Road trip to Palolim

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2014

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Monday, January 28, 2013

My good mate from Germany, Bastian  decided that we do a road trip to Palolim Beach in the south. He has a 135cc bike and I used Paul's ;hired scooter. 

But let me explain first. In India there are no discernible rules of the road. You can travel on any side of the road, you do not indicate, you do not have to wear a helmet,  You hoot at everything including cars, scooters, pedestrians, pigs, dogs, cows and corners and sharp bends or just to say hi. You can go around a traffic circle any way. You can stop or pull out when ever you want and the only rule seems to be 'watch out for whatever is in front of you and don't worry about what is behind you because hopefully they will be watching you". Also add into the mix drunk drivers, holiday makers who have never ridden a scooter before and people who forget what side of the road to drive on. It all makes for an interesting day out.

 This was one of my best days in Goa. It was great to get out and drive through the villages and see some of the countryside. It was a good road and not much traffic. The first stop was the ferry that crosses the river and we did not have to wait long as it was just about to leave. The ferry takes cars bikes, scooters pedestrians. All the scooters line up facing the ramp and as soon as we landed on the other side and the ramp was lowered it was like the start of a race, with everyone revving and accelerating off. The road twist and turns through villages, past farms and coastal forest areas. We saw an abundance of bird life and even monkeys. Most of the houses we passed were very simple places and most of the families survive on a mixture of fishing and subsistence farming. We stopped of at Cabo Da Rama Fort which is in ruins;and there are only a few of the walls remaining but there were spectacular views from the cliff tops. In its day it must have been quite imposing. We drove on to Palolim Beach which is very busy with tourists and locals so we headed back to Agonda Beach. Very pretty beach with shacks and huts on the beach.. Spent a few hours relaxing and swimming and then took a slow drive back home. On the way back followed an rough dirt road to Cola Beach which was very secluded and also had a crystal clear fresh water lagoon.Heinz on his AT 750cc joined us from here and with a few more stops at little beaches and a awesome Masala bawa from a roadside shop we eventually arrived back in Benaulim in time for sundowners at Hawaii. Undoubtedly a great day out with some good mates
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