16-Feb-2002 -- My brother-in-law and I were planning to reach a confluence and this Saturday we attempted one near Curitiba (aprox. 57Km from
We traveled by car from Curitiba to Colombo and Bocaiuva do
Sul. The road was a good paved one and we were enjoying the
trip listening to music and talking about the trip we are
planning to Bolivia and Peru.
The road became unpaved and we discovered that lots of guys
and machines decided to work on that Saturday to pave the
road. We enconter lots of "caterpillars" on the road and
had to keep in line a couple of times because of the workers.
When we were around 10km from the confluence we reached a
crossroad and we saw a very old house that was almost falling
due to age. The house today serves as a bar to the locals.
We took the crossroad and continued through a very bad road with
lots of rocks and mud in it. We were around 5km from the
confluence and started to think that maybe the confluence could
be exactly at the road; what a luck on my first confluence
attempt it could be!
And then we were 3km, 2km and then 1km from the waypoint and
the sign in my GPS continued to point to the road ahead.
Dudu was tracking the distance left and when we were just 200
meters from the confluence I realized that I was correct,
the point was just in the road; it was very easy to get there!
After taking some pictures, Dudu had the idea to do a big
banner showing the latitude and longitude of the confluence.
We look for something white and big in the car and found a
piece of sun-protector. We rapdly started drawing the 25S and
49W numbers with a pen. I saw it from some distance to see
if the camera could get the numbers but we had to put more
colors in the banner. Dudu resolved the problem getting
some tree-leaves and started to paint the banner! At the
end we got a very cool banner with green-leaves numbers
We asked to a guy that was walking to take a picture of us
with the banner and took other picture of the GPS but that
one did not work out because it got out of focus ;-(
When we were coming back we started to discuss about the guy
that is building that road and we wonder if the engineers put the
road exactly in the confluence or it was just by accident?
Hmm, probably we will never know.
See ya in the next attempt!
Rodrigo e Dudu