Slight mechanical issues....
Trip Start May 23, 2008
26Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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Shortly after we set off today, at another check the direction stop, someone came running over to tell us one of our 'partners' had just passed by - one of the other teams was in the vicinity! It wasn't long before we passed them on the road - great to hear how they were progressing.
We carried on our way, and driving through one village overtook a camel walking down the main street. Believe it or not, shortly after that, we then pased en elephant - really, you never know what you will see next!!!!
A little further on, the temperature fell, and the sky darkened. And before we knew it, big spots of rain were hitting the windscreen and we were driving with the wiper going!!! I was so excited I got out and danced in the rain - I am sure the man passing by on his bicycle thought I was quite mad. It was so cooling, and bizarrely, for a split second, I almost felt like I was back in Britain, in a summer shower!!
We played some cheesy tunes on the drive - am very glad we included a stereo for the rickshaw, although it seems that every time we press the brake pedal, the music cuts out for a few seconds, which is a little odd.
Driving through a small town, we spotted an ATM, so stopped to let the guys get some money. As I pulled away, I noticed that the exhaust, which had been getting noisier, was unbelievably loud and when I stopped to take a look, I realised it had fallen off about 50m back up the street!
Actually, I should say that the crowds
While the rickshaw was being repaired, someone walked past selling
The repair job probably took about 90 minutes, and cost 150 rupees, which I have no doubt was vastly over inflated, but as that converts to about two pounds, we were happy to pay up. The guys got their rickshaws overhauled after yesterday's roll, while we went to a hotel for the night. In fact, they checked into a different place, and that was the last we saw of them. To be honest, I was somewhat relieved, as I was finding all the conferences on decision making a little stressful.
So, two intrepid girls are left to their own devices somewhere in the Indian backwaters....