Friday, July 10, 2015

Amazon Adventures - Day 5

On Thursday, June 25th, we left Brasileia at 11:00 a.m. by bus. We had thought of taking a taxi as it would be much faster and only a little more expensive than the 3 bus tickets, but were discouraged from doing so by Pastor William. He said that the taxi drivers often slip drugs smuggled in from Bolivia into the passengers suitcases for "drug runs".  If stopped by the Federal Police we would have a hard time explaining how it got in to our suitcases since it "wasn't ours" (that is what they all say)! With Stephen and myself being Americans it would be even more difficult to explain and we didn't want the "adventure" of spending time in a little jail somewhere until we hired lawyers and got it all figured out! So we went by bus. We arrived in Rio Branco, the capital of Acre, around 4 p.m.  At 5 p.m. Pastor Reul (the man who took over Stephen Doolittle's work) came to pick us up and took us to his home where we met his sweet wife, Adriana, and their children Beatriz (5) and Davi (1).
Adriana fixed a delicious "cafe da tarde" (afternoon coffee) with sandwiches, fruit, milk and coffee and the most delicious cake! I got the recipe and have made it since returning home. It is so easy to make and economical, but tastes like an expensive pound cake. Only 6 ingredients! Just in case any of you ladies would like the recipe, here it is!

3 eggs
1 C. milk
1/2 C oil
2 C. sugar
3 C. flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1. Beat eggs, milk, sugar and oil in blender
2. Pour this mixture over the flour and b. powder and stir well.
3. Pour into a bundt or tube pan oiled and heavily sprinkled with sugar
4. Bake in a medium oven until brown (about 40 minutes)
5. Enjoy!

Our original plans were to take the bus from Rio Branco to Cruzeiro do Sul. When the roads are good the trip is 12 hours. Unfortunately the roads have not dried out yet from the recent end of the rainy season and there are many "atoleiros" (mud holes) where vehicles get stuck. When this happens the passengers have to get out and push the bus on through! The bus trip now is taking from 24 to 30 hours! 

We made an executive decision to make this part of the trip by plane. The plane took 53 minutes. The only daily flight to Cruzeiro is scheduled to leave at 10:40 p.m. and return at 1:30 a.m. A heartfelt thanks to Pr. Reul who took us the 30 kilometres to the airport!

Our flight was very late and we didn't arrive in Cruzeiro do Sul until 1:30 a.m. We were met by Pastor Francisco Reis Damasceno and his son Silas. They are one of the missionary families our church here in Pedra 90 helps support. By the time we got to their house and to bed it was 3:00 a.m.

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