Leaving Barreirinhas in the late afternoon I had to head west for three and a half hours before slowly turning south, then east. In total I would clocking 550 miles over the next ten hours, riding into the early morning hours before stopping east of Teresina. In the late evening a country fair appeared on the side of the road. Most of the festivities were over, the band had packed up and many of the booths were closed. The rodeo continued, featuring a cow roping contests.
The next morning I checked out of the hotel somewhere near noon. To my surprise, the landscape started to changed. Lush forest turned arid fields and as the miles rolled under my tires the green countryside became desert.