20 April 2017

 

Beautiful Goa

Arrived at final desitnation in Goa/Candolim - after 1100 km!!

Flowers near the Portuguese cathedral

Jackfruit tree

Sari shopping!


Wir müssen leider draußen bleiben!


Portuguese heritage


The boys are happy to have escaped the Rickshaw

Giant Ficus tree

The famous beaches

Holy cow cow and calf


17 April 2017

 

Murudeshwar – Candolim (Goa), 218 km

A few more Murudeshvar morning  details:
Pragmatic plug socket in the hotel bathroom


Where on earth is that continent where these dishes are from??

Sunrise over Murudeshvar



Isn't that cute?
  
Heading north
Beach stop






Just when the other teams had continued their way (we stayed, because Jakob was hungry), a Karnataka TV team spotted us. They where a bit disappointed that we couldn't make the others come back, but then interviewed us extensively, with even two more TV station representatives joining in.








Easy driving - where did all the traffic go???


Rice paddies


Rice still to be harvested
 
Many cows on the streets today


Colorful roadside market


The last hill-chain - more traffic, we're approaching Goa!
 And the last meters, after 1100 km!!
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Now I understand why other drivers had put towels on their seats!


Our arrival hotel - what a treat!


Final reward ceremony - with a big thank you to all crew members!





Of course, we didn't win - but we gained so many wonderful experiences and memories, learned a lot about India, met a bunch of crazy and great people from all over the world and might - who knows - beback for another challenge sooner or later!


 

Mangalore – Murudeshwar (136 km)


Early morning in the growing town of Mangalore (here: one of the many construction sites across the city, next to our hotel). Before hitting the road again, we visited a local school supported by Round Table India with their program “Freedom through Education”, that provides basic infrastructure for primary education all over India, reaching out to about one million children over a period of 10 years. Many of us had brought gifts and collected money to support the school and the children. We spent a refreshing hour there before leaving for our next destination

 


During the last night, our mechanics had repaired our rickshaw (over the last three days, it had a constant problem with the 2nd gear, which always slid into neutral after a few seconds - so Thomas drove all the time, as he knew how to handle this). And now, it was finally my turn to drive, I was a bit afraid, but looking forward to it! And guess what happened? Immediately after I took over, the motor started to have constant backfires and lost all its power, we had to stop. Obviously, it was my fault, because I had "no sense of how to drive", "never try to understand how technical things work", "just don't make an effort" - "now you have ruined it!!" It was not Jakob who said these things.
We tried to contact the service car, but none of our phones could make a connection. Another team passing by called them, and half an hour later we were on the road again. It had been a simple spark plug defect, nothing serious. After that, driving was as easy as pie.



Quick assistance

Our next stop was Udupi with its famous Krishna temple and lots of pilgrims, where we were happy to meet the two other Frankfurt teams.

Giant temple float

Shoe parking
 
On the road again


Among rickshaw wallah colleagues

 Afternoon stop at one of the many beautiful Kerala beaches. 

The children ignored the danger and threw themselves into the ocean waves.


Others prefered a rest in the shadow, including this friendly dog, for which we managed to organise a little lunch.

We arrived in Murudshvar much earlier than we had thought and had lots of time to explore the little temple town and its treasures. 

Most others had even arrived before us.


Second tallest Shiva statue in the world

Very popular beach! In the last years, Murudeshvar has turned into a vacation spot rather than a pilgrim destination.

 
Majestic!
20 story high temple tower, accessible with a lift - breath-taking view!

Temple figs

Strongly protected holy plant (I couldn't identify the species)


Our hotel was the building on the right side, still on temple ground (and therefore serving no alcohol)

Temple statues; Indian cows are usually not that fat


Caressing crow couple



Thanks for your assistance!!

The children couldn't get enough of the hotel pool

Splendid night view - the end of another wonderful day!


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