Brasilia to Chapada Dos Guimaraes

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

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Wind, rain, more rain, yet more wind

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Brasilia to Chapada Dos Guimaraes

After 4 days on the wagon, leaving Brasilia and arriving here there isn't much I can really say, it was just long, hot and boring with the odd pee and lunch break to break the time up

The scenery is pretty much the same, you see a field, you see a tree you see a hill or mountain, you seen em all, they just have different names, but in the end they get pretty boring after a while, no matter how nice and scenic they are

We are now in Chapada Dos Guimaraes (nope I have never heard of it either) we have found a neat little camp ground, it actually looks like the blokes back garden, but we all can fit in here, including the truck, but it’s a tight fit

It was tents up and while I did some washing, everyone went to see the towns birthday, and true to form, after 4 days great weather, the heavens opened up and it threw it down ,but lessons have been learnt now, all the tents had the outer cover on them, apart from one, so I threw that on and went back to my washing, it didn’t really need a rinse, the rain was that heavy, but there was still some little green parrots complaining about the rain (couldn’t see em, but I heard them)

The clocks have now gone back an hour, so this was used as a pretty lame excuse for dinner being late, but still, it arrived and plates left empty (I think everyone was so hungry they just ate it)

We are off somewhere on a trek in the morning, so it will either be wet or hot, have to wait and see what it brings

There hasn’t been much to write about since my last entry, and even as inventive as I am, there has been nothing to write about, it has just been life on a truck going from one meal stop to another with a couple of bush camps to break things up

It has been hard to do the blog with limited power (for the laptop) and some awful internet connections (when we can get them) so any comments posted are really appreciated, I have tried my best to make this an interesting trip for everyone who follows it, not just me who is writing and doing this trip

Personally things have been pretty boring for me up till now, haven’t seen much wildlife, birds, I really hope things are going to change for the better, because I have found Brazil pretty boring in places, and I really don’t find traipsing up a mountain for a 'great’ view very appealing, no matter how good it is, I have better things to do with 8 hours than seeing a view (and I have seen plenty in the past year or so) I have passed on a couple of hikes

We did stop at one place, very fine red dust that got into everything and coated us all, but there was a party of some kind going on, and they played music all night, not music as I know music, but a continuous boom, boom, no matter how loud they played it, it never sounded any better, it went on until 4;40, my alarm went off at 5 am, and I fell back to sleep, it was a bit of a flap for me to get my kit sorted, but I was shattered, I was glad to be getting back on the wagon and having a kip, I think we all had the same idea, as within 30 minutes, most were fast asleep in various positions we have all found on the truck, the lucky ones have a bed type of thing to use, no one was really up too talking or doing much apart from sleep, it had been a long, loud night

But it was just another long truck day, broken up with garage, pee and food stops (and coffee stops for me)


Today (Monday 22 July) was a complete washout, it was like we were in a cloud, the mist and rain rolled in all night, everything was soaking wet, 100% humidity, so the walk was cancelled, I guess most thought the same as I did, we can walk in the rain anywhere, but we hung about until 10ish to see if the weather did improve

It was the coldest night for 25 years here and going by the weather forecast it’s going to get colder tonight, down to 5 C, so it will really be sleeping bag/silk liner time

I am not looking forward to putting my tent away, its dry inside but the outside is soaked, and it don’t matter how much I tighten the guide ropes

I think we are all at a bit of a loss what to do with ourselves now, so some have gone a kip, some reading books, charging phones, iPods and I’m just writing this and trying in vain to find something to write about, but how can I write about something I can’t even see

Some have decided to move lower down the mountain and see if there is any weather improvements, the guide has suggested this (he really wants to take people out, I think he needs the money, as some real haggling has gone on)


After a complete washout, Mario, Danny and myself decided that we would go shopping, we found a supermarket and found they had bacon, so it was decided it would be a blow out lunch, with bacon, sausages, onions, tomatoes, fried bread, so we bought our lunch, took it back to our camp fire and had a cook out, the smell of frying bacon was great, it took a bit longer than normal, as the wood was wet, but that wasn’t going to stop us, the bacon wasn’t like British bacon, it wouldn’t crisp up but it still cooked fine, so we were the every of the rest of them, the smell of cooking bacon wafted over the camp site, it was all cooked and it was one of the best lunches we had enjoyed on this trip

