Posted by Ross MacDonald at June 29, 2009 03:35 PM GMT
Agra to Delhi is only 200km on 2x2 lane road so I left early to arrive before it got too hot. Didn't allow for traffic (probably busiest road in India) and took longer than I hoped.
Had my first accident... while I was stopped waiting in traffic a car braked too late (I assume, I didn't see him) and wacked into my right hand pannier knocking me over onto the cars bonnet, bike went down but ok, only battered the pannier all out of shape. Actually pannier saved me otherwise would have hit my right leg. I was not hurt at all but (sorry Amanda) I lost it and abused the prick. Of course crowd immediately gathered and they were shouting at the driver also, I picked myself and the bike up and got out of there. Bit of drama.
I got hotel in Phrahganj the back packer part of Delhi not very nice (hotel is ok)
Lots of europeans gone native. Streets are very narrow, dusty & dirty, cows walking about and shitting everywhere. Anyway lots of character you might say.
Amanda and I stayed here once and I don't think see was impressed.
Managed to take damaged pannier off the bike and jumped on cycle rickshaw to find somewhere to get it fixed.
NOW this is the wonder that is India. We went maybe half a km and I noticed some guys making sheetmetal trunks so I asked if they could fix it (fix? fix?)
No problem, $NZ2, hammers out, 15 minutes later almost as good as new. Well not quite, you may remember this is the pannier I attacked a tree with. Anyway the lid fits and it bolts on to the bike ok, try that in your country!! (oh don't like the look of that sir! etc)
Everyone says rain is coming so getting out of delhi tomorrow heading north (always north). Rain should make it cooler but it could also stop me in my tracks.
Someone asked in email, what do you do at night,? well I do this blog, normally take a good walk, have dinner, do my washing, read and to bed about 9pm as I usually get up at 5am to leave. It's a full on day really especially including time behind bars. Not complaining. What an experience.....