Day 243 – Santa Tereza Do Oeste to Salto, Brazil

Day 243 – Santa Tereza do Oeste to Salto, Brazil      04/21/11      Mileage: 559

Today it was all business laying down miles towards Sao Paulo. It rained on and off most of the morning so it was hard to make good time. Like the other day he roads were very slick in spots and the back end of the bike broke loose again in a corner. The paper map and the GPS map were fighting all morning as well so I had to stop at each junction to find the right road. I was pulled over at the side a traffic circle looking at the map when another rider on a DL650 V-Strom pulled up. As it turns out he was on his way home which was on the way to Sao Paulo, so he offered to lead the way. It was great having a local out in front and for the first time in a long time I didn’t have to worry about navigating….I could just ride and enjoy the scenery.

 Me and my Brazilian guide….

The rain also stopped and the roads dried out making it easier to keep the pace up. After a few hours we arrived in Cornelio Procopio where he showed me the downtown and their Christ the Redeemer statue which also had a great view of the surrounding countryside.

A view of downtown Cornelio Procopio….

He showed me the way back to the highway, I thanked him for his guiding services and I was back on the road. At dusk I started looking for a hotel but the only accommodations along the road were no-tell-motels. I of course have no problem staying in them and I stopped into several, but none would give me a room for the entire night except one but they wanted too much money. So, I pressed on in the dark but didn’t pass a proper roadside hotel for almost another 2 hours. Well, at least tomorrow it will be a short ride to meet up with my friend Sabine in Morungaba tomorrow!

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7 Responses to Day 243 – Santa Tereza Do Oeste to Salto, Brazil

  1. Arlene says:

    Good mornng Lenny, That is great that you were able to follow the Brazilian. I am sure it was a much more enjoyable ride to know that you were going the right way and enjoy the scenery but you sure did cover a lot of mileage. I was wondering that day why you were riding so long and now I know.

    Enjoy your visit, drive safe and be well. Love ya, Mom

  2. Luiz Paulo Modos says:

    Hello, Lenny

    Nice to meet you, in your great journey.

    Have a nice trip end. I’ll read your next days.

    God bless you. See you!!!

    Luiz Paulo Modos (the Brazilian guide)

  3. Arlene says:

    Wednesday afternoon. Hi Lenny, wondering if your valve job is done and the bike is fixed???? At least you have a great place to stay and wonderful people to be with if it isn’t. fixed.

    Enjoy and know that we are all thinking of you. Love ya, Mom

  4. Frank Leccese says:

    Great photo’s of a fabulous journey. Your smile tells the whole story. At the risk of sounding like your mom, you’re looking a little thin. You need to get back to the states where you can pack on a few pounds.
    P.S. The red jacket has about had it.

    • Lenny says:

      Hey Frank! Thanks…it’s been a great trip so far with much more good stuff to come I’m sure. Yeah, my red jacket is now mostly a shade of sun faded pink and us due for retirement….

  5. Arlene says:

    Frank, you are too funny. Lenny has been busy having a good time with Sabine and John, friends from NJ. I am sure he is eating very well the past week and partying also. It is great to have good friends.

    Lenny, stay well and happy and drive safe and we love you. Mom and Dad

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