Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cascavel To Somewhere Then Back To Francisco Betrão

Saying goodbye to Sandro and family in Cascavel we felt like we were leaving home, so much had happened there and so much warmth and welcoming.

We can’t thank Sandro, Carlos, Dean and William enough for their hospitality and welcoming, was cool talking Kiwi.

Then there is Star News BMW, Alberto being the ring leader, passionate about motos, travel, travelers, beer, food …. well… life.

If in this region this is the place to do anything to your moto with local knowledge and enthusiasm it made life easy for us.

Av: Brasil, 4986 - Centro - Cascavel - PR
(45) 3036-9555


Although riding BMW’s competition we were welcomed in with open arms so no matter the brand of machinery you have they will help.

So leaving home we decided to take the secondary road, although slightly longer the thought of way less trucks and no tolls was a appealing, this turned out to be a very good decision as we rode through forestry, farmlands and a nice twisty road with very few vehicles let alone masses of trucks.

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Our host had sent directions to his via Faceplant complete with GPS and all so this was to make life easy …. not so, somehow things got completely stuffed up and the map and GPS that was sent was for a city totally different sending us 14 km past our given point.

He was also waiting for us at the main road so there was no way we were going to turn up with taking the secondary road …. to a completely different town.

We stopped at the GPS point and Ellen asked around, it was very hot. Some local people realized we were not from there (funny that) and offered to help, Ellen took them up on the offer, the man gave me a seat in the shade while they found our host, the lady who was helping us saying well if you can’t find your friend just stay here …. so Brasilian welcoming.

A girl who could speak a little english managed to ring him and in 15 minutes he came to get us, a larf was had with the instructions to another town.

Our fearless leader taking us the correct way Francisco Beltão in the distance

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Soon enough we were at home again, showered and away out to meet some local friends at a bar, lite snacks and a couple drinks with Google translate working overtime … good times.

Biazus has a trike and a Varadero ... and a beautiful Boxer dog named Madonna, I have a soft spot for Boxers so when we arrived and were greeted by her I was in a heaven of my own, I really miss cats and dogs of the home life so to have a fluffy cuddle was awesome.

Here she is

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Ellen in fine form in the kitchen making some kickarse dumplings with a pot lid which looks more like a riot squad protector

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During our stay we were taken out on the trike for a local tour around town, we talked to these students at a local park with them being very interested in us coming from New Zealand, it was cool.

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Something very wrong with this pic .....Ellen in the box seat!!

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One night we all went to a service station restaurant and meet many other riders, chats, food good times ...see a patten for in Brasil, although language barriers exist google translate, smiles and the willingness to listen and work it out is all part of the fun

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Maya creating interest from both moto heads and normal people

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The group

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Part of our personal guide tour/walk through centro

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Jose, Biazus wife works at a local school, on one of our walkabout we dropped in to say and visit the kids she teaches.

Cool mob and all wanted a photo so here it is.

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For us an outstanding time in here and yet again made very welcome on the local scene.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Taroba TVs Small Vid

Only about 10 minutes so not the full length of the vid, will help if you understand Portuguese


Cascavel Round 2

Having left our new rubber and camping gear behind at Sandros place made for lite travel to the falls and back and the ability to stock up on important items like wine.

Reunited with our junk back at Sandros it was a quick shower turn into humans and around to Marcos place for a bar b q … what a greeting...these guys are better than a wife!!!

Wine, Drambui and fud!!......hard work.

Marcos our main man

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Sandro cheffing it up, this man knows his stuff

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Cutting a perfectly cooked rack

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The Friday was for us to be a busy day (sounds like work eh) …well actually it was, just unpaid.

Loading Maya up with our new E07s we trundled off to Star News BMW to get the old Heidenaus changed out, they wore out prematurely at 22500!!! …hard to get good tires these days.


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Our task for the day was to set up for a presentation on the Saturday morning about our trip, travels, trials and tribulations.

We selected some photos from each country and wrote small blurb in Engrish.

In here in Cascavel there are two special riders, they are both Kiwis, Dean and William, tellya it is great to hear a Kiwi accent hand have people understand you.

William offered to translate as he is fluent in Portuguese and Kiwinglish so that made life very easy for us...onya mate, appreciated.

Friday afternoon Maya was taken and put up on the moto lift, front and rear wheels removed, they spooned off the oldies and spooned on the new ones complete with balancing which was great, while we had the front wheel out we replaced the last of the wheel seals having picked some up in Paraguay.

She got to chat to a cafe racer while having her pedicure

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Nice clean workshop

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We left Maya in the shop overnight, she proudly sporting left stage with all the Bemmers, god knows what they got up to that night …kinda like a dodgy sleepover that ya parents don’t know about.

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Friday night was tea out at a local restaurant with the crew and for everyone to meet and chat about a game plan (excuse for a few beers)

All set up and ready for Saturday

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Saturday morning Maya hadn’t turned into a BMW but she had moved to center stage, social wee girl she is.

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The doors were open and there were many bikes, mostly BMW and the usuals from Japan, only one KTM which was ours. The fello riders were interested in the dirty hussy sitting in the showroom, we had great chats with guys who had done lots of traveling too which was cool and they appreciated our pics and prevention via William.

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All in all a successful morning was had, nice food, nice company, nice bikes and nice coffee.

Alberto took us out to lunch on conclusion of the presentation very happy with the mix of riders, bikes, good times and the unity and passion of motos and travel right there.

William waving in the background

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The afternoon was concluded at Deans place with the three Kiwis having a chat in the front yard, bikes travel, girls, …normal stuff … and Dean has a great coffee machine.

Three Kiwis, Me, left, William middle and Dean on the right

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All were invited to a Sunday bar b q at Albertos (shop manage for Star News), we left Sandros and the the thunder was in the distance, black clouds and a few spits, we thought we would eb ok but no, stopping at the bank on the way we hit the rain, didn’t matter cos it was warm, we left the bank and it caved it with a torrential downpour, Ellen and I squidding it in shorts and t shirts we were drowned when we arrived (we are getting used to that now ) so a quick t shirt change and hang the other out to dry.

More beautiful food, good times, laughter and chats, very very nice and extremely welcoming which makes us feel right at home.

Finally we had been asked if we would do a TV interview, I think they must be short on proper news!!!!

It was only a 10 - 15 minute thing so not too bad, the bad bit was it was going to be live, …never done that before ….

Arriving at the Taroba TV station which is a channel for the state of Panana in Brasil, 200 000 sq km and 15 000 000 people in Parana ( New Zealand 104 000 sq km and 4 000 000 people.) they wanted the bike in the studio so they could do the interview of these two strange Kiwis riding an expensive moto (In Brasil) in the worst places,so a big audience of people who will think we New Zealands are nuttas 8-)

Coupla pics and a small vid to to finish

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Short vid