We started the new year with the intent of a long driving day. But, apparently a lot of other folks also decided that Jan 1 was a good day for a drive. The traffic was so bad that we only made it about 30 km when we pulled off south of Balnearo Camboriu. After passing on a campsite that wanted $100 USD per night, we found a campsite near the base of the cable cars that seemed fine (Praia de Laranjeiras), but that ended up being unbearably crappy.
We immediately hit the beach along with several thousand others and walked down a bit in awe of the masses. We’d missed lunch and we were hoping to enjoy a lunner of fried shrimp on the beach. But, each beach restaurant looked more unappealing than the next. And, the prices! Holy crap! And, coupled with the general bad smell and the amount of people in the water, I was sure this was where the Brazilians come to get dysentery. The camp area was basically just parking at the back of a restaurant when they throw the trash in huge piles and with open sewers. Careful with these beach restaurants.
We opted for sandwiches in the bus and made it an early night. Jason swapped the carbs back to the Kadrons for our evening’s entertainment. The next day, we were up and out of there early, leaving Bode to sleep for several more hours in the back. By mid-afternoon we had finally made it to the previous day’s intended destination – Sao Francisco do Sul – a marginally interesting historical colonial city, but near a grungy beach town that worked out fine for us.
Our main issues now still include the carburetor, and laundry. The rain and cramped campsites have made washing clothes nearly impossible, and the dampness has really brought that not-so-fresh smell into the van along with sand everywhere. We were hoping to alleviate at least one of those problems here, but another thunderstorm has made more car repairs and laundry wait until another day.
We did manage to walk down the town and beach before the we waited out more rain in a beach bar. And we noticed something strange about the beach volleyball here–they play it with no hands!