Hello to others on Kerala & Tropical India - Jan 30

Hi - first time i've done a cycling holiday, and only recently 'got into' cycling. Anyone else slightly nervous about how hard this trip is going to be? I am looking forward to meeting others on the trip, and the heat of India will be a nice change from the grey and wet London winter.

It would be great to hear from others who are booked on the 29 Jan departure

Peter

mailric

Hi Peter,

Booked onto the Feb trip to Kerala... would be interested to hear how you get on and any tips you might have to offer as I think yo uget back just before we leave.

Rick

Hi. I am now booked on this trip, and sent away for the visa. Hopefully it will be back soon.

I need to get used to a sadle again before the trip!

R.

PeterWilliams

Hi R. (not sure of your full name!)

I see that the trip now only has three spaces left, so it should be a good number of us going. I applied for my visa online and it is now ready for collection - it probably took me around 10 days in total, but i didn't push for an urgent appointment.

I must admit to finding it hard to get into the sadle during the freezing weather conditions...

Lucy456

Hi there, Im booked on the trip in jan and really looking forward to meeting you all.  Ive done a couple of cycling holidays before but bit worried about the heat and distance!  Still Im sure we will have fun.

I have no idea what to take.  Has anybody seen a suggested kit list?

Cant wait to hit the sunshine, agree that London is so grey and cold at the moment

Hello,

I am going on this tour to enjoy myself, and hopefully lose some weight at the same time (unlikely). I am glad of the support vehicle as I think it may be needed on some days. Bring a good zinc cream for your saddle sores.

Commiserations to all those trapped in the UK airports because of the snow.

PeterWilliams

Hi Lucy - also wondering how much to take. I spoke to someone at Exodus about how easy it is to wash clothing during the trip and her advice was that we will not normally have enough time at our hotels to have clothes washed and dried before setting off the next day, and so hand-washing is the best option. Apparently there is an opportunity for a full washing service about half-way through the trip.

 I must admit to sweating a fair amount when i cycle, and with the added heat i think i will be taking quite a few changes of clothes!

apj67 - i see you have been a member for 3 years - have you been on a tour like this one before? How much did you pack?

Have a great Christmas everyone - see you in a few weeks!

I would take as much "wickable" clothing as possible, ie materials that allow your sweat to escape. Try to avoid cotton, aim for man made fibres. Another benefit is that they are extremely crease resistant. It will not take long for anything handwashed over there to dry, trust me. 

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