Motorbike Adventures of India

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It started with a...........

MotorBike Adventures Of India 

 

The idea - to ride around parts of India, mainly Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to film, photograph, write stories and share them with the world through a book and DVD 

where do i begin to tell a story of how great an adventure can be…..

The trip to the airport was quite uneventful really as i headed towards Newcastle ready for my flight to Dubai,well, when say uneventful that was part from the tractors cunningly disguised as cars because just about every car we came behind i am sure was pretending to be a tractor due to the speed the coffin dodger was driving at without a care in the world, braking at every bend even though they where doing no more than 30mph but it was impossible to pass due to the roads and bends…..must confess it drives me nuts that people like this are on our roads.

Arrival at the airport and the queue was astronomical even though the aircraft was due to leave at 1300 here I was at the end of a queue that I was convinced would take longer then the 2 hours remaining. A chap stood next to me was also very perplexed as every time he had flown this route by 1100 there was no queue at all and the wait began……..

Sure enough by noon I was through and heading up the stairs towards…..yes you are ahead of me arn’t you…..another gigantersorus line of people in various levels of undressing as we headed towards the security gates. There where in front of my 5 gates but only 1 operating and 2 scanners operating too. From the queue of people in front and behind me you could almost hear the BAA BAA as we were herded like sheep going to slaughter.

I was dressed in my motorcycle clothing with boots, carrying helmet and on arrival at the belt of doom i placed everything into the plastic trays and thought I would leave my boots on and see if I could sneak through….”Oi” i heard you will have to take your boots off said a cheeky lady, so was taken to one side to undress my feet, to the whisper of “you can take the rest off too”…..”best offer I’ve had today” said I “it is the only one you are getting as well” the cheeky smiling security dolly replied. It made us both laugh and lightened the mood as I explained the boots were worth than me. Everything was of course fine and taking my boots and everything from my 3 trays redressed and headed off to the boarding area. This had taken to so long so far on arrival at the boarding area it was straight through and onto the aircraft, a Boeing 777, finding my seat I was thrilled to learn that whilst I had an aisle seat there was no one going to be sitting to my right and it was as if someone had undone their belt after a large Sunday dinner to allow for expansion……bliss.

The flight left on time and off up into the sky way above the clouds so high we went and headed for the stop over destination of Dubai and I would like to say at this point the flight was the smoothest I have ever experienced it was as if we where floating on fluffy clouds all the way. I would also like to point out that flying with Emirates has always been pleasant experience especially the distraction of gorgeous girls moving back and forth up the aisles providing thoughts that I thought had long gone !. Food was very nice indeed and nothing was to much trouble. Partaking in two films along the way, one being the new ‘legend of Tarzan’, superb story and film very good indeed and the other being an Indris Elba movie who’s name escapes me that just passed the time.

It wasn’t long before “please fasten your safety belts” was announced as we descended to the landing strip with a bounce that whipped the tail left and right as we touched tarmac making the eyebrows raise slightly and onwards to our arrival slot, and then sitting there for what seemed like hours waiting for the stairs to join up and being allowed to disembark. What I do like about travelling with Emirates is there is no panic to get off the aircraft it is all done very calmly with a nod and a wink to the trolley dolls on the way passed to the arrival area.

Walking through arrivals heading towards the next departure lounge with enticing brightly lit shops tempting you to look at their offerings and indeed I did at some G Shock watches but being unable to work out how much any of them where I moved off very quickly to the food area and thought to myself…….mmmmm I am a tad peckish lets look at what is on offer and my eye was taken by the pizza slices so up i went and chose to partake in the offer of 3 slices, bottle of water and packet of crisps for 65 Dirams……surely that can’t be much can it……….’CAN IT’. I will have one of those, one of those and oh yes one of those too please, smiling to myself that I was using universal language of point and mutter……..”you do take British pounds, yes?” of course sir was the reply that will be…………..$16…….how much I thought to myself $16…….I didn’t see the highway mans mask when I ordered or the horse tied up on the tree nearby. Then having given a $20 note my change was in Dirams……what in gods name am I going to do with bleeding ‘dirams”. Lesson learned so moving on I will not make that mistake again.

