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Trips in 2011 - A
quick ride through the Mid-West region of Brazil
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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
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.
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 southwest region of Goiás. A
damn close to Itajá - GO embelishes the margin of the road.
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
an area of 1.606.371,505 km², the Mid West Region of Brazil is
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
strength of the Brazilian agriculture is present in the crops of Mato
Grosso do Sul. Corn and cotton for the internal market and
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
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
and Roraima to be visited (from the 27 States Brazil has).
important city of the Mid West Region of Brazil is Brasília,
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.
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
Céu - GO.
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.
following link encompasses the most important aspects of this Brazilian
left Goiânia - GO Monday morning the 30/05/2011 by 08:15 AM
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 -
Wednesday morning the 01/06/2011 I left Sonora - MS early in the
morning, then I crossed through Cuiabá - MT - the capital
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
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
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.
left the town of Chapada dos Guimarães - MT early morning on
Thursday, the 02/06/2011 taking the directon of Barra do
- 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
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
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.
Barra do Garças I crossed the Araguaia river, at the state
borders between Mato Grosso and Goiás. After taking some
I headed to Goiás city, having Goiânia - GO (the
city of the state of Goiás) as my final destination. I
there on Friday by midday, having spent the previous night at Jussara -
Fortunately this is a common
sighting in all three states of the Mid-West region of Brazil.
roaming free by the road margins.
took some photos
and went to Barra do Garças - MT and
Aragarças - GO. Each one is situated at the
the Araguaia river exactly where the Garças river
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.
At Friday morning, the 3rd of June, 2011 I made an oil change
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
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
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.
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
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
For those intending to do the same route I recommend:
In Chapadão do Sul - MS go to the National Park of Emas
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
the state of Goiás) you can appreciate the rich colonial
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
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.
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
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. This city
is an Unesco´s Heritage and Cultural site.
Those photos with
the whole report is also published at the following site:
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!