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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari.

It’s been slow progress to Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India: we are diverted by beautiful beaches, a friendly family or the luxury of a western style hotel, but also because by lunchtime, it’s too hot to ride (32’). The wealth of central kerela is less evident further south, with the unwelcome return of beggars, … Continue reading »

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As good as it gets

Or shortest ever day!! After 5km we reach clean, pretty Marari beach, with its shady palms and fine sand, and decide to stay! We have a new AC room with balcony above a sweet family. Eat, swim, cycle, read, repeat! This is as good as it gets!         Kerela is first to … Continue reading »

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Welcome to Kerela

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2,200m to sea level…

  The most incredible awesome decent from Ooty (2,200m): we stopped at a view point and joined some Rajasthanis for breakfast. Then we met a cycle group from Mumbai, then a group of tea picking ladies… But all the time it was down, down, down, cold in Ooty, thick forest pines, then eucalyptus trees and … Continue reading »

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Ooty ” This day good things come”

Big ride up to Ooty in the Nilgiri hills this week. Views were hazy, and the climb steep- the worst bit ascended 800m to 2200m in 13km. We stopped for a picnic (yes, wrapped in newspaper, old elephant poo beside the road) and two local men pulled over to say hi and look at our … Continue reading »

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Mysore Palace, eyesore museum!

From Hampi a night train with bikes to Mysore: 3rd class with a/c was busy, and I woke to find an Indian woman curled around my feet sharing my hard berth! But it was fine. Friendly! Hampi’s guest house was noisy and grubby with a smelly drains problem. At night, betal mouth mum and her … Continue reading »

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Stoned

I’m reading Game of Thrones so Hampi feels like a fantasy world of rocks, river and ruins – at any moment Tyrion will waddle into view, or a dragon will fly across the sky!! Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty peachy hues (that’s poetic, Charles!) are offset by … Continue reading »

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