After my five days fixing Donkey I'd gotten to know the guys who ran the guesthouse. There was four of them rotating on shifts 24 hours a day. They all knew the trip and the progress of the breakdown. When I first rocked up at their place I did not have high hopes, it looked … Continue reading Day 315 to 338 – Trivandrum to Chennai
Goa was feeling pretty damn good after the crazy ride across India from Kolkata. A comfy hostel filled with lots of happy friendly solo travellers; a two minute walk to the beach and all the bars and restaurants that line it. Perfect. I ended up spending 9 nights there in a few places, regenerating some … Continue reading Day 293 to 314 – Goa to Trivandrum
The flight from Vietnam back to India was certainly interesting. A whole plane full of Indians being Indian trying to board, packed arse to crotch on the stairs like the plane was sucking them in; as if the seats were vanishing by the minute. Once on they were trying to get up and down the … Continue reading Day 282 to 292 – Kolkata to Goa
Finally leaving Pokhara had a little bit of meaning to it, in total I'd been here nearly 2 weeks split over 3 stays. I really liked the place, despite all the tourism and everything that goes with it. I crossed the border back into India the next day, after a night in what was essentially … Continue reading Day 196 to 205 – Pokhara to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
An easy ride to finsih off my first stint in India, down out of the hills from Champawat and into Nepal. The road wound down steadily along the side of the hills, giving some more incredible views all the way, though a little different this time. The mountains didn't seem to just lower themselves and … Continue reading Day 173 to 178 – Champawat to Pokhara, Nepal
Rest days in Manali were great, after 2 weeks of very basic living in the mountains. Me, Martin and Xenia spent most days drifting between one cafe or another on the laptops. Almost every day I said "I might leave tomorrow" only to decide not to in the morning, still feeling like I needed rest … Continue reading Day 158 to 172 – Manali to Champawat, Uttarakhand, India
We left the lovely family in Jammu after a nice breakfast and hit the road, still humbled after an unexpected free nights sleep and food. The traffic didn't treat us as kindly though, slowing us on the thin, bumpy roads. The road into the mountains had two lanes, but one was completely full of trucks, … Continue reading Day 143 to 157 – North India loop
Finally the day to leave Islamabad, it didn't start very well though. I got packed up, gear on and bike loaded, then realised the battery was entirely flat. I suspect some kids turned on the heated grips the night before, they were very interested in the bike and tend to poke around it. Luckily Martin … Continue reading Day 136 to 142 – Islamabad to Jammu – India!