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.
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.
The Rickshaw Run is a race which sees participants “speed” through various routes in India in a rickshaw, although it’s certainly not a race and more of an adventure. The challenge is really more about trying to leave behind the comforts of travelling and head into the unknown and you are actively encouraged to pack as little as possible to help you on your journey. I’d really like to share with you our experience on the Rickshaw Run earlier this year…