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Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Thursday, July 11, 2013

11 July Itacare

I am now back online; the internet has really been a bit iffy in some places

I have posted the pictures of the passion fruits we have been enjoying and the mango's (they are bigger than anything we can get at home) we are down to our last passion fruit now, so we have to get new supplies in from somewhere, coconuts are everywhere, but I haven’t had one yet, not even a drink from one

When we stop anywhere, my first task is to find coffee (its the talk of the truck) and I have been very successful in finding free coffee, much to the amusement of everyone (it don’t take much to make me happy, a coffee and the world is a great place, regardless of the rain)

We moved about 2 hours down the coast, not quite sure where though, but it’s where the first church was built in Brazil (so I have been told)

We are in a really upmarket campsite, there are motor homes, campers, caravans, everything you can imagine (there are vehicles very much like Winnebago’s, but different makes, it’s quite funny, they have all these upmarket wagons) and we turn up in a truck and of course it caused quite a stir, everyone came out to see us, they even had to raise the power cables to get us underneath it, but of course Collin was up to the job as usual and we ended up parked on the football field, but its flat and does us, very well

Everywhere we have gone, our truck gets lots of looks and people take photos of us and the truck, as this part of the trip has never been done by anyone this must be their first look at a truck like this, so it’s a bit like a celebrity tour

Everyone on the campsite wants to see the layout of our truck, I don’t know what they think of it (if it was kept tidier, it would be impressive when they look in there)

I asked a bloke if I could look round his camper, I would show him round my tent, he never took up the offer though, but he let me look in his camper, big double bed, full range kitchen, satellite TV (32 inch flat screen of course) various single beds, a couple of swivel captain’s chairs, then the dining area for 6-8 people, they had an awning out the side, table all set out, even had fresh flowers on the table and a fake grass carpet, but no kids, which I thought was strange, a big wagon like this and just 2 people to enjoy it (I think kids would love travelling on it) there doesn’t seem to be many kids on this campsite though, but lots of dogs, all shapes, all sizes and people out walking them with the obligatory plastic bag and scoop

It was tents out and we were ready for a visit to this old church, but I thought it would be a good chance to give my tent, sleeping bag and liner and airing and the clothes I had washed at the last hostel really did smell bad, so I was going to give them another wash

Everyone was milling around and chatting to all the owners of the 'posh’ wagons, next moment the heavens opened up, no idea where it came from, it was a beautiful blue sky, of course everyone had the same idea as I did, so it was a mad dash putting covers over tents, getting stuff off lines and of course getting the cooking gear under cover (which there werent any) I went round to my tent and Danny and Collin were putting the cover over my tent, I had grabbed everything from the line and slung it on the truck, but it was in vain, I had an in tent swimming pool, there werent much I could do until the rain stopped, but at least it never got any deeper

After about 30 minutes or so it did stop and everyone had to try and dry insides of tents, sleeping bags and towels, the smelly tee shirt I was wearing came into use, I used it to dry the inside of my tent, as I was going to rinse it, this seemed an ideal time, it couldn’t get any stinkier

As luck would have it, everything I grabbed off the line didn’t get wet, so some where happy; at least they had dry towels

It didn’t take long to get the puddles out, and my tee shirt didn’t smell any worse, in fact it smelt somewhat better (I don’t know what they did with it, but everyone who had clothes washed there had the same problem STINKY CLOTHES)

We caught a bus to see this church, it was only 5-6 Km down the road, and of course, with every place of worship, it was at the top of stairs, 200 meters of them, so we all set off up them

On the way up these steps, I found a millipede; it was quite big (I thought)

Well we did get up there, some quicker than others, we got up the top and of course there are the usual sellers of stuff you don’t really need, but there was a woman selling this prawn/shrimp things, so I grabbed one of them, along with most others, it was certainly well filled and very good, but no idea what they call it

After that it was just a case of wandering about taking photos of various old churches, but the oldest was slightly further away, they all looked pretty much the same to me, we couldn’t really take any photos of the insides as most doors were shut, but I did find one that had the doors ajar, but it wasn’t very preposseing, just the alter and pews to see

There does seem to be a lot of turkeys just wandering around, they seem tame enough, not frightened of the people anyway, but they would be if they knew what people wanted to do with them

Somewhere along the line I lost everyone, so I went back down the steps and took a walk into the town, it looked like some place I had seen before in the US, but I can’t remember where, it’s all single story buildings, one way streets and it has all the old favourites, McD’s, Subway, and even a Denny’s, but I never tried any off them, I was trying to find an ATM, and every one I tried refused my card, but I was told there was a HSBC somewhere, but it was quite a walk away and as I had no other choice I started walking, well I did find it, so I went in there, I put my  card in, next moment I had a bloke with a shotgun stand next to me while I got my money, he wouldn’t let me go until I put it away (that never happens in England, it would be the shotgun pointed the wrong way)

I found a couple of statues of PEDRO something or other , I think he had something to do with founding this town, but as there is nothing I can understand about him, I have no idea who he is

Well after that I had to get back to the campsite, I knew where it was, but had no idea of the bus we got, I couldn’t find a taxi driver that could understand me, so no other choice but to walk, it took a while but I got there and of course I had found a place with free coffee, so I dropped in there and grabbed a cup and made a promise to come back for dinner later

We are leaving in the morning, so it will be up, up and away and onto Itiare (which I can’t find on a map)



I was up, coffee made, and started to put my kit away (it has a habit of raining in the mornings here) I had just put everything on the truck and the heavens opened up and it was everyone running around again, some had gone for showers and just left tents open, so it was another repeat of the previous day, getting tents folded up, kit away and of course breakfast was missed by many

We that is about it, today was just a rainy day and we spent all day travelling to Itacare


We arrived here, and it was dark, so it was a case of get tents up and prepare dinner, there is a touch of damp in the air and the roar of waves on the beach, but I can’t see it, we are in a bush camp, but across the road there are toilets and showers and wifi, (sort of)

I guess I’ll see more in the morning, there are a lot of coconut trees, I hope no one has put up their tents underneath them

It has been raining on and off all day, I hope Salvador is drier and warmer
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travelmonster on

The photo of the open passionfruit made my mouth water - looks delicious!

Peggy on

It sure is wet.

derrick241 on

The fruit is great and I have really enjoyed them

As for the weather, it don't look like there will be any improvement before we leave here in the morning, so its wet tents in the morning :-(

Jim on

Looks like not many put their thinking caps on, after the first soaking-Fruits do look tasty. Any one catch a turkey before you left for tomorrow's dinner ? I bet those luxury campers do not get the satisfaction that you and your fellow travellers get of the experiences and different places you get to see and do.
If I was fit enough .......... I still would not want to go it alone in a luxurt camper in some of those places I think its really a credit to the country that someone guards you when you use an ATM-

rossport on

nice to see that u are having a lot better camping grounds with all amenities mate and those passion fruit are to die for they are so sweet and tasty go well with anything ice-cream mango and banana's as well or even on your cereal.

The morning shower is free so wait for it to have one then let the others pack their tents away

Anne on

that passions fruit looks really nice i could just eat that now
Let thet lot put there own tents away ,
The photos were great
So is it turkey for dinner then
Hope you do get some dry weather soon

greekcypriot on

Mouthwatering fruit! Indeed they seem huge and I can imagine the flavour.
It is so nice that each one cares for the rest. So different from the trip you had in India Derrick. It is indeen an amazing trip and I am sure the best is to come.
Even if the weather is not that good, still it is so much fun to be out there and experience all these.

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