An amazing experience riding and eating my way through Southern India. The cycling at times was challenging but the group and leader were always there to offer support. The warmth and sincerity from the local people was tremendous and I urge anybody who wants a good mix of cycling to take this incredible journey.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
For me it was an afternoon spent at a local orphanage with such wonderful children. These kids didnt beg or want our money they were just happy to play football,cricket,skip or even learn the "chicken song !"
They were highly articulate and intelligent and despite all the poverty they did not stop smiling.
I also have to mention Tommy who battled up Ooty and pedelled every painfull step of the way....what an inspiration he was
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Our leader was Joseph Checkov.He was a brilliant leader,always there to help when language was an issue,always found me the best toilet or bush! Joseph chose our meals to make things easier and is responsible for my weight gainas he chose such delicious food! He became a friend and spent time getting to know us and our culture and spent time informing us about his culture and about India. Joseph helped in every possible way and always put our needs first.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Do not underestimate the cycling espescially in the first week which does contain some challenging hills..or as Joseph used to say..undulating!
Ooty isa 13 km hill with 36 hairpin bends and is very challenging.That said with stops and determination it is there to be beaten.
Take a comfy saddle as the trek saddles are male specific and quite uncomfortable
Do not take travellers cheques as there are very few opportunities to cash them
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Superb trip with a mixture of cycling from hills to dramatic downhill sections and long stretches of flat riding.This is not for the faint hearted as some of the main roads are quite scary untill you get used to the fact that anything goes on the roads! That said we all survived and so longas your bell works then you will be fine! The accommodation was of a good standard and we were always made to feel welcome even when we arrived covered in mud,sweat,sun cream and chain oil!
I had a fantastic time with a wonderful group and leader. I must also mention Abbi who drove the support vehicle and kept us filled up with waterand finally Romeo (vibin) who cycled well under his ability at the rear to keep us safe.