|Is it a cow or is it Bambi?|
I woke with a start (actually I jumped 3 feet in the air) as I felt a scraping on my foot and looked up to see said mouse at my feet on the bed! As I screamed, the mouse jumped off the bed and back in to its hiding place behind the cupboard. Poor thing was terrified no doubt. I found it on the chair next to the bed 20 minutes later and managed to finally get it out and in to the freedom of the corridor!
I didn't sleep much after that. It was too late! I was awake!! I tried counting cockroaches but it didn't help! I was also eaten alive by mosquitos and possibly flees!
I wont be recommending that hotel on Trip Advisor!
Now I am in full swing and on a lovely tour up North and heading for the Himalayas. All my accommodation for the next 10 days has been arranged by Neeta from Destinations Unlimited and the first two have just been awesome by comparison! No roaches, no mice and air conditioning. Day 2 and I am at The Fern Hotel, Vadadora. A welcome relief after a days riding through what can only be described as bedlam!
Indian Traffic Mantra
Grant me the serenity to accept the traffic I cannot move
The courage to go for the smallest of gaps
and the wisdom to use my horn!
I’m actually enjoying it! India is pretty cool. My fears get smaller every day. There is no wonder I was nervous though with all the emails and messages from people warning me that traffic was hell, and people were dangerous. For example. Here is an email from a guy in India which arrived a couple of days before I left Dubai....
Please be careful in India. There are MURDERERS and RAPISTS walking around everywhere amongst the normal people.
Have a nice trip.
Have a nice trip? You have to laugh!
This was not a one off though I can assure you!
Now ask yourself - What am I supposed to do with that information? Is it really going to help? Perhaps not! There is no wonder people are scared to leave the safety of their own back yard! It was the same with Iran and actually all the way along in varying degrees! India definitely has the record for the most health warning messages so far though!
Rest assured I will take every care as I normally would but for those who wish to warn me of impending doom, perhaps you could choose your words more carefully in future! In case we are not clear IT DOES NOT HELP!!!!! Advice is good. scare mongering is BAD.
|Drawing the crowds in Surat|
Ok so we have strange looking cows in the road, dogs jumping out, grease, heat, humidity, trucks, Tuk Tuks, motorbikes and sheer volume of randomly moving traffic (and when I say volume, I mean VOLUME) but I must say it’s different and I am slowly settling in to the rhythm and shaking off the all those negative vibes (which I am sure where well meant if not a little misguided). Each country has its own flow. It's just a matter of sussing it out and getting with the program!
I feel like a Bollywood star with all this attention and the people I have met have been very welcoming if not sometimes a little overwhelming in numbers!!
The help from Neeta and the team has made all the difference to me and is now allowing me to rest well between rides and concentrate on the important job of navigating through the likeable chaos that is India.
Khooram is still with me on his Enfield and is acting as translator and riding buddy! It's nice to have the company and someone to translate "Do you have Chocolate Milkshake?" in to Hindi.
Rhonda, once again is proving to be a great choice. Particularly in the city areas where the traffic is literally touching and you have to squeeze through the smallest of gaps. She still has the power to pull away quickly and get in front of the pack when the opportunity arises too and I am just loving having her back with me. She is perfect for India and the crowds go wild for her!
I am actually starting to worry about how much of an emotional bond I have developed with her! Is it wrong to love a machine this much?
Missing Alex and Vidya!