The wait before boarding was to be 4 hours 30 minutes but I passed quite quickly and onto the aircraft at 0430 to find this time the trip from Dubai to New Delhi was not going to be as comfortable as being wedged into a seat with no leg room and being sandwiched between the incredible hulk and blasted batman was simply awful. So much so I didn’t even partake in the spicy food offering for breakfast as there was no elbow room whatsoever……talk about a cattle truck and this was also going to take 4 hours……..I was in the deepest of joys I can tell you as Delhi could not come soon enough.

Sure enough it arrived on time shrouded in terrible air quality and this was due to a couple of things. Firstly Diwali had just taken place and this festival is a festival of light with fireworks resulting in that many crackers being set off and there being no wind the resulting firework smoke was lingering over the city, then in addition to this the surrounding states where burning straw in their fields making a toxic combination that all the newspapers and social media are writing about saying things along the lines of children lungs will be as bad as if they had been smoking. The air quality surely makes your eyes sting and you can ‘taste’ the air too.

Diwali - 

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia.

It is also the occasion for celebrations by Jains and Sikhs as well as Hindus. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps". Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it's really popular with children.

What's it all about?

Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.

Sikhs particularly celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. But Sikhs celebrated the festival before this date. In fact, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the most holy place in the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1577.

The founder of Jainism is Lord Mahavira. During Diwali, Jains celebrate the moment he reached a state called Moksha (nirvana, or eternal bliss).

Traditions

  • Many lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets and in houses
  • People visit their relatives and have feasts
  • Fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion
  • Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the new year

I have also heard the air quality issue is not just around Delhi or Gurgaon but as far down as Jaipur also the other result you get is sand in the air that sand blast your throat area whilst riding so it is important to wear a neck protector and there are some exceptionally good ones from ‘BUFF’


Eventually passing through customs at Delhi airport I must also say that the way they handle everything is superb and seem to be very good at their jobs also making it a very pleasant experience but once passing through you make your way to the conveyor belt and it never seems to take long for your luggage to come through….placed on a trolly and off to get a cab where for 650Rs or INR650 I would be taken some 25 miles to my hotel for the first part of the adventure. Formule 1 hotel in Gurgaon, where I have stayed before and knew what to expect. On arrival they knew I was coming and got booked in quickly and then up to my room on the 7th floor. The rooms are not massive but a good size for 1 person with a super shower always hot and powerful too which I perfect for me with everything in the room you need, including free WiFi.

On arrival I was to make my way to Eagle Rider New Delhi, as they where proving a bike for my companion on this journey Digvijay, who is a thoroughbred Indian and would be riding a Royal Enfield Himalayan, so we made our way to be greeted by the owner and passionate motorbike rider….. Samar. He has linked in with the brand Eagle Rider who are a worldwide brand offering motorcycle rentals and tours being established for some 25 years. Samar has joined forces with them to offer Harley Davidsons and selection of Triumph and Royal Enfield machines to rent or to use on one of the tours he will run for Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, both being somewhat central to India for adventures. He will also be running tours up towards the Himalayas.

There seems to be an explosion of people setting up tours around India, and like everywhere else in the world there are different levels of tours, support, experience etc etc………and in India it is no exception where people are thinking because they have a motorbike they can take people on tours. It is the result of an opportunity to make money but for me going on a tour its not just a case of knowing where to go, it is also about the back up, the passion of the owner and knowing you will be taken care of should anything happen. That is what Eagle Rider and Samar offer through Eagle Rider that comfort factor following the way Eagle Rider have done tours for over 20 years is now in India. Let me give you an example……….on a tour there will be a support vehicle, a mechanic, spare motorbike, you can also hire all the clothing you need, the equipment you may need……in other words it is being done right and that is worth its weight in gold.

For me I am riding a Triumph Tiger XCA being supplied by Triumph India and DJ (Digvijay) will be riding the Royal Enfield Himalayan (a fairly new bike for Royal Enfield) and this is being supplied by Eagle Rider New Delhi. We are travelling on our own route and will be riding around, it has finally been decided, Madhya Pradesh for approximately 30 days and that is what this story (and films) is all about.

