Day 265 – Itubera to Indiaroba, Brazil

Day 265 – Itubera to Indiaroba, Brazil 05/13/11 Mileage: 252

It was going to be a short ride up the coast to catch the ferry to Salvador, so I lingered a bit to use the hotel wifi. Itubera ended up being a really nice little town….the kind you won’t find in any guide book and will only stumble upon by chance….and I’m glad I did! It’s like Frenchtown, NJ at home…..you won’t find it in any international guide book for the U.S., but a foreign tourist would love to stumble upon it.

Me and the Hotel Jerusalem where I spent the night…..shalom!   lol

Once packed and on the road it took about 2 hours to get to the ferry which departed a few minutes after I arrived….perfect timing!

The KLR strapped in for ferry ride number…..errrr….oh hell I have no idea….I lost count…

It started pouring half way across the bay but fortunately had stopped by the time the ferry arrived at the terminal in Salvador.

The Salvador skyline from the ferry….

The GPS was note able to route me to the historic town center, so I was doing a bit of dead reckoning to find my way. Well, I managed to dead reckon myself into what has to be the roughest part of Salvador as it would make the roughest neighborhoods of the Bronx back in the day look like Candyland. I didn’t stop for even a picture and just kept rolling until I found my way back to a main avenue…and did eventually find my way to the historic center.

 The main square was quite nice, but I was hounded as soon as I stopped by pushy fucks wanting me to stay at their hotels or take their tours. I had to wave them to move so I could get a picture of the square without them in it.

They continued to hound me so I just got back on the bike and left to go check out the waterfront and the nicer section of town.

When I stopped to take this picture on the waterfront….a guy ran from down the street to tell me about the hotels he was pushing….I said no thanks…but when he didn’t stop I just got back on the bike and rode away.

I pulled into a waterfront parking area lined with restaurants and again was hounded by people pushing me to eat at their place.

Maybe it’s just me but that turns me off, so turned the bike around and split.

This guy spoke english and we chatted for a minute at a traffic light…nice guy…he sais he had a bike and would love to do a trip like mine…

I continued along the waterfront but didn’t see anything compelling me to stay and I was starting to feel a little “big city’ed out” anyway, so I continued up the coast. Maybe Salvador will have to wait for next time.

Lane splitting is great for beating traffic…but dicey sometimes! I think it should be legal back home…(it is in California!)

There wasn’t much in the way of towns or services on this part of the BA 001, so I had to ride an hour or so in the dark before finding a room in a little pousada in Indiaroba. Tomorrow, it’s back on the road north…

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8 Responses to Day 265 – Itubera to Indiaroba, Brazil

  1. Arlene says:

    This entry is beautiful and glad you came across it. But……..the place that looked like the Bronx is what I worry about all the time. Glad you got out okay…….not the stuff a mother likes to read on the blog.
    The people pushing hotels and restaurants reminds me of NYC the way it was years ago and AC when you walk on the boardwalk.

    Stay safe and dry and well. Love you, Mom

  2. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Hi Lenny…That certainly sounds like a city I’d not to go back and visit. When my cousin was in the Navy they pulled into Madras and he wouldn’t even get off the ship it was so disgusting. Hate people hassling me like that!

    • Lenny says:

      Well, Salvador has a rich history, and I’m sure there are some very nice parts of the city that I certainly missed. I will go back another time and give it a proper visit, maybe when the weather is better and I have more time… 🙂

  3. Jenn Durrua says:

    Arlene…As a mother i can totally understand that you might worry…while reading this blog I started to feel a bit nervous too. Just remember your son is a VERY smart guy and if anyone can handle it Lenny can…I guess an adventure like this can’t all be beautiful vistas and lots of great beer. Lenny be safe and well!
    Safe travels,
    Jenn

  4. Uli says:

    hey, you look like brasilian drivers! better not learning from them…

    • Lenny says:

      Brazil is rubbing off on me for sure! ….or maybe it was La Paz, Bolivia where I acquired my aggressive driving habits? lol

  5. Arlene says:

    HI JENN, THANKS FOR YOUR NOTE AND YOU AND OUR FAMILY GO BACK A LONG WAY AND YOU KNOW THAT WE WERE ALWAYS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF LENNY. BUT………..IT IS GETTING TIME TO COME HOME TO THE USA.

    I WONDERED HOW OLD THE KIDS WERE? YOU ARE A MOTHER FOREVER.

    BE WELL AND BE HAPPY. ARLENE

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