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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Road To Ranthambhore

Today's road trip was about 270km across rural India. We are now in the State of Rajahstan. The journey has been incident free, but with many interesting features. Road surfaces have been good bitumen through to dirt track. Potholes varied from negligible to full car sized. We have made our way through busy towns and bustling village markets. Motorcycles, tuk tuks and cars have been encountered, often heading our way on the wrong side of the road - even a truck at full tilt in the fast lane of a dual carriageway, but on our side, and towards us. I suppose it was OK though, he did have his headlights on! Bullock cart encounters are often interesting as the driver is usually asleep and the bullock is in charge. Overloaded tractors, buses and jeeps with passengers hanging out of every window as well as on the roof are everywhere. You haven't seen anything until you have seen a family of four happily travelling on a Honda 125! Roadside animals are abundant, from cattle, goats, boar, water buffalow, and even camels all roaming loose, adding to the hazards. But, the most amusing incident was when we were gridlocked at a junction and going nowhere. Everybody just kept inching forward with nowhere to go, horns blaring. There happened to be a police officer in charge but powerless to sort things out. In the end he walked over to a tuk tuk, with around ten aboard, (2 passenger seats), and demanded the driver remain stationary in an attempt to get things moving, clouting the vehicle with his stick. The driver moved forward again, and found himself on the receiving end of a couple of face slaps from the officer. Slowly traffic started to move again!

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