To ride or not to ride, that is the question. . .
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
20Trip End Mar 29, 2010
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The shitty streets of the Paharganj hold everything anyone would want, so I like to have a few business tasks to give me some justification at least for being here.
Today, on my second full day here, I have already ordered up three more pairs of discount fashionable eyeglasses, tracked down a crazy-looking indian guitar for myself, and in an hour or so am on my way to get a couple of troublesome teeth taken care of.
After the 'business' end of my affairs here are done though, there always remains the eternal question: Where to now?
Options: A couple of weeks in Sri Lanka before meeting my old friend James in goa for nights under the palms with guitar and beer, someplace new like rishikesh or varanasi, out to Rajastan for desert escapades, or some other option not fully mulled over. .
There is a curve in it this time though. Browsing some enfields at a shop on the corner, I got to talking to the owner, and he informed me that he does have one bike in my price range--he bought it cheap, so he does not mind selling it cheap.
A black bullet 350. Starts right up, and has only the minimal signature rocker tick intrinsic to these bikes. Good compression and ape-hanger handlebars. Actually all in all a bike extremely similar to my cherished old steed, the now lost Rocinante. Very similar.
I have some days left to decide whether or not to buy and ride once again--I have two months in which to roam, and the bike of course offers the freedom to do so.
However, riding the chaotic roads of India is not for the weak. A few years ago I did same, and the memories of multiple adventurous difficulties are still fresh in my mind.
I have been grappling with two questions: is this going to be cost effective? and. . .the question of all of them: Do I still have the balls to undertake such an adventure once again?
Feedback from you readers might be helpful! I still am on the fence about the whole thing. A nice relaxing couple of months under a palm tree or on a surfboard, or a hard riding journey through the back roads and villages of the Indian heartland.
Which will it be?