March 10, 2003 GMT
The first days in India

Hi everybody here the first e-mail from India !! The flight was scheit no sleep for 24 hrs, the bloody immigrationofficer was pissed off because I had no addresse in India, very funny, and the autoriksa ? ride into town was then a bit frightning. My bike is off course not here yet apperently on friday and the it should only take 2 days to clear it, I realy cant belive that!! What else can I say very hot and smelly here. So wish you all the best and see yah

Andre

Hallo an alle hier die erste e-mail aus Indien !! Der flug war mist 24 hr ohne schlaf ein Immigrationofficer der sauer was das ich keine addresse in Indien angeben konnte, witzig wie auch und eine autorikshafahrt mitten in der nacht die einem den sweiss auf die stirn treibt. das moppet ist natuerlich noch nicht da am freiteg oder so dann angeblich nur 2 tage um es auf die strasse zu bekommen, kann ich ja noch nicht glauben. also das wars soweit erst mal , es ich extrem warm und stinkt nach zweitaktern die hir zu tausenden rumfahren. Also bis bald

Andre

Posted by Andre Lomme at 08:07 AM GMT
March 21, 2003 GMT
The trouble to get a bike out of customs !!

21.03.03
Hi everybody,

finaly I`am on my way but that was no easy I can tell you. Here the short version.

The bike arrived on monday in Madras, went to the Freight agency they organised an agent to clear the freight all was good so far. Went with this guy to his office in the chaos part of Madras, waited there then for about 2 hours in his office we did some paperwork, everything needed 3 copys then they had the great idea that I should go for dinner, ok, but in this area there where only shops with nuts+bolts, bearings and steel pipes so I looked around and after 10 min. I eas totally lost !!

1 hour later, running around with bagpack in 35 degrees I decided to phone this people the son of the shopowner was so kind to bring me there, that was then 2 hours later, again at the office and 1 hour more waiting we went to the Costums House , kind of the madhouse from Asterix + Oblix, and again 1 hour later after seeing the " Superintendant" it was 17.00 and I could go, to be back at the office the next day at 10.30.

That was day one

Hallo endlich bin ich auf dem weg aber der war alles nicht so einfach, hier die kurzversion

Das mopped erreichte Madras am montag ich zur Freight Company, die hatten schon einen agenten organisiert um das mopped aus dem zoll zu bekommen. Also mit dem typen zu seinem office dort 2 std. warten, dann was papierkram erledigen, alles in 3 facher ausfertigung. Dann hatten die die super idee das ich essen gehen sollte und dann weiteres. Nur in der gegend gab es nur laeden die schrauben+muttern, kugellager und eisenstangen verkaufen also nach so 10 min. hatte ich mich dann total verlaufen. Nach 1 std rumlaufen mit rucksack in 35 grad beschloss ich die leute anzurufen und der sohn des ladenbesitzers war so nett mich dahinzubringen. Wieder im office gings zum " Zoll Haus " so etwas wie das " Verrueckte Haus aus Asterix und Oblix" dort nach 1 std und einem besuch beim " Superintendant " , es war nur 17.00 konnte ich gehen um am naechsten tag wieder in diesem office um 10.30 zu sein.

Das war tag nummer 1

More tomorrow / Weiteres morgen

See yah Bis dahin

Andre

Posted by Andre Lomme at 08:14 AM GMT
March 22, 2003 GMT
Part 2

22.03.03
So the next day was the same arriving at this office, waiting, going to this " Crazy House ", Superintendant, stamp, waiting and back at the hotel at 15.00 inbetween this mad autorickshawtours.

Next day the info was unloading of the bike at 14.00 then costums and I would have my bike, great, 30 min. later no the bike will not be unloaded today, god knows why and what they are doing in the harbour, 3 days to unload a ship ???? So it was again mad autorickshaw and back to the hotel, there waiting for a call from the agent if something should happen the next day. Me for my part I was really pissed off at that stage.

So the next day, it`s the 21.03.03 by now, again the same autorickshaw, office, waiting for 2 hours then who woulld belive it movement, we went to the harbour only to stand there 1 hour outside in the sun 34 degree no shade the wait for a harbourpass, without I couldn`t enter that place. Then into the harbour, in a taxi with the inspector, to my bike, trying to unpack it, what took this guys 30 min., discovering that there is plenty of oil under the bike, me pissed off again, checking numbers and finaly putting the bike together. I thought that`s it, no, 3 hours later someone came then with my Carnet and 30 min. later with my passport, it was 16.30 by now. Then the secutity man told me I wouldn`t be allowed to drive the bike of the harbourarea, but that was a problem for later. Now I was actually waiting for a guy from the agency to come with my harbourpass otherwise I couldn`t leave the place and then I was waiting because we needed more papers to explain that the bike came in a box into the harbour and was leaving as a motorbike " magic " isn`t it. So again 1 hour later we had all the papers, pushing the bike only about 200m then I was fatup, and we came to the gate to the outside world. The guys looked at me and the bike no no no you can`t leave her go to the maingate, ok, 2 km later maingate no no no you can`t leave here. So after some phonecalls one person for the rightsidebuilding of the gate came checking again numbers and sad ok no problem but the custompeople from the leftside where not happy so it took some more phonecalls and I was surrounded by about 50 people with all the same questions, how bike is tank, how many ccm, are you married and how much cost the bike. But finally after another hour we where outside in the chaos of the city what was at this stage very relaxing even fun after all this madness. And so it happend that I got the bike for alltogether only 1100 Rs.

