Benja: Update from Goa.
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Looks like the teams have eventually broken themselves. As I write sat on a pool lounger in our hotel in the town, Matt has just had to dispatch himself to bed, Greg and Shareen are yet to make it out of bed, and Torbie is unconscious a few feet away. Only Mags and Fran have made it out of the hotel today and neither of them looked that chipper. Oh yes, and I should point out its 5pm in the afternoon.
You see today is our first day off in a week. Each day has been filled with getting up at 7am, between 6 and 14 hours driving across rubbish roads and then some hard boozing in the evenings. Add to that sweltering heat, breakdowns, a few odd cases of stomach upsets and you can see we're all quite tired and needed a rest.
The trip so far has been amazing though, and I must apologise for the delay in getting any news out.- Indian internet infrastructure is far from perfect and we've been staying in some pretty remote places too. There's also the testing schedule which means its hard to get a few minutes to write anything when there's so much to do, and drink.
In the first few days we were averaging about 200km a day, which doesn't sound much except when you take into account the state of the roads, some where 15kmph is a good speed, the repeated breakdowns and some of our team members' amazing abilities to faff for any reason whatsoever. The daily routes are getting shorter now, so we should have some more time, but we can't guarantee internet availability and in some cases electricity.
Points of note so far have to be the team mohicans we decided to go for which I'm sure will have raised a few eyebrows, the suddenness of the monsoon downpours, the friendliness of the Indian people, the total unreliability of our trusty steeds, the tuk tuks, and the sheer quantity of hangovers we've had. There have also been badger tattoos, the freak brothers using explosives on dead animals, smuggling alcohol across state lines,lots of Matt fumbles and lots and lots of mooning Hungarians. Which they really don't appear to enjoy as much as you might think.