Hitchhiking to India

Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today is another write off.  It's all about nursing myself back to health and trying to remember what the hell happened these past few days.  I do know that I've got some new friends on facebook though, and I've managed to locate a decent Curry-wurst place which is keeping me alive.  I've also come up with my next move.  I'm going to hitchhike to India.

As I mentioned before I have little experience sticking my thumb out on the side of a road.  I managed to get from Glasgow to Dumfries for a festival on the spur of the moment, but that's childs play compared to this; even if we were nearly killed by a bunch of 17 year old boy racers tearing around like a blue arsed fly.  Now I'm going to attempt to cross some of the most dangerous countries in the world, all just by hitching a lift.  Insane yes, but you can't deny it's not going to be an exciting adventure; even if I get my head chopped off in someones basement.

Of course I'm under no delusions that it's going to be at all possible.  I need to work out how to get through Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, just to name a few potential problem hotspots.  It might sound like a hair brained scheme, but really don't take me for too much of an idiot.  I'm not going to march right into the lions den with a guitar and a smile on my face and hope it doesn't eat me.  If it looks too dodgy then I'll steer clear.

But imagine if I made it.  What a story it would make.

So the initial planning stages involve me looking at a map and freaking out.  It isn't going to be easy.  I'm not exaclty traveling light either, which they say is hitchhiker doom, but we'll give it a go.  I've decided that I'm just going to carry a card sign which simply reads 'INDIA'.  With a bit of luck people will see the funny side, realise how far I have to go and give me a helping hand.  It might earn them a talking point over a pint later.  It might earn me a rogering in the back of a truck.

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Anony on

Have you ever read Peter Moore's The Long Way Round? - by an aussie fella who travels overland from London to Oz. Totally different political, social climate, and written in the early-mid nineties (i think). But a very easy, amusing, interesting read - and give your blog style i think you'll like it.

stoo on

I've heard of it but not read it. I'll give it a go. Thanks!

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