So am naechsten tag das gleiche zum office, warten, zum " Verrueckten Haus", Superintendant, stempel, warten 15.30 zurueck zum hotel uin diesen verrueckten autorickshaws.

Naechster tag office info das mopped soll um 14.00 entladen sein dann zoll dann habe ich das moppet, super, 30 min. spaeter nein moppet wird heute nicht entladen, weiss der kukuk warum, was zum teufel brauchen die 3 tage zum entladen???? somithin wieder autorickshaw zurueck zum hotel.

So am naechsten tag 21.03.03 wieder autorickshaw, office, warten bis 12.00 dan die neuigkeit es geht zum harven nur um dort 1 std in der sone zu stehen und auf einen havenpass zu warten, dann in haven ins taxi mit Mr. inspector zu der kiste, auseinandernehmen 30 min. dann nummern checken und ich dachte das ist es nein 3 std spaeter bekamm ich dann das Carnet wieder, 30 min. danach meinen pass. gut. Dann wartete ich nur noch auf einen angestellten der agency der meinen havenpass hatte ohne den ich nicht rauskam. einer der sicherheitstypen hatte mir inzwischen gesagt das ich auf den havengelaende nicht fahren duerfte also schieben, aber das war ein sopaeteres problem. als des typ mit dem havenpass kam stellte sich ein neues problem zu erklaeren das das moppet als kiste in den haven kam und als mopped verlaesst " ist wie magie ", also 1 std spaeter schoben wir das mopped 200m dann hatte ich die nase voll und fuhr zum gate in die freiheit aber nein nein hier koennt ihr nicht raus hauptgate ok 2 km weiter nein nein hier geht`s nicht raus, also einige telefonate und stempel spaeter kann ein typ von der rechten seite des gates checkte wieder nummern am moppet und war zufrieden aber nicht die leute auf der linken seite also mehr telefonate. ich hatte in der zwischenzeit mit 50 havenarbeitern zu kaempfen die alle die gleichen fragen stellten. aber dann nach einer std. waren wir draussen im chaos des stadtverkehrs was richtig angenehm nach dem wahnsinn zuvor was. Ja so kam es das ich das mopped bekam fuer 1100 Rs.

Posted by Andre Lomme at 08:17 AM GMT
March 24, 2003 GMT
Finaly on my way down south

24.03.03
Again a restday, now in Kodaikanal. Started yesterday from Mamallapuram south/west over Pondicherry, Tirrchirappalli and Dindigul to Kodaikanal at 2100m altitude because I had enough from the heat in the plains of Tamil Nadu ( one of the 25 states ), the about 500 km trip was quite amazing from the hot and dusty air at sealevel to the cold and clear here. I had to use the sleepingbag overnight and the big bonus here are no mosquitoes. I`am staying in a quite, very old nice place ( Keith Inn ).

On the road yesterday I realiesed then what the indian drivingstyle is, using for 500km about 2500 times the horn ( got already a soor hand ) and the trucks side by side while overtaking each other don`t even think about moving a bit while coming towards you. Whereever you stop in about 30 seconds there are 20 people around you asking, again, the same questions or just looking what you are doing and never seem to loose interest the whole time, it1s a strange feeling.

Mal wieder ein ruhetag, diesmal in Kodaikanal. Bie gestern von Mamallapuram sued/westlich ueber Pondicherry, Tirrichirappalli und Dindigul nach Kodaikanal was 2100m hoch liegt, vorallem weil ich genug von der hitze in den plains von Tamil Nadu ( einem der 25 staten ) hatte, der 500 km trip was sehr beeindruckend, von der heissen, staubigen luft auf seelevel in die kalte, klare luft hier wo ich sogar den schlafsack in der nacht benutzt habe und ein weiterer bonus das keine muecken hier sind. Uebernachte in einem ruhigen, sehr alten und schoenen haus ( Keith Inn ).

Auf der fahrt hierhin verstand ich dann auch was indischer fahrstil bedeutet, fuer 500km benutzt man so 2500 mal die hupe ( habe schon nen tauben daumen ) und die trucks waehrent sie ueberholen und beide fahrspuren benutzen denken nicht einmal daran etwas auf der strasse platz zu machen. Auch woimmer mal anhaelt in ungefaehr 30 secunden stehen 20 leute um einen rum frage, wiedermal, die gleichen fragen oder schauen einfach nur was man macht und scheinen nie das interesse zu verlieren, ist schon ein eigenartiges gefueht.

Posted by Andre Lomme at 08:19 AM GMT
 


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