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Old 06-23-2014, 02:27 PM   #1516
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Great RR really cool bike and very sharp images..Forgive me if this might be covered in your report but I just started reading...I'm curious what camera were you using?
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #1517
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Well I've been going back and doing some repairs to posts where I lost some images and rereading everything has me longing for the road again. This is a nasty addiction for sure. There were a number of you who hung with me during the good, the bad, and the ugly and want to thank you all again.

Due to a expired cc and communication breakdown with Go Daddy I lost all my original blog content so I've started over and been mining this thread for all my journal posts.

Here's the new blog for those interested.

And I pledge to finish this report in the near future.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:23 PM   #1518
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Well I've been going back and doing some repairs to posts where I lost some images and rereading everything has me longing for the road again. This is a nasty addiction for sure. There were a number of you who hung with me during the good, the bad, and the ugly and want to thank you all again.

Due to a expired cc and communication breakdown with Go Daddy I lost all my original blog content so I've started over and been mining this thread for all my journal posts.

Here's the new blog for those interested.

And I pledge to finish this report in the near future.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:00 AM   #1519
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The steel city

Resort life is wearing on me so I point the bike north, after so many months and miles riding south this "north" concept still seems foreign to me. The plan is to continue along the coast as much as possible bypassing Sao Paulo and making my way to Rio de Janeiro, but not before visiting my friend Raf (miratesMT on advrider.com) in Volta Redonda.

I welcome the imagery as I get closer to Rio de Janeiro, it's appealing and has a vibe that piques my curiosity. After too many long and eventless riding days I feel myself slipping back into a slow trajectory, something I look forward to as a traveler.

I call it quits for the day in the colonial town of Paraty where I arrive as some local festivities are underway. I find reasonable accommodations and I'm pleasantly surprised by the bountiful breakfast they offer the following morning. The food in Brasil continues to impress.





 



It should be a light riding day to Raf's place so I don't feel the usual rush to get on the road. I exit Paraty well rested and with a full stomach, a great way to start the riding day. I'm transported through lush vegetation and a gentle rise in elevation as I ride along the cobblestone roadways and through the dark tunnels of RJ 155 into Volta Redonda.





I spend a few days in VR enjoying the hospitality of Raf and his better half and taking in the markets and of course great food offerings. I'm always appreciative when someone takes me in on the road as it's an opportunity to feel less like a tourist which can be tiring at times. Any place that has an ample supply of fresh pineapple is alright in my book.





Raf runs a tour company out of Rio and spends his days guiding travelers coming to Brasil for climbing, hiking, or just to take in the diverse culture. We spend some time at the shop and he's quick to offer me intel on routes and points of interest in the region. Here are Raf's contact details for those interested:
E-mail: Raf_kiss@yahoo.com
Phone: +55 24 98807 6248 - +55 21 97350 1551
Skype: mirantes-mototravel
Website: http://riodejaneiro.angloinfo.com/





But our conversation always returns to Rio. It's not very often I get excited about big cities but I have to admit I suffer from the mysterious allure that attracts thousands to Rio de Janeiro every year and I look forward to the ride there tomorrow.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #1520
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #1521
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:54 AM   #1522
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And I pledge to finish this report in the near future.


Looking forward to every segment to come Mark

Plus thanks again for taking the GoPro & the Mac and pioneering interesting videos from the road. Becktastic took your lead and is doing her version of it right now on her way in SA.

Get on with it man, don't make me ride out there and bribe you with beer
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:10 AM   #1523
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Due to a expired cc and communication breakdown with Go Daddy I lost all my original blog content ...


What a drag.

It's hard enough finding the discipline to do it the first time.

Twice?


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Any place that has an ample supply of fresh pineapple is alright in my book.


AND, they're ripe.



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Old 09-09-2014, 03:51 PM   #1524
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Don't blame it on Rio!

Raf knows a twisty rich route into the city and offers to escort me to*Santa Teresa where I'm staying. I'm happy to let him take the lead and unburden myself with the logistics of riding in the densely populated city. A lush mountain road discards us at the coast in short order and we prepare to fight the urban traffic.





We arrive at my accommodations in efficient time and say our goodbyes. I note a number of occasions where I would've most likely made a wrong turn in the congested avenues of the city so I thank Raf again for saving me the time and headache of riding here on my own.



After a year and a half on the road my clothes and gear are looking the worse for wear but I feel comfortable walking among the Bohemianesque residents and patrons of the hill top barrio. Art fairs, food, and Samba music, just what I need to recharge the batteries.







My iPod is loaded with the music of Joao & Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, Elis Regina, Luiz Bonfa, and Maria Toledo, whose music shaped much of my perception of life in Rio. I wander*the streets of Rio enveloped in their complex jazz arrangements, samba rhythms, and airy vocals.













I discovered Acai in southern Brasil and wasted no time incorporating the berry into my diet. Yum!!



One of the tasks I need to accomplish while I'm in Rio is to get my driver's license translated in the event I get pulled over while in Brasil. Which is very likely considering my riding style. Raf knows a guy in Copacabanawho can take care of me and I figure I can visit Ipanema, the neighborhood from the iconic song, The girl from Ipanema, while I'm there.









I'm reinvigorated after much needed down time in Rio but soon it's time to break out the maps and start planning the next leg of my journey into Minas Gerais. I will miss Santa Teresa.





 
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:19 PM   #1525
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Looking forward to every segment to come Mark

Plus thanks again for taking the GoPro & the Mac and pioneering interesting videos from the road. Becktastic took your lead and is doing her version of it right now on her way in SA.

Get on with it man, don't make me ride out there and bribe you with beer
I figure I better finish it now or it'll never get finished. I took decent notes in my journal and a perusal of the photos and video of the time are a good jolt to the memory so here we go.
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:23 PM   #1526
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What a drag.

It's hard enough finding the discipline to do it the first time.

Twice?
Yeah, Godaddy spams my phone number and email constantly and they're shocked I don't respond to their queries. Pretty damn frustrating.

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AND, they're ripe
Some of the best in South America right there, soft and sweet, melts in your mouth. I ate a lot of pina on my trip.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:53 PM   #1527
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Great updates... looking forward to reading some more of your posts.
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:56 PM   #1528
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I'm pleased to see you revisiting and filling in the last bits of the ride report. You and the Crashmaster both provided the evening entertainment for what seemed like quite a long stretch, way back when.. !

Both of you nailed it, epic rides no doubt!

Thanks for taking the time to share your trip.
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