Motorcycle world trip through Amazonas rain forest and Brazil


 
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In the evening, scary dark clods appeared in the sky. Everything looked like a tropical thunderstorm.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Since I had already done about 500 km today, I decided it was time to look for a place to sleep.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Maybe just here. I had just passed a house, where a nice looking girl was playing with two children.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
I turned around, went back and asked her with hands and feet whether I would be allowed to pitch my tent in their garden.
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Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
She was laughing a lot. Strange gringo. When she realized I'm not joking she kindly offered me
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
to rather pitch the tent under the roof of their garage. A big tropical thunderstorm with lots of rain (Chuwa) will come soon.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Seven people watched me closely while I pitched my tent, which I used in the garage as a protection against mosquito's.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
They told me there is no malaria here but dengue fever, which is also transported by mosquitos.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
When my tent was ready, the people proudly showed me all the different fruits who were growing in their garden.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
I did not know the name of most of them. Later on at dinner they served rice, meat and a lovely sweet suka fruit juice
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
from a big, hard fruit that I never would have expected to taste so nice. Then I made a mistake.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
When we started to talk, I asked the nice 20 year old girl whether the old man with no front teeth for whom she cut of the Mai's corns was her grandfather.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
No it was her Husband and the two three and two year old kids are from him. Ooops...
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
On I went towards Teresina. I passed huge palm forests and many nice little city's.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Al of them started with high, dangerous and sometimes hardly visible speed bumps at the beginning and on the end.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
The traffic became heavier. Just near the big city Terresina, black clouds appeared on the sky, again, and I did not want to ride on.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
In a nice little house with a fence around, I asked if I could pitch my tent on their terrace.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
A lovely old couple warmly welcomed me like their own child, showed me their guest room and quickly got some fresh towels so I could have a shower.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Then they served a big dinner and told me about their children. Wow. The hospitality of the Brazilian people is just unbelievable.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
They begged me to stay a few days and introduced me to their relatives who lifed in the neighbourhood. I could also visit Mechanic of PC Racing oficina multimarcas who adjusted my valves. Thanks!!!
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
They also showed me nice plants and fruits and laughed a lot, when they saw me eating a sour lemon directly from a tree.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Later on, I showed them my travel route on the Marco Polo map I was carrying.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela and Brazil
Since this map included big ocean parts, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, sadly, half of Brazil was missing.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
My GPS wasn't good to plan my trip either. It did not show the roads on a certain zoom level. The next day the lovely grandparents had a present for me: a map of Brazil! :)
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
I had not expected there will be only three roads going south: past Palmas, de Santan and Barreiras. Regarding the last one, I had intended to take that route later on.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It was a good choice. The small road went through nice green landscape. Every hundred kilometers, there was a small village with a petrol station.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The petrol prices in this remote area went up to 3.10 Reais which is 1,60 Euro. Really bad, if you compare this to the very low income of the people who life here.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Many people here life in small houses made out of mud with no electricity. They have to walk for kilometers to transport their water to the house.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Still, the people were happy and beautifully dressed. People lifed together in huge families with their parents, brothers and sisters and their partner and kids.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
So it was no problem when I asked one of those families, if I could stay for a night. One person more or less wasn't a problem. They invited me and proudly presented their way of living.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
They showed me how they grow lots of different fruits and Manioc, which most of the people eat without anything for breakfast, lunch and supper.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The tined meat I was carrying around since the ferry was a nice change for a meal. Like always, the communication was done using hands and feet.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The next day, my chain broke. I had just done 100 km and was in the middle of nowhere when suddenly the rpm of my engine went up. Luckily, there was no damage on the engine. A friendly man who passed on a 125ccm motorbike as well pulled me to the next gas station.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
