We spent five very looong weeks on a cargo ship when we crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Montevideo in Uruguay to Tilbury in England. The ship did a few short stops in; Brazil, Senegal, Gambia and Germany. Five weeks, ‘how on earth could we come up with that idea’ we asked ourselves many times while being seasick, bored and even more bored. This was five weeks without wifi, oh well we had contact with the rest of the world when we went into ports a few times and a few times we could send a plain email from the ship. However, the days flew past while we were reading, playing darts, cards, ate, ate, ate, etc.
The name of the ship who took us over the Atlantic Ocean is Grande Brasile and is a ro-ro cargo ship from the Grimaldi Group. It’s 214m long and 32m wide and her gross weight is a massive 56 660 tons…
Before we rolled on the ship Anders thought we should get our bikes washed. I asked Anders if he thought it was really necessary…. he looked at me and said – ‘Petra, it’s nearly a year ago since we washed the bikes, so YES they are going to be washed NOW’ I’ve learnt that when Anders talk in such way it’s better to just do as he says. When thinking about it, it was quite be nice to see the true colour of the bikes again.
First stop was in Santos, Brazil.
Out on the daily walk… probably about 150 meters long walk hehe
Second stop was the Port in Rio De Janerio
Cars that waiting for to be loaded onto the ship
Though we had recently been to Rio De Janeiro we took the opportunity to get off the ship and go for a walk.
When on the ship we saw lots of whales, dolphins, flyfish, birds etc.
Frigatebird (left) and Gannet bird (right)
We had some fantastic sunset. The photo below was taken one evening when we had a BBQ with the officers and the crew.
The officers were from the Baltic countries and Poland, and the rest of the crew came from the Philippines. We had a lot of fun with these guys.
Anders making his first video from when we were riding in Bolivia. To see the video click on the link Two Bikers One World in Bolivia
We were “baptised” by King Neptune when we crossed the equator. There is a tradition that any seafarer crossing the equator for the first time should be “baptised” to become a fully initiated seafarer… so nowadays we are also named Baracuda (Petra) and Hammerhead (Anders), hehe 😉
We had to do some crazy but fun stuff to be baptised and were surprised how much effort the crew put in to make this such a good memory for us.
And after we were “baptised” we had a delicious meal on deck.
The crew let us be on the bridge whenever we liked and they were always happy to tell us about what was happening and what they were doing.
When we got closer to Africa they places barb wire along the ship. Apparently it was in case of pirates.
We like to photograph ports in different countries. they might look the same but when taking a closer look you can see they differ slightly from each other.
We really enjoy photographing people in different countries and Africa were not an exceptions.
Back in Europe
At last, after three years and four months and five looong weeks on a cargo ship we, together with our motorcycles, were back in Europe again…. what a feeling it was.
Last meal with the guys.
We were four passengers from Uruguay to Dakar and from Dakar we were six.
The captain and the super best chef Jeffrey who had his birthday that day
After weeks on open water it was incredible nice to get off the ship and take a walk in Hamburg.
Last night on the Cargo ship, Grande Brasile
Soon I will see England again.
In this photo it was just a few hours until we could leave the ship and ride in England again.
Wow at last
After a long day we at last got the papers sorted and could head north in England.
Now some time off travelling…. or maybe not 😉