April 02, 2003 GMT
The Way To Goa

02.04.03
After 2 days in Kodaikanal I went to Munnar ( State Kerla ) what is surrounded be teafields as far as you can see, beautiful roads, new tarmac and corner after corner, the only downside is that you have to share is with lots of trucks and buses so the use of the horn was quite exessive again. And the other thing was that the street was closed from 9.00-16.30 because parts of a mountain where blown away to make the road wider so when I arrived the whole area was coverd in white dust like flouer and with everyone driving again a kind of white fog was in the air plus the sun going down it looked quite magic. Munnar was not very imperessive so I carried on yhe next day to Coonoor, the next town is called believe it or not Wellington. The landscape again very impressive from the green mountains to the dry and hot plains. But also this road had some problems or more a bridge that was collapsed so the crossing was via a footpath. In Coonoor I stayed 2 days in a Guesthouse overviewing the town.

Two days ago the left forkseal started leaking no wonder with this roads, so after some E-mails I hope my friend James in Wellington will send the part and I can fix it in Goa where I have already a addresse from a Enfield garage.

From Coonoor it was not far to Mudumalai Park where lots of wild elefant live aswell as tigers but when I arrived the park was closed due to the dry season but managed to find a lokal guide for trecking tours around the park so we went the next day for 4 hours arround but didn`t saw any elefants or tigers, a lot of spotted deer and other smal animals. After some more coffee ( I get used to this stuff ) Hassan was the next place to go what took the rest of the day because of bad streets so only 1st + 2nd gear for 80 km. I started to get worried that the bike will fall into pieces and it was the 3rd day in a row that I lost me waterbottle. From Hassan to the coast Mangalore was a easy trip and the town Malpe further north was a great place to stay, hut on the beach and noone there.

At the moment I stay in Gokaran a Hindu Pilgrim Centre with lots of temples and small streets. The Hotel is close to the beach and it`s a great place to relax for a couple of days so I will stay a bit longer.

Nach 2 Tagen in Kodaikanal gings nach Munnar ( State Kerla ) was umgeben von Teeplantagen ist soweit man sehen kann, super Strassen, neuer Strassenbelag und eine Kurve folgt der naechsten, der einzige Nachteil ist man muss das mit vielen vielen Trucks und Bussen teilen so war der gebrauch der Hupe wieder mal staendig angesagt. Und das andere war das die Strasse von 9.00-16.30 gesperrt war weil teile eines Berges weggesprengt wurden und diese kleine Strasse zu verbreitern. Als ich ankam war alles mit einem weissen Staub belegt wie Mehl und weil alles wieder fuhr war die ganze Gegend mit einem weissem Nebel belegt was bei der untergehenden Sonne schon magic aussah. Munnar war irgendwie nichts besonderes somit ging es am naechsten Tag weiter nach Coonoor dessen Nachbarstadt, man glaube es oder nicht Wellington heist. Die Landschaft wieder mal sehr beeindruckend, von den gruenen Bergen zu den trockenen, heissen plains. Aber auch diese Strasse hatte einen Nachteil oder zumindest eine Bruecke die naemlich eingestuertzt war somit musste ich den Fluss ueber eine kleine Fussgaengerbruecke ueberqueren. In Coonoor blieb ich 2 Tage in einem Gaestehause ueber der Stadt.

Vor 2 Tage fing dann die linke Gabeldichtung an zu siffen, kein wunder bei diesen Strassen !, aber nach einer E-mail zu meinen guten Freund James in Wellington sollte das Teil nun per Post unterwegs nach Goa sein wo ich schon eine Enfield Werkstatt habe um die sache zu reparieren.

Von Coonoor war es nicht weit zum Mudumalai Park wo es viele Elefanten und Tiger geben sollte aber als ich ankam stellte sich heraus das alles geschlossen ist wegen der Trockenzeit. Es war kein problem einen lokal zu finden mit dem ich am naechsten Tag 4 Stunden zu Fuss durch den Park lief aber weder Elefanten Noch Tiger gesehen habe dafuer sowas wie Rehe und anderes Kleintier und einen super Sonnenaufgang. Nach einigen Kaffee ( ich gewoehne nich solangsam an das Zeug hier ) gings weiter nach Hassan ueber die schlechteste Strasse die ich bisher gesehen habe, nur erster und zweiter Gang fuer 80 Km. Nach einiger Zeit fing ich mir echt an gedanken zu machen ob das Moppet in Einzelteile bricht und meine Gabel war auch nicht sehr beeindruckt und es war der 3te Tage in folge das ich meine Wasserflasch verlor. Von Hassan dan zur Kueste nach Mangalore war easy und weiter nach norden wo ich in Malpe uebernachtete, in einem eigenen Haus direkt am Meer.

Im Moment bin ich in Gokaran einer Hindu Pilger Staette mit vielen Tempeln und superkleinen Gassen. Der Platz wo ich uebernachte ist wieder gleich am Meer, ein guter Platz um zu relaxen somit werde ich einige tage bleiben.

Posted by Andre Lomme at 07:44 AM GMT
April 23, 2003 GMT
From Goa to Rajasthan

23.04.03
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 03:13 PM GMT
 
 

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