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Alex

On the roads of India

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, September 1, 2009
photo album On the roads of India: 60 new photos
Alex

Rickshaw Run, Winter 2008

Posted by Alex on Sunday, August 30, 2009
photo album Rickshaw Run, Winter 2008: 109 new photos
Alex

A few shots of Kathmandu

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
photo album A few shots of Kathmandu: 17 new photos
Tags: Kathmandu
Alex

Everest Base Camp

Posted by Alex on Sunday, February 3, 2008
photo album Everest Base Camp: 96 new photos
Alex

Up to Everest Base Camp

Posted by Alex on Friday, January 25, 2008 Hide
I can confirm, Tommy and I are, in fact, trekking our way up to the Everest Base Camp! So far in the second day, and have found an internet cafe in Namche Bazar, Nepal. Elevation: 3440m! I'm going to guess this may very well be the highest internet cafe in the world...We're in day 2 so far, progress... Read More
Logan

Back to India

Posted by Logan on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Hide
Or at least, Team Dave is now back in India. Team Alex and Tommie are still in Nepal and hopefully have now acquired lots of new warm clothing and other gear for the treak to Everest base camp over the next few days. And Team Cyrus has now headed off to a warm beach to let his lungs recover.In case ... Read More
Tags: Darjeeling
Cyrus

Stoned in Kathmandu

Posted by Cyrus on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Hide
THEY ARE THROWING BRICKS AT US!Yesterday we got up early in Kathmandu and decided to go return our rickshaws to the storage depot near the airport. So the five of us (Dave, Dave, Alex, Tommy, and I) got in our three rickshaws and headed over to the Rum Doodle Bar (40,000 ½ feet) to work out what... Read More
Tags: Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 23: 22 Jan, 2008, 15:09 GMT
Three hr delay, but have now officially returned both the rickshaws and the paperwork! 5399.5km and we're done!
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 23: 22 Jan, 2008, 09:24 GMT
Stoned in kathmandu! Trying to return rickshaws... Ran into protests! Had to divert, currently waiting for things to calm down!
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 22: 21 Jan, 2008, 15:40 GMT
Fin. Or at least close enough to taste dinner at Rum Doodle. 5300km and she's still running strong, though a bit louder than she used to.
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Hetauda, Nepal

Day 22: 21 Jan, 2008
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Janakpur, Nepal

Day 21: 20 Jan, 2008, 16:22 GMT
Actually janagpur. Found Slepak and lots of political demonstrations. Ricks on last legs, holding! Thru the mtns in the morning! Black label!
Alex

Meeting back up

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 20, 2008 Hide
After seeing former co-workers Michelle and Gitika in Dehli yesterday, I'm off to meet back up with the rickshaws once more! So far, I've had an only marginally delayed (1.5 hrs due to fog) flight into Kathmandu, now waiting for a 30 minute intra-Nepal flight to Jankpur, where I should be meeting ba... Read More
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Kakarbhitta, Nepal

Day 21: 20 Jan, 2008, 00:48 GMT
Nepal! Last ones across the border. Staying in Kakarbvitta. Ricks repaired. Children taken joyriding. "Shortcut" down from Darjeeling steep and twisty.
dlott

Day 18: EPIC

Posted by dlott on Saturday, January 19, 2008 Hide
Seems to be the word most frequently thrown about to describe today.It started at 0530 as we tried to clean the room of the last shards of glass from the case of beer we dropped the night before. We wanted to be gone before they discovered that we used the curtain to mop up the mess, and fortunately... Read More
Tags: Darjeeling
Cyrus

At the Elgin in Darjiling, Looking forward to a new set of lungs.

