Bike-Ride To Australia Thursday 15th-December 2011 Tivsa to Nagpur. 81 miles. Yay, it’s my birthday! What a noisy night I had last night! At about 2 am, there was a lot of noise outside my room and in the courtyard outside! The guesthouse was attached to some sort of temple! At around 4 am, I gave up trying to sleep and got up. I wanted to be on the road nice and early anyway, so it wasn’t too bad. I wanted to finish early. So that I could sit around drinking beer for my birthday!
An eventful ride today! There have been quite a few accidents, none involving me, thankfully! And none that I’ve witnessed, I’ve arrived at them after they’ve happened. Some of them looked pretty nasty, although I didn’t look too closely! I’m surprised there are not even more accidents considering how they drive! The road has also been blocked! Protesters blocked the road by burning tyres! I’m not sure what they were protesting against, but they sounded angry! I was a bit uneasy about the situation and got past as quickly as possible!
I’ve also seen some monkeys! Monkeys on the road! It’s just something you never see in Europe! I got rather excited about that. I could see them running from one side of the road to the other in the distance. As I approached, I got my camera ready. I had to get a picture of a monkey! As I got nearer, I noticed one sat on a milestone, but he didn’t look too friendly! So rather than stop, I snapped him as I rode past! It was so cool to see monkeys in the wild, even if they didn’t look too friendly!
I also met a couple of fellow travellers, Stefano and Annamaria, from Italy. They were doing more or less the same journey as myself but on motorbikes. Now you know what I’ve said about always attracting a crowd when I stop! Well, today’s gathering was beyond words. We were mobed! I bumped into Stefano and Annamaria on the outskirts of some village, and we stood by the side of the road talking. But it wasn’t long before we started to attract a big crowd of people that were starting to block the road! I could sense that Annamaria wasn’t too happy. I also felt a bit uneasy about the situation, so we took a few quick photos before continuing on our way.
Time For A Drink
I arrived in Nagpur nice and early. I wanted to find an upmarket hotel with the internet and a bar! After all, it is my birthday! Nagpur was so busy, and I got stuck in the flow of traffic, unable to escape! When I finally got out of the traffic, I was completely lost! Luckily two lads on a motorbike asked me where I wanted to go. They said to follow them. They’ve led me to a rather large, business type hotel which isn’t cheap! But hey, it’s my birthday! Normally I’d go for a curry on my birthday. I can’t see tonight being any different!?!
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