Back in rhythm

Now England, our dear homeland, is really quite far away;
We left her in the spring and now she’s passed the longest day.
Here in Brazil it’s winter, but we’ve kept the gloves at bay
For it is hot, hot, hot, hot, HOT: plus 30 every day.

Autumn-winter collections look a little different here...

Autumn-winter collections look a little different here…

On Monday we tried to atone for recent dallying
And leapt forward 800 k´s – twas most encouraging.
On Tuesday our first driver whisked us in his speedy car
To meet a new friend-of-a-friend in cool Brasília.

Our hosts, Desirée and François, with their cats Richard Parker and Dexter.

Our hosts, Desirée and François, with their cats, Richard Parker and Dexter.

Brasília’s the capital (not Rio as you thought);
When planning, 50 years ago, a fun design was sought.
A bird? A plane? Yes actually – the latter won the shout.
There’s symmetry and lots of space and funky sites throughout.

Looking down the body of the 'plane'.

Looking down the body of the ‘plane’.

Santuário Dom Bosco: breathtakingly beautiful

Sanctuário Dom Bosco: breathtakingly beautiful.

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‘Os Candangos’, representing the pioneering spirit of the workers who built the city (the statue, not us).

Brasília cathedral.

Brasília´s cathedral.

When Wednesday came, “Vamos!” we cried and spent a cheery day
With nine drivers who, one by one, helped put us on our way.
We caught one hitch whilst driving: one trucker yelled to the next;
Some cops helped too, most friendly chaps, so no need to be vexed.

Sergeants Bozerra and Evangelista. They weren't to know they'd taken us back to where we'd been two hours earlier...

Sergeants Bozerra and Evangelista. They weren’t to know they’d taken us back to where we’d been two hours earlier…

We spent two nights in odd locales (as we are wont to do):
A truck container, first of all – a bit bizarre, it’s true.
Then after heading on, with time out watching Team Brazil,
Our tent came out – first time since March! Sleep hours? … Well, more than nil.

This truck usually transports meat, leaving a smell that lingered gently...

This truck usually transports meat, leaving a lingering scent… kind of like a mouldy air freshener.

Aside from not actually driving the trucks, we basically lived a truckers life this week.

Aside from not actually driving the trucks, we lived a truckers´ life this week. But at least they have a bed to sleep on.

So here we are then, record set: our longest week to date
With many drivers on the way we’ve set the path to straight.
Our final truckers brought us east to Rondonópolis.
… Now you try rhyming that without using ‘metropolis’…

A home-made bbq beside our truck, with driver Juaru and his wife Luani.

A home-made bbq beside our fifth and final truck of the week, with driver Juaru and his wife Luani.

THE END.

Total number of lifts: 134
Week Sixteen distance travelled: 2307 km
Total distance travelled: 17,866 km

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