Posted by Cyrus on Saturday, January 19, 2008 Hide
We are at this old Victorian hotel in Darjiling recovering from the long trip across India. Hopefully we'll enter Napal tonight and be in Katmandu in two days time.Reguardless I'm now looking forward to the announcement in 20 years that they can grow me a new set of lungs because I'm starting to th... Read More
Tags: Darjeeling
Alex

Gitika's Wedding Reception

Posted by Alex on Saturday, January 19, 2008
photo album Gitika's Wedding Reception: 4 new photos
Tags: New Dehli
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Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Day 19: 18 Jan, 2008, 13:05 GMT
Really Darjeeling. Heavy fog in morning but pushed on and up epic motorway clinging to hillside to make high tea. Mist blocked sunset and Everest :(
Alex

Patna

Posted by Alex on Friday, January 18, 2008 Hide
6AM Friday morning, in my reasonably comfortable hotel room in the reasonably uninteresting city of Patna, Bihar: my phone rings... Wondering if maybe it's my parents not quite getting the time difference right, decide to pick it up: turns out it's only Cyrus... clearly unaware that I have little de... Read More
Tags: Patna
Alex

Varanasi and beyond

Posted by Alex on Thursday, January 17, 2008 Hide
So far, the most time weâ??ve spent in a given location has been approximately 24 hours, in Agraâ?¦ and then we got to Varanasi, and spent almost an entire two days there! And Varanasi is a fascinating place, a Hindu cultural and religious center, but we had been planning on spending just a few ... Read More
Tags: VaranasiGaya
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Purnia, Bihar, India

Day 18: 17 Jan, 2008, 15:46 GMT
Actually 100km NE in Purnia in dry hotel. Dropped case of beer. Then the power went out. Here comes room service. Darjeeling tomorrow.
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Gaya, Bihar, India

Day 18: 17 Jan, 2008, 10:00 GMT
all cars back on the road, heading for nepal border, day and a half to go. Alex taking detour to dehli for friend's wedding, meeting back up at border.
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Aurangabad, Bihar, India

Day 17: 16 Jan, 2008, 03:34 GMT
There's a sizeable hole in our piston... Eta to get back on the road: about 2hrs! Spent the night in araungabad, bihar after finding hotel at 1am.
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Mohania, Bihar, India

Day 16: 15 Jan, 2008, 13:22 GMT
Just crossed over into Bihar, asked to pay 200 rupee 'tax' - told border guards to go to hell and drove thru! They dinn't really seem to care...
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 16: 15 Jan, 2008, 11:38 GMT
Finally leaving varenasi along with chapati chasers after frustrating day of repairs/delays. Hopefully on the right road to gaya!
dlott

Varanasi Update

Posted by dlott on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Hide
To quote Mark Twain, "Benares [Varanasi] is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together." Also to quote Mark Twain, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Amazing what spending an entire day in bed will do for you.... Read More
Tags: Varanasi
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 15: 14 Jan, 2008, 16:42 GMT
Spent whole day in varanesi, team dave sick - recovering now, should be good to go tomorrow, planning on heading for gaya.
Alex

Now in Varanasi!

Posted by Alex on Monday, January 14, 2008 Hide
We have now reached the ancient city of Varanasi!Taking a morning boat ride on the GangesLott is starting to feel sick (Logan was already sick in bed...)Sickness update: Logan seems to have mostly recovered, Lott's not quite as far along, but should be on his way to getting better... Cyrus and I sti... Read More
Tags: Varanasi
Alex

The Taj!

Posted by Alex on Monday, January 14, 2008 Hide
First, there was the Mini Taj Mahal:Then we got to the real thing (3 days and a few breakdowns later):Not the best picture, but all four of us at the Taj Mahal:By the way, it gets cold in the morning!Cyrus has us staying in style once more!... Read More
Tags: Agra
Alex

More Pictures

Posted by Alex on Monday, January 14, 2008 Hide
As Cyrus promised, a few more shots from Ajanta:Spider Buddha!in one of the Templestaking a break...... Read More
Cyrus

Ajunta Caves

Posted by Cyrus on Monday, January 14, 2008 Hide
Well we are in Varanasi for the day while Team Dave is ill. Don't worry we expect a speedy recovery. While we are sitting around though we are stocking up on supplies and we'll try to post some pictures. The first three are from the Ajunta Caves. Expect some better photo's later from Alex. Who know... Read More
Logan

Varanasi

Posted by Logan on Sunday, January 13, 2008 Hide
It seems like every day we set out to make a long haul drive to the next city some mechanical issue crops up, and today was no exception. Less than a kilometer after pulling out of the petrol station after filling up this morning our rickshaw started losing power, then died, and refused to start ag... Read More
Tags: Varanasi
Alex

