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Brazil : Minas Gerais

3.5 km (2.2 miles) W of Tiros, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Approx. altitude: 900 m (2952 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 19°N 134°E

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#2: Confluence view 2 #3: Confluence view 3 #4: Going to the confluence - State of Minas Gerais #5: TocaBrasil Clan #6: GPS display #7: Enjoying the visual for a while

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  19°S 46°W (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence view 1

(visited by Guto - Jose Augusto de S. Barroso, Marco Aurélio, Roberto José (Gump), Letícia and Gabriela Moreira)

English

24-Feb-2004 -- Saíram depois do almoço, por volta de 14:00hs. Choveu o tempo todo durante o carnaval, mas naquele momento, na tarde de Terça-feira de carnaval, o tempo resolvera dar uma melhoradinha, sendo assim, sairam para a conquista.
Andaram mais ou menos 80 kms de carro até a cidade mais próxima da onfluência, ou seja, Tiros - MG.
Neste momento já estava chovendo, e tiveram que pegar estrada de terra até a fazernda mais próxima, deixaram o carro na sede da fazenda e seguiram a pé até o ponto.
A chuva estava fraca mas incomodava bastante, e o pior, já estava a noite. Sem lanterna e com o GPS em mãos, por fim, alcançaram a desejada confluência 19ºS 46ºW.

Não foi fácil, não tínham nem mesmo a luz da lua para auxiliar a caminhada, tínham somente a luz do visor do GPS e o flash da máquina fotográfica. No entanto, era o que mais precisavam para registrar a conquista.

Após fazerem as fotos do GPS e do local, resolveram voltar. Mas, ocorreu um imprevisto e o GPS apagou, literalmente, esgotaram-se as pilhas, que por sinal eram novas. Ficaram sem rumo por mais ou menos uma hora e meia, até que o Guto (José Augusto), conseguiu localizar a sede da fazenda. Voltou pra buscar o resto do grupo, que ainda tiveram que esperar por mais alguns minutos a volta do Markito (Marco Aurélio ou Marcogídio) que também havia saído à procura da sede da fazenda, onde haviam deixado o carro em local seguro.

Voltaram para a cidade Lagoa Formosa e terminaram de curtir o resto do carnaval com mais uma confluência conquista para o Grupo TocaBrasil.

Mais uma aventura noturna e com chuva, para a coleção de confluências do Toca Brasil. (risos)

English

They left after lunch around 2 pm, it rained during the whole carnival season, but on that moment on that tuesday, the weather was slightely better, so for that reason they decided to go for it and go conquer another one for the team. They drove about 80 kms by car to the nearest city Tiros - MG.
At that moment it was raining and they then had to hit the dirt track till the nearest farm. When they got to the main building of the farm, they left their car their and did the rest of the trip by foot.

The rain was very light but already it was very annoying and worst it already was get dark, without a torch and the GPS in hand they finally managed to get to their final destination 19ºS 46ºW.

It was not easy at all because they didnt even have the moonlight to give them help, the only glimmer of light was flickering from the GPS and the camera flash.
At that moment light seemed the most vital thing so that they would manage to get to the point. After they took the GPS fotos they decided to rapidly get back to the car. But a slight mishap occured the GPS just went blank literally the batteries had ran out, but it was thought that they were brand new.

The team was lost for about an hour and a half, till Guto (José Augusto), found the main building of the farm, then he ran back to where the rest of the group were.
But they still had to wait a few more minutes because, Markito(Marco Aurélio ou Marcogídio) had also went in search of the main building.

They then went back to the town of Lagoa Formosa and finished chilling out for the rest of the carnaval. But already knowing they had another confluence in the bag.


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#1: Confluence view 1
#2: Confluence view 2
#3: Confluence view 3
#4: Going to the confluence - State of Minas Gerais
#5: TocaBrasil Clan
#6: GPS display
#7: Enjoying the visual for a while
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