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|
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.