Day 258 – Paraty to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day 258 – Paraty to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      05/06/11      Mileage: 187

It was another stellar day weather wise and the road up the coast was as scenic and enjoyable to ride as yesterday.

I pulled into Rio de Janeiro and after a bit of searching around, I settled into a room in Ipanema Beach… 2 doors down from a Belgian bar with an extensive beer menu…perfect!

As a child I can remember seeing Rio de Janeiro among the other exotic sounding places on my globe and I’ve wanted to travel here ever since. Kathmandu, Jakarta and the others will have to wait for another day….but for now its one more place off the life list. I quickly settled in and went straight for the Belgian bar…Delirium. They had an extensive menu of imported beer…I was in heaven…until I saw the prices. Fookin hell was it expensive! Yes it’s imported, yes this is Rio, but $25-35 USD for a beer…that’s shite! The larger bottles were around $50 USD!

I did find a “bargain” at $9 USD per bottle for a Leffe…one of my favorites…so I savored two of those and then went for a walk to take in the scene….

Day 257 – Camburizinho to Paraty, Brazil

Day 257 – Camburizinho to Paraty, Brazil      05/05/11      Mileage: 126

Jackpot. The skis were clear and sunny and the roads were dry….which was a great thing as the scenery was spectacular and the roads deliciously twisty. I also got to let the bike run a little bit and it felt great. It was also good to scrub the new tires in as riding the virgin rubber on the wet roads the other day was not confidence inspiring to say the least.

I stopped for a quick lunch at this beach side stand with a Harley-Davidson theme….pretty funny…

I rolled into Paraty mid afternoon and found a room (though pricey) easy enough. After settling in a walked around the old colonial town center which is entirely pedestrian only…no cars allowed at all.

My room and the view from my balcony….

There are many great shops and restaurants and all in all it’s a pleasant place to be for sure. That night I wandered out to take in the scene over a few beers. Tomorrow, it’s further up the coast to Rio de Janeiro to cross one more item off the life list!

Day 255-256 – Camburizinho, Brazil

Day 255-256 – Camburizinho, Brazil      05/03-04/11      Mileage: 0

The weather wasn’t going my way the last two days so I stayed put, did some writing and worked on the blog which was over a week behind. Tomorrow the forecast is supposed to be better, so hopefully my patience (read laziness) will be rewarded with dry roads and sun.

All the bad weather did make for some rough surf…