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Trips in 2011 - A quick ride through the Mid-West region of Brazil

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In order to commemorate my 41 Years of Motorcycling I decided to make a trip through the States that are in the Mid West Region of Brazil (Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso). This way I could put my motorcycle on the road again, and organize my thoughts: how many good trips I was lucky to do during all those years, and how many good moments I treasure fondly in my memory.

Beggining my trip: morning of the 30th of May, 2011, Goiânia - GO.

Beggining my trip: morning of the 30th of May, 2011, Goiânia - GO.

I nurture my passion for motorcycling in a simple and sincere way: riding a bike makes me happy, complete. It doesn't matter to me the size and power of the bike, neither the road to take (asphalt, gravel, dusty roads), what matters most to me is to be riding a motorcycle. And to share my adventures with fellow motorcyclists and enthusiasts in general through the Internet.

Some images of the southeast region of Goiás. A damn close to Itajá - GO embelishes the margin of road. Some images of the southeast region of Goiás. A damn close to Itajá - GO embelishes the margin of road.

Some images of the southwest region of Goiás.  A damn close to Itajá - GO embelishes the margin of the road.


The Mid West Region of Brazil offers to us a variety of landscapes and interesting stretches of roads to be covered in a motorcycle. Doing this trip I can contribute in a way to give an extra incentive to my fellow motorcyclists to put their bikes on the road.

Statue of a cowboy in Cassilândia - MS.

Statue of a cowboy in Cassilândia - MS.


Encompassing an area of 1.606.371,505 km², the Mid West Region of Brazil is a big territory, being the second largest region of Brazil territorially speaking. On the other hand, it is the least populated region in the country and has the second smallest populational density, losing only to the North Region. Due to the fact of having a smaller number of inhabitants, it has some urban densely populated areas and big empty spaces.

The strength of the Brazilian agriculture is present in the crops of Mato Grosso do Sul. Corn and cotton for the internal market and for exportation. The strength of the Brazilian agriculture is present in the crops of Mato Grosso do Sul. Corn and cotton for the internal market and for exportation.

The strength of the Brazilian agriculture is present in the crops of Mato Grosso do Sul.  Corn and cotton for the internal market and for exportation.

Having in mind to link in this trip the three State capital cities that are in this region (Goiânia - GO that is the departing and arriving point, Campo Grande - MS and Cuiabá - MT that are the two other vertices of the triangle) I will be covering only a small portion of this huge region. But I will be adding two more States to my list of Brazilian States that I visited riding a motorcycle. After that will be resting only the States of Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia and Roraima to be visited (from the 27 States Brazil has).


Mapa do Brasil: estados brasileiros já visitados em minhas viagens de moto.


Another important city of the Mid West Region of Brazil is Brasília, the Brazilian capital city is situated in the Federal District. But taking in account that I lived there for some years, and it has been mentioned many times in the pages that compound my website about motorcycling, I leave it aside in this trip report.

Any way I will be returning to Mato Grosso do Sul, where I had briefly in 2007 with my Sundown Hunter 90 (Chapadão do Sul - MS and Cassilândia - MS) during the trip I did to Chapadão do Céu - GO.

Crossroads in Mato Grosso do Sul. Petrol station in Campo Grande - MS.

I went to Campo Grande - MS and returned immediately after to this very same point of the road, and from here I took the direction to Sonora - MS where I spent the night.

The following link encompasses the most important aspects of this Brazilian Region:http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regi%C3...este_do_Brasil 


I left Goiânia - GO Monday morning the 30/05/2011 by 08:15 AM and headed south to Rio Verde - GO, from there I went to Campo Grande - MS - the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul - passing through Camapuã - MS, and returning to spend the night at Sonora - MS.

On Wednesday morning the 01/06/2011 I left Sonora - MS early in the morning, then I crossed through Cuiabá - MT - the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso and in the afternoon I arrived at the town of Chapada dos Guimarães - MT where I spent the night. Next morning, on the 02/06/2011, I left the town and headed to the lookout, from there I could take many photos of the region (the Chapada dos Guimarães lookout allow us magnificent views. Views of a wide horizon, free of polution and noise of the big cities. There I took contemplate the views. There is located a landmark that is the geodesic center of South America established by Marshall Cândido Mariano Rondon, a man from Mato Grosso that contributed a lot to the Brazilian life (communications, establishment of frontiers, etc.). Later Rondon established a new geodesic center that is located in downtown Cuiabá - MS.

I left the town of Chapada dos Guimarães - MT early morning on Thursday, the 02/06/2011 taking the directon of Barra do Garças - MT. From the lookout where I stoped for appreciating the views and to take the photos I could see the city of Cuiabá, distant 60 km from there.

Divisa de estados: deixando Mato Grosso do Sul para trás, prestes a ingressar em território do Mato Grosso. Criação de avestruzes no estado de Mato Grosso.

Crossing the border between the states of  Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso. Few kilometers after this point I took this photo of an ostrich farm.
 
The Southern ostrich, whose scientific name is Struthio camelus australis, is originally from Africa Austral. Belongs to the ratites, not flying birds. To this order also belongs the rhea
(Rhea americana), native of South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) and the cassowary and emu, native to Australia.

Rhea americana (Linnaeus, 1758) Common name: Ema / English name: Great Rhea. There are two species and five subspecies of emas currently. Biggest Brazilian bird.

