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We've arrived. We've done it. Portland, OR, USA to Leicester UK, overland by bus and train as far as practically possible. We feel happy. Here are the interim stats...
14 countries between the US and the UK.
60+ towns, cities and hotels.
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... is on time so we have an hour to kill.
Arrived in Rio 25 degrees just as the sun is setting, we flew on an old plane with only a few drop down tv's for entertainment. Still at least we all managed a couple hours+ sleep, helped of course by their being a few empty seats to stretch out on.
Get through immigration, they didn't even bat an eye on the kids, so a waste ...
... different steam engines and parts which make up the history of the steam train.
By far the most interesting bit however, is the unique activity that this train boasts over others. To get to and from the museum several modern day roads must be crossed, much to the bemusement of drivers everywhere as the conductors, resplendent in their uniforms, halt the traffic with 'Stop' signs to allow the ...
After all this time, I really can't quite believe it.......the walk starts in only 4 days! We're off on Friday to Kirkby Stephen, staying one night in the Black Bull and then we're bussed to St. Bees early the next morning to begin the trek. A little nervous, but actually, very excited.
But first things first. Today is a ...
... there was a salad option for a certain party. There seemed to be a need to fill in time as the meal break was two hours or so and the guide and official photographer sat happily in the restaurant. After a short walk to the Copacabana beach and an even shorter stay in 30c heat we managed to find a quiet bar to sit in till the coach came back. More carnival blocked roads on the way to the statue and what seemed like huge queues for the little train which goes part of the way ...