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26 July 2013 / leggypeggy

Coldest day in 25 years!

Overland truck

Chris and Robert rely on towels, blankets and pillows

Soon after we arrived in Chapada dos Guimaraes, our guide told us we were in for Brazil’s coldest day in 25 years. He got that weather forecast a tad wrong! It was the coldest three or four days in about 40 years.

In fact, USA media reported that snow fell in up to 87 cities in southern and central Brazil, swept in by a polar air mass that blew in from Argentina. The Pope is visiting Brazil now—I wonder if there’s any connection?

While we didn’t get the snow, we got everything else—icy blasts, rain, fog, mist and drizzle. Really not all that pleasant when you’re sleeping in a tent.

It was a pity, because the campground was really quite nice—plenty of flat ground, an open-air undercover kitchen, good toilets, hot showers, wifi and a welcoming owner. Of course, the fog meant we could hardly see across the yard from the showers to the kitchen.

Overland truck

Alex and Kate share a sleeping bag

The second day we were there, five of us had the sense to get out of town to visit the nearby national park, which I’ll write about separately.

For now I want to share a couple of pics showing how we coped on the day we drove out of Chapada dos Guimaraes. Sponge Bob is an overland truck. He doesn’t have heating or air conditioning, so you have to make do when the weather throws out a challenge. In this case, have sleeping bags, towels, pillows and blankets—will travel.


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  1. Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) / Jul 26 2013 12:38 pm

    G’day and stay warm! Am not a religious person, but perhaps the Pope can put in a good word for your group so the weather is kinder to you all too! 🙂
    Cheers! Joanne


    • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2013 8:35 pm

      We keep hearing the weather is unusually cold across the middle of South America, so maybe the Pope brought it. Plus the place we’ve been staying for the last few days has a ‘broken’ flue in the fireplace. Things are working against us, but we’re hoping for warmer later today.


  2. Eduardo Macarios / Jul 29 2013 10:47 pm

    We got snow in Curitiba after 30 years or so ! 🙂


    • leggypeggy / Aug 1 2013 4:13 am

      Wow, you will be able to tell your grandchildren about that. 🙂


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