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Old 06-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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Caminho Real - Brazil - Some Encouragement needed...

Context: Team, I am noob going for my 1st long-dream-ride. . It is going to be a 10-day trip over the Estrada Real (nice video, nice music, a bit long though ...

As it seems to be the case more often than not, my partner in the project bailed on me a couple of weeks before the ride, so if I am doing this I am going to ride solo.

The trip is ~2,000 km long on twisty, compact dirt roads linking the sea in Paraty (

to Ouro Preto and Diamantina uphill (

And then back down to Rio de Janeiro at sea level... this gives you an idea of the ride as a whole:

I HAVE TO SAY I AM BIT ANXIOUS about having to do it alone. Having said that, I have been planning this for months! Even being off-road, there is PLENTY of info on the web, so I was able to download 100% of the off-road tracks into GPS, plus this road is equidistant from the top-3 cities in Brazil: Rio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, therefore, in case assistance is needed it should not be like the Sahara!

I got all vacation setup, this time of the year is the perfect time for the trip because it is dry... but the damn partner bailed!!! I guess they always do! and I don't want to miss the opportunity.

I have a SPOT 2 that will be on so family / friends stay cool and aware of my whereabouts all the time. Having said that, wifey gave the green light () and 1-yr old daughter smiles at it, but family/folks not supportive (AT ALL).

Ok... enough of me wining...

I wanted you folks who have been there before to share with me a little encouragement I need to get going... I should be off in one week time according to plan and count on you to share how should I handle personal safety/security both from a riding as well as a getting by perspectives... how to handle family and friend anxiousness (do I HAVE to?), etc... any tips welcome!!!
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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Looks great! Go for it! Brazilians are VERY friendly and helpful!

"Those friends thou hast... and their adoption tried... grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel. But do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade...." Polonius in Hamlet
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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Riding solo is the best way to go. While it's nice to have someone to shoot the shit with at stops, when you are by yourself, you go where you want, go when you want, stop when you want and stay as long as you want. I find it much more relaxing. Done it both ways and much prefer solo. Once you get going, you will feel much more comfortable.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:09 AM   #5
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+1. Solo is the best way to go on longer trips.
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