Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
63Trip End Dec 25, 2013
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The plan changed last night / this morning and we decided that as we have a couple of days mileage ( on hopefully good roads) we had time to kick back for a day before reaching kolkatta on Friday.
As a result I headed off this morning in search of the Hero dealer I'd seen on the way into town to have the bike serviced. By doing it today it'll save me trying to find a good bike shop in kalcutta before starting off on my solo ride south.
So at about 11.30 - once the rain stopped -I headed off in search of the dealer wearing my high protection and abrasion resistant shorts and sandals. Not something I would normally do in the UK or indeed on main roads in India but for the crawl through town traffic it's fine. I've cycled my pushbike faster on regular Monday nights with other fitness fanatics (you both know who you are) whilst dressed similarly and sometimes; on very rare occasions, in an advanced state of 'rehydration' too.
On arrival at SHYAMA Hero I was given a map showing me the way to the service centre and was then offered to be shown the way. The showroom was really good and it just got better from there. The next thing I know is I've a salesman on the back and we're riding the couple of kilometres to the workshop.
WOW - on arrival I was amazed to see how spotlessly clean and organised the entire process was. The bikes get booked in, washed, serviced, then polished before the book's stamped and off you go. Their professionalism was first class and much more impressive than ARC in Delhi.
I accepted their kind offer of chai before walking to the ATM as I needed some money as my funds were running quite low. As I was just about to start heading back my mobile rang to say my bike was ready. I arrived within a few minutes to be greeted by a group of staff members and a very clean and shiny Impulse. The bike hasn't looked this good in ages. The staff had got together to wish me well on the rest of my journey having seen the stickers on my bike.
We had lots of photos taken and when I attempted to pay my bill I was greeted with " you are our guest, there is no charge"
I received a bunch of flowers and was once more humbled by the generosity of others I have met whilst travelling . This particular ferangi - riding his shiny bike back to the hotel - with a bunch of flowers down his shirt, didn't stand out at all!
Cheers to all at SHYAMA automobiles - you are Hero's heroes!