Alarm, pack, eat and tote (was carrying hammock over shoulder, now it's in the suitcase). There were ants in the coffee, but since the fly was a false alarm I was embarrassed to say anything. On the dock (down steep hill and across some boards) I found the group.
The ledge we were standing onto the floating store was breaking off. Our boat was delaying, loaded people kept squeezing by making it sink more, and this enormous boat (recreio) kept going back and forth while tied to the main dock to try to free it from being stuck. The "bridge" board kept moving back and forth and people just kept right on crossing it.
On the main highway, BR319, it rained and we hit slick spots like ice. Came to a road block. A semi had drifted off left and a pick-up right trying to get around. We help the pick-up (a friend - and blocking road), then the truck driver asked for tow. "Just keep my front pointing up." It worked. I ended up in middle of the bench seat and with the mud on windows I got few pics. The big guys slept. And slumped in. Me, the little guy got squashed. New-found respect for Oreos!
Saw stilt houses in burned-out holes in the jungle.
(Ed:The most remote-looking places of the whole trip.)
Saw water-buffalo, big black bird (turkey-sized),
a squirrel I travelled 6000km to see a squirrel - and actually get excited about it.
Mid-trip stop for ferry.
Shoulda went to the bathroom but I took pictures.
Beep beep time to go.
Big ferry at end crossed mixing of waters.
While waiting for it I bought 2 packs of fried banana chips. Guess they're common. Later decided they wouldn't be fit to eat by time I got home so I ate them.
5:00 pm we arrived in Manaus, the driver was
unsure about the port local.
|bridge over the Amazon in Manaus|
There was no hammock space and as I passed with my hammock in hand I got the evil "not here you don't" looks from people. I just sat on a bench. After supper I hang my hammock below with the cargo. The next day I found area on a 3rd deck. Don't know how I missed it because I had walked on the 3rd deck looking around, but I guess I was too busy looking at scenery!