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Udaipur to Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India

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(February 2012)

After many days of flat desert riding through Rajasthan, it was a relief to encounter some hills on the road to Mount Abu.


Our free camp site on the banks of a small reservoir. A fantastic spot for bird watching.


In the morning we were visited by some workers from the construction site over the hill.


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.


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.


A heavily laden tractor. The trailer is full of rocks from the quarry.


Not a pile of cardboard boxes but pillar of cut stone. Reminds me of the Cutters in the classic bike racing movie, Breaking Away, filmed in Bloomington Indiana.


The setting sun from another free camping spot. We pulled off the road to Mount Abu, just above the town of Abu Road.


A sandy riverbed filled with troughs of tomato plants.


On the road to Mount Abu, we are excited by the prospect of hill climbing after weeks of flat desert.


Gretchen waking up on her birthday.  I found a great place on the lower desert-y slopes of Mt. Abu and had a great time watching the sunset and then a long morning with great views


The birthday girl doing a birthday dance.


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


Rajasthan is dotted with small dammed reservoirs for agriculture.


Some free camp sites are just so-so, not this one. Occasionally free camping is epic.


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


We paused for a snack at this little turn in the road and watched a team of monkeys invade this farmers' field. An old man came out to toss rocks at them and the monkeys ran off to resume begging for handouts from passing cars.


I do not envy the passengers of buses traveling up this winding road. We saw many poor carsick passengers hanging out the windows of buses.


A large banyan tree is the site of a small temple covered by monkeys.


Up we go!


Two Canadians touring on single speed Indian bikes they bought here. They were about to start the trip downhill from Mount Abu.


A homemade water bottle cage. Just an old plastic water bottle and a little duct tape.


Sometimes I wish I was riding this light, but that would mean no camping.



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