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Ready Set… Shanti!

Planning in India brings bad luck. If you want to enjoy a long trip then just go with the Indian flow. Everything is possible but nothing goes as planned…

Unfortunately Ben and I have much preparation to do for the start of our trip. Finding our bikes, ‘tuning’ them for the long ride and of course we need helmets, gloves and a jacket for protection. That is not exactly going as smooth as we expected.

Mubarac the Enfield mechanic

Mubarac the Enfield mechanic adding a front disc break to my bike

So far I have my gear and my bike. Ben, well, he has a helmet, a left hand medium and right hand extra large biking glove.

Ben is happy with his helmet

Ben is very happy with his new helmet.

We will be ready tomorrow… so here in India that might be next week.

- Doug

So as Doug so elegantly expressed our plans have not gone exactly as expected . I think it was  naive of us to think we could arrive in a country such as India and expect things to conform to our standards. I have learn t quickly  that the saying ‘ There is no such thing as a sure thing’  carries particular weight here, When people say yes here it has many layers of possible meaning, especially if accompanied with the head wobble.

But with all that said, I feel like I’m adjusting my expectations rather than expecting the country to change to suit me. It’s either that or have a very bad trip. So it looks like the Sun is on the horizon and soon our adventure will begin, but I’m not so foolish as  to give you an exact date. Learning already.

- Ben.