On the petrol station, there also was a tire service and they had a big hammer. Using this I could take out the rivets of the broken pieces and close the chain again with the spare lock I was carrying.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
In Berreiras I asked at VW if I could use the Internet to backup some pictures. I was allowed to and even invited to a very nice lunch.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It was a big change. A few days ago I only had Manioc... The People were very friendly and interested to see some pictures of my trip. It was hard to believe I did so many kilometers on such a small bike like my little Chigedita.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Somehow the local TV station TV Oeste found out I was there, and invited me for an interview for the next day. Until that, I was invited to stay.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The friendly people of VW even organized the first hotel on this trip for me. It was 25 Dollars per night, which was much more then the usual amount of money I usually payed for travelling every day.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The interview was a great success. The Brazilian reporter seems to like it, when I told him how friendly the people always have been to me.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
When evening came, I left the city to look for a place to pitch my tent outside of the city.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It was already dark when I saw a lonely light. It belonged to the house of a small family who allowed me to stay.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
While I pitched my tent, they served me nice porridge and the usual, very sweet and nice coffee. Thanks so much.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Unfortunately this hospitality stopped 400 km further south. Just before the capital city Brasilia I asked on big farms,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
if I could pitch my tent but the people there always refused. Wild camping only was an emergency option for me, since therefore, I would have to cut the wire of the height fences, but I did not want to harm anyone.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Finally, I was allowed to stay in the ruin of a petrol station. I was surprised that there was electricity and even more surprised when my computer found a WiFi Network with Internet there! :)
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The next day, I went to Uberlandia. The traffic was very bad. Trucks were overtaking me every few minutes. Most of the 500 km long part was a construction area. Many times there were dangerous speed bumps.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
One of them was in the shade of a tree, so I did not see it. My motorcycle jumped in the air and landed very hard on the bad road. I nearly lost control.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Because of the hard landing, the rack of my bike broke. I was exhausted when I finally arrived at Bruno's place in Uberlandia.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
I met Bruno on the HUBB forum in the Internet and he had invited me to stay.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It turned out that Bruno's father was an important man in Uberlandia. He introduced me as his "filho" to his colleagues,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
and he took me to the conference of the most important business people in Uberlandia. They were talking about millions of Reais.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Some of them even owned a helicopter. What a world. I had managed the way from not having electricity or ruining water to get to a conference of the millionaires in just a few days ;)
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Even here, people were very interested in my trip and told me how important this is for the consumer society,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
for it gives them the illusion they also could go travelling to see the world. With this illusion, they are happy and happy people work better.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
I think this is true, but I actually wanted to show that it's also possible to life without a smart phone or consumption . The world out there is HD as well and has a better 3D view than every flat screen TV, even I can't compare the size of the countries I'm visiting to the size of a football field...
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The owner of Cardoso Honda was on the conference as well, and invited me to bring my Chigetida to his shop.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
He would then get the welding of my rack done, change the chain and get a inspection done for free. Thanks so much!!!
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
When I picked up my bike just before I had a TV Interview on MG TV1 and a talk at the Federal University of Uberlândia, it looked like new.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The mechanic had also washed and polished my bike. The TV Station TV Paranaiba must have liked this so much, that they called Bruno, because they also wanted to interview me.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
On Amazonia Acontece and Rockriders, I also found an article about my trip.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
In Barretos I went to the biggest motorcycle rallye in Brazil. Here, a politician sponsored the entry for an entire motorcycle club. They were generous with the tickets and invited me as well.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Unfortunately, the motorbike club had members like "I make as much noise as possible with the cold engine of my bike, if I know people around me try to sleep".
