Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid
Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
52Trip End Mar 29, 2010
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I woke up with quite a fuzzy head this morning I have to admit and the worst cramp I have ever experienced in my leg (and a hankering for british tea!), but after my heavy thoughts of the last few days and having finaly made a decision (in one way or another) I floated out of my cozinho and felt at that precise moment that I must have been the happiest girl in the world
So, this morning the sunshine was nice and it looked like a day for an adventure! After fruit and coffee (the boys had cleared the kitchen of food again), Elisangela, Lara, Ciricio, Rick and I headed off with our packs. Rick (Hick Hock as I now call him, due to the pronunciation of his name is in Brasilian!) and Ciricio are real jokers and are very young... They played and laughed and we passed the hilly trek quite happily! Ciricio has this ongoing joke with Hick Hock... they poke me with various plants so I think I have creatures on me again and I fall for it every time! At some points on the road entire parts of the hillsides had come down in the storm and blocked the road and we had to clamber over them, our feet sinking into the mud! My feet are a total disgrace. Firstly, they are stripey from the sun catching the parts around the straps on my sandals and secondly my toes and nails are completely orange
About 5k from town (the walk is around 15k in total) the local taxi pulled up and asked us if we wanted a lift, which we declined, however he waited for us a little ahead and Hick Hock managed to get him to drive us for free! Awesome, that and a cold beer waiting for us at the bar in Limeira made my morning again! It was nice chatting to the group and Hick Hock ordered some barbecued meat for us to snack on and even Joao (the little cute Brasilian from the week before at Iracambi who had tried to get me to dance on the tables!) joined us because his mother works at the bar and he was helping her for the day. We saw Bill briefly, but he was quiet and boarding a bus for Muriae. After our food and drinks we went to drop the shopping list at the supermarket and the boys bought more beer for Iracambi, my angels! It's bad, but you work so hard here and it is so hot and humid that it is nice to know you can have a cold beer (actually anything other than water!) at the weekend and the beer here is so light (completely different to english beer), so it is really refreshing. I am not sure what time we headed off, but it had gotten really hot and humid and I suspected another storm was on its way. A few km in a big truck pulled in up ahead - this is where the stupid bit comes in! We jumped on the back
The rain came again as we hiked back the distance that the truck had taken us past our turning. The walk back was really hard in the rain and the cold (because we were soaking wet!) and by the time (which seemed forever and at one point we had to take cover in a family's verrander - bless them for allowing us!) we reached Iracambi we were filthy, soaked and dragging our feet and smiles! A new girl, Camila, met us in the kitchen as we dived hungrily into the sparce food bin - goodness knows what she thought she'd arrived to... O comunidade Iracambi though, I love it!
I've showered now, I'm dry and the internet is back up and running; time to do some work before dinner! Hick Hock is cooking a traditional Brasilian dish with Lara and I feel I could eat and eat! Doesn't happen to me often and I love the feeling of having achieved something physical and we certainly have today! 30k and a close call... good going for one day, even on my record, but I don't think I am going to be able to move in the morning!!!