At Barra do Garças I crossed the Araguaia river, at the state borders between Mato Grosso and Goiás. After taking some photos I headed to Goiás city, having Goiânia - GO (the capital city of the state of Goiás) as my final destination. I arrived there on Friday by midday, having spent the previous night at Jussara - GO.

Fortunately this is a common sighting in all three states of the Mid-West region of Brazil. Emas roaming free by the road margins.

Fortunately this is a common sighting in all three states of the Mid-West region of Brazil.  Emas roaming free by the road margins.

I took some photos and went to Barra do Garças - MT and Aragarças - GO.  Each one is situated at the margins of the Araguaia river exactly where the Garças river meets the Araguaia river, for this reason the names Barra do Garças - MT and Aragarças - GO (Araguaia + Garças).

The Mid-West region of Brazil offers a variety of leisure options to us, mainly activities related to Nature. A nice view of the wall cliffs of Chapada dos Guimarães - MT.

The Mid-West region of Brazil offers a variety of leisure options to us, mainly activities related to Nature.

At Friday morning, the 3rd of June, 2011 I made an oil change in my motorcycle, and then headed to Goiânia where I arrived by midday.  I covered a distance of 2.544 km in four and a half days.

Nice view from the Chapada dos Guimarães - MT lookout. Far in the horizon we see Cuiabá - MT. Land mark related to the geodesic center of South America.

The views from the Chapada dos Guimarães lookout are astonishing.  In the far horizon we can see Cuiabá - MT, and sideways my bike is the land mark that is related to the geodesic center of South America.

I achieved my goal: to ride throughout the Mid-West region of Brazil, to free my mind from the normal routine, to enjoy the roads of this region, and above all to ride my motorcycle.  Because to ride a bike is fundamental to me, in reality is more than that: it is vital to me to do so.

Magnificent view: the wide horizon, free from polution, to be appreciated with no hurry from the Chapada dos Guimarães - MT lookout.

Magnificent view: the wide horizon, free from polution, to be appreciated with no hurry from the Chapada dos Guimarães - MT lookout.

I rode through the Mid West Region of Brazil, along 2.544 km in four and a half days. My motorcycle consumed 90,96 litres of gasoline resulting in an average of 27,96 km/litre. This is an excelent average in my opinion. What contributed much to reach this average was the fact that during long stretches of road I rode on fifth gear, and sometimes used the fourth gear to overtake the very few vehicles I encountered on those roads.

Overall I met my target: to do a "short" ride through the Mid West region of Brazil, to free my mind from the urban stress, and above all to ride my bike. Becouse to ride a motorcycle and to travel on it is necessary for me, in reality is vital to me to do so.

This ride was great! Another trip to add to my list of previous good rides.

For those intending to do the same route I recommend:

In Chapadão do Sul - MS go to the National Park of Emas (Parque Nacional das Emas), in the neighbour locality of Chapadão do Céu - GO (http://www.parquenacionaldasemas.com.br/parque.htm);

In Coxim try a wonderful lunch based on fresh fish from the river crossing the region (http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxim);

In Chapada dos Guimarães - MT enjoy the magnificent views, and wide horizons. This is Nature at its best.(http://www.chapadadosguimaraes.com.br/);

In Barra do Garças - MT / Aragarças - GO be amazed by the river beaches at Araguaia river margins.(http://www.mochileiro.tur.br/barra-garca.htm);

And finally in the town of Goiás - GO (the old capital city of the state of Goiás) you can appreciate the rich colonial past of a very well preserved Historic and Cultural Unesco's site.(http://www.cidadedegoias.com.br/).

At Barra do Garças - MT, minutes before crossing the bridge over the Araguaia river. State border between Mato Grosso and Goiás.

At Barra do Garças - MT, minutes before crossing the bridge over the Araguaia river.  State border between Mato Grosso and Goiás.


A river beach at the Araguaia river right margin in Aragarças - GO. The three fish (cachara, that is also called pintado) monument in Aragarças - GO.

Two images of Aragarças - GO, a town at the right margin of the Araguaia river. At the opposite side of the river is  Barra do Garças - MT.

And finally in the town of Goiás - GO (the old capital city of the state of Goiás) you can appreciate the rich colonial past of a very well preserved Historic and Cultural Unesco's site.(http://www.cidadedegoias.com.br/).

An open view of Serra Dourada, proximities of the town of Goiás - GO, the old capital city of the State of Goiás.

An open view of Serra Dourada, proximities of the town of Goiás - GO, the old capital city of the State of Goiás.  This city is an Unesco´s Heritage and Cultural site.

Those photos with the whole report is also published at the following site:

http://www.mychinamoto.com/forums/showthread.php?610-Hello-from-Brazil-riding-the-Sundowns./page5

Arriving in Goiânia - GO by midday of the 3rd of June, 2011. I rode 2.544 km in four and a half days. This really was a great trip!

Arriving in Goiânia - GO by midday of the 3rd of June, 2011.  I rode 2.544 km in four and a half days.  This really was a great trip!

During this trip my Sundown STX Motard had a consumption of 90,96 litres of gasoline to cover the distance of 2.544 km, this resulted in an excellent average of 27,96 km/litre.

Photo album of the above trip:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%212297&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0

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