A 25,000 kms drive around South America - Oct/Nov 2001

Starting and finishing on Copacapana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Driving 25,000 kms through six countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. One hundred cars: fifty classics and fifty 4x4's.

Day 53 - Florianopolis to Guaruja

We are missing one night of the Rally to arrive in Rio tomorrow. It is a long drive to Guaruja - 760 kms. It was a good road to Curitiba, dual carriageway most of the way. We met Paul and Charles en route.

The Buick is really falling apart now, but they are still going. They were going to stay near or in Sao Paulo, but actually turned up in our hotel - the Casa Grande in Guaruja. There were also 2 or 3 HERO crew and Jan and Julienne there. It was very humid, still overcast, but hot. It is a good 5-star hotel, being partly re-furbished.

I had a very welcome swim in a pleasant pool, then a beer and a light meal in the bar next door. We had drinks with Colin, Paul and Charlie, then Tim and I had coffee and dessert in the restaurant. We talked at length with Mike Preston about HERO and the Rally. He is in the advance car with his son, Anthony. This is our last hotel before Rio de Janeiro!

Total distance 474 miles.