In December 2008, we were lucky enough to spend our Christmas in Queenstown, New Zealand after having travelled around the south island for around seven days first. As a couple in our 20s, we were used to going to our respective family homes for the festive season and this was the first time that we actually got to spend it together and alone and the world was our oyster. We were in the extreme sports capital of the world and we were going to get as much out of stay as possible.
So thanks for joining me for the third part of our Rickshaw Run story (Part 1 here and Part 2 here). You just left us as we had set off from the start line in Fort Cochin and headed off on our big adventure driving a rickshaw 4000km through India.
We managed to get on the freeway pretty quickly after leaving the start line in Fort Cochin (with my husband Josh driving) and it was astonishing the transformation that he underwent in just a couple of hours. The White Van Man had the opportunity to shine in India! There are literally no rules on the road and if a car wants to drive the way down the road at you, then it will and if he wants to stop in front of you and do a ten-point turn whilst traffic builds up behind you – in the middle of a highway, then he bloody well will! The White Van Man gets to get on the horn throughout all of this and as such, is in his element.
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This is us test driving our rickshaw before heading off on the Rickshaw Run from Cochin. There really is nothing like the sound of a rickshaw to get you all revved up…and jangle your nerves. Thanks for your patience with part 3 of our Rickshaw Run story – it’s to follow very soon! (You can use these links to get to Part 1 and 2).
By the way Way Out Far have a YouTube channel now which we’ll be adding to on a weekly basis. We have an awful lot to show you so hope that you’ll subscribe to our channel and let us know what you think in the comments section.
So thanks for joining me for the second part of our Rickshaw Run story (Part 1 here). You left us as we just got married and about to head on our honeymoon driving a rickshaw 4000km from south to north India. We flew into the starting town of Cochin, Kerala late at night, and got a taxi to our hotel. It was then that we got to experience true Indian driving for the first time as both of us sat there white-knuckled as the driver drove at oncoming cars (sometimes with their lights off) and beeped the horn constantly.