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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 12:18 PM
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Views: 135,382
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.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8662/16146949577_7bdd690eed_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qARkyn)chapada diamanina Lencois 174...
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 12:17 PM
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Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:16 PM
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Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:16 PM
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Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:14 PM
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Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:12 PM
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Views: 135,382
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.

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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 12:10 PM
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Views: 135,382
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 Yesterday, 12:06 PM
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Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7523/16333218565_2e558f3d2b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qTj1QD)chapada diamanina Lencois 72...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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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Views: 135,382
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
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
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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Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
The cathedral. ...

The cathedral.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:49 AM
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Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
The old city is a block of cobbled streets with...

The old city is a block of cobbled streets with restaurants, bars, shops, churches, and museums. There is an elevator to connect the upper and lower sections of the city.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
outside the box

We were carefully informed where we could go day and night to be safe. The incidence of crime and violence here is significantly higher than Sao Paulo and Rio. Despite that in the day we walked...
Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:48 AM
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Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
Salvador was one of the first English colonies in...

Salvador was one of the first English colonies in the early 1500’s and was English Brazil’s first capital in 1549 and until it changed to Rio in 1763. It was the main port for the country and the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:47 AM
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Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
There is live music all over the city every...

There is live music all over the city every night. There is a great place near the cathedral called the Cantina de Luna where we liked to hang out.


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Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2015, 05:47 AM
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Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
Salvador

We had a hotel just outside the old center, so the price was better and there was no need to navigate the steep cobbled streets of historic Salvador.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
The crossing was calm and the breeze was awesome!...

The crossing was calm and the breeze was awesome!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7482/16332725205_cd15be60eb_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qTgubr)Salvador 27 (https://flic.kr/p/qTgubr) by Worldwide...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:42 PM
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Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
The local kids all climbed onto the top deck and...

The local kids all climbed onto the top deck and then leaped off as we sailed away.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
We arrived at the dock in time for a quick snack...

We arrived at the dock in time for a quick snack and then loaded for the 50 min trip across the bay. It is about 10$ per bike for the crossing.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
In one of the towns we came upon a religious...

In one of the towns we came upon a religious precession with everyone dressed in white.


https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7488/16146873297_91e915a91e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAQWTc)Salvador 5...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
One delay was where a bridge was washed out....

One delay was where a bridge was washed out. There was a diversion, but in the northbound section someone had not made it with a tractor-trailer and he had just dropped the trailer. This was an issue...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
Salvador

We got up today to pouring rain despite it being bright and sunny outside, only in Brazil. But unlike Vancouver where this would last for days here it usually lasts less than 30 minutes.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 1,087
Views: 135,382
Posted By Saralou
Itacare the back way

We had some intermittent showers to cool us down, but when we got to the coast it was sunny. We left the 101 traffic and went east on the 251 to Ilheus and then north on the 001 to Itacare.
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