So I already updated the blog with some new routes from my Zumo600 device. It´s a nice little gadget this GPS device and I won´t miss it anymore. The maps I bought from Garmin for India are really quite exact just with some bypasses the device has some problems…..
I´m currently and finally for a couple of days in Goa for chill out and relaxation…. Hey working colleagues.. I just repeated the following command
Device_Brain: /flushcache forgetall -cpr3 -all_workflows –on_Call_duty_tasks -> execute
Haha….. works fine 🙂 So back to the real important things in live……
Arrived after a great day of driving fantastic 4 lane roads I arrived in Udaipur (pictures). Nice city but with very tiny roads in the old part of the town were my hotel was located. You will see it on a video I have to finish. I met again the Us couple I was out one day in Jaisalmer and we just met for lunch again. Unfortunately I got some bad headache again so I couldn´t meet them in the evening… I guess it was still from the dyhadration… so I had to stay in the hotel the first evening….
Next day I visitied very early in the morning the Udaipur Palace which is really a fantastic piece of architecture (as far as I can judge this)… very impressive with a great view over the lake…. Later I just hang around and went around in Udaipur.
On 16´th feb I moved towards to Mandu. A real small little city with a lot of history (see Wikipedia)
The trip to Mandu was very nice in the beginning but again I had the “luck” that I had to go through 60km of construction. Also I took twice a wrong way…even with the GPS and this caused ma about 2h of extra time. So is happened that I had to go the last 10km up the mountains in total darkness. A thing I really tried to avoid but I had to go….. It was very exhausting ….
Here is the route:
I stayed two nights in Mandu (pictures) so that I had one full day for resting and do some little sightseeing. And in Mandu I had a fascinating view on other travellers…. Perhaps i´m getting old and conservative but I saw a couple of these so called “long-term-travellers” which is at least 6month or much more time they are on the road and I realized some interesting points:
– at least 1/3 of them has rasta hair (but very shabby kind)
– these ones NEVER wear shoes…. (perhaps as solidarity to the poor in India???)
– And as a kind of uniform they have to show up in the most rotten unwashed and worn down clothes you can imagine….
That was kind of interesting and I had some nice conversation with a indian shop owner how he (and perhaps other Indians) see the “westerners” traveling through india…. It was very amusing for me…..
From Mandu I made the 600km trip to Pune as I decided to go a more direct way to the south and to skip Daman…. Also I wanted to avoid to go near Mumbai traffic…. I had enough of city traffic….
So I headed on 18´th feb. to Pune.
Was a great ride again on fantastic roads down the NH3 until I reached Nashik. From there I had to follow the NH50 which was just a simple street with a hell of traffic again and I got in some serious traffic jams. But finally I got to my Hotel I choose from the Lonely Planet. The Hotel Surya Villa . In Pune still the Ashram of Bhagwan (or the rest of it) is alive so you see a lot of westerners (but also Indians) in these red clothing when they head to they mediations in the morning.
I think it was in the 1990´s when it was posh in Germany…. Or even the 80´s i´m not sure.
Unfortunately I found my DSLR totally dusted from the travel so I went to a great Canon support shop were they fixed & cleaned it perfectly for 1200.-rs….
On the 20´th feb I headed now finally south to Goa to take some day off from biking and to some chill out and relax…. (NO i´m not one of these guys going for a meditation camp… and my hair is really too short for rasta…..)
so chill out and relax 🙂 … more to come soon….