April 23, 2003 GMT
From Goa to Rajasthan

From Gokaran To Palolem was only a short trip over some beautiful road`s trough the mountains. I had already heard of the Goatax ( Baksheesh for the police when entering Goa ) and so it happend. I managed to get trough to first 2 borderparts ( one for leaving Karnataka on for only god knows ) but at the Goa entry control they complained that there was no numberplate on the front of the bike ( Indian bikes have plates front/back ) very funny, so after some discussion we agreed on 100 Rs = 4 NSD that`s ok. Palolem was great, staying in a beachhut 50m from the seashore, a great place to chill out. Met a nice german couple Oli + Isera ? and endet up staying for a week, doing nothing only sitting on the beach, eating and drinking.
The next stop was Anjuna because of the wedsday night market, it was I think very touristic stuff but nice to see all the people trying to sell there stuff. Then I went to Vagator 20 km away where I found a nice Hotel and met some nice dutch and swedish people and we ended up doing some thing`s together and having a great time.
Got also a impression of traintravel or at least buying a ticket, went there with a swedish girl Karin to but here a ticket, but in India thinks are never easy, so it took us about 2 hours and then, of course, you don`t get the ticket you wanted but something simlar. So traintravel wouldn`t be my thing I gues.
After the plan of catching up with Jonas in Rajasthan I traveled further north in direction of Pune, stayed in Kolhapur and in the Hill Station Panchgani 1200m high, with a nice family where I was the testperson for speaking english for there 2 kids.
In Pune then it took about 1 hour to find the postoffice ( still waiting for my spearpart from NZ ) only to discover that it was closed , Good Friday, shit.
And the next day the parcel hadn`t arrived, so after some phone calls to the postoffice in Panji I got at least the good news it had arrived in India. So now I will pick it up in Udaipur ( State Rajasthan ). On the way from Pune to Daman ( State Gujarat ) I visited the Karla Caves, a temple build into or out of a rockface, very impressive.
The temperatures now are around 35-39 degree so I begin to start early 7.00 and to be somewhere at around 14.00. The next 2 nights there where only fancy hotels to find, 600 Rs a night but nothing special.
Yesterday I arrived in Udaipur after another 250km and by now the fork is absolute shit to drive with and because of that the frontwheel is eating itself quite rapidly. So I hope to fix the fork tomorrow.

Von Gokaran nach Palolem war nur ein kurzer Weg ueber wunderschoene Strassen mitten durch die Berge. Man hatte mir schon von der Goatax ( Schmiergeld fuer die Polizei an der Grenze zu Goa ) erzaehlt und so kam es auch. Durch die ersten 2 Kontrollen kam ich noch gut durch ( eine fuers verlassen vom State Kanataka, eine fuer weis ich was ) aber am der Kontrolle zu Goa wurde dann bemaengelt das ich kein Nummernschild vorne am Moppet haette ( Indische Moppets haben vorne und hinter Nummernschilder ) echt witzig, so nach einigem hin und her einigte man sich auf 100 Rs = 4NSD = 2 Euro, das war ok. Palolem war dann super, hatte eine Beachhuette 50m vom Wasser, ein guter Platz um sich zu entspannen. Traf doch ein nettes deutschen Paar Oli+Isera ( sorry wenn der Name falsch geschrieben ist ) und blieb somit eine Woche, nichts tun nur am Meer sitzen, essen und trinken. ( Habt ihr meine Filme schon zu meinen Eltern geschickt ? )
Naechster stop war dann Anjuna wegen dem Mittwochabend Markt, fuer mich etwas zu touristisch, aber nett zu sehen wie die Verkaeufer versuchen ihre Ware an den Mann/Frau zu bringen. Dann 20km weiter nach Vagator in ein nettes Hotel wo ich mit einigen Dutch und Swedish Leutchen die naechsten Tage verbrachte.
Bekam auch einen Eindruck vom Abenteuer Bahnreisen oder zumindest Tickets besorgen. Wir versuchten fuer Karin ein Ticket zu besorgen was dann 2 Stunden dauerte und im endefekt bekam sie dann doch nicht das Ticket welches sie wollte. Somit glaube ich Bahnfahren waere nichts fuer mich.
Nach dem Entschluss mich in Rajasthan mit Jonas zu treffen ging es fuer mich weiter Richtung Pune, uebernachtete in Kolhapur und in Panchgani einer Hill Station 1200m hoch, bei einer netten Familie wo ich die Testperson fuer englisch fuer die 2 Kids der Familie war.
In Pune dann brauchte ich so 1 std. um das bloede Postoffice zu finden ( Wartete immer noch auf das Ersatzteil aus NZ ) nur um dann rauszufinden das es geschlossen war, Good Friday, shit. Am naechsten Tag dann war das Packet natuerlich noch nicht da aber nach einem Telefonat mit dem Postoffice in Panji erfur ich zumindest das das Packet in Indien angekommen war. Somit hoffe ich nun es in Udaipur ( State Rajasthan ) zu bekommen. Auf dem Weg von Pune nach Daman ( State Gujarat ) uebernachtete ich bei den Karla Caves, einem Tempel der aus einem Felsen heraufgearbeitet wurde, schon beeindruckend.
Da die Temperaturen immer mehr steigen 35-39 Grad starte ich nun schon so um 7.00 um dann irgendwo um 14.00 in einem Hotel unterm Ventilator zu sein.
Die naechsten 2 Uebernachtungen verbrachte ich in teuren Hotels 600 Rs weil nicht anderes zu finden war, es sind hier Schulferien somit alles voll.
Gesten dann nach wieder mal 250km erreichte ich Udaipur was ganz gut ist, die Gabel ist sowas von bescheiden zu fahren und ich denke das ist auch der Grund warum sich der Vorderreifen Profilmaessig aufzuloesen scheint somit hoffe ich die Gabel morgen reparieren zu koennen.

Posted by Andre Lomme at April 23, 2003 03:13 PM GMT

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