After 14 months and 12 days we arrived back to Ipanema Beach, the point we cycled off from at the start of our trip around South America.
Laura and Paddy's adventures by bike
So here we are, quite literally at the end of the road for our cycle tour of South America. Tomorrow morning we’ll take a boat across the bay to Rio de Janeiro and cycle to the point on Ipanema Beach where we started our adventure 14 months and 12 days ago. My emotions are all over the place.
From having little to see whilst cycling through Brazil’s interior, we’ve been spoilt for choice riding down the coast from Salvador to Vitoria. Almost every 40km there is a perfect beach that needs exploring and we’ve found the temptation to stop has been too strong.
We reached 20,000km just south of Salvador on the Brazilian coast. Idyllic sounding, it was actually the rainiest day of our cycle trip around South America so far, and we only stopped for a few minutes to celebrate.
Salvador’s sandy beaches, high-rise apartments and colonial squares buzzing to the beat of samba mesmerised us, but half of the wonder was feeling we’d arrived in a different country to the one we had cycled through to get there.