Which was okay. Occasionally, we'd have to swerve back onto the road to miss a pot hole on the shoulder, but we were managing. Then we found ourselves in the left lane because both the right lane and shoulder were pretty crummy. And then, before we knew it, we were driving on the left shoulder! (Nope, we didn't take a trip to Europe this weekend.)
And then a truck came around the curve, also trying to use the left shoulder.
But later, we returned to our happy place...the left shoulder.
And then, just for kicks, we tried driving right down the center line. Thank goodness we were in a narrow car!
Sometimes, we just weren't sure where the government of Brasil intended for us to drive.
And sometimes, like when a pot hole is as wide as the entire right lane, it is very obvious you are supposed to travel on the shoulder.
But then occasionally, a pot hole covers part of the right lane and shoulder, but we aren't able to get over to the left lane.
So then we just all drive half on the shoulder, half in the weeds.
It took some fancy zigzagging around pot holes from time to time to get over into that left shoulder!
And sometimes the guy driving a really big truck in the opposite direction thought our shoulder looked nicer (the grass is always greener on the other side!) At that moment, we were unsure if we should hold our current right shoulder position or move over into the left shoulder. It all worked out though.
Towards the end of the 60 km stretch of road that I have just presented to you, the government was nice enough to post a warning sign. (This is much cheaper than fixing the road...although maybe somewhere in the beginning of the pot holes would have been more helpful.) It basically reads Slow, Road With Defects. Reeeaaaaally? We hadn't noticed.
The government is doing a great job of growing the local economy though. Do you have any idea how many tire shops we saw along this stretch of road? (I really like how there is a blown out tire on the ground next to this one's sign!)
But, for the life of me, I can't figure out what may be causing the roads to get this way! I mean, this truck (despite a nasty lean to the right that I couldn't quite capture in a photo) was able to maintain a speed of 15 kph (9.3 mph) on this slight uphill climb. He couldn't possibly be overloaded or anything.
Special props to my Hunny for some sweet driver skills and fancy moves on that road. We managed to only hit 1 pot hole and came away with all 4 tires (and undercarriage) still intact. Which is more than I can say for the 11 or so cars (driven by natives, no doubt!) we saw pulled off the road!