Well slap my face with a wet fish

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

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Unblooming believable - I've made it to yet another toptastic hotel with great wifi. Things are clearly going well at the mo so I'm making the most of it.

The day didn't start exactly as planned due to a late ish night (computer/Skype stuff) so my 07.00 alarm clock got reset and I woke just after 9. A nice cool room and a snuggly duvet had this adventurer well and truly tucked up in comfy loveliness.  As with all good things though it had to end so after coffee and a masala omelette the bike was loaded up and off we set.

The plan was to head to the coast but good old Google  maps (accessed on Internet at the hotel) confirmed my thoughts. The coastal route isn't quite the same as lovely old PCH1 but is a case of ride to the sea - along a bit - back to main road - along a bit - back to coast - etc etc etc.

Having been doing this in a follow my nose type way since Kolkata I thought I'd take one last look at the sea before heading towards Chennai. 

The route to the seaside was fun, the beach was nice and the sea warm - who could ask for more.

After a few photos and some time watching the waves I headed back to the main road and headed south once more.

Today has been a relaxing ride and I found a top dhaba and had roadside snacks and tea before riding on. I eventually made it (actually I have no idea which town it's in) the hotel Kinerra and whilst making up my mind to either carry  on riding for another hour or stop, I was approached by a lad from the hotel.

He was a great salesman and even said he'd  pop out and get me a couple of cold beers if I stayed.

The room looked great and before you could say 'kingfisher light please' I was booked in, showered and sat eagerly anticipating that cold beer sensation.

This blog thingy clearly owes a lot of its humour (?) to my pleasureable quest to remain fully hydrated at all times.

The plan from here on is to try and revisit the Coast North of Chennai before searching out croissant and coffee in a few days.

The exciting news today though is that I saw my first sign for Kannyakumari - but I won't be taking the direct route - imagine that!
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Geoff on

Getting a bit worried about you mate with all these comfy hotels and 'snuggly' duvets, I thought you were a roughty toughty adventurer. Proud of sleeping on a Darba bench.
By the way just signed up to go to London in November for the Asa celebration and to find out about volunteering next summer. Should get to see Freddy there.

Geoff on

Oh and I posted a letter and photograph to that policeman in Jind thanking him for the chai.

simonchegwyn on

Hi Geoff, great to know that you'll get to meet Fredster again at the Londinium event. Exciting stuff especially if you get to volunteer next summer- you won't regret it! Richard might also make it so say hi if you see him.

As for snuggily duvets - it's all your fault - you guys made me soft! It's quite nice though ;-) I must be getting old (er) but not necessarily maturer.

simonchegwyn on

And here's hoping the Indian postal service gets the letter to him - top man!


hey chap
Which is ur destination first Bangalore or chennai
ny plan to touch chennai?


nt Chennai ...
I mean Cochin

Vamsi on

Hi SImon, I have been following your adventure...Kudos mate !!
Any plans to ride through central India or just the coasts?? How about Hyderabad(my place)? You are welcome to come to Hyderabad, I could show you around !

simonchegwyn on

Hi guys - thanks for your comments. I'm planning on a coastal route with maybe a week or two in varkala and maybe a yoga course - who knows? As usual there is no plan I'm just kicking along and seeing what happens. If I get to meet up with anyone on the way round that'd be fab. Thanks for reading the blog though - I hope you're enjoying it?


let me check with my friends in trrivandram
and ll get u the details soon

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