A lot can happen over coffee

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

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The below is my excuse/explanation in respect of my Pondicherry time and the reason for being off the road for a while. The title of this entry though is the slogan used by Cafe Coffee Day - a chain of coffee shops in quite a lot of the major cities in India. 

Still, I was in an independent bakery in Pondicherry eating a sandwich and drinking coffee when I met Vanessa, but the saying rang true none the less. Vanessa's English is a lot better than my schoolboy French and it was nice to converse with a fellow European. Anyway, a long story but suffice to say we kicked around a bit but she then got sick. I seem to have this effect on women but it usually takes longer than a day or two! 

Anyway, I ended up wearing my nurses uniform (for pleasure purposes only) and helped get her to a medical centre before some much needed R&R back at the Hotel California. First time in India, meets me within a few days of arrival and then gets sick - she's clearly a lucky girl.

The hotel I was staying at were stars and thankfully Vanessa is now much improved. I did offer her some marmite on dried bread for breakfast but wish I'd managed to get my camera quicker - the 'love it or hate it' shot would've been an advertisers dream photo.

Vanessa remains at the hotel but I really do hope they let her leave. She has a big trip planned and I wish her well.

My planned departure time (as expected) went out the window this morning but after a leisurely breakfast I said my goodbyes and headed off about lunchtime. It felt good to be back riding and once more making tracks to my half way point. I'm hoping to reach Kanyakumari within 4 or 5 days then start heading up the west coast and back towards Delhi.

I'm really hoping that if you're enjoying reading this blog you'll maybe give some thought to my reasons for doing it. Yes I clearly am having a great time riding my bike around but the underlying reason for doing it is asha but more importantly children like Usha. Any funds raised from my trip will go to supporting the educational programmes I strongly believe in. I've seen at first hand the benefit this support provides and I want it to continue. Yes times are hard but in India a small donation from abroad can go a long way. I personally guarantee that 100% of the money will support these projects.
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