Hello from Mysore (could be my sore everything)
Thanks to Declan for doing a great job keeping this up to date. I have one correction to make. We are not going to a fancy dress party. Everyone has been kindly requested to “doll.up” for the last night and Billie (one of the brilliant Indian team of Billie and Doc – they are like our control center) asked that we dress in local costume – which is Sari. I mean it has to be done.
What about the trip so far…
After a really bad first day on bike 54 I genuinely thought that I would never get to where I am. Had I understood the reality of what I am doing, I probably would have chickened out. I am so so so glad I was a little naive because I will never in my life experience anything like this again. One guy gave up on day three but I think it was more personal issues than the challenge.
I got divorced from 54 and took up with 25 on day three. It was like a different world. 25 is one of the mechanics bikes and he really wants to have it back but he is not getting it.
In six days of riding so far we have covered about 1160 kms and about 42 hours of riding!! Do the math to get the average!
Declan has told you about the bike. I have become quite attached to it. After all it brings me in each evening or we bring each other in.
A word about the mechanics. They follow us around on bullets all day dealing with everything from broken off exhausts and smashed up headlights and more. They are friendly and more hardworking than anyone I know. When we get in in the evening, they check every bike and fix what needs fixing. They might get a couple of hours sleep and they are off again. I will post a photo of the inside of our spare-parts truck soon.
We have been in jungle areas, cities, riding through coffee and tea plantations, and rice paddies. One of the biggest eye openers was day 2 when we fought with about 400 trucks to get through one area. They were entering a quarry. The roads were very dusty, the truck sometimes 2 if not 3 abreast. I cannot believe I did that on day two! The roads are always challenging and you never know what is around the next corner.
I have never come across so many curious and friendly people. They are amaying. We do a couple of chai stops a day in little villages and usually once the first person is bold enough to approach, everyone comes. It is incredible to hear so many young kids speaking english. Have taken lots of snaps of people too.
Today is a short ride of 120 kms and we have a 2 night stay in jungle huts where we will see elephants for sure and if we are lucky a tiger. Apparently we are very likely to meet elephant on the road today and we will be briefed on what to do in that situation in our session before we leave!!!
After today, the next bigget challenge is the 36 hairpin bends day and there we have to watch for trucks on the wrong side of the road! Ahhhh..
I have so much to say and have to go get breakfast and let Chris from Northern Ireland have a go on the net too.
BTW I ride every daz with Pete Noelle, Andrew, Andrew, Steve and Matt and we have become quite a team together. They have been brilliant to me.
love to all.