All in all we had a great time in Curitiba and of course we bought several newspapers.   
We left Curitiba around noon after filling our gasoline and propane tanks. We drove about 230 miles up the main road towards Sao Paulo then turned east toward the Atlantic for another few miles. We planned on staying overnight in the scenic town of Peruibe. It was very pretty along the coast. White sands, lush vegetation and blue water. And I need to comment about the roads. They were perfect. Smooth pavement, wide lanes and gentle curves. The best highways I had ever seen any where including the States.  The next day we continued north through Santos. Bill lived in Santos for a while when he played soccer. Then on to Sao Paulo. What an ugly city, anyway what we could see of it through the smog. Even on its worst days Los Angeles was never like Sao Paulo. Our eyes stung and we could hardly take a breath.
We did stop and tour the Instituto Butanta. We had to see the snakes! The institute is a leader in the study of poisonous snakes. There are rooms and rooms of snakes in glass habitats. They were climbing up the glass, sleeping on top of each other and watching us watch them. Some of them were really pretty, others gave me the creeps. I always kind of liked snakes, but this was just a few too many.
We also went to a supermarket to stock up. Bought more peanut butter and jelly and found Marshmallow Cream! We werenít even looking for that.  Also bought a cheap camera for me to use and Randy not to touch.
Leaving Sao Paulo back on the road north towards Rio de Janeiro we ended up in the rush hour traffic. Before long we were vapor locked and sitting on the side of the road. Traffic finally let up and we had cooled down so we were on our way again.  We spent the night at a truck stop.
Early the next morning we had the motorhome serviced, oil, brake fluid and water then we were off again. The road traveled through some mountains but it was such a good highway there were no problems.
By 3:00 we arrived in Rio de Janeiro! Wow! I never in my life thought I would be there. Right next to the beach just off the main street was marked parking. So we parked there - right out our front window was Ipanema Beach.  The only thing between us and the beach was a stunning black and white mosaic sidewalk.
The weather had really warmed up as we traveled further north. This was reflected in the dress or non dress of the beach goers. Amazing. This was the first time I saw a pregnant woman in a tiny bikini - tanned belly hanging out for all to admire.  No one was topless though.
I swear that Randy and John Mc ended up with sun burnt eyeballs! They would send Gil and Paul out on to the beach and all the girls (women) would flock around the cute little blond American boys. As soon as there was a group Randy and John Mc would saunter down the sand and tell the kids I was looking for them.  Of course in doing so they just had to introduce themselves to the girls. As you can guess most of our time was spent near and on the beach. Everyone got a nice tan and Gil and Paul were in the middle of everything and anything going on. And there was always something going on down by the water. Games of all sorts and people would bring guitars and drums and spontaneous jam sessions would spring up.
Every morning just after sunrise a group of supervised prisoners in orange jumpsuits would walk down the beach shoulder to shoulder, picking up litter and smoothing the sand.
Two other campers joined us at the beach. One couple was from Canada the other from Brazil. Both were driving pickups with campers. Each stayed only a few days. Diana, the Canadian woman and I exchanged English novels.
We did little driving while in Rio as we didnít want to lose our parking space. The few times we went any where we took taxis. What we did see was very nice, modern and well kept.  We did not go to the favelas nor did we make it up the mountain to see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. That is my only regret from Rio.
By the fifth day we were there we wanted to get away from the beach for a while so Bill and I went shopping. He got a haircut and I bought a couple pairs of shoes also post cards and groceries. There were storms moving in so the weather had become warmer and quite humid.  The next day November 2nd was overcast with sprinkles. Bill mentioned that maybe we should be thinking about leaving as the weather was worsening. I disagreed with vigor. My birthday was in two days and if I was going to turn 40 I was going to turn 40 in Rio.  He agreed.
Samba Show

Samba Show

Ipanema Beach

Ipanema Beach

Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf

More Ipanema

More Ipanema

Rio

Rio

Me and Gil

Me and Gil

Randy and Motorhome

Randy and Motorhome

Driving our Motorhome from Curitiba to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil