Sun 23/03-2014 Day 633

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Gelderson and Priscilla dropped me at the ferryport. Bye, bye, and muito obrigado!

 

Back to the hotel in Soure
Pos: here
Loc: Punta Pesqueira
Acc: Gelderson’s Hotel

Another two hours online this morning from 6.30 to 8.30 am, then it was time to leave Belem again. Gelderson and Priscilla drove me to the ferry harbour, where we met Lisa, an employee of the hotel who went with me, as my hosts had to stay in Belem. I was supposed to drive Gelderson’s car from the other side of the big ferry where we left it to the small ferry between Salvaterra and Soure, where we met the driver from the hotel to take over.

No big problem to drive this short way, just to the many speed bumps I had to get used to. But the car had a built in speed warning starting to beep at 60 km/h, are you not allowed to drive faster here? It made sense anyway, as any time there could be either a buffaloe or horse or whatever creature crossing the street, or a bicyle would come on the wrong side or you’d hit a deep pothole or getting run over by a motorbike with three people on it and obviously no built in speed warning.

But It was not too bad, I made it safely with Lisa to the small ferry where we met our driver. You have to back up on this one, as it has only one end to drive on and off. They organized also quickly a woman with a sewing machine to repair my pants pocket which only glued on and eventually dissolved off in the humid heat. Thanks for the quick repair, Lena!

Back in my hotel room, Gelderson had already organized two huge 20 l bottles of fresh drinking water for me to take along on the next section. Thanks! I spent the rest of the afternoon packing my breakfast packages and food, and selecting a bunch of stuff I am thinking I won’t need any more on the next leg, like the hammock (not the tarp though), the anchor, my ever broken computer and batteries and other stuff making no sense for me to carry around. Gelderson will send it to Fortaleza where I probably will have my holiday break and take the stuff home.

We already loaded my kayak, and I am ready to leave tomorrow morning to cross the Rio Para. Not sure where I will end up regarding the current, not many villages on the other side. We’ll see…

9 comments on “Sun 23/03-2014 Day 633

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Jens Kruse

Hi Freya,
You’ll always wonder as a German when driving abroad – all the world drives slower than we do here in Germany. 🙂
Hopy you will think back to your driving episode in Brazil when you enjoy your next ride at night on the A7 …
Regards,
Jens

Randall Lackey

As always your posting are quite interesting of the diffent towns and villages you encounter.Glad to read you’re making good preps for the upcoming leg of the journey. It does seem you might as well ditch the computer , but I think I’d hold onto the hammock, it can’t be taking up that much room, and you are better prepared with it.Safe Paddling and hope you’ll have fair winds and low currents to come ahead.

Karen

Hello Freya, Sounds like you have been through many adventures as of lately. I hope you feet have healed before you set out on the next leg. Good that you found new shoes to protect your feet. May your souls be happy.
Thank you for all the effort you put in to keep us informed as to your location, your health and your experiences.
Travel well and safe

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