Maddeningly frantic, yet ancient, colourful and completely unthawing, India remains one of the ultimate rides for fans of two wheeled tenacity. Jack Southan gives us his favourite subcontinent sojourns. Riding through Southern India, up into the remote Western Ghat mountain range on a looping circuit of about 500km, this trip starts in Kochi, the old Portuguese colonial city in Kerala, before winding its way through the jungles and dusty roads east, up into foot hills of the mountains.
My granny had just been buried and my family were separating again after the funeral, returning to their respective lives around the world. The feeling of loss weighed heavily on me and, as always in these circumstances, life seemed short. Feeling the need for adventure and change, I booked a flight to Lisbon to embark on the long walk to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, along the ancient pilgrims’ route of the Camino Portugués.
My alarm buzzes loudly on the table next to my bed, it’s 4.30am and a silky blackness fills the space around me. I roll over to push the snooze button, but as my brain begins to kick slowly back into action, I remember where I am and why I’m awake so early. I’m in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and dawn is simply the best time for tracking black rhinos through the bush.
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Selecting a term
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