Taj Mahal

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 13, 2008
photo album Taj Mahal: 20 new photos
Tags: Agra
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Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 14: 13 Jan, 2008, 10:32 GMT
Minor delays to clean and regap sparkplug then lash roof rack together. Got hotel reservations in Varnasi so we're going to get there! 130 km to go.
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Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 14: 13 Jan, 2008, 04:22 GMT
Spent the night in Auraiya and breakfast in Kanpur - masala omlets, chai, and samosas. Will meet up with Tommy (Chapati Chasers) in Varnasi tonight.
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 13: 12 Jan, 2008, 05:04 GMT
Saw the Taj Mahal in Agra this morning Awesome and well worth 3 day detour! Leaving this afternoon, east to varanesi, reattach muffler 1st... Again!
Alex

Actual Logan

Posted by Alex on Saturday, January 12, 2008 Hide
Actual Logan (tiny dot on the left, I am the even tinier dot on the right) is significantly smaller than the Taj Mahal... The Taj itself, however, is quite awesome, and well worth the detour!... Read More
Tags: Agra
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Day 13: 12 Jan, 2008, 01:13 GMT
Watching the sun rise over the taj mahal in agra! It is quite spectacular...
dlott

Day 8

Posted by dlott on Saturday, January 12, 2008 Hide
While loading up the rickshaws, a local noticed that ours sounded horrible and our muffler was bouncing around a lot. Apparently the nut that held on the muffler had fallen off and the bolt was busy being worn down to nothing. After a bit of poking and 5 Rs., we had a new bolt and a quieter ricksh... Read More
dlott

I have seen the Taj Mahal

Posted by dlott on Friday, January 11, 2008 Hide
with my own eyes. And it is gorgeous. Admittedly it's much smaller than Logan:But hopefully at dawn tomorrow it will look bigger. We're off to dinner, but should have time to write up some stories this evening...... Read More
Tags: Agra
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Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, India

Day 11: 10 Jan, 2008, 17:06 GMT
Stopped for the night in Shivpuri, 100km from Gwalior. Elephants and camels and herds of sheep oh my! Late night engine problems oh no! To the Taj!
Alex

Maharashtra

Posted by Alex on Thursday, January 10, 2008
photo album Maharashtra: 63 new photos
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Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India

Day 11: 10 Jan, 2008, 04:14 GMT
Actually 150k se of bohpal, night in Indore. Lost a gas cap + think cyrus' is leaking a little oil, repairs now. Taj Mahal closed fri, aim for sat.
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Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, India

Day 11: 10 Jan, 2008, 03:48 GMT
Actually 100km west in Dewas at a Bajaj dealer buying a gas cap (oops) and getting a "black smoke is coming from your engine" service. Cross fingers
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Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Day 10: 9 Jan, 2008, 06:06 GMT
both rickshaws got water in gas tanks this morning - 3hr delay to clean carburators... Still heading for Agra, 850k! A bit further than expected...
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Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

Day 9: 8 Jan, 2008, 14:32 GMT
Decided to see *real* Taj. Agra detour adds 3 days. Lamorna we won't be too late. Escorted Erandol 3 star police chief to station and home. Kingfisher!
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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Day 9: 8 Jan, 2008, 03:42 GMT
Saw "Poor Man's Taj Mahal" in dawn light. Minor rickshaw repair. Now en route to Ajanta Caves - Ellora Caves closed Tuesdays :( Delicious samosas!
Logan

Photos

Posted by Logan on Monday, January 7, 2008 Hide
Alright, well, pictures of fort will have to wait but here are some pictures of the mountains, pictures at Le Meridien (in picture number 1 we had just discovered that there was not only a 42inch HDTV in the entry way, but there was also another 42 inch TV in the bedroom as well), and a few others w... Read More
Tags: Pune
Logan

Over the mountains and to Aurangabad

Posted by Logan on Monday, January 7, 2008 Hide
We're currently in an iWay internet cafe in Aurangabad where we are spending the night and preparing for a day of site seeing tomorrow at the Ajanta caves about 100km northeast of the city. We had planned on seeing the caves at Ellora as well (20km northwest of Aurangabad), but apparently those are ... Read More
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Pune, Maharashtra, India

