Take your car and go to Rio de Janeiro

Being 280 miles away from São Paulo, usually people take an airplane to go to Rio de Janeiro. This time, though, to be present at the SOBENA conference(Brazilian Society of Naval Engineering) we faced this choice: either one person go by airplane or everybody go by car. We chose to go all by car.

Of course we were busy during the trip with lots of talking and talking and talking, but I tried to take some pictures to give you an idea of how tis road look like.

This is the view of the beggining of the road, a little while after we left São Paulo:


The sky was really beautiful this day but I must confess that the darker part of the windshield, above, was in dark blue, so the effect in the picture is even better (the upper part is even darker, so you can see it’s the windshield…)

Then you keep going and you have this kind of landscape. Many cows all around:



Below you can see the prices of the prices of the toll. They are not particularly high for brazilian standards (or for the São Paulo state standarts, as far as I know…). But here motorcycles must also pay, which is not a rule for brazilians tolls:Image


Then you please don’ cry for the spilled milk, otherwhise this time you’ll have to cry a lot! There was an accident and a truck full of milk boxes was hit. This is the result:Image


Now one exemple of a difficult technological reality… We just love to use our cards to pay for everything… You go to buy a newspaper, very cheap, and in Brazil it’s not unnusual to use your card to pay for it. Then there we were, in the middle of the way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and when we tried to pay… there was no dial tone! Putting all of our money together, fortunately, it was possible to pay for the gas and still have more money for the other tolls.



In a city called Aparecida do Norte you can see this big statue of Virgin Mary, over a cliff.Image


People from all around Brazil go to Aparecida do Norte city to thank for miracles and to pray for another ones.

Up to here, we were “in the hights”, some hundred meters above sea level. São Paulo city is about 800 meters above the mean see level, and since Rio the Janeiro, as you all know, is in the see level, sooner or later we would have to go down:


Just an old truck still working well:


One last picture while we still have some daylight… Rio de janeiro is approaching!Image


About Axel Pliopas

Between flying and engineering, I try to find some time to explore everything I can... Looking for interesting people and places, and trying to tell some of the interesting stories I find, is the objective of this blog. In the process, hopefully, my pictures will get better and better (they all say experience time has something to do with this...)
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