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.
Laura and Paddy's adventures by bike
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.
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.
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.