|Repair of patio covers, just needed a little TLC and
JB WELD (which didn't work, ah crap).
|Refurbishing the foot stool
|Bathroom fan - needed to smash
this open with picture frame hammer
|Hanging Spice rack
|check out how I cut this 2 x 2 post
|Hammock hanged, yes!
|Bathroom cabinets are expensive.
Luckily we got this from our renters!
Day 1 - Concordia, Traffic, Moto Malfunction. (400 km more or less). Being the Thursday before Easter meant TRAFFIC, lots of people and likely tough to find expensive accommodation all weekend like $75 USD for a room in a family home in Federacion about 50 km from Concordia for example.
Why Brad, why? Unfortunately my 90 day visa was due on the 24th of March so we were pushed in to this mess => 1) Bumper to Bumper Traffic for 50 km from Buenos Aires to the Hwy 12 turn, 2) Car accident and 3) Border lines. Luckily with a moto we skipped most of the traffic, but it is still stress weaving in and out for 1 hour. As for the border lines, we skipped the first most obvious stacked up border, took a look at the 2 hour line at Paysandu the second border and then went up to Salto still without a proper lunch nearing 4pm. Plus the starter switch on the moto decided to act up causing more delays.
A day that should be about 5 straight forward hours started at 8am and ended about 5 pm. Less fun than expected, but we made it.
|Even the moto traffic was slow on the side of the road.
|"Look dude, I know my car is too
small to pull a boat, ah but what can
|Is this a Moto gang?
|Semi Truck on fire
|One happy girl found the only
spot in town for $50 with Breaky!
|Poor girl didn`t even have rain pants!
|Some wet feet
|One cold little lady
|Poor guy locked down for the night
|Image navigating a baby carriage or shopping cart
|Guarani Strongman -
|Dogs are always cute until they don't shut up!
|Spray painting the world around him.
|Our host's mom, Monica who lived
a few blocks away and was helpful.
Day 4/5 - Puerto Iguazu and the Argentina side of the Falls (300 km). Left the light rain of Posadas for a 20 min medium rain then finally sun and cloud the rest of the way north to Puerto Iguazu. C3/4R7T2/3V5.
|The guy on the back of this 125 cc moto was about 1.96 m!
|Hard working Triple Frontier Security
|Argentina says Hi Paraguay and Brasil
Airbnb accommodation #2. Cheap and cheerful enough. $21/night with a 3 flush minimum toilet.
|Our host Maria and granddaughter
Recommendations: La Dama Juana restaurant in Puerto Iguazu.
Iguazu Falls - Argentina Side. A perfect day for my return to the Falls. I recommend going to the park early morning and taking the train to the Throat first. Then tour your way back for about 4 to 5 hours.
|Here's how it looks.
|They didn't have these signs 5 years ago. Must have been
some serious incidents.
|Still looks pretty good
|I took this photo while walking by.
|At the middle stop heading for the
|600 m of walking bridge from the train stop.
|The Falls bring out the spirit
|The old view point
Brazil - A quick skip to crossed the border for the first legitimate time using my Italian passport also for the first time. I made sure all the paperwork was in order for the moto, had a 3 month tourist visa and we were good to go. Thanks Italy and Great Grandpa Costa!
|We made it to Brazil
|Foz do Iguazu full of Moto taxis. May be I could make a
few extra bucks. Bumble already has the right colours.
|Let's go there!
|That's just cool! Tribute to
|Tough to fit the whole thing in a photo with out a chopper.
|20 power generators, 1 per cylinder
that you see here.
|120 m drop, just like Star Wars
|One side is Brazil, the other Paraguay. The staff and
computers are in Portuguese and Spanish, respectively.
A video to give the feel and sound of one of the generators. Sound protection really should be offered.
|Our great guide Juan who speaks
3 languages and does 4 tours per day
No idea how guides continue to stay
peppy and fun. Good on them
Temporary Rest and Relaxation at Melisa's Garden - WOW! I Highly recommend this spot for only $25/night including a fantastic breakfast which is standard in Brazil btw. Lovely owners and check out that pool! So good we decided to stay 2 nights which also give us an opportunity to see the Brazil side of the Falls and Parque das Aves (Bird Park). And catch up with Rodolph the head of the Horizons Unlimited Moto Club Chapter in Foz do Iguazu which was started and run by a Canadian couple and a link on my blog.
|Yes! and the dolphin is a filter for the pool
|4 hammocks, 1 post!
|Great breakyfast and comfy garden
Iguazu Falls - Brazil Side. Another great day for the Falls and my first time seeing it from Brazil now that they let me in the country. A different experience than Argentina feeling more touristy having line ups for photo look outs and only one path to use, but with a great finish and excellent views.
A video of the great view everyone talks about from the Brazil side.
|"So, we wait here for 25 min to take a photo..."
|"Hold it high, he'll never get it..."
|"How much was the rain pouch?"
|"Who wants a rain jacket?"
Parque das Aves. Totally recommend this place and a great retreat after the touristy Falls. Enjoy.
|The old punk rocker?
|Always reminds me of Miami Vice intro.
|It's like a bird hiding its face in a
|A lot of love in this park
|Would have snagged this, but where am I going to put it...
|When they aren't performing
|Good thing they don't eat and crap at the same time
says the green bird
|Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
|No love here, but I did it anyway!
|"I'll just snuggle in to my lunch
while I watch the sex show"
1000 km to Florianopolis (stayed the night in Campos Novos 650 km in to the journey to Floripa). The main road to Florianopolis from Iguazu is full of road tolls, as much as $50 USD for motorbikes. Screw that! So, we went the road less travelled, right? Not really, the road less travelled turned out to be full of trucks, I mean full! And man was the road crap too. Pavement with lots of potholes for the first 350 km on BR-163 (C5/6R4/5T5V6) and BR-280 (C6R4T5/6V4. Finally some where after CLEVELANDIA (yeah that name actually exists) we were greeted by a much better road, BR-282.
|Could be fun, or total shit, haha.
|And not a line for tickets to a
Rock Show, some political thing as
Brazil's economy has plummeted.
|Obviously he was distracted by the line of people too
|This style of pool comes in
Enormous sizes too. No idea how
they transport the big ones.
|Stuck behind a cop for 30 km. Due to much stricter speed
laws I had to wait it out, not like Argentina.
|The view for a lot the morning
|Oh it's Geraldo Carlos, who ever that is. Cool set up though
|Seems a little better, must be near Clevelandia
BR-282 to Campos Novos C6R7T3V6, very nice mountainy with smooth curves and lots of green.
|Heavy truck passing on the uphill corner. Perfect, yeah right.
|Nice mountain road
|Saw both ends of this rainbow, this side won the better view
|Alright, enough of all this shit!
Where's the beer??
Checking out Vecinos monthly free music show, this clip gives insight to the atmosphere.
|The main ladies who started this
"Vecinos" event on a street corner
|I tip my hat to this fighter who takes
about 20 min to walk a block due to
hip problems or what not.
|La Abadia San Benito in Las Canitas
|Guess what this is?!
|Geez buddy, that seems dangerous.
|Wow, why does a clean moto
|Great design, NOT! In order to pull this oven out to clean
or what not you must remove the top and burners to
disconnect the gas line. Uff!
|An even cheaper dentist, $25 cleaning
|Apparently nobody likes Obama
|Wow. "Ah, I'm not getting cut again!"
|Giving candy to a baby