The 'Plan'

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
Trip End Dec 25, 2013

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Friday, August 2, 2013

I don't usually do 'plans' as you can guarantee that something - or indeed someone - comes along and it all falls apart. Instead I have things I ' would like to do ' and as a result this is my loosely put together suggestion.

Later this month my long suffering friend - and frequent target of my humour - Richard " I used to be a financial advisor" Evans will be leaving his retirement home in the sunny southwest of the UK and heading on out to Delhi to join me on the start of my trip. I was going to head off before then but his long suffering wife (Hi Trish) says she needs a holiday - from him - and kindly paid for his flight.

I was under the impression we were going to head south and see the caves at Ajanta and Ellora but that particular 'plan' might now be subject to change. Rich has now suggested heading to the east and maybe riding towards Nepal. This would fit well with my subsequent trip but Richard and I have been trying to get to these caves for a few years now. It seems a shame that he'll miss seeing them, again - but there's always (hopefully) other trips. I could always send him a photo or two or indeed post something on here if I make it. ever changing 'plan' is quite simply to ride the coastal route around India. I think it'll be about 6000 miles ish but guess the trip will be as long as it is. I am thinking that I'll ride down the eastern coastline to Kanyakumari at the bottom, have a photo taken and ride back up through Kerala Goa and back towards New Delhi. That way, I will have ridden top to bottom and most of the coastline. It sounds like it could be a fab trip and I'm a very lucky chap to be here and able to do it. 

I've travelled many many miles here, over the years, but this will be my biggest Indian trip yet.

My choice of bike for this trip is a locally produced Hero 150cc Impulse which I have had - at my own expense - extensively modified - I fitted a top box! In fact, the top box was my hand luggage on the flight out and my usual cardboard box suitcase was checked in. The reason for a cardboard box? Arrive, un-pack, load bike,leave box, ride off - perfect!

Sorry Touratech but I'd rather spend my funds on travelling not shopping. To be fair though my luggage choice when attempting to cycle around an island in Southern Japan last year did let me down on day two. Boots carrier bags aren't nearly as good as they used to be.To defend the reputation of boots though, the island was being evacuated at the time as a hurricane was on it's way (I did think it strange at the time that I was the only person on the mid morning inbound ferry).

Maybe it's about time I changed, but one thing at a time - this blog thing first and maybe the rest will follow. Who knows, as/when/if I return to the UK I might even get myself a TV?Television that is, not the other type.  

I will hopefully start to write an ongoing review of the bike in the next few days and having done almost 5.000 miles on it I already have a few thoughts on it and what's gone wrong etc. I am however convinced it'll make it all the way around; it has to - it's the only one I've got!

Actually, All the way Around - that's catchy - do you think Charlie and Ewan would mind? 

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Rachel on

Hi Simon, please can you put some photos up of your amazing travels...thanks

Sonia on

Hi Simon
Great to hear you are doing well
Please give more details about or put pictures on about Delhi.
I am very interested
Take care


i am waiting for your reveiw of hero impulse i am looking to buy one for my dram long ride
how it performed in khurdala

john wegg on

Hi Simon glad you are doing what you like best!! Enjoy & keep up your usual standard of insanity. Good luck & see you on your return. If you come back!!!

simonchegwyn on

Hi Rachel, thanks for your comment and more photos - and videos - to follow soon. I trust you're enjoying the UK summer and I'll see you on my return. Simon

simonchegwyn on

Hi Sonia, rest assured my one fingered ramblings will continue, although, I'm not promising much improvement on the humour!

simonchegwyn on

Hi John, Coming back? Who mentioned anything about that? Seriously though, thanks for reading and also the comment. Oh and send Dean asap - he'll come back half the man he is now.

Paddy on

And I bet Richard won't be letting his gloves out of his sight this time!!! The cardboard box was a good idea. What do you pack when you're on the road?

simonchegwyn on

Ah ha - you're clearly one of the select few to have viewed that particular photo and I'm sure Richard will be keeping a close eye on his kit this trip! As for light and less stuff to worry about I guess - take note Andy ;-)
Anyway, glad you liked the box tip - will you use one when visiting veronica?

Jacob on

Travel light? What about a few cream crackers, in case you get peckish like?

simonchegwyn on

Hi Jacob and thanks for your comment. Crackers indeed....,,,,, let's think about that for a nano second..............,?

School report - dated today - must try harder!

Amusing though; -)


hello simon,
how u doing these days
how far u reached from delhi
get me intimation when u reach south india
will b happy to hlp you when you reach south india
take care

simonchegwyn on

Hi, That's very kind of you and I'll maybe give you a shout when South - where's home for you? I'll be leaving Delhi in two weeks. Thanks, Simon


i am from Kerala ( gods own country :P)
that's why i can provide some help in south india.

simonchegwyn on

Kerala's one of my favourite places - please keep an eye on the blog and I'll be sure to give you a shout when I'm in the area. Thanks for the offer.

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