Day 8: 7 Jan, 2008, 06:44 GMT
Spent night in pune, off to the ellora caves now. Traffic in pune ridiculous... Drove across a field at one point!
Alex

Beautiful Goa!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 6, 2008 Hide
Spent a full day at Goa beach - swimming, hanging out on the sand, and tossing a frisbee around!... Read More
Alex

SMS messages to the website

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 6, 2008 Hide
We're mastering technology (a little), as we've figured out how to send text messages to the Rickshaw Run website with brief updates. They should all show up here: http://rickshawrun08w.theadventurists.com/index.php?mode=team&sub=display&pagemode=ontheroad&name=SafetyThird.Now that I've ... Read More
Alex

Skipping Mumbai, heading to Pune

Posted by Alex on Sunday, January 6, 2008 Hide
We've reached the city of Pune, India, population 3.8 million, which makes for some absolutely insane traffic conditions! But we made it through! Original plan had been to go to Mumbai, but we decided to divert to Pune, since it's more on the way, and we were terrified to drive through Mumbai, an ev... Read More
Tags: Pune
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Pune, Maharashtra, India

Day 7: 6 Jan, 2008, 11:45 GMT
Explored Fort Pratapgad this afternoon. Dinner with Alex' old coworker tonight in Pune. Headed for caves of Ellora tomorrow. Making 60+ kph on NH4!
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Sangameshwar, Maharashtra, India

Day 7: 6 Jan, 2008, 04:03 GMT
spent the night in sangameshwar heading for pune tonight, hopefully a little sightseeing along the way
Alex

Heading North!

Posted by Alex on Saturday, January 5, 2008 Hide
Can't remember the name of the town we're currently in, but we have a dial-up internet connection, so a quick update. Things going well so far, after five days of driving, the rickshaws are still alive (had a tune-up this morning and fixed a broken roof rack on ours), and we are a day away from Mumb... Read More
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Morgim Beach, Goa, India

Day 6: 5 Jan, 2008, 06:36 GMT
leaving goa, heading north for mumbai
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Palolem Beach, India

Day 5: 4 Jan, 2008
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Mangalore, India

Day 4: 3 Jan, 2008
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Nileshwar, India

Day 4: 3 Jan, 2008
Alex

2 days of driving done

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Hide
2 days of driving the mighty rickshaws has put up into a rather nice hotel in nileshwar, india. no particularly serious issues with the cars so far, just not making quite as good me a time as we had hoped, but still ok. more later!... Read More
Tags: Nileshwar
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Kuttipuram, Kerala, India

Day 3: 2 Jan, 2008
Alex

Safety Third!

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 Hide
Logan adding decoration to the rickshaw - don't run with scissors!... Read More
Tags: Kochi
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Kochi, Kerala, India

Day 2: 1 Jan, 2008
Logan

The Rickshaws Run!

Posted by Logan on Monday, December 31, 2007 Hide
We've driven the rickshaws and they work! I'm currently sitting in Slepak and Lott's room mooching free wireless as we wait for the ferries to take us to the island for the party tonight and figured I would make my first post and give a brief update of the status here. Lott and Slepak's rickshaw w... Read More
Tags: Kochi
Alex

First glance at the rickshaws

Posted by Alex on Monday, December 31, 2007 Hide
We got our first glance at the rickshaws yesterday - haven't actually seen ours yet, but there were a dozen or so parked for us to see, I suppose there were mostly the ones that had ordered paint jobs (we didn't). They seem kinda nice - at the very least they're brand new, and seem to have a more fu... Read More
Tags: Kochi
Alex

Hanging out in kochi

Posted by Alex on Sunday, December 30, 2007
Trying to see if we can blog from our cellphones...
Tags: Kochi
dlott

The Beginning

Posted by dlott on Sunday, December 30, 2007 Hide
I'm writing this from the Orion Homestay where Slepak, Logan and I have just checked in. Supposedly Cyus has a room in the hotel next door. We're in one piece and got suitably excited about driving on Indian roads on the ride from the airport. Next up lunch and some practice sessions on a real ri... Read More
Tags: Kochi
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