The first few days after landing have been about acclimatisation because if you think you can take a 14 hour journey covering 5000 miles into a country where the oxygen levels are so different your head will spin for a while and just jump onto a motorcycle to disappear off into the distance then allow me to say……you are very much mistaken. You need at least a couple of days to come to terms with your surroundings, and allow your body to adjust to the environment also. Basing yourself at Formule1 in Gurgaon is an ideal location because not only is it kept to a very high standard you also have shops right outside the front door for everything you might need from food to a chemist and from a shoe shop to a mini supermarket from food and hygiene products, plus Gurgaon is an ideal location to get onto the National Highway 48 which takes you directly down to Jaipur the gateway to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh 

On Monday I will be riding to Eagle Rider office to get the horn on Tigger the Tiger (yes the name of my Triumph is Tigger the Tiger) as riding here without a horn is madness and to finalise everything ready for the ride down to Jaipur on Tuesday as I am going to Pushkar animal fair having been told it is an amazing fair and for me I cannot wait to discover and share more of Incredible India with you.

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The time has come........(amazeballs)

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So my band of chums the time has come.......

Picture this..........you make a packing list, then a second one and finally 7 more, finally ending up with more bits a paper than is flying around after a wedding cermony 

Woke at 3.30 and eventually got up at 5 thinking well no point in lying here might as well get up and write another list !!

This time its a list for Meru Cabs taxi service to take me from New Delhi airport to Formule 1 hotel in Gurgaon who are amazingly sponsoring me 3 nights B&B http://www.hotelformule1.in/hotel-overview/67 it is a super hotel, very clean, super staff, and breakfast of 'spicy' anything you want really, although they do boiled eggs, cereals and fruit juices along with coffee / tea and what more do you need really.....also just outside the main entrance, turning left is a load of places for food (even a subway) and on the top floor of the shopping complex a restauarant where for £4 they will keep bring you food until you say NO MORE and then ask you to go to the self service area for the main course.....bloody main course there is enough during the starter to make you explode !, anyway the rooms are small but most certainly very nice with aircon to keep you cool and the mozzy outside with a good shower to boot 

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Then of course is my journey to get there starting from home to Middleton in Teesdale then onto Newcastle airport where at 1pm we will have lift off with Emirates to Dubai where there is a wait of 4 hours to connect for the flight to New Delhi. Cyrrently in Delhi there is a terrible air quailty due to their Diwali, or light festival, and so many fireworks have been set of in celebration the air is putrid, so I am hoping that may well have shift by the time I arrive, but even if it has I recall exiting the aiprort last time and wondering how i was goling to breath.......it takes you by surprise but 24 hours later everything settles down and you aclimaitise 

Then the plans will start to take shape of where, when, how, and for how long the adventure will take with plans being made they also need to be flexible to allow for the unknown.....such as discovering there is somehwere to see, or something to see we didnt know about or perhaps decide to stay long in one spot than thought 

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The plans will take shape over the next couple of days as the set off day is planned for the 5th - but will be burning the midnight oil at Eagle Rider New Delhi making sure we have at least some clue where to go and i am already looking forward to the battle of traffic heading south from Gurgaon on Natioanl Highway 48 

One thing is for sure.........I can't bloody wait :-)

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You become..............

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Not long now until departure time for the adventures that lie ahead....... (6 days)

You see........all I did was choose to follow a dream I have, well, it is infact more than a dream..........

I absolutely bloody love what I do to make a living and you may be surprised to read not one bit of it is about money.......okay you need money to buy things and to survive BUT

What I mean by not one bit of it is about money allow me to explain

There have been times in my life I have just about passed out due to the anxiety of making money, to become rich, to become somebody !!!!........chasing the £s, driving the big S series Merc, or the 7 series BMW, wearing the suit, having the 40 staff business...............having the sweats, having the sleepless nights, being close to death (24 hours away) due to stress of my 'dream'

I fully believe you become what you think about, what you focus on, what is going through your head day in and day out and the reason I believe this is.............it's true

Now back to the money............what I do has very little to do with money, it is all about becoming what I think about and that is why I am heading back to India

I must be nuts really because being insulin dependant diabetic, well, that brings its own issues making sure blood/sugar levels are good in hot, dry, dusty conditions but it also lowers my immune system so more prone to infections and then I also wear a bag on my belly as I had my arse sewn up in 2000 and my large bowel remove, which also brings its own issues of the glue pad that sticks to my belly, in heat, can sometimes lose its 'sticky'....

