“Do you want to go to India again?”
It was a late Saturday night phone call, late February, wet England.
“Yeah, sure – when?” I said.
It is very easy to say OK, and see what happens – again. An addictive bug we both caught since I had met Dean back on the Enduro India 2009 trip.
We somehow made it on that Tuesday, still having our valid Visas. We had only just come back from Mumbai in January, with Marion and MaryAnn on pillion. Christmas and New Year on Enfields riding through Maharastra and the coast. The Air India flight touched down in Delhi. Another giddy adventure had started.
Dean had been honing his excellent Hindi at the back of the plane with the flight crew. By now, and from experience, we had eschewed any “maps” getting lost in India; we were relying on verbal directions, usually Hindi, to get lost! We invariably arrived late, in the dark, to new destinations after a long hot day of hilarity, meeting strangers, Chai, and of course lots of curry. Tired, but happy.
Our last trip, 2015, was before Dean tragically died of cancer. I remember that he had left his crash helmet at the last guest house in Rajasthan (with hindsight sadly symbolic). So, riding back, dodging and ignoring the police, was our last Delhi traffic madness. It rained.
JIM’S ADVENTURE TIP
Learn a touch of Hindi – it will get you into, and out of, some very amusing spots.
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