Amazone
 
When we inform about the road conditions of the BR 319 at the ministry of traffic in Manaus
they say the road is very much decayed and it is very dangerous. They warn us for Jaguars that
will eat us and 20 meter long Anacondas...
So we buy food for a few days, fill up our watercans, fuel up and kick on our Suzi's.
 
The BR319 goes from Manaus to Porto Velho, 868 km straight through the Amazone. It's like they
cut out an 8 meter wide track with bulldozer. After 100 km we reach Careiro and this is the last place
to get some fuel. The next 600 kilometers are no supplies. Only rainforest...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark clouds pack together in the sky and 10 minutes later the rain pores down in the Amazone jungle.Thats why they call it "rainforest".....
The red clay of the road change in thick oozing mud. It becomes very slippery and it sticks to our tires. The tires look as twice as big and we loose all grip. We slide from one side of the road to the other side. We have big problems to stay on the bike. It is so hard to ride that our maximum speed is 10 km/hr.....
 

Sliping and sliding on muddy tracks
 
 
After a hard day riding we pitch out tent at the side of the road. It is hot and humid and while we make some spaghetti we are attacked by dozens of little flies. They crawl into your ears and nose and the buzzing sound makes us crazy. We eat our spaghetti walking, trying to avoid eating flies that want to sit on your spoon. Why did we have to go through this green hell?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Even walking gets hard with kilo's mud on your shoes.Time to pitch the tent on the side of the road.
 
 
I fall asleep with the sound of the jungle night. In the middle of the night Harald hear some strange, scratching noises under the tent. He  ignores it. When he gets up in the morning he sees that his shoe string is cut through. When he takes his shoes, he screams. AAAAHHHHH ! The leather shaft of his walking boots are cut open. A lot of little circles a cut out. He had new shoes....And I see that my waterproof bag has a hole of 10 cm in diameter. There is also a little hole in our tent. Then we see who has done this. Some ants are wandering around out tent. Well a lot. Ants of 2 cm long with big jaws. Jaws as sharp as razer blades that cut through thick leather like it is paper. These ants are known as stitching ants. The Indians in the Amazone use them if they have cut themself. They catch some ants, let them bite over the wound and tear off the body. The jaws remain as stitches....
 
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