Motivating in Brazil

Olá and Obrigado. These are the two words I know in Portuguese (Brazilian). It’s actually very funny to realize that sometimes you just can not understand the other person. Well, it’s not very funny if the fellow is a camp site manager or a policeman. But in Brazil there are not many people who speaks Spanish/English – not even the younger ones.

So it has been sign language mostly. I start to be really good in showing my thumb up, as “good” or “OK”. They use it here a lot. Also putting your hands together as a pillow and leaning your head to show you want to sleep, is an easy one.

Though the people are here super hospitable. First night I stayed at one’s farmer back yard, who also offered me a supper and a shower. To avoid the awkward silence at the dinner table I turned down the offer and nibbled some cookies in my tent:) The next night one English speaking young man asked me to his family’s residence. It was a very nice guest house, and this offer I couldn’t turn down. I had comfy room, delicious dinner and the best breakfast on this trip. This family was just so friendly and nice, that I had smile on my face the whole day. And the young man was a cyclist himself, so he even put a short note to the webiste of that region’s cyclist club (check the link “noticias” on the right side).

In Porto Alegre, a couch surfer invited me to a private tennis club with excellent sauna’s and a seat ticket to a Gremio’s match. At one camping site on my way to Florianopolis, another guy just thought I need some energy, so he gave me his cookies, sugar, tuna and sweet milk (!). And so on and so on.

Even so, despite very nice experiences in Brazil, my motivation is going down day by day. Don’t know why excactly…  maybe eight months of traveling is just long enough to feel a bit tired. Though I have other possible explanations too: Boring road (heavy wind & traffic), Rainy weather (comparing to Asia part), Damaged & worn out equipment (8 months of constant using), Maybe too demanding crossing to Lima (?), or just the fact that my thoughts are already in returning back home. After all, I have passed the point where I have less kilometres ahead of me than behind me.

Last days I’ve been enjoying the carnival time in Florianopolis, (about Carnival there will be a post on Ovi Blog ), where I found a nice hostel. There I relaxed a bit (great beach access & four hammocks!) before my last haul along the Atlantic coast to Curitiba. I think this “lack of motivation” will pass soon, when I’ll get back in the real action… which means leave the expensive beach life, and go towards Paraguay and Bolivia.

Wish me luck!

ps. some new pictures on flickr , and I have my own page on teletext of Finnish national TV channel:)



  1. Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gongrats for own text-tv page! Specially the map page is very photo-realistic 😀

  2. Posted March 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    hi lukas,
    don’t get too worried reg. the reduced motivation – that’s normal and will not last. just take a break and/or find a mate to join you for a while. or do something completely different for a day or two like hiking or snorkeling or whatever is offered locally as suitable for temporary distraction. perhaps also – …fall in love?! ;-))
    and then: keep pedaling!
    best regards,
    31 days to go

    • Posted March 14, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink | Reply

      thanks herbert, I feel a bit more motivated already. Enjoy your last weeks at home!

  3. Peter Heimbach
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Lukas! You are my Hero ! – I think that it might be normal to get a little worn out, “AFTER RIDING YOUR BICYCLE HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD”… Vitamin C – and Yoga (Frog Pose) is what I recommend to you ! Hope to see you, in New Jersey, when you get this far! I am planning a big celebration for you !!!

  4. Kevin
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Nice to hear some human stories from your travels in Brazil.

    After one month in Asia I already felt like I had enough travelling for a wee while, and I wasn’t even cycling. Remember you are on the trip of a lifetime and what you are doing is very inspirational!

    What would Thomas Stevens’ say? Load that pistol and get on your PF? 😉

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment. Indeed, If you have no spesific destinations, travelling can sometimes feel pointless.

  5. sustente
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obrigado for remember the “sweet milk” in you journey!

    Congratulation for arrived home safetly.

    There´s a Worl´s Bike Forum in Porto Alegre in this mont, after 1 year of that crazy car driver that pass by the people in bike.

    Probably the guy of Critical Mass will come too.

    A hug

    Gabriel from the sweet milk

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hey, thanks for the comment. It’s nice to hear that people don’t forget the cruel accident which took place in Porto Alegre.

      all best

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