I enjoyed my stay in Cerres, Brazil and really liked the Hotel Don Antonio. Up early this morning to partake of the breakfast and I was on the road by 8:00 A.M. Today´s ride was actually somewhat boring. Hot, with a couple of brief rain showers. Trucks everywhere, belching thick black diesel smoke. The road has deteriorated but still is O.K. The Beemer is running superbly.
I quickly noticed that the towns were getting fewer and fewer and then it seemed that all I would see was an occasional small village. No more nice truckstops, just small greasy petro stations, but at least I can buy gas. The price is getting higher as I get further from the large cities.
The countryside is becoming more dense, what I suppose could be described as tropical forests. It is obvious that Amazona is getting closer. Late this evening I suddenly realized that I had no idea if there was another town ahead of me. Apprehension set in. I simply did not want to have to stop for the night in this dense foliage. About 100 KMs and I came upon the small village of Miranorte and suddenly saw Martin´s Hotel.
Stopping and entering, I discovered a nice, small simple hotel. Very clean with delightful folks!. I am in for the night. The owner actually invited me to go with him later for comida, but I cannot even think about eating anymore beef tonight. I am staying in and hoping for a good nights sleep.
I think I am within 1200 KMs (730 miles) of Belem, but I am not sure. Probably two days ride, maybe three if the weather does not cooperate. Then I must navigate the large port city of Belem with upwards of two million people and find a boat willing to transport me and the Goose to Manaus.