: Atlas Goes to Belem & Excerpt

    

BR-222 in Ceará has more craters than you would think

 

I had long wondered about Belém at the mouth of the Amazon, a sultry colonial city in the equatorial sun, redolent at river’s edge. But when I learned the way there, along the Belém-Brasília highway that only connected Belém to the rest of Brazil in the 1970's and is notorious due to assaults, could be even more interesting than the destination – well, there was no turning back.

So I got out the maps, packed my two-wheel drive station wagon, and prepared for a leisurely drive into Brazil’s rough interior. The odyssey stretched over two months, 7,500 miles, and one million potholes. Fortunately my black lab Atlas agreed to navigate – and was vital in showing the way home.

Below, you can follow the journey clockwise as it arches north to Belém, east along Brazil’s remote northern coast, and then back along the northeast’s Atlantic-bulge that nearly brushes Africa.

To accompany Atlas on tour or to read an excerpt from Atlas Hugged: To Belém & Back with my Black Lab, click on sub-page tab above. (Veja o texto em português em baixo.)


Aruguari, Minas Gerais
Goiânia, Goiás
Goiás Velho, GO
Goiás Velho, GO
Jaragua, GO
Goiás Velho, GO
Pirenópolis, GO
Pirenópolis, GO
Pirenópolis, GO
Caverna dos Ecos, GO
Veadeiros Nat'l Park, GO
Conceição do Tocantins, Tocantins

Depois de descrever a minha viagem pelas fronteiras dos EUA, senti um desejo incontrolável de viajar outra vez e decidi ir de carro até Belém, na boca do Rio Amazonas. A odísseia contabilizou 12.000km e um milhão de buracos nas estradas. Afortunademente Atlas, meu labrador preto, concordou em ser meu co-piloto.  Para ver mais imagens dele, clique na sub-página 'Atlas Goes to Belem' localizada no topo desta página.

 


Natividade, TO
Natividade, TO
Lagoa da Confusão, TO
Boto Velho, TO
Boto Velho, TO
Darcinópolis, TO
Campestre do Maranhão, Maranhão
Ilha de Marajó, Pará
Soure, PA
Rio Amazonas, PA
Rio Amazonas, PA
São Luis, Maranhão
Belém, PA
Alcântara, MA
Barreirinhas, MA
Lençóis Maranhenses Nat'l Park, MA
Lençóis Maranhenses, MA
Barreirinhas, MA
Rio Preguiça, Vassouras, MA
Coreau, Ceará
Canoa Quebrada, CE
Irauçuba, CE
Maceió, Alagoas
Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte
Olinda, Pernambuco
Ilheus, Bahia
Riacho Doce, AL
Ilheus, BA
Linhares, Espírito Santo
Manhuaçu, Minas Gerais