We really didn’t have in mind an off-roading adventure this weekend when we set off for Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state. We know that the maps on our GPS are not always up to date. We know Brazil roads can be ridiculous.We’ve learned that little detail from experience. You plug in a destination and our lovely GPS will take us to the craziest places or it will just drop in the middle of nowhere, leaving us unsure of where to go next.
So…this time we were prepared. David searched on google maps the directions from Resende to Tiradentes, just as a back up. Google usually provides 2 or 3 different routes and of course we usually take the first route, which is usually the shortest. He even wrote the directions down on paper just in case…
We jumped in our little red car, plugged in Tiradentes in the GPS and off we went…
We took the right exit off the Dutra and the GPS worked for a while, the scenery was beautiful, little towns with cobblestone streets
and then it started… the GPS just dropped, about the same time we started to be on dirt roads and mud trails and through long grass…yep! BUT the back up directions from google said these were the right roads, there were even buses traveling this way and supposedly it was the SHORTEST way!!!
It went from bad to worse and we didn’t know how long we would be traveling on these type of roads. When do you decide enough is enough and you’ve ventured too far?
So… we figured if we were actually gonna get to Tiradentes in one day, we better scrap this route, go home and get the directions for the alternate route and start over.
All of this took 3 hours from our day. Good thing we left early! And we finally made it to Tiradentes, following GPS, written directions and maps on my ipad. There were places that were a little tricky and we could have easily got lost but we made it and we had a lovely weekend. Maybe not as much daylight hours as we would have liked but still a wonderful weekend!
If you haven’t checked out the Tiradentes posts yet, keep scrolling back and see what we did in this wonderful city!