Starting the Challenge
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Starting was set at 10 o çlock but we were not going to make it, lots of things still had to be arranged. Last minute repear (yes before we started) and other stuff had to be taken care of.
After some pep talk from arthur the orginizer and a spokeswomen of the Dutch ambassy we were ready to GO!! One by one we left the Zenzi bar/lounge in Mumbai on our way for the first 164 km to Pune. After a quick Indian ceromony (incl the flowers) we finally left.
Paul in the back and me driving. First stop, the gas station because we got the rickshaws allmost empty. Arriving at the gasstation things went wrong for us (me!). Driving up the steep ramp for the gasstation the rickshaw tilted over to the right, and i ramed it into a car, my luck it was a car from the orginasation.
Than the real challenge began, LEAVING MUMBAI CITY CENTRE. That was not that easy!! After 9k of driving our rickshaw had allready enought of it it stopped! Problem was a wrong sparkplug in the engine so that wy it didn't run so good. We got a new one and drove of again. Then after a few km another rickshaw in our time broke down with an electrical problem, it took 1,5 hrs to fix it. After a few hours and a quick (really quick) lunch we got on to the Mumbai Expressway out of Mumbai. This went pretty good but we still had another 100km to go before arriving in Pune.
After driving for 4 hours in the dark we finally arrived at Pune hotel at 10pm at night. A quick shower and than some food and drinks after this heavy first day of the Challenge.