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We started in Rio de Janeiro….

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from where we headed south towards Sao Paulo.

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In Sao Paulo, we stopped by at the office. Also, we met with the van that accompanied us on the tour.

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From Sao Paulo it took us via Santos to Curitiba.

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Curitiba was a host city of the World Cup.

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We were able to bring the car into the former World Cup stadium where most of the seats are equipped with iglidur bearings (in total 240000).

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From Curitiba it took us further south to Joinville where we visited the famous Bolshoi ballet academy.

 

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From there we went to the “German cities” Pomerode and Blumenau.

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Blumenau is famous for its annual Oktoberfest, which is the third largest worldwide.

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From Blumenau we drove via Florianapolis to Porto Alegre.

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From there we went to the stunning waterfalls Foz do Iguacu.

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Big final in Sao Paulo

Today was the press conference for iglidur® on tour in Brazil. For the first time, the conference was after and not prior the trip. Many journalists showed up to see the car that had been traveling their country for three weeks while driving more than 6000 kilometer. Marcello Pimenta, country manager of igus® Brazil, welcomed the journalists and introduced igus®.

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His presentation followed Marcio Marques, bearing product manager in Brazil, who presented the wide igus® product range and the use of iglidur® bearings in the automotive industry.

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Marcio also guided the journalists to the highlight of the conference. The introduction of the car!

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I took over with same explanations about the retrofitting and the tour itself.

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At the end, Marcello turned the attention on the charity organization that received one euro for each driven kilometer. The money will contribute to the equipment of a child hospital, that is specialized in cancer therapies. The hospital was born out of the initiative of two parents. Their child was suffering under cancer. They were complaining about that they had to travel for treatments through the entire country. After their child could finally be cured,  they found the hospital that concentrates all treatments in one place, so that expensive travels got redundant.

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The program got topped off with a lively discussion.

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From the venue, the car left directly to the airport. I will leave too and will write you again from cold, icy Alaska. We will spend two months traveling the whole United States and Canada.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha

Foz do Iguaçu

From the Brazilian wine center Bento Goncalves, we headed towards one of the most beautiful places on earth. About 900 kilometer were separating us from the stunning Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls. The way took us about 17 hours. We started at seven in the morning and reached the hotel by midnight.

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We not only took a few times the wrong way but also had to face incredibly bad weather, dirt roads and heavy traffic. At one point, we were stuck for more than one hour without moving at all.

Which was very exhausting for us, was no problem for the bearings in the car. They are dirt and water resistant and have been working perfectly for the last 28000 kilometer. About nine hundred more in one day is no problem at all.

The roads to the falls were very curvy and mainly leading through forest and mountains. While driving such roads, it is necessary to have a steering that works well and is easy to turn. Self-lubricating iglidur® bearings have been improving the performance of steers in many car models worldwide. They ensure a smooth turning of the steer. While doing this, they are facing continuously high impact loads and changing temperatures.

Once we saw the waterfalls, the seventeen hours of horrific drive were forgotten immediately. They are breathtaking.

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They are demonstrating the beauty of nature as well as its massive power.

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It is incredible how much water flows here every second.

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Just to get a glimpse of the size of the falls, their flow of water is about three times that of the famous Niagara falls.

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It is not possible to overlook the whole falls (at least not from the site where we were standing) as they have a length of 2,7 kilometers and 275 drops.

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They have been fascinating people for centuries. A legend told that a god himself created these falls. He was about to marry a woman but saw her fleeing from him with her lover in a canoe. In rage, he sliced the iguazu river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The falls are also marking the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. You can enter the National Park and the falls from all of these countries. I was surprised how close you can get to the falls itself. There is a pedestrian walk above the powerful stream.

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At one point, you are surrounded by a curtain of water.

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The national park is also home to a high diversity of animals. For instance, everywhere on the way you can see racoons.

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They are countless in number.

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You cannot enter with car but are obliged to walk or to take one of the public buses (by the way, they make use of iglidur® bearings in the door mechanism (Get to know more on http://blog.igus.de/Blogengine/iglidur_on_tour/post/2014/07/23/Rio-Grande-do-Sul.aspx).

Nearby, is a masterpiece of engineering. The Itaipu dam is a common project between both Paraguay and Brazil.

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Once you enter the facility, you are on common land. The dam is the largest hydroelectric facility in terms of annual energy generation. It produces about seventy percent of the electricity consumed in whole Paraguay.

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In 1994, the American Society of Civil Engineers elected the Itaipu dam as one of the seven modern Wonders of the World.

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Right now, we are on the way back to Sao Paulo. The tour in Brazil comes to an end. On Monday, after the press conference, the car will leave to Alaska.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha