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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jacutinga to Rio

When we left the New Tribes Institute in Jacutinga, one of the professors warned me rather emphatically not to get off the main road into the city no matter what my GPS told me and to make sure of our route and directions ahead of time.  We did not and we had great directions from our hosts who live in Niteroi with specific instructions that included - "Stay on the Linha Vermelha!"  

Leaving Minas Gerais we crossed over some beautiful mountains where we saw lots of signs for campgrounds... and other oddities like this giant cowboy? and quite a few horse and buggies.  We took some state highways down to the famous major toll road, the Via Dutra that runs between São Paulo and Rio.

Our trip to Niteroi took about eight hours and we didn't want to hit Rio at rush hour so there was not much time for stopping.  We ate sandwiches and junk food in the car and hurried along as fast as we could.  Byron was keeping an eye on the engine temperature as we went and putting water in as needed.  He got pretty good at doing it quickly and efficiently letting the motor cool down on declines.

Via Dutra, Serra das Araras
We did hit Rio at about 5 pm but traffic wasn't bad on the elevated Linha Vermelha or Red Line.  We stayed on that dear road and did not get off as we'd been advised.  Our written directions from the Kilkos talked a lot about staying left and that was a big help when there were so many lanes to choose from.

Byron's skills as a driver were once again confirmed as he handled the traffic of one of the largest cities of the world with ease and humor.  I was a little nervous, not of his driving but just with the overwhelming amount of cars whipping in and out of lanes with no concern for anyone else.

It should be noted that Byron drove the whole way on this trip and I was very happy to be the navigator.  Greyson was the back seat musician.

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