See you soon

Unfortunately our wonderful trip is over. The blog is being closed now and converted to a static website.

Therefore no new posts and comments are possible anymore. But the mail addresses stay valid.

See you soon at our next adventure!

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The first blown tire

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Poor Monkeys in Agra

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Bathing the Zefant

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Some thoughts at night in Assam

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A bottle of beer for our brave Zefant …or two

After our brave Zefant has carried us so well over these hard 3000km, he has very well deserved a bottle of beer …or two…

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Final party & magic stories from the Maharaja Palace

 

Shortly after arriving, we check into this wonderful hotel nearby. I jump into the deliciously cool pool and paddle about. 2 guys from one of the Norwegians team are also here – they work for a TV production firm that covers the rickshaw run, to be broadcast in 5 parts later on – however only in Norwegian.

After the swim, Stephan and I put on our finest for the big party – which has already begun. Teams were asked to put on clothes they wore during the trip or bought in India – we decide after carrying our cave-man costumes right accross India – that this is what we are going to wear tonight. The following pictures were taken at the finish line:

Then it´s off to the party – which is happening in a real maharajas palace, turned into a hotel – however managed to this day by the current maharaja.

The party is happening in the wonderfully oriental gardens of the hotel. Each team is welcomed with a flower garland and receives a bindi, the traditional lucky charm in form of a red dot on the forehead.

All the teams showed up in traditional Indian clothes, we admire beautiful turbans and capes.

A traditional Indian band is playing, there are fire eaters and fantastic fireworks, an Indian buffet that suits the incredible location as well as lovely drinks.The best part, however, are the many stories we swap with the other teams, there was one that drove their rickshaw all the way to Kathmandu in Nepal – they had a lot less problems with their Tuk.

After that, there are prices for those teams that went especially far or managed some other, outstanding achievement. First price, 2 golden camels, went to us (surprise!) for the best fitted rickshaw of this years Rickshaw Run. This came as a real surprise as we had already gotten first price at the beginning-of-the-run-party for our costumes.

On the dance floor we danced away all exertion until at 1 am, the party moved to the hotel pool and one could see bodies jumping in wearing or not wearing clothes – take a look yourselves:

 

 

 

 

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Brake replacement in Ajmer

In Ajmer, our brakes decided to give out once again. We tried to loosen them several times:

Shortly after however, they had tightened up again and it does actually rather slow down when driving with your brakes fastened…..

A mechanic on the roadside had a go at them, which resulted in the complete failure of our brakes a few kilometers later.

That wasn´t really acceptable either! We decide to try another mechanic:

We get new brake pads and all the parts replaced the last mechanic damaged.
In India, brake pads are changed individually – the break shoe stays on!
First, the old brake pads are knocked off:

…then new rivets attached:

(using a spanner, off course!)
Fantastic breaks were the result of this cure……one just has to find the right mechanic who knows what he is doing…..

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Jaipur and the best mechanic of all times

Here comes  a bit of belated travel news from Jaipur.

….after a badly executed repair in Agra, a small piece of copper inside the clutch was worn through – this made it impossible for us to disengage the clutch when changeing gears. That wasn´t a problem in one of the higher gears but simply impossible when starting. We got used to having put in 1st gear, push and once the motor was running and the rickshaw moving, quickly jump in as it would not be able to stop again…..in city traffic rather annoying as stops were quite frequent and the procedure had to repeated each time.
It turned out that there was a holiday with a big parade in the city, all shops were closed and we could no  get the elusive little copper part – which we didn´t even know we needed at the time…
The rickshaw driver Jitendra became our savior, taking us to his 70+ year old mentor, who had possibly trained near all of Jaipur´s mechanics. His eye sight was failing, which kept him from doing the work himself but from sheer experience, he knew right away what the problem was. We took our rickshaw to his home where he summond his sons, who were searching the entire house for the elusive little copper part, remembering that there should be one of them left over from the olden times.

Many a part came to light, however, not the one we were looking for. This caused a further circle of friends being activated, who drove to their shops in the middle of the night on a public holiday to retrieve the missing part and sell it to us. Only then, the mending of our rickshaw  got under way, personally executed by one of the suns of the old master mechanic.

Fixed at last! With a fully functional clutch, we carried on to Ajmer:

The clutch made it all the way to Jaisalmer, even though we had to keep refilling it with oil as a gasket was missing).

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We Won!

Even though we arrived with the last batch of teams, we still won!
How this happened?
We were awarded the “Golden Camel” for the best effort of decorating our rickshaw.
If it actually was the most beautifully done one, others will have to decide………

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