Every man must believe in something.
Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
63Trip End Dec 25, 2013
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It's sunny outside and yet here I am sat in an Internet cafe attempting to write up the last couple of days. The beach is about 20 feet away and I've a kayak booked in order to do a little trip north and a bit of exploring of the inland waterway that's about 20 mins paddle away.
As I'm sure you can tell from the above I am feeling a little better but still far from 100% although the drugs clearly are helping.
So I left Mangalore the day before yesterday (Thursday) intent on following my nose once again in a northerly direction. It's unusual for me to pass comment on a city as they're not my favourite places but Mangalore was really nice. The streets were so clean, there were pavements and the people seemed to be a little more relaxed. I was very impressed.
The mighty Impulse was fired up at about 11 and I headed off. It was a delayed start due to some UK things I had to take care of and was very grateful for good wifi access.
Due to my ongoing heat issues I decided to ride in my cotton trousers and not wear my motorcycle jeans. This felt much nicer but wouldn't if I fell off - fortunately this didn't happen. Let's not tempt fate though.
My ongoing aches pains and temperature are making riding a tad more difficult but I'm still really enjoying the riding so clearly can't be that ill.
Whilst at Mangalore I emailed Richard and asked him if he could remember the name of the place we stayed at years ago. I remembered it as Turtles head bay as swimming in the sea all those years back was like bobbing for apples - hopefully I don't have to go into any more details but suffice to say, they weren't apples!
Still, Richard came up trumps, and I'm sure it'll please him to know that I got there. Top beachfront cabin, seafood, swim in the sea and slept in a hammock for a few hours. This time there were no 'apples' and it's much cleaner and yet still undeveloped and idyllic. I guess it's cold and wet in the UK but know that Richard will be pleased to hear how things are over here ;-)
I'm a great fan of watching the sunset and whilst doing this helped the local fishermen pull their boats in and out of the water. A really great place and the new owner of the cabins gave me a heavily discounted price once he knew of my reasons for doing this ride . Top Man.
Having slept really well I awoke to the sound of the ocean and had tea and toast butter jam before slowly getting my stuff together.
I left at about 11 and was heading towards Panjim working on the principle of just seeing how far I got. The journey over the last couple of days has started to involve some hills and some nice bendy twisty bits. The riding has been fab and I realise that I'm feeling better as I caught myself singing in my helmet. This is something I do quite often whilst happily riding but fortunately nobody hears - or at least you hope they don't! How did I catch myself this time? It was the look on the ladies face as she pulled alongside whilst sat on the back of her husband's bike ;-)
I also managed a few little shortcuts that appeared like a good idea at the time but it doesn't always seem like it come the end. Still, a trail bike and some gentile off road tracks are very hard to ignore!
As I entered Goa I saw my first ferrangi 'living the dream' and riding like a complete **** on his rented Enfield. No helmet, pair of shorts and in and out of the traffic like he was in a computer game. His female pillion looked terrified. Still, I'm sure the local hospitals are really really good and gravel rash doesn't hurt as much whilst on holiday!
As expected, my nights accommodation found me as I pulled into Paoelim and I was soon in a beach hut and getting changed ready to swim in the sea. I hired a kayak and watched the sunset whilst bobbing around a mile or so from the beach. Perfect.
I will head on tomorrow and am not sure if I'll be long in Goa as there are too many tourists and touts for my liking.
I'll try and upload some photos before getting out in that kayak. I'm a lucky lucky chap indeedy.
Photo uploads failed but I'll try this evening. I'm off exploring - perfect.