I will leave your imagination to conjure up what happens at that point then there is the arthritus in both shoulders that creates pain so bad sometimes I cry but there is always painkillers, so overall what the god damn hell am I.......now 58 years experienced, doing going to a land to put myself in harms way.

Answer..................I become what I think about. to not let 'stuff' get in the way, to overcome the fears in my head

Yes I have all those issues but guess what.......I don't give a shit, or a big fat rats arse...........

I am doing it for me, nobody else, me, little me and I cannot wait

So when I had chosen to do this adventure everything fell apart, big time, so that was it then I wasn't going, teddy thrown into the biggest corner in the world to the sound of................"fucking bollocks"

However, people heard about what I was planning to do so offers of support with motorbikes, product, money, gear, and lights to see the way came flooding in......shocking the hell out of me

I fully believe it is all due to becoming what I think about.............I dreamt of riding parts of the world to film, photograph, write about (writing makes my head really hurt) and in todays world I can share what I do with the around the world, currently 10,373 people following my MotorBike Adventures Of India Facebook page.......... that is just NUTS and along with twitter, youtube, google+, instgram and Tumblr there are 1000s more 

1000s of people interested in little me...........well that is just crackers

Never before in the history of mankind have we had the facility of such exposure on a global scale

For me, you see, if one person see's what I do, or watches a video, or reads a story and likes what I do.............I am thrilled to bits because..................

To me I have achieved what I have dreamed about, what I have thought about...........for years 

That is worth more than any money in the world

India........here I come :-)

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If you want it enough.........

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WHY.......

why what ?

Well why in all the countries in the world you could choose why choose India, with its legendary Delhi Belly, Malaria, Dengi whatever !!!

Allow me to explain........I was invited to India December 2015 to ride on a motorbike tour, the first one as it turned out, around a region called Rajasthan and it blew my mind......at the end of it I didnt want to come back to England as there was and is so much more to explore, to discover and film, photograph and share stories I just couldnt let this be the only time 

Earlier this year I made a decision to return and wondered if this would be possible at all

How would I get the money, the bike, the support, the gear, the..............everything.............plus being diabetic and wearing an illeostomy was I mad to even consider putting myself back in harms way 

Yep abso bloody lutely I was, India is in my heart and soul, don't ask me why it's just one of those things that happens in life that you have gut feelings you must follow

Well I now have the money, the bikes, the gear, the support and also a plan to be eaten by tigers and scared to death in a haunted house in the first week !!!..........then god only knows what adventures lie ahead in a country so diverse that in 30 miles it's a different race, or class, with different outlook on life and a way of life also the traffic that will kill you if you don't treat it with respect 

Then of course there is what do you really want to do with your life i mean REALLY want to do with 'your life' nobody else just yours ?

You can have anything in this world you want, absolutely anything......it is all about how much do you want it, how much desire is inside of you because if there is no want, no desire, no OBSESSION then nothing will ever happen 

There have been a few ups and downs and this adventure nearly wasn't going to happen because of frustration and let downs but............if you want it enough you will ALWAYS find a way 

Always...............

6 weeks of riding in a country 4000 miles away I cannot bloody wait :-) 

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From Adversity..............

From adversity sometimes an opportunity arises that is better than you had ever imagined 

That is what has happened, as the adventure was close to collapse and every door was being shut tight with not even a glimpse of light sneaking through 

Then you discover someone who has the same idea as yourself from over 4000 miles away, who understands exactly what it will take for success to make an appearance and those shut doors start to unlock the lock slowly allowing glimmers of light to shine through 

This again has shown to me that you should never give up hope, never give in trying, never ever quit 

The reason for this is you have absolutely no idea whatsoever what will happen later today, tomorrow, or even next week and as for next year don't even bother thinking about that - most business plans asked for have to include projections for 12 months and 5 years and after being in business since 1992 I am here to tell you they are an absolute waste of time because of everyones plans came true we would all be billionaires which is just not reallity 

So.......there will be more soon as new adventures take shape but one thing is for sure.............. India here I come 

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