- Airport Transportation
- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Breakfast Available
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
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So we got to Tabatinga, not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be. I mean, yea it was dodgy and we almost got run over a few times, but all in all it was OK. The hotel was nice, I should have hoped so for the price we paid for it (We felt like going quality for one night as we knew we`d be spending a lot of time there and not venuring out too much. Turns out we ventured out to the airport far too early the next day, getting the time zones mixed up due to our phones being ...
... where the battery was flat again; A recharge and off to Reconquista without further hassles but then flat again next day. Auto sparky this time revoked it was a charging problem. Confirmed with help from Darryl at Mount Motorcycles.
Now we knew the problem but did not want to wait 4 days for a fix. Limped on using Robin's bike to recharge when necessary. All came to an end in Brazil, 800 km short of Mauricio's place. A bit scary as the dash ...
... electrical faults disappeared! Low voltage does not seem to suit the modern BMW electrical system.
On Good Friday we all took the opportunity to take a short ride South to Serra Negra. An area with hills and curves that act like a magnet to the local motorcyclists. Stopped for lunch and ice-cream at the town and took in the action. We are still working on convincing Don that a GS1200 would be great for an Aussie ...
... means something quite different to motel in New Zealand.
We settled for a 3 star HOTEL in the city centre - safe parking , good breakfast and a good meal out (with a first night Brasil caiparinga for me). We noted the tidy,even footpaths as we walked to and from tea. No need to watch your footing to avoid missing or irregular cobbles as we had to in Argentina. And no dogs and no doggie doos.
Friday - 640 kms to Mauricio's and Mauricio suggested ...
... Its food was really expensive by Brazilian standards (75 reals for some of the pizzas! about £25), so we didn't have any there. Lots of the waiters could speak a little French, so i did the ordering in french. They said they got lessons before the team (and 'lots' of media) arrived!
We watched the Brazil vs. Netherlands game there, which was really good! (despite the scoreline) Returned to Araraquara at night, planning to watch the final tomorrow at a sports bar in town.