Are you as obsessed with knowing where you are and how to get to places when you travel? Having driven across so many countries means that we usually need to know where we are in order to get a sense of the town – especially if we can’t read the language. It makes the overall experience richer for us, the actual “travel” bit that is.
We started north on our final leg to Shillong, in the north-east of India. There’s pretty much one road into Assam through a very narrow channel in the north-east and off that there leads a road up to Darjeeling. How tempted we were to take the Rickshaw up to the foothills of the Himalayas, but we would have only got to spend one night there, so we drove past looking wistfully over our shoulders as other teams with more time than us took the rickety road north. Still, it didn’t matter as we were greeted, for the first time since arriving in India, with sweet-smelling air.