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

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Flag of India  , Pondicherry,
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A bank holiday today as it would've been Mahatma Ghandi's birthday. As a result the streets are fairly quiet today and I'm not long back from a stroll around the town.

 Yesterdays plan didn't quite go as anticipated but at least I tried I guess? On arrival at the Hero authorised dealership I explained the problems to the service reception chap, then a mechanic, then another mechanic, the service manager and then finally another manager. I informed them that my horn was broken and that the speedo sensor in the front wheel was faulty and that I needed new headstock bearings to be fitted. Obviously as a non Hero trained mechanic I clearly didn't know what I was talking about as they all stood around discussing my bikes problems.

Try as I might but I couldn't stop them messing with the switchgear and continually pressing the horn button. I had previously stripped and cleaned the switch and knew the horn was at fault but despite this I was clearly wrong. Whilst they were stood around I went to their storeroom picked up a new horn and returned to my surrounded bike. Having got them out of the way I spent at least 90 seconds fitting the new horn before pressing the button triumphantly and saying 'right, what about my faulty sensor?'

Apparently it'll take 15 days for a replacement part to arrive so it would appear that I will now no longer know how far this trip will be unfortunately.  The required part is in Delhi and I did comment that I could ride there and back quicker!

Still, I am going to visit them again tomorrow (that plan might now have changed) and will help with the spannering of the headstock and maybe try and strip the sensor down. They even told me how much the item was but I laughed and said 'new bike - 3 months old - I don't think so'.

From yet another disappointing Hero experience I headed off in search of the dive centre but sadly there was now no  diving planned but I left my Indian mobile number.

I then returned to chez lovely and had a short nappette before taking a stroll along the seafront. As it was a planned holiday loads of people were out and about enjoying the warm sea breeze. 

In continuation of my gallic themed evening I had French onion soup and French fries before seeking out a local bar. Due to low taxes beer is cheap here (33 pence a bottle) so I enjoyed a selection before finishing the evening with a glass of Hennessey Cognac.  If you're reading this Dykes it's not brandy nor do I have a rubber patch of false **** for entertainment purposes tucked in my top box (avec vouz un chambre pour favor? ). I remember telling you at the time it wouldn't be funny  ;-) Magnetic compass anyone?!?!?!?!

Anyway, I digress. 

This morning I had a top French breakfast (from the roof top of my guesthouse) looking out to sea before heading out for a stroll. At  lunchtime I found a little French bakery and was happily tucking into a French baguette (cheese & salad - yum yum) when my phone rang. Apparently there's now a dive trip tomorrow so I'm heading there in a bit to check out the venue/plan before hopefully signing up

Au revoir 
Just back and fully up to speed with the revised plan.

Initially I was unsure to commit to a dive as on first impressions it all looked a bit haphazard but on speaking to one of the dive guides his enthusiasm got me.

It is against the law to drag net fish in India (as it should be most places) but it still goes on. As a result the dive centre here are building artificial reefs that'll prevent the locals from trawling with their nets. These rocky outposts are not marked by buoys (for obvious reasons) but are located using gps. The staff are heading out there tomorrow and I was invited along (as a paying helper) to view the project. The site is about 5kms out to sea and due to the currents on occasions gets some impressive visitors. It would make my day/week/month/year if I got to see a whale shark during one of the dives.

So my kit's all sorted and i just need to make sure I'm there at 06.30 ready to get on the boat.

 Here's hoping for good visibility and warm water - perfect. I'm quite excited!

Not much beer tonight and early to bed - It won't  be the same without you though Mr Jones.

The diving that is!   ;-)
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