I have no real idea where I am

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
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Trip End Aug 27, 2013


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

3 July

We leave the Brumas hostel, in Ouro Preto today to go in search of another bush camp

It will be an early breakfast and catch a bus to the truck (it had to be moved and parked some distance away)

There has been a lot of fun with the laundry, everyone seems to have bits belonging to others, some bits have gone missing, it wouldn't have been so bad if it was done right, but it wasn’t and we were all over charged, so some unhappy campers today

Collin our driver goes on Google earth and has found a great bush camp last time, I hope he does as well this time

I have no idea where we are headed, but I guess we will arrive there at some point

Collin and Danny have been really great guides and driver, whenever anyone needs them they are always there to help out, have a chat, really nice guys, they have been on several trips around South America and are very good at speaking the local language, they may not be fluent, but they haven’t had any major problems so far

There have been several birthdays and it’s only been a week or so since I joined this trip, they all seem to come in a bunch, but all have been good fun, cake and candles

John was the first one, tonight it was Lindsay’s was last night (2nd July) there is another on the horizon very soon (Alex) so even more cake and candles to look forward to

4 July

The internet has been pretty poor lately; in fact it’s been non existent

We have been above the cloud line quite a bit of the time so taking photos have been a waste of time

We stopped pretty late one night, we couldn’t get in the National Park so we used the car park, it seemed as if they had covered it with rock salt, (so the first time I had to use my nails to hold up my tent)

In the morning a huge mountain appeared, but it never stayed long before it disappeared behind the clouds again, so as there wasn’t a great deal to see or do, it was breakfast and on the move again

There was a track we used to get off these mountains, they were very wet and slippery, and with a lot of rivers and plank bridges over them, so it was all off while we crossed them, they weren’t much wider than our truck and the wheels did spin a bit, in the end, Collin decided we couldn’t carry on, so we turned round and looked for another route down

When we stop for these pee breaks, we always stop at a garage (I am glad to say) so while everyone goes for a 'visit’ I grad a coffee, so far carrying my own mug has been really good, but trying to get them to fill it all the way can be hard work at times

I have been trying to find out, when does a hill become a mountain, but no one seems to know, so I guess we have been up and down mountains, the weather has been chilly  and damp, but its mainly due to the height we have been travelling through, we haven’t been down to sea level since we left Rio,

The mountains have been great when you could see them through, but everything is shrouded in mist and clouds, this is probably why we haven’t seen much wild life or birds (there have been buzzards or eagles but they have been very high or far away)

We camped at a campground last night, and it was pretty good, but only had cold showers, I gave a shower a miss and just had a wash down, it really made a change, people actually sat around after dinner and chatted about previous trips/travels, such a change from my previous trips

This morning I was woken up by chickens and a cockerel right outside my tent, he kept on until I got out of my tent and slung a stick at him, he is another one who just never learnt to tell the time and persist until he is told otherwise, they had a field day pecking around where we had done the cooking

The cockerel may look a big old boy, but he’s all legs, not really worth eating

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Danny has come up with a couple of alternatives, but I don’t know what they are, I wasn’t really listening, so I just go with the flow and see where we end up, but we are in Itaunas, but I think it’s just a night and half a day, with a few things to do in the morning, then it will be off to Caraveles for a couple of nights (I think)

This trip is really living up to its name ‘exploratory’ and if it does appear on other trips it will be pretty good (even if some of the places aren’t really worth visiting and are really small)

If the blog seems a bit disjointed, I’m sorry, it is difficult doing all of this from memory and relying on photos, still I hope you all get a general idea of what I have been up to and where I am
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daryl on

You have got good crew, interesting exploratory tour. Rodney is having fun.
Just googled definitions on mountains and hills . Basically, 2000 feet (600 meters) is a mountain lower elevations are hills. 19% of South America is mountains. That long legged rooster is a sight and I can well imagine him to be a noisy buggar. The air must be nice and crisp the mountains seem claustrophobic to me the small communities you pass through would be interesting meeting the locals. Good pics as usual...Enjoy those birthday cakes....not too much for Rodney......enjoy my friend.

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

As you move on pictures get better and better. More greenery and natural beauty. Indeed this trip differs from the other two. I can't wait to read more. It seems like you are a bunch of friends ....or at least you will become towards the end of the trip for sure....at least with the majority.

Anne on

That waterfall was so nice the photos are really good
Glad to see you all getting on and rodney is getting out
well the cockiel got you up well this on here is waking me up every morning at 3

derrick241
derrick241 on

Well, at least you wont be late for work, the water at the falls was good enough to drink, so I filled my water bottle :-)

mmbcross
mmbcross on

You are really up, up and away on this section of the trip. I'm sure its a Brazil that most people least expect to visit. How do your escorts find these apologies for roads? I hope you''ll get to see more beaches from now on. Keep on truckin'.

Ian C on

Looking really good Derrick.
Amazing how you are actually finding internet access at all.

derrick241
derrick241 on

All I can really say is Collin has coped with the roads pretty well and he does think of the people in the back, so there isn't any major bouncing around, I have yet to see him without a smile or grin on his face

Edward on

Please keep the vehicle pics coming, anything and everything, especially strange old things. (Yes, like you!!!)

travelmonster
travelmonster on

You should've put the cockerel in the pot for dinner! :-D

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