måndag 9 september 2013

First day of driving

First day of driving! Felt like our last day of living! Driving in Mexico is like following rules compared to this mess. If there is an empty spot, you can be sure that it will be filled with something dead or alive. Lanes is just a word. If you want to go, just go where there is space. I can't even think about a number that is as high as our near misses today. But still alive and kicking back a beer at the hotel room in Puducherry. Of course a hotel that is full vegetarian and NO bar. Imagine to guy out to a store and buy beer, bring it up to the room to have a cold one. Something wrong with this picture. We got 4 650ml of cold Tuborg for 240 money. Thats like 24 Swedish Kronor or $5. Got to love India. Enough about the beers. The day started at 9 in the morning from the hotel in Chennai. Short briefing of the days tasks. Go see that fort, find that stone, fill up your Rickshaw at that station. We have to work for our living. 2 forts and one station. Forts are generally not placed on highways. So we have to find a small side road with no sign. Not easy. But the good thing was that today its Ganesh day. You know the God that looks like an elephant. Less traffic but more party people on the sides of the road and many more in towns. We did found our forts, and the gas station to fill up with 6 litres of high power rocket fuel. We shifted driving a couple of times. Get a bit tired after a while. Specially since the brake pedal, useful as it is, is situated in a place you can't have your foot.
One time in Chennai we got lost but soon got it rigth.

Di spend a lot of time helping the NorwaySweden team. Of course the ran out of gas. But as a good team as we are, we of course helped them. Get us bonus points.

There is some point system in place to determine who's the winner. Complicated, but fulfilled tasks, craziness and general stupidity will help.  
So the Germans are hard to beat. The Singaporians just plays with their gadgets.
Overall with around 150km today we can say that it's an experience. Maybe not one you want to do each year, month or day but once.
Just 4 days to go. Tomorrow its even more km to cover.

At least we are the only team with a viking helmet on the roof, that fell of only once today. Got it back again after some walking.

Now its time to take a shower, get some food and then sleep!
Need sleep today.
Be safe on the road. We do the rest!

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