The title itself could be self-explanatory, and this is the day I wanted to talk about in a previous post, a shitty day to be honest. So I was staying at the Cliff Surf Camp in Santa Cruz, both days I stayed in were sunny and delightful days, in other words, good weather to go travel on my bike but since I had paid already for 2 days I had to stay over and get the time to relax. Life was laughing at me for sure.
So the day I was going to leave was a rainy day, what a shame, always biking on the wrong days at the wrong times. Oh well, it was 10am and I left the hostel and since it is been raining all this days I decided to look for the fastest route and direct to my wooffing farm from Santa Cruz, it was a walking route, little I knew where I was getting into, this is what we can call a real adventure to be honest, like those Indiana Jones adventures, or maybe not, not so hardcore.
Anyway, I followed the GPS walking route, and it was getting me throw some nice places, a “hidden” road that people use to walk, jog, bike around, it connects 2 small towns and a hotel. It is around 3km long, it’s nice hike, between little mountains and a river, full of green vegetation around and 2 little dogs, I taught they were lost but the owner came by to grab them with his motorcycle, it was wonderful, I was about to give them my sandwich but he appeared, happy doggos were really happy, one was on the top of bike barking at people, very cute stuff. Until now the weather was really nice, beautiful sunny day with the whitest clouds in the big blue sky.
So after this beautiful place the real test of sanity and courage really began, dirt roads, my bike ain’t prepared for this but if it says it’s faster, it’s because it is, so I went with it, all fine until it started to rain, not very heavy but was raining, I put on my jacket, take a donut and eat it, and went forward. All good, nice strange places we find in this roads, got lost a few times, but got the right direction.
I must say again, life was really laughing at me this day.
After a while, watery roads, I can pass through this with no problem, but then muddy roads, oh boy, I taught I was capable and went forward. Little I knew. Very little I knew that you shouldn’t really bike on mud but I didn’t care and didn’t really had any other choice because I was surrounded by trees and vegetation and I did it anyway, was going great until I find a fence blockage and I didn’t want to go back and the GPS tells me it’s this way, so I grabbed all my strength, pushed down the fence and pull up my bike to the other side and it was a climb of about 300 meters, I can make it I said to myself, and as soon as I ride for a few minutes (rain intensifies), mud was consuming my bike, mud on my wheels, mud on my brakes, mud on my bags, big chunks of mud were making impossible for my wheels to rotate and I had to get out of the bike and push it. Now I am getting consumed by the mud, my shoes are getting all muddy, I’m feeling the weight it brings to me, oh boy, this is the end, I will give up here, leave my stuff and go grab a bus, I can’t do this, I can’t move my bike it is heavy, I am getting heavier as well. But then I just couldn’t give up, I removed most of the mud that was blocking my wheel and pushed a bit, after while remove the mud again and push it again, repeating the process until I reached the top and there was another fence but it was already down so it was easier to pass. I made it!
These pictures aren’t showing the mud on the wheels correctly, this was before I got stuck, imagine the brakes full of mud, between, over and under them, it was hell.
I was so happy to reach the top, it was so fulfilling, I could get out of this situation! Now nothing could stop me on this ride to the farm. After this there was a pond with water from the rain, I stopped over, cleaned my bike, removed most of the mud and cleaned my shoes with the water. I packed up, ate another donut and went off.
The roads were a little muddy and full of ponds, if I followed the water paths I could do it with no problem and after this situation I decided to not follow any more muddy roads anymore and tried to find civilization as soon as possible so I could proceed in normal roads. I was far from it, after one more hour of biking in dirty roads I could find a road from civilization, I followed it and made my way to the farm following normal car paths.
I was going well on the roads to my destination until it started to rain a lot, like a fucking lot, like a tap was just opened above you, so i rapidly found a big building, it looked like a tech center and I decided to go over and found a spot to get under and stayed there for a bit while and decided to eat the sandwich I was going to give to the little dogs. Funny the exact place I was hidden from the rain had free wifi, wish was always a plus to pass time.
After a while the rain slowed down and I decided to get back on the road and when I was almost reaching the farm the GPS was making me go throw dirty roads but it was not much, like less then a kilometer so I gave it a go, but…It was blocked as well, it was a old road with a railroad and the passage was blocked.
Though there was this little space that I could get through walking and luckily I could pass with my bike with a bit of workaround, I had to grab my bike to go over a hole. With a little effort I made it to the other side, but another problem arised, there was this little and strait passage that or either me walking or riding my bike could pass, I couldn’t just push my bike because there was no space to be side by side with it, and there was another problem with the passage, there was a small water path to my left that I could fall to, or my bike or my bags and it would be a really big problem for me and since like before I didn’t want to go back, I just mounted my bike and carefully grabbing the fence that was by my right and going forward slowly I could make it and then I was almost arriving my destination.
After a while being at Gaeiras, where the bio farm is, I called my host to know the exact place and she gave me the street name and I putted it on the GPS, and made my way to it, after arriving I was welcomed by the mother’s host and another wooffer like me that introduced me me to the farm briefly and guided me to the place I was going to live for the next few months. After that I went for a glorious bath and had dinner with my new partner wooffer and headed to my new bed and sleep for the night.
Oh well that is it for now, I hope you guys are enjoying reading these posts, I’m trying to create more engaging content for you, trying to reach the deepest details to try and re-create the moments I’ve been encountering. But the next posts probably will be about the farm, biological agriculture and my experience as a wooffer.
See you around!