September 21, 2004 - RASAM 2004: Part I Briefing

A year ago I got off the bike in Moscow. In a couple of days I get back on in Sao Paulo. I’m ready for for South America, my 4th of the 6 rideable continents. Thanks to Andrew, Ilan, Gavin, Brian and the team at Bicycle Sport in Charlotte for all the support. I’m trying to get Stan & Co. to get him a “sweet” 29″ Reba in return. Hope it works out.

As usual, I’m doing this trip in two segments:

Part I: …. 26 Sept-17Oct ….. Sao Paulo, BZ to Salta, AR … 2,595km / 1,612mi
Part II: …. 9 Nov –5 Dec ….. Salta, AZ to Lima, Peru …….. 2,816km / 1,749mi
Total: …… Sao Paulo to Lima …… 5,410km / 3,360mi

Dalton Cox, the 23-year-old son of my friends Tom and Millie Cox, will join me for Part I. We start riding at the Atlantic Ocean south of San Paulo on Tuesday, September 28 and will arrive in Salta, Argentina in the foothills of the Andes on Thursday, October 14.

This tour we are going ‘safari’ style. Eduardo Erler Lis from Mococa, Brazil is coming along to provide support. (Thanks to our friends at Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza www.fafbrazil.com More details about our vehicle and equipment are in the ABOUT section of this website (see upper right).

Highlights of RASAM (Ride Across South America) Part I include:

Sao Paulo, Brazil: The 2nd largest city in the world, with over 20,000,000 people.
Foz do Iguacu: The most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
Asuncion: The capital of Paraguay, founded in the mid-16th century.
The Argentinean Chaco: Hundreds of miles of virtually nothing but nature.
Salta: A colonial city in northern Argentina, home to the “railway to the clouds”.

The RASAM2004 site will work the same way as EUROPE2003, RAAUST2002 and RAAM2001. If you’re registered, you’ll receive periodic emails when the photo-journal updates are posted to the site. No worries if it is sometimes days between postings – there just isn’t great internet access in central South America.

We look forward to showing and telling you about this dynamic continent. We encourage you to Register (above right) for updates, post encouragement to us in the Guestbook, email and to tell your friends about the site.

For those of you who care to read on, below are a few more thanks and the route details.

Bob, Dalton & Eduardo

Further thanks to:
Lisa for letting me go,
Tom & Millie for letting Dalton go,
Tom and Co. for the site work,
Marcos, Nelson and Claudia (see fafbrazil.com above)
Erica for research and travel planning,
and Melissa for the jersey artwork.

Here’s the going away dinner team.

day.. date .. Km .. Mi …. Km … Mi …. night in
00 9/28/04 000 000 0000 000 Sao Paulo
01 9/29/04 184 114 0184 114 Registro
02 9/30/04 200 124 0383 238 Curitiba
03 10/1/04 105 065 0488 303 Palmeira
04 10/2/04 184 114 0672 417 Guarapuava
05 10/3/04 180 112 0852 529 Guaraniacu
06 10/4/04 176 110 1,028 638 Foz Doiguacu
07 10/5/04 210 130 1,238 769 Cnl Ovieda
08 10/6/04 168 104 1,406 873 Asuncion
09 10/7/04 000 000 1,406 873 Asuncion
10 10/8/04 108 067 1,514 940 Formosa
11 10/9/04 192 119 1,706 1,060 Resistencia
12 10/10/04 188 117 1,894 1,177 Pres. Roque Saenz Pena
13 10/11/04 124 077 2,018 1,253 Pampa de los Guanacos
14 10/12/04 172 107 2,190 1,360 Taco Pozo
15 10/13/04 181 112 2,371 1,473 Ceibalito
16 10/14/04 151 094 2,522 1,567 Palomitas
17 10/15/04 072 045 2,595 1,612 Salta

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