Dangerous Road Trip to the Interior...

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Monday, January 21, 2008

The day started out beautifully.  Jacqui, Elias, and I started out driving from Porto Seguro to Ipatinga in Minas Gerais at 8am.  The sun was shining and it was warm...but not too warm.  Just like everyday in PS.  We made our way through Eunapolis onto BR-101, no problems.  Now on the Brazilian road map we bought here.  BR-101 from Eunapolis to Vitoria is marked as "USE CAUTION".  We didn't know why...maybe dirt roads, maybe bandits.  All we knew is that we needed to take it half-way through the "CAUTION" part until we hit BR-418. 

Once we got past Eunapolis, I saw the need for the caution markings.  The road is all extremely steep inclines, and blind curves.  So basically a very fun road (unless you get motion sick, poor Jacqui).  Except that this is one of the main North-South highways and this road was clogged with commercial trucks trying to lumber through turns that would make a crotch-rocket rider flinch and up hills that would be hard to walk up.  So for miles and miles (I should say kilometers and kilometers) traffic is backed up behind big rigs moving at 10km/hr.  Occasionally, enough of a sightline would allow a car to pass the truck.  And an even more unexpected sight was the truckers who would pass another truck (still only a 2-lane highway) around blind curves and hills.  NOW I see why this is a dangerous road.  Once we got of BR-101, the roads were still curvy but nowhere near as many trucks.  Also saw some great scenery, as seen in the pics Jacqui took.  There were mountains of sheer rock cliff just jutting up out of pastures.  And we crossed a mountain range that at the top looked like you were on top of the world. 

Actually, the view made me think of the book I just read, "Plague Year" by Jeff Carlson.  I won't give much about it away except that its about a rogue nanotech device that doesn't function above 10,000 feet.  I think it was a great book and highly recommend it.
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