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
On the big property, where usually rodeo takes place, there were many empty ranch houses.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Here, I could find a quiet place to sleep, after I had watched some perfect acrobatic, trail and enduro shows.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
For many "motor bikers" here, the side stand and the emergency program, which cuts off the engine if the maximum rpm are exceeded,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
to save the engine from being destroyed by to heigh gal force, seemed to be the most important things on the bike.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
They don't seem to know that this program can't protect the engine from getting old much faster and not being well oiled, as long the engine oil is still cold.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
On I went to Pirassununga. Paula & Paulo had invited me via Email, after they have been reading the article about me on the web page of the TV Station G1.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
When I arrived, the High School was already waiting for me to talk about my trip. People had seen me on TV and even asked for an autograph.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Paula & Paulo really spoiled me even more than their cats. They ordered 4 cheese and even chocolate pizza and took me on another day to a nice pasta restaurant.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It's unbelievable how many different dishes one can make on the base of noodles. Again and again, different waiter brought more nice food.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Different kinds of lasagne, spaghetti with and without pesto or garlic. I was going to burst.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
On the rallye of the Motorbike club Sinistro, I could hardly talk to people because the music was too loud.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
There I got in contact with the Honda dealer Peres Moto, who replaced the dying battery of my bike. Thanks a lot! :)
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
To the June party where Paula and Paulo are members of, I was invited as well. Among nice traditional food,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
the VW based self made buggies were the highlights of this event. They were so strong that even I was allowed to drive.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
They were convinced that not even I would manage to destroy them. So true. I enjoyed drifting through dusty corners and climbing high hills.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Just before my departure, there was a big flight show of the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, where I went to together with Paula & Paulo.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
60.000 visitors watched, while they presented formation and acrobatic flights and demonstrated the maneuverability of fight jets who had specially came from the USA and Canada.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
These fighters are even able to turn around sharply on the ground. The sound of their engines makes you respect them even more.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
It's like a wonder, when these flying weapons silently pass you with supersonic speed, a few seconds later followed by the loud thunder of their engines.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Even I have studied machine engineering, I don't understand why these engines don't burst on a height load like that.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Later on, I travelled to Sao Paulo. It was about 10 Degrees cold, raining and I was happy to have a GPS point to aim for.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The 19 million city Sao Paulo was the biggest city I have ever seen. They had highways with 20 lanes that always split, multistorey bridges and thousands of skyscrapers.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The traffic was the most horrifying on this trip. Trucks behind me came much too close
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
and car drivers were overtaking me on both sides just to stop in front of me or to turn into a small road.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Finally, I arrived at my destination and was warmly welcomed by my dad's friends. Here, I could rest a few days before I went on to Rio de Janeiro.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The small road to Rio de Janeiro followed the winding coast. There was a lot of green - just like the Amazonas rainforest.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
The sun was shining and I passed many small villages and nice beaches.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Even I was riding the whole day, I only did 300 kilometers. When evening came, I asked some people whether I would be allowed to pitch my tent on the property of their weekend house.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Because it started to rain, I got invited to stay in the guest room, after they had served really nice supper. Brazilians are so amazingly friendly.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
There was hardly any traffic the next day. I enjoyed the nice winding road and the breath taking view along the coast and only wondered,
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
what the sensor stripes which I saw on the road were for. It took much too long until I finally realized they belong to some
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
well-hidden speed traps, that take photos from the back of a vehicle. The first traps on my 25.000 kilometer long trip.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Suddenly, one of the most beautiful days of this trip turned into a nightmare. Did I really got caught by many speed cameras?
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
In the last 300 km to Rio de Janeiro there were so many of them. Even this toll free main road was wide and not dangerous at all, the speed limit was reduced to 40 km/h.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
There was no sign cancelling the speed limit after a village or so. The modern way of robbing travellers.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Going 20% too fast would cost R$574,61. Speed traps were outside of villages at parts of the road, where it would be not dangerous to drive 100 km/h.
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
Joerg, who had invited me to Rio and who showed me some fruits which looked like tomato's (right), but tasted nice and sweet (left),
 
Southamerica on a motorbike - Venezuela, Brasilien und Paraguay
calmed me down. Because these new speed traps have caused more accidents than they had prevented, they were out of order. I hope they were. When all those 44 traps will be working, the most beautiful road of Brazil will turn into the most dangerous road. Continue to next page.
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