Day 245 – Morungapa, Brazil

Day 245 – Morungapa, Brazil      04/23/11      Mileage: 0

The whole gang had breakfast together after which Sabine and I went to see the farm next door that her and her husband just purchased. She showed me around the property for a bit and is quite a nice place itself. We were soon joined by the rest of the gang and all walked around the main farm and down to the river adjoining the property.

Back at the house we played some tennis, got some pool time and then 2 of the guys made a proper Brazilian churrasco which was all great fun!

After letting lunch settle a bit Sabine and I went for a mountain bike ride. We decided to take the long way back to the farm, ended up running out of daylight and had to call back to the farm to have one of the guys come get us from the side of the road with a pick-up.

Back at the farm most of the gang was packing to head home except Uli and her daughter Julie. So after seeing everyone off Sabine, Uli and I got some sauna time which felt great after the ride. That night the 4 of us played cards until midnight before calling it a night. It was another fun filled day for sure!

Day 244 – Salto to Marungapa, Brazil

Day 244 – Salto to Marungapa, Brazil      04/22/11      Mileage: 58

It was a short ride to Morungaba to the church in the center square which was where my friend Sabine and I agreed to meet as she had just walked off a flight from the U.S. I found the square easy enough and she waved me down just as I got to the church.

 It was so great to see a familiar face and a dear friend after all these months! We grabbed a beer in a bar across the street and then headed up to her families farm just outside of town. We arrived at the farm and I have to say that calling this a farm is like calling the Beverly Willshire a motel. The property is in an amazing setting with great views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a pool, 2 tennis courts, a small soccer field, a bocce court, a volleyball net and well stocked bar.

One of the two tennis courts…

The soccer field…

If I’m not home in a few months you know where to find me. Her sister Uli was there also with a nice group of friends so there was a bit of a party going on already! I quickly unpacked, got out of my riding gear, popped open a beer and jumped in the pool. Soon after everyone gathered for a nice lunch which we followed up with a rousing game of bocce that went on until sunset.

That night we had a wonderfully evening of dinner, drinks, good conversation with great company and a huge barn fire to cap it all off.

Me and my friend Sabine….

That’s me standing in front….now that’s a fire!

That was such a fun day I don’t know how I will bring myself to leave…