Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in India on Thursday, 27th-October-2016. Jhansi to Orai. 70 miles. It’s been a hard day of cycling today. The roads have been pretty awful, with potholes, ruts and ribbing, but I can’t complain too much. It’s the first time I’ve had a bad road that’s gone on for any distance on this trip! The other thing that’s made it a tough ride is a strong headwind that just wouldn’t go away. Despite the wind and rough roads, I think another reason struggling so much today is that I didn’t sleep very well last night. And I’m wondering if it’s side effects from my steroids, and it’s making me an insomniac!
The scenery hasn’t been exactly enthralling today. It’s been flat, hence why I couldn’t get away from the wind. And for the most part, I’ve been surrounded by rice fields that were just starting to flood before planting the rice.
Not A Good Start To The Day
With little sleep last night, I didn’t wake up in the best of moods, which was made worse when I checked out of my hotel. As I went to check out, I had to pay my food bill from the previous night, which they tried to charge me double! Not only did the manager try and charge me double, but he also added a service charge. I know I ate in my room, but that was only because they said the restaurant was closed and insisted I eat in my room.
The manager was adamant that that was the price even though I pointed to the price printed on the menu, which was the lower price! And he was the one who insisted I ate in my room last night! In the end, I just paid. I really couldn’t be bothered. After all, it was only three pounds. It was just the principal! The hotel “Highway” should be renamed the hotel “Highway Robbery!”
As I was in a bad mood today, everything was annoying me. The continuous traffic, the constant blasting of horns, people cutting me up and people on mopeds that ride alongside but don’t say a word. All these things don’t usually wind me up, but today, because I was grumpy, it was! I had one moped alongside for half an hour or so today. I nearly told him where to go! He was very annoying.
Still, all is okay now. I’m in a little guesthouse with my bottle of Pepsi and bottle of water! It’s certainly not the cleanest of places. I might even put the tent up in the room. It’s that bad, but at least it’s a room for the night!
One change of scenery this morning when the above fort appeared out of nowhere. But then it was back to rice fields.