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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Don’t worry, be Hampi!

We are back on the road again after a week on the coast in Goa. Only 50km to Margao – chickpea and potato dahl for breakfast, vegetable thali and samosas wrapped in newspaper for lunch, and two dosas for dinner – all excellent but eclipsed by last night’s chocolate brownie with ice cream and strawberries!! … Continue reading »

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Life is a beach!

Two nights have morphed into four and now we are staying for a whole week, departing on Boxing Day. Pinto guest house is an oasis of calm in the bustle of Candolim resort. Our balcony overlooks woodland behind and in front, a wide terrace overlooks a pretty garden of shady palms and mango trees. Most … Continue reading »

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Too much naked flesh!!

Swiss Alfred/ Fred, if you are reading this THANK YOU for the top tip. Kelavi beach was the real deal, a great experience! Hope you are coping with those rough roads to Mumbai!! This week we slept in a tiny bungalow on the beach (with hammock!) in a fisherman’s village where only our host spoke … Continue reading »

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Humans from outer space.

We begin and end each day at a beach, with very little flat riding in between. The roads are almost traffic free and the scenery is varied and interesting.  This morning I walked the last 30m of a Deer’ Leap climb, then realised ‘I’ve been defeated by a hill!’. Better that than a damaged knee … Continue reading »

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Heaven (interrupted) in Guhagar.

Guhagar is a small inaccessible village/resort preparing for the big time with a promised international airport 28km away. It’s easy to find a brand new bungalow complex with gardens and balconies, and a family restaurant. Advait, the owner, ” Your host on the coast” is a young entrepreneur, Google is his designer, architect and resource … Continue reading »

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Basalt and laterite

We are cycling south along the coastline from Mumbai. This area is called The Konkan, a narrow coastal lowland strip, barely 50 km wide, between the Arabian Sea and the high Western Ghats mountain range (or ‘Sahyadri’, meaning benevolent because they force the western monsoon winds to rise and condense bringing plentiful rain). Although it’s … Continue reading »

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Full stop!

In Vietnam three years ago I swore never ever to board a night bus again. But we reached a full stop in Gandhinagar. The hills and tourist sites were behind us, and much as I like the people (and food) of Gujarat, we faced ten days of flat farmland cycling, busier roads and dreaded dirty … Continue reading »

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Gandhinagar

We are staying with a family in Gandhinagar (pop 20,000), one of prime minister Modi’s 100 Smart Cities – sustainable green cities designed for “citizen friendly living”. The infrastructure forms a grid of wide tree lined avenues and cycle lanes, with roundabouts at every junction. Residential areas, “Infocity” high tech industries, government offices (50% of … Continue reading »

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