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Route 66 surprise

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brazil residents Roger Dulin (second from right) and wife, Erin, took a moment to pose for a picture with residents from Brazil, South America during their three-week retirement trip which ended earlier this month. The tourists presented the Dulins with a Brazil flag during their trip that was donated to the city Tuesday. Courtesy Photo.
* Couple receives flag from Brazilian tourists, donates it to city

For one local couple, a trip across America featured some international flair.

For three weeks, Brazil residents Roger and Erin Dulin packed up their 1963 Shasta camper to embark on a retirement trip along Historic Route 66 to travel from St. Louis to Needles, Calif.

But little would they know, they would run into some fellow Brazilians as well.

Brazil, South America, that is.

"We came across this group of about 20 Harley riders at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas and found out they were all from Brazil, South America here visiting America," Roger told The Brazil Times. "Then, a couple of days later we met up with them again at the Grand Canyon, and for a third time a day or two after that at a truck stop in Arizona."

During that third meeting, the Dulins took some time to have a lengthy conversation with the fellow tourists which resulted in a special gift to take home.

"We got talking to them and I told them how we were from Brazil as well, but only the one in Indiana," Roger said. "I told them about our town being the sister city and the (Chafariz Dos Contos) fountain, and they told us they had to give us something to take back with us."

He said the group proceeded to give them a large Brazil Flag, along with a smaller one that flew on the antenna of one of the motorcycles.

"We found out that they all have Harleys of their own back home, but the come here to rent them and travel the country from time to time because it is cheaper that way compared to shipping their motorcycles here," Roger said.

Although meeting the motorcyclist from Brazil was the highlight of their trip, both Roger and Erin said they met people from all across the globe.

"It was really great to meet so many people here to see the sights of America," Erin said.

Roger added, "We met people from Austria and the Netherlands and other groups from France and Germany. It truly was a great trip."

Brazil residents Roger Dulin (right) and wife, Erin, stopped by City Hall Tuesday to donate a Flag of Brazil they received from tourists from the country on their retirement trip. On hand for the presentation were (from left) Mayor Ann Bradshaw, Supt. of Parks Bill Houck, Brazil Park Board Vice President Todd Brackman, Erin and Roger. Jason Jacobs Photo.
Upon returning home earlier this month, the Dulins came up with an idea of what to do with the large flag.

"We decided to call up City Hall to donate it to the city, and keep the smaller one at home" Roger said.

On Tuesday, the Dulins met with Mayor Ann Bradshaw, Brazil Park Board Vice President Todd Brackman and Superintendent of Parks Bill Houck to present the Brazil Flag.

"We just felt it would be neat for the city to have the flag since it is the sister city," Roger said.

Bradshaw said the city would look into purchasing a frame for the flag to be hung up in City Hall.

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That is an awesome experience for Roger and Erin. And so neat that the Brazil, SOUTH AMERICA

people were so thoughtful in giving them a flag from their country!!! And even more generous, is the fact that the Dulins are donating the flag to the city of Brazil, Indiana!!!!! All a very great experience!!!!!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 8:12 AM

Should have come on to Fontana California and I could have gave you a tour of a Steel Mill Owned by a Brazilian Company, and oh I am from Brazil aswell. Hope the trip was truly enjoyable.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 10:14 PM

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