Nearly There !

Trip Start Nov 11, 2011
Trip End Nov 21, 2011

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Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Friday, November 18, 2011

The final long day and 90km to our final campsite !

Woke up this morning after camping in the grounds of a government compound which is used by roadworkers.... Remember those grotty A1 roadside greezy spoon caf's with portaloos well the toilets here are sub human ! If you would like to say the nights in here for 20p then you are braver than us ! Even the lasses stripping off in the rooms to have a wash felt dirtier afterwards, mind you how you you wash whilst having you eyes closed and holding your breath !

Carl woke up this morning with a frog on his head in the tent, no one found any geko in their sleeping bag. Anyway 50 miles today with a bird Santuary visit....

Ok guys 70 miles under our belt (yes 70 !!!) so by our calculations after 10 miles out of our remaining 50 miles tomorrow we should have reached the total distance of "Bradford to Calais" so all the lasses voted for a glass of French wine...... However back to reality we are in deepest India with not a grape in sight !

Tonight we are camping in the grounds of a posh hotel for the first time in days we can have a shower and use a proper toilet- maybe the state we are currently in, the rooms they have allowed us access to will probably end up in the same state as last nights !

As the girls head off to use the facilities the lads hit the bar and kingfisher beer sitting around a brazier whilst listening to some Indian chapie in full Indian dress play music and perform a puppet show.

Rewinding to today.....

Everyone in fine spirits if a little tired and soon the usual chat was flowing and before we knew it on a variety of road surfaces lunch stop appeared. The small villages passed one after the other with the usual cheers but what we haves noticed is the clothing is slowly changing and the odd western type clothing especially with the teenagers is appearing.

Just before lunch just to put us in the mood we passed a dead cow in the ditch, not a sight to be desired as wild dogs and other animals had ripped off the hide and all could be seen is bones and plenty of flesh.... Hold your noses guys as the stench was not nice !!!!!

Lunch stop at the side of the road was another fantastic meal with at least 6 dishes - may I please comment on the staff that are with us (see photo of staff back on day two). I think that everyone here will give a huge thank you to the crew... From setting up lunch stops including full dining tent with chairs and tables with full two courses to setting up all the tents on an evening and full three courses that meal to full cooked breakfast including porridge and different variety of eggs - they have worked their little hearts out - massive thank you

After lunch we were soon approaching our destination but before we arrived we diverted to the local bird sanctuary and spent a pleasant hour as the sun was setting looking at all the birds and mammals. Half the group cycled (are they daft) and the other half took to rickshaws
letting our guides do some peddling !!!! 

Colin (our doctor) even took to the wheel of the rickshaw I was in and peddled much to the horror of our guide who in Colins words "screamed like a girl"

Oh all of you back home who are reading this blog may I thank you all for your comments and may I at this stage thank Ron, Andrew, Carl, Colin , Matthew, ali, Adrian , Holly, Liz , Viv , Adele , Janette , Claire , Stef , Sandra and Mayank our local guide for making my experience with you in India fantastic, now let's look forward to that curry in Bradford in a months time with a reunion....

Anyway back to today, and I must be quick as our meal awaits in our dining tent in 10 mins may I also make a comment on why we are here... Marie Curie... we all have our own reasons for being on the cycle ride, but todays figure of around 65,000 will help Marie Curie Bradford tremendously and I am sure that will rise before we all finish collecting....

To tomorrow, the final day, the final 50 miles (or 10 km - sorry private group joke !), my Final blog and Marie Curie....

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gillian magson on

Yeuk! Hope you washed BEFORE breakfast.... might have lost it otherwise! Good luck for today - will be watching for the latest! xx

Ali and Philip on

Finally managed to follow the blog using Philip's phone in deepest darkest Edinburgh. Congratulations to all for doing so well so far and all the best for the last day. Very jealous of you seeing India, would love to be there although Ali not so sure about the bike thing. Enjoy the Taj Mahal, it is absolutely stunning according to Ali. Looking forward to looking at the pictures when we get home and to a proper computer, very impressive you're managing to do all this on co iPhone in the middle of India!

Mum and Dad on

You are all doing amazingly well. Congratulations! Hope you get a chance to see Fatephur Sikri while you are there.It is a beautiful place. We hope the last day on the bikes goes well. Wish we could join you to see the Taj Mahal again.

Catherine Wilkinh on

hope you have all came through the last day safely;a big thank you to Robin Stride; for allowing us all back home to follow your amazing journey WELL DONE to everyone who took part love you Del,cant wait till you get home to here all about your experience safe journey home to everyone xxx

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