Brazil starts on a high then the bike needs some TLC

It has been amazing to have such giving and truly happy people to cross our path lately. I find myself saying thank you so much and the people like Sarah, Erick and Samia saying genuinely it is no problem. It is such a nice feeling to be so welcomed by so many people in so many different places.

Promptly at 630 am (Erick is a Capt in the military) we get picked up and head to the Patanal. It is the biggest or one of the biggest wetlands in the world. No matter the statistic there are a lot of water and animals here. A lot of animals I have never or rarely seen. Lots of birds, snakes (if you can find them) and alligators. Very cool and beautiful area that is different from anywhere I have ever been.

Start of the off road.

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A little deer. Very cool to be seeing wildlife again.

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A tree that only blooms this time of year.

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A short ferry ride relying on this old girl.

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The river
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The whole team. Samia in action with the selfie stick

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Caprivara aka giant water rat.
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Lots of birds

I got a little excited with the wildlife pictures.

Here is a view of Corumba and the Patanal from above.

We also took a sunset boat tour out of Corumba to see some more wildlife and just get some great sunset views.

me

Amazing views to end a truly wonderful day.

After another great dinner with Erick and Samia it was time to part ways. They are such wonderful, kind and down to earth people. I think it is the love of motos that initiates the conversation or meeting but kindness and passion for life is what creates the lasting friendship. It’s always a great experience to make friends with such kind people from all different parts of the world.

Thank you again Erick and Samia!! Miss you both!!!
We learn quickly that the roads are much better here but also very straight and Brazil is HUGE!!! So that’s an equation for not the most exciting riding. Erick was saying that he does 1000k days on his Harley!! I totally believe him but also think he is a little crazy!! He goes and trains in the jungle where there are huge snakes and other crazy animals so he is much tougher than I am.  I have no plan to do 1000k days.

After a few days of riding we find a nice little riverside hotel and plan to get going early the next day.  I start the day by dropping my helmet and breaking my roughly two week old Sena intercom/Bluetooth music device. Not a great start and literally the first time I dropped my helmet all trip. I am little OCD about where I put my helmet and not dropping it. Irritated but keeping it all in perspective and knowing ultimately its not a big deal. I try to super glue it and repair it other ways but no dice it is dead. About an hour later when I have come to grips with my recent loss and accepting I am doing some of the most boring riding of the trip with no music I look at my triple tree clamp (bridge) and see a scratch. I pick at it while riding and oh shit that’s no scratch that’s a crack!!

Tough day! Very expensive Sena device down and now a more expensive critical part severely compromised!! How do I play this one?

She’s a beauty

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