Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Arrival in Brazil

****While Klaus and I have come to Durban, South Africa, it´s time to update the blog with the last installments from South America. As per today we´re in Durban with the local classic bike club and Ken Sink and his wife, that takes good care of us. The bad news though is that my bike costed 1500 USD to release, and they had stolen all my tools and leathers. Anyhow, details on the arrival in South Africa in a few days time, first some installments from Brazil. Retards, Tormod. *****

To enter Brazil meant it was time again to catch up with Klaus which had taken a plane from Peru. I´d been on my own since Lima, Peru, and I´d been driving without a first and third gear since La Paz.

In Paraguay the temperature rose with the tropical climate, and all the start and stops through the border town took its toll on the clutch. By the time I reached Brazilian customs the clutch were sending heavy smoke signals out the vent, explaining its suffering.

When I was finally through, late in the night and had a found a place to sleep I got in touch with Klaus by mail. Klaus were in Foz Iguaco, and I was in Foz Iguaco, but we sort of could not find each other. After a while it came clear that Klaus was in Argentinean Foz Iguaco, while I was in the Brazilian Foz Iguaco. Next day we united, got the bike fixed and saw the touristy things before we headed west on my bike, to great despair for the motorcycle.


Arrival in Brazil. The border rossing and customs into Brazil was very civilized, opposed to when the bike leave the country by ship

When Klaus arrived the part I was missing we celebrated with repairing the gear box. In fact, the bike is actually beet to drive with 4 speeds rather than 2

Foz Iguaco is located a few kilometers outside Foz Iguaco. A nice spectacle, and of course a honey jar for tourists that the government know how to exploit to the fullest

Foz Iguaco in the background

It´s not a few thousand bad pictures that is shot here every year


More Foz Iguaco

More Foz Iguaco

The Itaipu Dam is a cooperation project between Paraguay and Brazil. It´s so huge that Paraguay can´t use their share of the electricity, and use the surplus energy to pay down their debt on it by selling to Brazil

The white tubes seen on the dam is xx meters wide and feeds the turbines

Some heavy duty isolators required

More Dam

Top of the dam

The grid from the dam

In Cascavel on the way to Curitiba, we were invited by Sandro Fandanelli and stayed over for a night. Sandro helped us get the bike washed and got us some bits and pieces that we needed. Thanks a lot buddy!

Departure from Cascavel, Sandro to the very left


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