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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Peiropolis - Minas Gerais and Beyond

On Thursday, March 30th, we left Caldas Novas in Goias and headed for Uberaba in the state of Minas Gerais.  The scenery began to change a little as we drove with fewer soy and corn farms and more dairy and coffee.  Sugar cane farms also began to pop up along the way which would become the norm for many kilometers thereafter over the next days.

Our first tourist stop along the way was near Uberaba, a small city named Peiropolis where the Dinosaur Museum is located.

Although fairly small the museum hosts a good number of locally found fossils.  We spent about an hour and a half going through the two wings of the museum.  There were no restaurants open, so we ate some tuna fish sandwiches in the shade before hitting the road for points farther south.

Seems everywhere there are speed bumps along the way.

We began to see more and more bridges that actually had running water under them and not just some dry river bed.

Looking for a good pit stop we happened upon an orchid nursery somewhere in the state of Sao Paulo near Sao Jose do Rio Preto.

Not too far after the big city of Sao Jose we began looking for a good truck stop to "pitch our tent."  We found a good one near the town of Santapolis.  Sadly two refrigerated trucks parked near us with their engines coming on a regular intervals to keep their good cold during the night.  But we didn't sleep too poorly on Byron's pallet bed in the back of the Pajero after a hot meal of instant noodles.

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