Trip Start May 23, 2008
26Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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Fortunately, after one bus slowed down to look before continuing on its way, two lorries stopped very soon afterwards and between them and several men out pushing, the rickshaw was soon back up on the road, seemingly none the worse for its tumble. But it really just goes to show that you have to keep your wits about you all the time, you never know what is going to happen next.
It was a great relief to get off that track, and onto the main road, though joining it was 'interesting'! Basically, we just drove along the hard shoulder of one carriageway (going the wrong direction) until there was a gap in the central reservation, at which point we crossed the carriageway (obviously avoiding the traffic) and joined the opposite carriageway, in the right direction! Driving here rocks!!!
The rest of the drive was fairly uneventful, as we made it to the outskirts of Varanasi, though it did take a while - the guys didn't seem to have any confidence in their navigation at all, despite using a compass as well as the map, and frequently checking a GPS device, so they insisted on stopping every 20km or so to check we were still going the right way, even though we were driving along a completely straight road, with no possible turn offs.... And then, once we had all caught up again, there would be a discussion about whether or not we should stop for a break, or what we would do about food, or... something else. I was getting a little frustrated by the time we made it to our destination; I am just not used to this whole forming a committee every time anything needs to be done, I usually (since generally, it's only me to consider) just get on with things.
Actually, at this hotel, the owner appeared not to speak any English. It transpired later that in fact, he just didn't want to speak to women, as he chatted away quite happily, in excellent English, with the guys. His only comment toSharon and me was that, while he had previously thought European women were very good looking, he had now revised this thought, and that Indian women were far more attractive....
It's all in a day's drive!