a VirtualTourist member from Tel Aviv-Yafo
We are 3 adults coming to watch world cup matches on a very tight schedule, therefore we have decided to rent cars for some of our travels (I have read all there is to read about driving in Brazil, and am aware of the dangers).
Some of our car drives originate from Salvador or end there, and I would appreciate it very much if you could recommend nice and safe places along the road to stop and get gas, eat, refresh, go to the bathroom, watch matches on TV etc. for the following drives:
1. Salvador to Fortaleza - We will probably drive inland via route BR-116 and not along the beach.
2. Salvador to Belo Horizonte - Again, Route 116
3. Brasilia to Salvador - Route 020, then 242 it seems
The main issue for the stops along the way is safe and friendly places.
OK. Here's an example that shows why we have no other choice:
We watch a game in Salvador on 16:00, and another one in Fortaleza the following day on 16:00 as well. The only bus I found online for that day arrives at Fortaleza on 16:30. The only way to make it on time is by car.
This is our schedule for the entire stay more or less.
Now, we will surely be driving in Brazil, this is not the issue here. If your main concern is our safety and well being, than your information could save us troubles and dangers.
Driving 1000+ km over the night in less than 24h is no easy feat, so I wouldn't worry too much about where to stop...you won't have much time to do it anyway. You've been discouraged enough but if you're up for it, where to stop if a very small detail.
From Salvador to Brasília I'd stop in Lençóis and from Salvador to Belo Horizonte, both Vitória da Conquista and Teófilo Otoni (birthplace of Brazilian scorer Fred) make good stops for a quick overnight.
Good luck, please post some photos on your return. Nobody will be sitting shiva for anyone, that's way too exaggerated. Good luck!