It took over four days to find a boat to carry us to Xique Xique and when we finally boarded we discovered our fellow passengers were cow heads ready to be cut up, which made for an interesting journey.
Laura and Paddy's adventures by bike
Our latest section took place in Piaui, the Brazilian equivalent of Nevada, with incredible heat, impressive rock formations and cacti.
Back on the bikes after an extended break, we were anticipating an easy 900km to Teresina. But we found undulating terrain, roads in bad condition, heavy traffic and strong winds, with only assorted roadkill to take our minds of the pedalling.
We were anticipating a tough leg to Macapa, but just how hard we could never have imagined beforehand. We were rewarded though with our first sight of the Amazon River, a special moment on our trip.
After over eight months pedalling about in Spanish-speaking South America, we rode our bikes back into Brazil. As there is no road link between Venezuela and Guyana, we had little option but to do a detour south into the Savannah