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Published: March 11th 2014
Lunch on the road - or in the parking lot
January (Odyssey Day 73)
After packing up the camp this morning, we headed back into Jaciara and spent an hour and a half in town. After Joanna and I did another shop for the bar (a never ending job it seems), I managed to find a café to have a drink and use the internet, and then even had time to do some personal shopping.
I also found a chemist. The guy there didn’t speak English but we got our points across quite well I think – ‘buzzzz’ *slap* means mosquito and ‘buzzzz’ *swat* means fly. So yes, I managed to get some insect repellent and some antihistamine cream for fly bites (which I wasn’t the only one to suffer from at the Jaciara camp).
We arrived in Chapada dos Guimarães around 1630. The campsite appears to actually be someone’s backyard and there was only just enough room for all our tents to spread out behind the main house. The showers are in the toilets, of which there are only one each for guys and girls – something
More truck stops than anything else on the roads of Brazil
which doesn’t bode well for access to the toilets in the early mornings! Ironically there is a spare shower, but no spare toilet.
After setting up our tents during a break in the drizzling rain and getting all the kitchen stuff to the cooking area down the back, Simon took us on a quick laundry run. Nothing washed in Jaciara was dry as it was too wet and humid for anything to dry there. Unfortunately the laundry was closed by the time we reached it, so it will have to wait for morning. Everyone is running out of clean clothes, or even cleanish clothes by now.
We had a very nice fish dinner tonight and we are getting used to the sun setting earlier now. I did however, manage to get a rather nasty rope burn from stairs of the truck. That will certainly teach me to be more careful.
January (Odyssey Day 74)
Today was a free day at
Chapada dos Guimarães
Drizzling backyard camp
Chapada dos Guimarães for me. The majority of the group set out on a hike with a local guide. Ellie kindly took my laundry as they were stopping there on their way to the morning trek. The hiking in this area is meant to be very good and the views well worth the effort, but it’s not really my thing especially in this local mix of drizzling rain and high humidity.
I walked into town for a look around. It is a very small town but quite cute. So I walked around the square a few times, minutely inspected every souvenir shop I could find that was open, and took my sweet time having a savoury pastry and ice cream for lunch (I know, my diet is exemplary). Really though there is only so much time you can spend in such a little place.
Heading back to camp (which admittedly only took about 3 minutes even dragging my feet) I found a few of the group had returned from their hike and yes, the views were lovely.
Chapada dos Guimarães
Making the most of limited power points - while trying not to blow everything up...
January (Odyssey Day 75)
Today was yet another free day for me, anyone would think I was on a holiday or something. There were quite a few more people around the camp today though. It was rainy all day, on and off, though only lightly. Just as well I didn’t do my own washing here – I’d have been completely out of clothes.
It didn’t take too long for the ground to starting getting very muddy as people walk over the same path again and again in the rain. I don’t envy the owners their garden when we leave…
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