My grandfather went today after a fruitful life of impressive discipline, determination, focus, honesty, and vision. A leader, a gentle boss, stern but not harsh, quiet but attentive, a traveler and explorer. He has always been the solid and stable figure of the family. He went at home this morning. A simple burial with only the direct family.
Woke up with Pedro and Armando who had arrived on their bikes from Sao Paulo 🙂 Had some breakfast and went over to Sao Paulo with about 12 motorcycles!! Very cool and different riding with so many bikes. Arriving in Sao Paulo was quite emotional… great feeling to have completed the journey! Arrived at my Dad’s house and there were about 30 people waiting for us with banners, champagne and lots of happiness! What a reception!! Very very cool. Stayed there till a lot later and then went to my Mom’s where there were yet more people later on since it was her … Continue reading “Day 80 – Fazenda Mato Dentro to Sao Paulo!!!!” →
Quick post – no internet here – morning spent getting Gui a new tire then driving the entire afternoon (300 miles) to get to Campinas and then to the farm where Dudu (another cousin) was waiting for us 🙂Now doing some churrasco (barbecue) and drinking some beer 🙂Tomorrow day 80 and Sao Paulo!!!!
Great day – visit to Usina Vale do Ivai in the morning – sugar and alcohol production plant – always learn something new when I go there.It’s one of the most self sufficient industries I know of:– Sugar cane by itself is a renewable source of energy– The fibers of the sugar cane are burnt to produce enough electricity for the entire plant + surplus to sell back to the grid– The soot from the burnt fibers is spread on the soil as a fertilizer– The unused/old yeast is used as an additive to livestock feed– The “vinhaca” – a … Continue reading “Day 78 – Fazenda Barbacena to Londrina” →
Short but exciting post!At my family’s farm in Parana, 450km northeast of Foz de Iguacu, +/- 1000km west of Sao Paulo next to a small town called Sao Pedro do Ivai.This is where I spent most of my childhood vacations and have many fond memories of.Very cool to arrive here by motorcycle, especially coming from so far away.It all looks great, smells wonderful, and tastes amazing. We had some chicken with orange sauce along with wild rice and beans and salad. All local produce and by default “organic”. Maybe that’s why I always found the organic concept strange – it was … Continue reading “Day 77 – Foz de Iguacu to Fazenda Barbacena” →
All day tourist day 🙂Tour bus picked us up at 9:10am and took us to Iguacu Falls – very cool walk along the pathways and very impressive the size, noise and amount of water of the falls. Amazingly few Brazilians – most Argentineans and Europeans… interesting… well… not so surprising – I’ve lived in Brazil most of my life and never even thought of coming here to see this!After the falls we stopped at a buffet style restaurant where we ate a bit – well – more like a lot – feijoada, cupim, farofa, guarana, suco de acerola and all … Continue reading “Day 76 – Foz de Iguacu” →
Some of the TED Talks I liked in no particular order… Heard 79 of them these past two days riding… still in 2006 🙂 An atheist’s call to arms – Richard Dawkins (2002)Design is in the details – Paul Bennett (2005)12 sustainable design ideas from nature – Janine Benyus (2005)Hardware solutions to everyday problems – Saul Griffith (2006)The rise of the amateur professional – Charles Leadbeater (2005)Three things to know before you ski to the North Pole – Ben Saunders (2005)Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy? – Dan Gilbert (2004)The paradox of choice – Barry Schwartz (2005)What we … Continue reading “TED Talks” →
BRASIL!! We have arrived!!Easy day of riding, some more turns than yesterday thankfully and a little bit more mountainous terrain but not that much 🙂We arrived in Puerto Iguacu and stopped for lunch and some tips as to where to stay – Brazilian or Argentinean side.We got an irrefutable offer from Alejandro – a good rate a Hotel Suica and a free tour of the falls and Itaipu tomorrow!The border crossing was one of the easiest and fastest ones we’ve done so far – we both got 40 days to stay in Brazil – I came in with my Italian … Continue reading “Day 75 – Posadas to Foz de Iguacu” →
Hum… straight roads… very green… very humid and hot… lots of Brazilian trucks on the road. Presidente Roque Saenz Pena is a cute little town with a few restaurants and quite a few people cruising along the roads – nothing compared to Salta, which has a vibrant street which is shut off to cars and people just walk up and down two large blocks filled with bars (boliches) and restaurants. Posadas also has a lot going on at night at the Avenida Constanera – an avenue that runs along the river where people drive up and down on their cars … Continue reading “Day 74 – Presidente Roque Saenz Pena to Posadas” →