TATA For Now

With India crossed, and the only souvenir from 2000km of cycling a dodgy foot injury and another product from the ever present TATA corporation, it's time out time.The cycling will continue in Japan, on my own for a while, starting from Fukuoka, and continuing through to Hokkaido via Tokuyama, Tokyo, and of course most importantly ...

Hippo Round-Round

"Hello, me Hippo again. Hippo happy you join Hippo mission to fight hunger. But now Hippo need more munchies to fight hunger. Hippo say mouth round, stomach round, world round. So, Hippo make munchies also round-round. Hippo say hunger give world hard time. Eat Round-Round munchies and give hunger a hard time. Because what go round must come round, ho ...

Cardbored

The hunt for packing materials continued today, cycling around the city looking for things that would make up a suitable box. Unfortunately its not as easy a situation as back home, or in Syria where we were able to get a purpose designed cardboard bike box. We started with a trip to the airport, to check ...

Calcutta/Kolkata

2000km and an (un)healthy serving of dust, dirt and traffic later, we rolled in Calcutta to finish another day and another country. Despite the chaotic road system, and the impenetrable traffic jams we made it into the city, or as close to the airport as we could manage. The usual process then ensued, trying to find ...

Notel

Hotel does not always mean hotel. "Hotels", as I've mentioned, more often than not are simply restaurants. Lodgings are in fact usually hotels. Hotels advertised with ac/non ac rooms are usually hotels. Sometimes though that just means they have two separate restaurant rooms, one with ac one without. "Hotel and Restaurant" sometimes means hotel ...

A Touching Story…

There are many things that people who visit India will immediately associate with this country. The noises which I've highlighted in strong personal detail. The smells perpetuating through the air now matter where you are- dust, smoke, incense, mustiness, to name but a few (of the more positive ones). The sights of cars, people and ...

Get Your Motor Running…

The melodic (yet pounding) sound of generators drumming in my head is one sound I will definitely take with me from India.... There are many others too- the constant sound of horns, whether on the road or in your room. The shouts of people who pull up alongside us on bikes, motorcycles or cars. The ...

Bananagrams

The last few days have been a real push, covering large distances not solely for the purpose of getting across the country, but because with nothing for long distances, we have no choice but to keep going until we can find a lodging. We've also been stopping anywhere we can get food, some with ...

The Great Ghatsby

Hoping for a short ride after yesterday's day off was far from what we got in the end. 125km long day, climbing up and over an endless ghat, to a total ascension of around 1000km. The first 60km shot by, but once we hit the beginning of the Ghat, we started the long slow climb ...

Rocky Roads

The last couple of days have been fairly unexciting. Cycling through these parts of India, we've seen little, and cycled lots. Crossing the State line into Orissa, and passing through kilometer upon kilometer through national park. Sadly though despite the signs indicating all manner of wildlife, including an elephant crossing, nothing was to be found. ...