Sunday, January 19, 2014

Day 11 : 16 Jan 2014 : Kamrej to Valsad : 95 kms

Another beautiful morning...

Rupa on the slide during breakfast!!

Chaula (blue scarf) and Nicoi with Surendra, our breakfast host...

Our accountants counting the money that we have in the kitty - Gauri and Krishna

4 punctures again today. I think we should keep a scorecard for the most number of punctures and give the winner a gift at the end of the expedition. Vasumathi is leading as of now with 4 punctures :)

Today was a super long day and while it was very cold in the morning, it got super super hot by afternoon and we were baking in the heat. Can only imagine how it will get as the days go by. Started cycling at 6 and covered a good 40 kms before breakfast. Had a late breakfast (9am) at Navsari, hosted by Surendra Gohil, a professor at Navsari University. It took us 6 hours to cover the balance 55 kms. This included 2 juice breaks (one hosted by the team of Sri Vallabh Ashram) and the delays because of the punctures.

It was 5pm by the time we finished lunch and we had to leave by 5.45 for a press conference. The function organised by the team at Valsad was super huge. Many different organisations got together to felicitate us and watch our presentation. Maj Ashwini showed the presentation of her climb to Everest and the people loved it. She also got a lot of questions after. We finished that and went to the Sri Vallabh Girls School to interact with the children there. What a beautiful school this is. The boys school as well as the girl’s school are both huge and have all infrastructure required for the kids to get a truly international education. We all loved the campus.

Got late again by the time we got to bed. Looooooong ride tomorrow....

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