Adventures Motorcycle trip latin America through Venezuela and Brazil


 



After a thousand kilometers of perfect asphalt, I reached the 2.2 million low tax industrial city Manaus. My bike was built here. Honda has a big factory here, where they build about one bike every 15 seconds.
 
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The electricity in Manaus only had 110 Volts (like in many Brazil citys), but now the European plug fitted again.
 
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I stopped at the local Mercedes dealer to use the Internet and find a place to sleep using couchsurfing.org.
 
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There I met Luiz Lauschner. Louiz was able to speak German and owned a nice restaurant in Manaus "Kasa do Alemóu" GPS 3° 5'42.51"S 60° 3'4.95"W.
 
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He invited me to spend the night in his house. Obrigado. Later on I found out it was a well known family.
 
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Luiz had published books and wrote columns for a newspaper and his wife was moderating a TV show.
 
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All this seemed to jump over to me now. When I checked my E-mails again,
 
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I found the invitation to give an interview at the radio station RPR1 once I'm back in Germany again :)
 
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From my ex travel made I got the message he still had to wait to get new piston rings flewn in for his Kawasaki KLR 650.
 
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Pablo (the guy my motorbike is registered on) suddenly started to beg for more money. It was so different being cut of in the tropical Amazonas Rain forest.
 
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In the next few days my eye recovered and I could start to get ready to continue my trip.
 
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In the harbor of Manaus, I negotiated with different men, who were selling ferry tickets on the road. Their first offer was 500 Reais.
 
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Luckily, I already knew from other travelers, that the 1000 miles and about 5 days long trip
 
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from Manaus to Belem cost about 150 Reais per person. For 125ccm motorbikes they charge a little bit less than this.
 
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I laughed at the man and offered 200 Reais todo for me and my bike.
 
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He quickly agreed with this. Then I explained that I only had Dollars with me.
 
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After a bit of arguing, most of the men agreed and would have sold me a Ticket for 125 Dollars, but I did not want to buy a ticket yet.
 
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I wrote down the times when the next ferries were leaving, because I did not know when my travel made would arrive.
 
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For him and his 650 ccm Kawasaki the cheapest offer I could get was 200 Dollars.
 
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A bit later on, I got an email of him. He told me he needed an operation and would not come.
 
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Still this day made me really happy. Luiz, who still allowed me to stay, had organized an interview with me to a TV station.
 
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The TV Station Amazon Sat and invited me for the afternoon of the 27.03.2012 at 3 PM as a guest in the life program "Na Rua" (on the street).
 
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My excitement disappeared quickly, when I saw how cool and with lots of humor the moderator announced me.
 
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Because I did not understand Portuguese and the moderator did not want to ask me his questions in English, Luiz translated for me.
 
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I told enthusiastically about how friendly the people everywhere have been to me,
 
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after people in Europe are so afraid of the high criminal rate on this continent.
 
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This got on so well that just a few minutes after the end of the life show my manager Luiz got a call.
 
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The TV Station Amazonica TV wanted to book me for an interview as well.
 
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Luiz agreed and so we went from one interview to another :)
 
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This time it wasn't a life show. They recorded me arriving on my small Honda,
 
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asked me the usual questions like what is the reason why you travel to other countries:
 
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(Travelling is the best thing you can invest money on. Not even a financial crises can take away the life experience you get while travelling.)
 
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and how long I already was on the road. Then we had to go on.
 
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Luiz and his wife had decided to take another interview with me and my pictures into their own TV Show.
 
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Therefore, we had to film me riding the bike again and welcoming the audience at home in broken Portuguese *hihi*
 
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All this was so much fun that I decided to stay another few days. They even published a Story about my trip on the webpage G1 of the big television station Amazonica TV .
 
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Even the weather here in Manaus was very hot, people told me not to go for a swim into the river.
 
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There are wild living Alligators and Piranhas, who can bite deep holes into people.
 
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Talking about the river: Because Manaus is just a few meters above sea level, the water only flows 2 Kilometers per hour.
 
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That's why it takes almost the same time if you take the ferry up the river or down.
 
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At the harbor, I got the tickets for my 125 ccm motorbike and me from Manaus to the 1000 Miles or 5 days distant city Belem for 125 Dollar or 200 Reais. Ferries are going every second day.
 
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I played it hard. I only payed my money after my bike was loaded onto the Ferry San Marina II.
 
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This way the guy who was selling tickets on the street organized the needed wood planks and I did not have to negotiate with other people about this.
 
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They even tried to charge me 15 Euro for using the jetty. Guess sometimes this works with other gringos.
 
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On board I greeted the captain with a big smile and told him with hands and feet about my trip, where I came from and where I want to go. After that he was my friend.
 
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By bike was strapped correctly in front of the boat, where the captain could keep an eye on it. I locked my helmet and my Jacked with a cable lock through the sleeves so it would not disappear.
 
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I was happy to see that everything worked out so well. They even offered free, cooled drinking water for the passengers on board.
 
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For 5 Reais one could buy a big bowl with soup and for 8 Reais Spaghetti, Rice and meat.
 
