Luciano and his friend Helto in the background.  (Photo: Personal archive)

From Campo Grande, friends traveled about six thousand kilometers to the Trans-Amazonian Highway

Luciano and his friend Helto in the background. (Photo: Personal archive)

“One of the most difficult roads and paths I’ve ever taken”, says Luciano Aparecido Lima Cristaldo, 40, known as Matucho. In recent days, he and his friend Helton Viana Araújo, 39, covered around six thousand kilometers with their respective Kawasaki Versys-X 300. cities of Manaus (AM) and Porto Velho (RO).

Known as “Rodovia Phantom”, the road is a challenge even for the most experienced drivers in Brazil. To the B side, Luciano said that the stretch is not recommended to be covered by motorcycle, as some points are almost impassable. “During this period of rain, it is not recommended to travel on the 319, except in a van with traction. The residents of the region themselves said that we were crazy”, he says.

Despite the unprecedented experience, the motorcyclists had already traveled other times with only a suitcase on their backs and Kawasakis. Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Mato Grosso and Pará were some of the states that traveled. Even with all the experience on the road, the BR-319 managed to take them to the limit “That was the most challenging one”, guarantees Luciano.

Motorcyclists with residents of the region.  (Photo: Personal archive)
Motorcyclists with residents of the region. (Photo: Personal archive)

The trip started on the fifth of this month, it was full of perrengues, but in the end, it yielded stories for the duo. The difficulties, according to Luciano, were countless. “Giant two-kilometer quagmire, led us to exhaustion, because any fall could hurt us and we wouldn’t have anyone to help, as we were in the middle of the jungle. Although we took a lot of water, we were thirsty and hot,” he says.

Due to the mud on the roads, the friends could not arrive at an inn or other lodging places until the end of the day. Therefore, they had to improvise camp in the middle of nature. “Animals like jaguars could be a danger, because we had to stay camping in the jungle and unfortunately we couldn’t get support or safe shelter”, he says.

On the 13th, they completed the trip and are now returning to Campo Grande. Happy to have met the challenge, Luciano reports that he would not have made it without his friend. “Helton is my traveling brother. It is very difficult to cross the Trans-Amazonian alone and, if he were not with him, I think I would have given up. It is very painful,” he says.

On the road, buses and trucks were stuck in the mud.  (Photo: Personal archive)
On the road, buses and trucks were stuck in the mud. (Photo: Personal archive)

About all the feeling that the journey brought, he comments that he had the opportunity to review some values ​​in life. “It was a very good experience for me, I met people on this trip who showed me that I was complaining a lot. People happy with what little they have. It wasn’t just a trip for me, it was an awakening to the good things I have and don’t appreciate”, he concludes.

Friends registered next to the Manaus sign.  (Photo: Personal archive)
Friends registered next to the Manaus sign. (Photo: Personal archive)

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