The next day, it was all I could do to take a shower. I could only stand for about 3 minutes at a time before feeling terrible. Bode slept until 4 pm, which wasn’t totally surprising since he was up literally every 20 minutes the night before.
We forced down some bottled water – no food today.
We figured since it happened to all three of us at once, it was probably either the food from the night before or the water from the nice big machine that said Agua Gelada we assumed would be okay to drink. We didn’t really notice anyone else getting sick, though we were in our room or bath the entire night and day.
We washed the sheets in the shower. It wasn’t pretty.
Compounding our misery was the constant chug-chug-chugging and brain shaking vibration of a diesel powered vessel rumbling up river. It felt as though we were on a bad railroad track. Also, our air conditioner had no adjustment knobs – just on and off. The ‘on’ worked extremely well, so that we were freezing within minutes. Naturally, one of us had a fever while the other 2 had chills, so there was never agreement on whether it should be on or off.
The boat made quick stops at a few small ports that we didn’t even get up to see. The Amazon is at it’s highest point of the year, and not all the stilt houses are clearing the water level. By nightfall we arrived in Santerem where we intended to get out and go to dinner, but we couldn’t make it off the boat.