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The toilets were clean the whole time. Maybe that's because the small rooms are used as showers as well.
 
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While people loaded sacks of para nuts, fridges and televisions into the hull of the boat, the passengers started
 
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to hang up colourful hammocks, which were sold from 10 Euro on at the harbor. I saved myself a place and pitched my tent.
 
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I know why I always tell people to buy tents, which are able to stand even without hugs. A few hours later the ferry finally started. Time went by very quickly.
 
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I met two girls from Portugal who told me about the car accident they had with a rented car while travelling,
 
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and heard about tourist buses who were stopped and robbed by armed clowns on steep streets, where they had to go slow.
 
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Heavily armed were also the police man, who stopped the ferry on the second day to check the papers and search the luggage of all passengers on board.
 
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After two days, we spend one day in the harbor of Santarem to load and unload goods, I wanted to change the chain of my motorbike.
 
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While doing so, I found out the rear sprocket, which I had bought in Bolivia, was wrong and the chain was to long. Only the front sprocket was right.
 
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When I frustratedly wanted to put everything back together again, one of the passengers came to help me. He was a motorbike mechanic.
 
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Quickly he split the chain only using a hammer and a nail. Perfect.
 
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Then he used the same splint to close the chain in the right length. Thanks a lot.
 
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We stayed together after that, made some hamburgers in his Microwave using my bread and tint sausages and enjoyed live.
 
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When I was talking with a girl named Andreza, the motorbike mechanic became a priest and quickly married us. Then we had to kiss each other :P
 
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Did I already write the time passed by so quickly? Many times the ferry stopped at nice little harbors,
 
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or passengers were picked up or brought to the propelled ferry with tiny little boats.

 
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In Guropa the most beautiful woman I have seen on this trip left the ferry. From here on the river became more narrow,
 
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so one could see the breathtaking nice landscape of the tropical Amazonas Rain forest.
 
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I was surprised to see people living there in small wood houses, even there were no roads only the river and the thick and green rain forest.
 
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I would love to know how the people life there and what they were doing the whole day but the ferry went by.
 
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We saw many children in small canoes on the river. Some of them were waiting for the waves of the ferry.
 
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One time children even entered the GPS 25 km/h fast propelled ferry. They had been waiting in the middle of the river for us to arrive.
 
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Then they threw a hug to the reeling, were holding on to a rope and pulled themself closer
 
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so fast that I thought the small canoes will tip over. First I thought that's a bad boys trick but it turned out to be hard work.
 
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On board the kids tried to sell nice tropical fruits, before they left us again.
 
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I really thought about buying a small canoe or motor boat to find out more about the Amazonas but
 
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people told me not to do. Here the river splits into many arms so its too easy to get lost
 
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and also here are not only living dolphins but also dangerous animals such as crocodiles, Piranhas, Cobras and other snakes. And Malaria.
 
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All in all, the tropical Amazonas rain forest is not a place for an unaware gringo to go without planning everything.
 
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So I was happy about the invitation of Sahir to visit his family in Belem for a few days.
 
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The huge family was very friendly to me. They had a small restaurant and feed me with really nice food.
 
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The whole family showed me the city, we went to the airport to change my dollars for the 3000 km long trip to Uberlandia.
 
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I prefer to travel with cash money. Then I know what I have and don't have to rely on possible corrupted bank machines.
 
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Many times before, I have heard about creditcards have been copied in southamerica. I did not want to happen such things to me.
 
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Then we went so see the fish market ad night. Here, people are busy around the clock. Copied films and programms were offered,
 
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boats and trucks were being offloaded and prices were loudly negotiated while people wo haven't sold everything yet, were sleeping beside their goods.
 
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I only got scared when my friends told me to hide my camera in a plastic bag and not to leave the group.
 
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Sometimes if there were too many people around us they quickly decided to change our route or told me not to take photos of some places.
 
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At night they even did not stop on red traffic lights, because they were afraid someone might take out a gun to rob them if they stop.
 
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If even local people are so scared, I have to be even more careful on my Brazilian trip.
 
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Brazil seems to be a country with lots of differences. On one side there were big shopping malls,
 
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on the other side there was waste lying all over the place and the roads are in very bad condition.
 
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In the potholes there was stinky water. That's why there are so many mosquitos.
 
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The communication with my new friends was not easy. In fact, it was very hard.
 
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Somehow they could understand my few Spanish words and my gestures,
 
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but I hardly managed to understand their - as it seemed to me - unclear way of speaking Portuguese.
 
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When I did not understand something they started to speak louder as if I was deaf instead of using their hands to communicate as well.
 
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When it was time to leave, it was hard to say good bye. I got a big lunch pack and was told to come back as soon as possible.
 
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Then I took a small road past beautiful landscape and many mud houses towards Teresina.
 
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I was supprised. After all I have heard about Brazil, I had expected big cities but no mud houses.
 
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In the north of Brazil it was rain season from December until May. Most of the time the sun was shining and it was hot
 
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but suddenly dark clouds appeared on the sky. The heavy, local rain showers only took a few minutes. Then the sun appeared again to dried myself. Continue to next page.




 
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