By DesertRider463
Thumb Muito obrigado!

Thanks leandrorr! Right now, I'm still heading north up the coast. But, if I make it down south of Vitoria, I'll give you a shout.
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