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Bikaner to the Punjab border, Rajasthan, India

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(March 2012)

And we're off!


It is always fun to ride past a school as it's getting out. The kids have trouble keeping up with us on their single speed bikes but usually there are a couple of good riders that keep up awhile. I make time to talk to these young cycling champs- the rest of the kids are a quarter km back and watching. These boys knew how to draft and took turns at the front to work together and stayed with us long enough for Gretchen to snap this picture.


Camel and tuk-tuk traffic jam. Not your usual commute.


We passed by a herd of these odd grazing animals. I've no idea what they're called.


Pushing a heavily loaded touring bicycle through the sand has to be a cyclist low point.  We had to get away from the road so we pushed back to the tree line in the distance and camped between two sand dunes.  We woke up to a tequila sunrise that only an empty desert can produce and a herd of little deer-like animals


Any expert tracker can tell from these prints in the sand that bike travelers have been pushing through the sand and may be camped near by.


We thought by laying the bikes on the sand, we might stay hidden from the road. It worked until some people appeared over the sand dune behind us. The ladies carrying bundles of sticks on their heads left after a few minutes, but the goat herder guys obviously didn't have as much work waiting on them. They stuck around for a long time to have a good stare.


Roadside philosophy.  This Dutch man bought a motorcycle in Nepal and was riding it back to Europe.  We were obviously talking about wise men (other than ourselves) we have met on the road and some of the giant whoppers we have heard.  He crossed into Pakistan later and will be riding across Iran in a few weeks. Good travels to you my drifter friend!


The pink pants are a casualty of Holi. It's a holiday where school kids and grown ups alike throw staining colored sand at each other and unsuspecting motorcycle tourists.


Tank! For a few days, we shared the road with a great deal of military hardware on the move. It's interesting to see, if not slightly intimidating.


The tank trailers are definite wide loads and caused some traffic log jams at narrow points of the road.


While we eat lunch, the bikes get closely examined. Usually they're hands-off, but if one guy starts touching, the rest will follow.


Breaking down the tent while the sheep look on.


These sandy roads are full of tire-killing thorns.


From our hotel room, we could see down into this small homestead.


There is a stream of raw sewage leaking through this lot. Add to that the cow poop and scattered trash. Sometimes India can be a little too odorous.


Weighted scales are a common sight.


It's getting harder to find camp spots as the landscape gets more crowded. We're determined, but we may be back in hotels until we get back into the mountains.



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