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 (January 2012 - ????)

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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

(January 2012)

The gateway to the Pink City of Jaipur.

Spices for sale. That's a lot of chili!

Gretchen doing some hard bargaining with little kite vendors.

Building one wheel after another on the street 12 hours a day 6 days a week. India has very bad roads and bike wheels are in big demand


Jaipur to Bundi, Rajasthan, India

(January 2012)

I've never cycled with camels before! This fellow is wearing a camel shoe. Their feet are amazingly large and flat, like a snowshoe for the sand.

The men of Rajasthan, India are some colorful dressers. 

Rajasthan skies are full of these green feathered parrots. They are very social and noisy little yappers.

Chapatti, two kinds of dahl and onion salad.


Bundi, Rajasthan and the Bundi Palace

(January 2012)

Bundi, Rajasthan, India - a great place for bicycle touring, is home to this magnificent palace towering over the town.

Blue Alley.

Many of the buildings are painted this periwinkle blue shade. From the castle on the hill, the blue city is spectacular.

Approaching the big elephant gates.

One of many fabulous views of the Blue City.

You can see the slits in the wall for archers to shoot arrows from.


Bundi to Udipur, Rajasthan, India

(January 2012)

One of the best place in India we have camped in the Sub Continent - an unknown lake in Rajasthan, India.

Gretchen cutting vegetables to cook in a soup. Red carrots, cauliflower, spring onions, garlic and ginger with Maggi (Ramen) noodles.

Got the tire fixed. It was the rear wheel, of course.

Camping in an abandoned home site.  All this camping has caused me to drag out a lot of bicycle camping gear from the bottom of my pannier. 

The ladies make hay while the men supervise.

We came across a little donkey.

Gretchen buys vegetables for tonight's soup.  The veggies available vary as we travel and the seasons change. What we eat here is generally grown near by. 

Camels are a common sight in Rajasthan.


Udaipur City Palace

(February 2012)

Palace guard.

One of the charming wall decorations from the women's quarters.

Castles can be a little impersonal, but every once in awhile you find a little corner that you could really get into.

A view over the Udaipur manmade lake.

The entrance to the Udaipur palace.


Udaipur to Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India

(February 2012)

Free camping means you can park directly in front of the tent and leave the bags on the bikes, much more convenient than the hassle of hotel rooms.

The road to Mt. Abu was a gentle slope and a lovely ride. Inclines never more than 5%.

A sandy riverbed filled with troughs of tomato plants.

Gretchen used to carry coffee gadgets, but finally decided that good ol' cowboy coffee was the easiest method.

These lovely elephants are painted on walls all over the area. Maybe the work of a painter who enjoys elephants, or perhaps the icon of some political party.


Mt Abu to Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

(February 2012)

Doing laundry in an aqueduct canal.  These ladies asked Gretchen if she wanted to climb off her bike and do our laundry.  Tempting but the road called. 

Hard work for the poor women of India.  Wood is hard to find so they collect dry thorny sticks to burn in their cook fires.

This local Rajasthan, India farmer wanted to put his turban on my head just right so we could have a picture together.  These desert hats seem to be made from several cotton scarves intertwined together to form a light, airy shade from the Indian sun.

Our last night of camping before Pushkar. A bit thorny. We saw a desert hare bounding by, and found by a man herding his goats around.

We found a straw storage and milking area to camp for the night. For once, no one found us. We woke up to a multitude of noisy birds, curious chipmunks and field mice, and some strange little ferret-like animals.

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