The Rickshaw Run – A 3,500km Pan-Indian Adventure In A 7 Horsepower Auto
A 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run is easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks.
No set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you’re going to make it. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down.
It’s just you and your mates in a wholly unsuitable vehicle, traversing the subcontinent enduring whatever shit the road throws at you.
The January run started in Cochin in the South India and finished around 2000 miles later in Jaisalmer in the North India. It covered landscape, Hills, shoreline and some fascinating spots.
We were 90 groups with Pimped Autos, every Auto keeps running with three individuals. All beginning and completing in the same place yet separated from that you were totally allowed to go wherever you needed and do whatever you enjoyed in the 2 week window.The mornings were the most pleasant times to drive, particularly in the south, it was warm, there was significantly less activity out and about and you got the opportunity to see some mind boggling dawns.
We attempted to discover streets we thought looked intriguing. We discovered this street on Google maps and thought it resembled a delightful wiggly mountain street. Turns out it was really a 60km soil track around a lake. A ferry spared us driving the remaining 40km and permitted us to jump over the lake.
After our day of going romping most would agree that the rickshaw was really destroyed. We took it into an ‘Authority Bajaj Service Center’ in Pune and got a full administration to settle all our different issues. We required new electrical wiring, new grip plates, another front gathering, brake liquid and numerous other easily overlooked details.
We pullover routinely at the roadside for a cup of chai. This gave us somewhat of a break from driving furthermore permitted the motor to cool a bit. The chai at these stops by the street was constantly superior to any chai we had in the hotels, they’ve clearly invested a long time perfecting their craft. A night spent wandering around Udiapur. This was one of the last real urban areas before the completion in Jaisalmer so by this point a considerable measure of the groups had met once more.
Source: The Adventurists