Tamandaré was where the muffler fell off. We had literally laughed while watching someone’s muffler fall off a few days ago. Karma.
Porto de Galinhas (Ipojuca), is a nice beach town positioned right in front of a reef. This was a major slave trading port, even after it was outlawed, and named for the ‘chicken boats’ that carried the slaves. Now, they’ve decided to gloss over that history and instead put strange looking chicken sculptures all over town. Well, I guess that is better for tourism.
One of the things to do here is take a little jaganda out to the reef. The thing is, it’s only 50 meters from shore and at low tide you can wade out to it. So, that’s what we did. We saw 4 spotted eels today.
A few miles south of town, we found beach camping at Praia de Maracaípe. It was a good place to work on a temporary re-attachment for the muffler*.
Free camping on the beach seems to be tolerated, if not encouraged, right in front of the surf break. There were maybe 4 or 5 other groups in tents – cool folks, just hanging out and surfing all day for weeks at a time.
*Jason says JB Weld was useless. Something given to us called ‘Quick-Steel’ worked for a few hours. Now, we’re running with no muffler again. It’s in bad enough shape that we’ll just get a new one instead of try to weld this one back on.
You can definitely hear us coming. And, this seems to be the only place in all of Brazil with a local sound ordinance!