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Calicut to Mangalore, 258 km

Thursday 12th April

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Knowing we had a long journey ahead of us we thought it best to set off earlier, unfortunately this meant no breakfast as the hotel didn't start serving until 7.30am and we had ordered taxi's for 6.30am.

Bags dropped at the tour hotel, we went to see if our rickshaws were mended before started our long journey. The others seemed to be but ours still had the handle sliding off. This apparently was an easy fix, as the mechanic turn the handles and then hit extremely hard with a hammer several times! Nick had decided he would like to drive and boy did it take to it, by a few km he was weaving in and out of traffic.

Setting off early had worked the roads were clear and by 9am we had made a fair distance and stopped for food, well we stopped and raided the supplies from yesterday as we couldn't see anywhere to actually stop.

Unfortunately around 12 midday we lost Team 15, after Team 14 and 16 turned left and they went straight on. After lots of map screenshots and WhatApps messages (thank goodness for Wifi) we realized we were on different roads which luckily will meet each other. While trying to find each other Teams 14 and 16 came across a stall selling fruit and another selling 10 liter plastic cans, no more filling up lots of bottle (which did not feel safe). We purchased 3 cans and took the chance to fill these up at the first petrol station we saw. Another 30mins and we were all back together again filling up our rickshaws and enjoyed a bottle of cold water each.

It was not long before we started to all breakdown which was becoming the norm now. Team 15 was starting to lose power every time they got up to speed and Team 14 was struggling too. Pulling over we discovered Team 14's jubilee clip holding the air intake to the carburetor had become loose this easily fixed with a screw driver and Team 15 problem also seemed to be air so they cleaned out the air filter.

Back on the road and we had to stop again. Team 14's jubilee clip had now just fallen off and was fixed with a cable tie (thanks to the South African teams who pulled over and had more heavy duty cable ties then us) Team 15 was still having trouble an this time thought it could be oil so cleaned out any access oil they could and sump.

Back on the road...

... well for 20mins when Team 15 said they couldn't go any further and needed the mechanics. After a quick phone call we were in luck as they were close behind us. They gave us Team 14 a new jubilee clip and drilled a hole in the petrol cap of Team 15 which apparently made a huge difference.

Our challenge for the day was to take a picture with a holy man, man with a beard or policeman. Where we had stopped there was a policeman, but he didn't seem to happy so we took a picture with the mechanics in stead.


The rest of the journey went well and we reached the Ginger hotel at 17:45. This was the first hotel we stayed at with the rest of the teams as we had chosen to book our own hotels. This hotel was very basic, had a shower and breakfast but was no where near as nice as the ones we had stayed in. It seems that the Tour company did not put much money towards the hotels and we yet again glad we had gone with the basic package.

Ready for food we got out our trusty Lonely Plant guide book to see what place there were locally to eat and drink. We came across the Spindriff a micro brewery in a shopping mall. Located on the top floor with a small conservatory and the brewery on show, this place looked very modern and western. Unfortunately my pizza was too spicy to eat but the cocktails and beer were good and everyone else had a lovely meal.


Relaxed ready for bed we quickly nipped into a shop to buy 3 silicon funnels to help us fill up from our petrol cans (at the bargain price of 28p for all 3) and grab a rickshaw taxi back to the hotel.

Posted by Nick-n-Charlie 05:36 Archived in India Tagged rickshaw challenge mangalore ginger_mangalore

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