Another long drive

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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In someone´s front yard

Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Thursday, January 14, 2010

I´m quite happy to report that we survived our days in Santa Elena, got caught up on many things, and even went for a nice hike up the mountain outside of town.  We also successfully applied for (and received) Brazil visas without any big issues.  So when the group returned from their trek, we were ready for the fun of spending two days in a truck to get to Manaus, Brazil.  Highlights from the drive include:

Leaving Venezuela and entering Brazil
Finding and using an ATM!  (can´t do that in Venezuela!)
Finding a public women´s restroom with toilet paper and a flushing toilet -- fancy!
Stopping by a nice river for lunch and a swim
Camping in some guy´s front yard.  It was quite a nice front yard, too.
Crossing the equator and officially entering the Southern Hemisphere
A duck flying into the windshield of the truck and causing the windshield to shatter (thank goodness for the protective coating that held it together the last 100 km to Manaus!)

Arriving in Manaus, we checked out a Brazilian tradition -- an all you can eat meat-on-a-stick place.  In addition to a extensive salad bar, people come around with all varieties of meats on sticks, slicing off pieces onto your plate.  Along with the typical things (sausages, chicken, pork, lots of types of beef), they also had lamb, and the most unique -- chicken hearts.  Which actually would have been ok if nobody had told me they were chicken hearts. 
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Emily Putiri on

Hey Kim and John, Glad you're getting to enjoy some modern conveniences for a change! I miss you lots, Kim!

Pat Warren on

Hi John, just got your blog address from Adam and I am glad to see you and your wife are well and having a great time. I have enjoyed following your great adventure and looking at the pictures, you are both doing a fantastic job it is as if we are with you both. Do everything you can and just be safe. My thoughts are with you both.

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