Hell-hole [Rickshaw Run day 4]
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Woke up with a stinking hangover at about 6.30am. Vicks went out and got us some chai and water, which helped immensely. There was the daily power cut (it happens every day from 6am-9am!) which meant the room was stuffy...not what you need with a pounding headache! We went downstairs and got some breakfast. The others wanted to have a relaxing day and go to Chennai and catch an IPL cricket match, so Vicks and I left them to it and headed off.
We hit the Chennai road and were into the city around lunchtime. We were a bit hesitant about driving through a city of 6 million people, but I took control and just went for it! Yeehah!! Another adrenalin rush and we whizzed through in about an hour, going the wrong way down one-way streets and all sorts!! We emerged on the beach road and finally found the main Chennai-Kolkata NH5 and headed towards Nellore.
It was a pretty straightforward afternoon's driving and we pulled off for Nellore at about 5.30pm. We saw some other teams coming out of the town and they said there was no accomodation anywhere beacause of a wedding or something taking place- great! It was getting dark by now and we had no option but to carry on 60km further to the next town, Kavali. This is where our problems started....we shuddered to a halt after about 20km and knowing it wasn't petrol as we'd filled up, we guessed it was the spark plug problem again. We kept taping and adjusting it, but it would last about 2 km and we'd have to stop again....so annoying! Pretty scary to as we were driving in the dark on a main highway for the first time with all the lorries chundering past us. Stopping was a little frightening as there's no hard shoulder as such and we were just in the dirt off the tarmac, hoping nothing would hit us! We eventually got into Kavali at about 8.
So with that we got up, packed and hit the road again.