Brasil Facts

An epic beginning to our expedition, Brasil was the perfect country to start ridding … HUGE thanks to Stan, THANKYOU Stan for making us the perfect transition.
Total days in country – 19
Total days ridden – 15

Language – Portuguese
Favorite word learned – Obrigada (Thank you) Borra (Let’s Go!) NOOIIISSSSSE (we are brothers)

Average distance per day – 101km
Average speed – 20km
Accumulated elevation – over 8,000 meters
Total distance covered – 1,520

Average temperature – 26 celsius
Average humidity – 80%
Mosquito bites – 100’s
Ocean swims – 4 each

Bike mechanicals – Nic’s rear rack
Number of bicycle ride participants – 85
Number of bicycles spotted – 1,000’s

School visits – 1 (Lumiar)
Other expedition’s met – 1 (Top To Top)
Overseas participants – 1 (Jacqui Hocking)

Favorite local dish – Acai with banana, mango and granola!
Most often eaten food – Pizza and bananas

Biggest challenge – sleeping
Most inspirational – Saia de Noite
Most surpirsing – cycling infastracture and safe good roads with shoulders and paths for cyclists. Also noteable different relationship between moterist and cyclist, there seem to be more people ridding as transprt so more awarneess and acceptance from moterists then we are used to. Drivers were respectful and encouraging us in both rural and urban communities.

Favorite bit of kit – our bikes 😉
Lost bits – One glove each (same hand) and a pair of shoes.
Kit gained – Spiuk gear!
Best gift recieved – handmade necklace from Rachel, thanks!

Most seen animal – pet dogs
Take away color – green!
Observation going north – The further south seemed to be more produce farms with fruit stalls and quieter pace, the further north we rode, and closer to the cities these were replaced with bars and cafes and a lot more industrial development.

Refreshing – People’s willingness and interest to help out, even though saftey is considered, decisions are based on what is best for the person. For example, Nic asked to climb the roof of a hotel to take a picture, he was allowed once the indicated guard was not in sight … also, whenever we stopped at least a couple people would approach us to see if they could help with something, there was just this sence of we were all in it together.

Please feel free to send of questions of things you would like to learn in Northwest Africa!

  • Sounds great. I also surprised that such good infrastructure and support for biking! Time to move out of Vermont…Sent your blog onto my transportation class and some fellow local bikers. Momemtum growing!

  • Heidi Watts

    I loved the picture of the tent on the beach with the moonlight glinting on the cycles. Here’s a question: How’s your Portugeese? 🙂 Hpw did you talk with people in Brasil? Did you find a lot of people spoke English? Or was it mostly smiles and signs?

  • Kristina Stoney

    Hello you two!! Just fixed the spelling errors, sorry about that! Thanks for your comments!! Heidi, would you believe my Spanish served me well, there was a lot I could understand and communicate – with the similarities to Portugeese, otherwise we spoke English or used hand signs 🙂 For the school presentation, I spoke in English and then was translated…. Now, we are trying to cope with French in Senegal!Thanks for the comments and passing the blog on too!!! xK