Travelsonabike2 India Thursday 20th-October-2016

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in India on Thursday, 20th-October-2016. Dhule to Semdhwa. 68 miles. I was quite sad to leave the hotel Ganapati Palace this morning. Everybody had been so kind and helpful to me in my time of need. The warmth and kindness that was shown to a complete stranger is truly quite humbling and something I’ve experienced throughout the world. It’s one of the reasons that make travelling such a joy and why I do it!

Hotel Ganapat Palacei staff
Staff on reception this morning

In particular, Deepam and his family. Who took me under their wing, making sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. They took me to the hospital for appointments. Picked up my prescriptions for me and let me stay at their hotel rather than letting me stay in the hospital and all for? Absolutely nothing, just sheer kindness. It is something that I will always cherish and remember. Thank you so much, Deepam, Pradeep Kalpana and all your lovely staff. I wish you well in the future; it was a pleasure meeting you all.

I was quite late leaving the hotel this morning. There was a problem with the card machine, and it wouldn’t accept any of my cards. So Deepam had to take me to an ATM to get some cash. After we’d finished faffing about, it was 10 o’clock, but I wasn’t overly worried as I knew I wouldn’t get away too early.

hills in the distance
There are some hills in the distance

The actual cycling wasn’t too bad at all. Admittedly, I did get a bit short of breath when I had to go up a hill. And there was a long one this afternoon, but I just took my time and plodded up, even slower than I normally do!

Bijasan Ghat India
Nearly at the top of the climb

I was fairly impressed with my mileage today and was okay to continue on further. But it was getting late, and the light was starting to go. I really didn’t fancy cycling in the dark!

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