Day 251 – Camburizinho, Brazil

Day 251 – Camburizinho, Brazil       04/29/11       Mileage: 0

I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but it’s fair to say we did a lot of what you do at the beach….eat, drink and do nothing…

That night Johnny and I went out to a local bar and took in some great local music….and caipirinhas….

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Day 250 – Sao Paulo to Camburizinho, Brazil

Day 250 – Sao Paulo to Camburizinho, Brazil       04/28/11       Mileage: Local miles

The bike was ready to be picked up so John gave me a ride over to get the it. It was pouring out which was a shame because the bike was showroom clean. I thanked Edu and the mechanics for the great job they did.

Me and my man Edu…

They even lubed all the cables, cleaned the air filter and really went the extra mile to make sure my KLR was ready for the last big leg of my journey.

If you need work done on your Kawi in Sao Paulo, Studio Kawasaki is your shop. So with my bike squared away and Sabine done with her business meetings, the 3 of us split for the beach!

We did make time for stop at a proper Brazilian churrasco!

It was around a 2 hour ride to the sleepy beach town of Camburizinho where her family has a really nice beach house. The rest of the pictures will have to wait for tomorrow, as right now there are many caipirinhas that need drinking….

Day 249 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day 249 – Sao Paulo, Brazil      04/27/11       Mileage: 0

After another leisurely morning, Sabine and John took me for a look around Sao Paulo. We drove into the city center and walked around a bit. We passed by their equivalent of Wall Street in NYC with all the big banks and trading houses. We also went to have a light lunch and some caipirinha’s at the Terraço Italia.

Watch out for those nuts…not the ones in the seats…the ones in the bowl…!!

The view from up there is unbelievable with the endless cityscape stretching out in every direction. We also got stung by the couvert….a trick some of the “nice” restaurants play on you. This time, we ordered 3 (very expensive) drinks which were delivered with a bowl of nuts, which like in the US we assumed were free as we were drinking and we did not order them. We ordered another round of drinks, and some food and asked for a refill on the nuts. Well, they charged us $20 for EACH bowl of nuts, even though we didn’t order it and it’s not on the menu. Sabine told me it’s called a couvert…..an unsolicited and often very expensive snack that you have to decline or you will get charged! Sneaky fookers.

Anyway, we took in the view for a bit and then started making our way back to Gisa’s. Along the way we passed the BMW motorcycle dealer and stopped in to have a look. Like the KTM dealership, it was a good size shop but with few motorcycles…maybe 6 1200GS’s, 8 650/4’s, an F800 and some used bikes….but nothing else. Oh, and the price of a R1200GS….R$91,000, or around $58,000 USD!! That night we all went out for some sushi which was good….(but not as good as Ota’Ya!)

Roughing it again….

Day 248 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day 248 – Sao Paulo, Brazil        04/26/11        Mileage: 0

Sabine had some meetings and business to tend to, so I went over to the Kawi shop to check in on the bike. When I got there they had all the bodywork off and were giving it the most thorough cleaning it has ever gotten.

Yes gents, that says R$57,900…or roughly $37,000 USD for a 990 Adventure…crazy!! 

With the bike in good hands I left to run some errands, one of which was to find a good road map of Brazil. Well, despite the fact that I am in the largest city in Brazil and one of the largest in the world, this did not prove easy. I did finally find one but it is a best mediocre. I returned to the shop and they had the bike on the stand.

Taking a peak at the valves….

The Ricor shock still going strong after all these hard miles!!

From behind me…in English, someone said “nice bike”…and I turned to see my friend Johnny O standing there! What the…damn….they put one over on me! Johnny is Sabine’s husband, one of my best friends, and rides a KTM 625 SXC like a bat out of hell. They told me he wasn’t able to make it, but he did and it was great to see him.

Here’s Johnny leading me out on the road 8 months ago on day 1 of this trip…

My bike wasn’t going to be done today so we split and decided to go check out the new KTM dealer that opened up not too far away. All I can say is wow…what a shop!

We were told it is the largest in the world….and it even has a bar on the showroom floor. Oh, and the beer is free…and I guess it should be if you’re going to pay $37,000 for a stock 990 Adventure!

So after a healthy dose of sticker shock we returned to Gisa’s house for dinner with the family.

Me and Johnny….and some caipirinha’s…

Me and Uli…

Sabine’s sister Geli (yep, that makes 4 sisters all together if you’ve been keeping score) lives in Germany and brought some gifts for John and Sabine which were a big hit.

I think Sabine where’s the leterhosen better…in my opinion…  lol

We had a great dinner and even got some good laughs out of a tumbled glass of red wine….another fun filled and memorable day.