Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 26 - Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry, 100 kms

Despite a super early start at 4 a.m. the humidity was rampant. We knew that 100 kms would be a difficult feat under the Tamilian heat so we were cycling our best and had planned for very few breaks. We were able to complete half the distance by breakfast which was a relief. There was a group of very hot bikers who went past us and all the girls went ga-ga all over their bikes. After breakfast we kept up the same pace and passed by a region where locals were salt farming and the white salt was dazzling.

At around 11 p.m. Mrs. Vasumathi's close friend invited us to the Pegasus military camp a few kms ahead of Pondicherry. We went there to have a tea break and had earlier planned to stay there but as most girls in the group had not visited Pondicherry we decided to stay in the city itself. After posing for some great pictures and admiring the beauty of the camp and the view of the sea we headed out for Auroville to visit the Matrimandir. Unfortunately by the time we reached visiting hours were over :( :(

We then went into main Pondicherry and were hosted by Rotary and were put up at the Youth Hostel. After having a late lunch and naps we had our usual posing and picture taking time. Later Mr. Kanan of Rotary took us on a drive and showed us all the popular sights, the Auroville Ashram, the beach, the French colony, the Hidesign hotels and many more. We then joined the District Governor Mr. Joseph and the president over milkshakes and soup at the Daily Breads bakery. We ended the day with a late dinner and slept at ten thrity! Gangotri ma'am has joined us tonight!!

view at the pegasus military camp.

the team!!!

the beach.

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