Everyone else went out for their lunch; I don’t think they found anything better than ours

Meanwhile there hasn’t been any improvement in the weather all day, and it looks like I’ll be putting away a wet tent in the morning and probably an early start (and going by the talk on the truck, things are going to get a whole lot wetter and colder the nearer we get to Peru, not something I thought would be happening

Still we are out of here in the morning to somewhere warmer and dryer and there are a lot of people hoping to dry kit, tents out


It was a wild, windy, wet night, my tent was saturated on the outside, but glad to say, warm and snug inside, but after 30 odd years my sleeping bag zip has given up on me, it’s now broken, so I now have to find another one, and fast
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I am a bit disappointed in your trip, disappointed for you and your fellow passengers. The crew have done a marvellous job under the circumstances but I really think it was a bad choice of itinerary and timing on the company's part.
It is impossible to glitz it up if nothing exciting is happening or the weather is so incredibly miserable. Even Rodney, a person of few words himself is very quiet.
A guess as I said previously Sept/Oct/ and Mar/Apr probably the best travel times. Those passion fruit are not banana passion fruit but a local variety one of thousands. Wonder if Wills and Kate will name the future king Derrick or Daryl....probably guess Charles William or Arthur George.
Hope your last days get better on tour weather wise and scenic wise.
Cheers Daryl

derrick241 on

Yes, Rodney has been keeping himself warm and quiet, I cant blame him, the weather has been awful (as shown by the photos)

The guide and driver have done a marvellous job, but they have no control over the weather, and by all accounts its due to get a lot worse
But we have a few outings or activities soon, but we have been told to dress up warm

Jim on

Just between 75 f in the morning and 90f by 4 o'clock in England this last week , or, so, no rain- (the odd very short thunderstorm)- I suppose we will be on hose pipe bans, soon...send some of it here- Humidity is no where near as bad as yours, though.
Just telling us how it is, or, what is not happening is just as interesting, and we don't have to be there to suffer the worst, so , thanks for trying- we still see the good and bad bits through your eyes.
We now know that at this time of year, its not any better than being at home, in that part of Brazil-
It does look like the people running this are trying hard to keep you occupied, but as you say, they cannot control the weather.
It will do you, and all your fellow travelling companions, the world of good with that old friend 'Arthur ritus', if not now, later on.............
I know seeing those extra views can get boring, but I am sure you will find us something interesting , sometime soon.
Shopping trip was fruitful, getting the bacon, I can imagine those not getting any of it, with their mouths watering....(Not the same as cheese being cooked (smells real crap, doesn't it - but, if you like cheese, it tastes good if nice and mature- I suppose cheese there could be made of anything , and may not agree with our stomachs-I know goats cheese upsets a lot of people.)
I hope the tents get long enough to dry, to give a bit more comfort to you all.
All the best

derrick241 on

Hi Jim
Its as I see it mate, the photos tell it better than anything I could say
We can buy decent cheese here (unlike India)
there is plenty of good food, may not know quite what it is, but it goes down well, there is coffee in abundance here, very sweet, very strong
Danny and Colin have done their best, but they have no control over the weather, but they try and get as much for us to see and do as they can regardless of the weather
It certainly is an EXPLORATORY trip, and this will be there next year but with additional attractions, the World Cup (buy your own tickets, though) they have booked hostels and camp grounds already

Anne on

Sorry about you weather there it has been really hot here in England
and looking at your photos it looks really windy as well ,
Glad you enjoyedyour shop and your bacon

derrick241 on

Bacon is always good, but with fresh eggs its unbeatable

Tony on

Broken zip, shouldn't be a problem to a man of your calibre Del

derrick241 on

Nice to see you are now posting comments at last Tony

A busted zip is a problem if you are stuck in a place it cant be fixed or a new zip bought

greekcypriot on

What a night!

travelmonster on

The weather is a nightmare - hope it improves soon on the journey

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