With the move finished and the city getting back to normal (as much as possible) it is now time to really start focusing on the upcoming Rickshaw Run. I always knew we’d wait until the last minute to plan all the juicy details…and of course it is 3 weeks away and we’ve not done our route nor have we booked any flights/hotels!
And.. another snag in our plans – our third ‘wheel’ Stacie has broken a bone in her wrist and it looks very unlikely that she will join us after all. This was her reason for staying in India for the last 6 months even, so it is very sad. But both Paul and I think that we really want a third person since we expect that we will have to drive for at least 6-8 hrs a day and a 3rd will be important to help carry the load. With the outing of Stacie, I think we are replacing her with our friend Janikka who has been in Mumbai for the last year. She and her boyfriend had also put their name in the hat for the rickshaw run, but weren’t chosen, so now is her chance at least to see some of India.
Of course all of this hangs in the balance with a possible war with Pakistan looming over the horizon. Paul seems sure that we’ll know something more in the week to come. If India follows through with it’s threats and Pakistan continues to ignore the pressure, then I have no idea what all of this means. I would say that I’d either be on a flight with my two kitties or headed out to the far rural areas of inner India! I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, we’ll continue planning for the rickshaw run as needed. We are setting down thoughts on our route. You might think planning the route would be a quick and easy process, but from everyone I keep talking to it seems like it is an arduous process and will take lots of time and care. We need to at least establish checkpoints for ourselves to know if we are making good time or bad time – this will let us know if we can stop and enjoy places like Varanasi or if we just have to pass on through. Paul is gathering the medical kit and any other little supplies he thinks we might need and Janikka and I are just trying to figure out if she’s coming and how to get that moving!
Next weekend we are off to Pune for mechanic lessons and our first little trial run of the rickshaw…wish us luck!