When all else fails, hit the beach

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of India  , Kerala,
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

So, it is 5 am in the morning, we have not slept for about 24 hours. We have lost our bikes and most of our luggage.  There are no hotels and we are in India!  The sun is now coming up and already walking along the road with hand luggage has resulted in an all over body sweat.  It is really hot.  But wow, my first glimpse of India really excites.  I was unsure what to expect, Pols has been here twice before but this is my first visit.  We decided to head out of town to the coast, Pols made the excellent call to get a local bus.  It was so bumpy on the road out but already there was so much to look at.  People walking everywhere along the roadside, rickshaws and moped whizzing in all directions, brightly coloured temples and food stands lined the roads.  We went deeper into the Palm groves until we arrived in the beach resort town of Kovalam.  After brushing off a few early morning touts, we settled for drinks.  I had the biggest pot of tea ever and feeling very refreshed set out to find a bed.  I found a gem with a balcony overlooking the sea.  The old lady on reception was highly amusing, but we agreed a price and Pols and I checked in.  Within minutes we had crashed out to catch up on some sleep.  The rest of the day was spent in somewhat of a daze, pretty spun out by the fact we are India.  A thunder storm hit the beach as we were out for an afternoon stroll, but we had a good paddle in the crashing waves.  I am writing this early evening, in the dark.  There is no electricity, I was told an hour ago it is being fixed !!  We must return to the airport in the morning and hope to find a couple of bikes hanging around.  In the mean time we are off to devour the local fishermens catch of the day and listen to Bob Marley!

Yep, the Goan Fish Curry was amazing (see photo)

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Olaf&Elizabeth on

Oh seriously guys we have fingers and toes crossed for you getting everything nicely tomorrow and it all being fine! Can't believe they've gone missing! xxx

Bosham on

I will check David Wares garage!

triciagick on

Having just talked to you for more than half an hour - I still dashed to the Blog - very addictive! Confess I'm curious as to wrote the last comment! Ever the optimist, I am sure the bikes will turn up and I hope to hear soon that's the case. Also sure that India is going to be amazing for you and that there are fun days ahead. Sleep well again - those bikes had better be there in the morning ( just a thought, they may well have travelled to places that otherwise they would not have been to!)xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Alice B on

Hope your bikes find you.. Just enjoy the break perfect time to get used to the amazing chaos that is India. Some serious cycling ahead of you. I have two night duties to go then we fly to mumbai arriving saturday. Will keep checking your blog to see how you crazy cats are going...

XXAlice Palace

Spigaroo on

Nightmare! That's a good welcome to India for you I suppose - land of chaos and unpredictable times! Enjoy the rest from cycling and your first glimpses of India Mikey. Hope everything turns up for you in the morning. Lots of love Xxx

Bob on

Oh my God guys! I hope you don't have to walk the rest of the way! So jealous of you being in India! Have an amazing time and good luck tmrw! xx

Claire Sherwood on

Oh No .... Sounds worrying. Good luck with finding your bikes. Thinking of you xxxxx

Tom and Lau on

Oh no.... well that's what happens when you shave the lucky beard off and wax your cheeks! (face!!) still at least you'll look beautiful soaking up the rays on the Indian beaches Mike. From what we hear Indian airlines stopped using planes built by the Wright Brothers in the 1980's so hopefully your bikes aren't being used as undercarriage in a cost saving scheme, sure they will turn up, enjoy the break, good luck and keep going, lots of love to you both xxx

Mum and Dad on

Have been thinking of you all day and altho sit not resolved yet pleased to hear that India is so WOW!Hope everthing is now well on way to you and you can get peddalling again.Will listen out for more newsxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jo Barnett on

What a blooming nightmare!! I do hope you are both recovered somewhat and have been reunited with Bikes and baggage.

Jojo on

Just heard you have been reunited with baggage and bikes - phew what a relief that must have been. Hope you have a good day tomorrow, eating up the miles and experiencing the mysteries of India - pretty pleak here very wet and cold and Christopher is messing about with loo seats - not the best job in the world! LOL

mum and dad on

the good news is spreading that your gear is safe and you have set off.Had a text at work from Tricia-great news.Phoned Dad-he was really pleased.Then Uncle Bob phoned us to say he had heard u have bikes back!We celebrated Bob and Pats 64th wedding anniversary yesterday-he said he is looking forward to catching up with you on the blog when he gets his computer and in meantime they send their love.So now we look forward to following your India trip on the map.It is very excitingxxxxxxxxxxx

Ray on

great news! xx

Tracy Neville on

Hiya you two - soooo glad you're bikes are back, just read your Mum & Dad's last entry. Don't miss a minute of India, it's a truly amazing place which I'm sure you're starting to see. One phrase our travel guide there told us was to "always expect the unexpected" and wow was she right! I will never forget such an amazing country. Glad Dave & Ellie enjoyed Istanbul (hiya if you're reading this!! xx). Lou & I stayed at Rachel & Dave's at the weekend with Laura & Nat (honourary Nev!!) and we went for a pizza, then onto the Waterside for some amazing cocktails.
Looking forward to the India stories xxx

Lindy Campbell on

Hope you have now got all your luggage and bikes - looking forward to the next instalment

Lindy on

Me again !!! I should have read the blog first - delighted to see that you are on your way again and looking forward to readng all about it
Love Lindy

Tom and Lau on

Thanks for the card guys, made us smile after an angry phonecall to BT!!!

clareabelle on

so happy you were re-united with the bikes. Take good care in that crazy but beautiful place xxx

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