Rowing in Rio: Riding to the venue

Today was Emily’s last practice day. She races tomorrow, Friday August 11, at 8 AM EST. Literally 2000 meters out! We took it slow this morning, slept in and took the 11:40 shuttle to the course. Here is a picture look at our daily 1hour commute. 

This shot gives you an idea of how Rio 2016 is managing city traffic. Each day we have a police escort, the bus drives in the Olympic lanes, which are marked by the green line on the road. The lane to our left is the public bus lane and the lane to our right is the lane that the locals are left with. 


Even Brazil has Joe’s……..


Canals and villas……..


Elevated roads that wrap the coastal mountains ……..


City skyscrapers that surround the mountain Pedra da Gavea in Tijuci National Park………..


Vertical homes built into the mountain side……….


Quaint accommodations for tourists……….


Copacabana Beach……….


Crazy fans………


Skate park at Lagoa near the finish line of the Olympic race course …………..


Then we arrive and we walk in the gates to that familiar feel of a rowing regatta. 

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