Monday – Behror / Shekhawati
We wake up at six and leave the hotel at seven for a three-hour bus trip to the Delhi suburbs, so that we can avoid the heavy traffic of the Indian capital city. We will take the bikes in Behror.
We are a dozen of participants. Fabien and I together with a French couple from Amiens and a group of bikers from the Geneva BMW motorbike club, 2 guys and 3 couples. All in all, I am the only full-time female driver. One of them will stay in the bus behind us for the entire trip, three will seat behind their partners, and another one will share the driving with her boyfriend. I am still a bit worried, wondering how I will manage all those hours of driving in Rajasthan… Let’s wait and see.
It’s going to be a long ride, as almost every one of us is going to have mechanical issues. Unfortunately I’m the first one! Starting the bike is very physical, as the electrical starter doesn’t work. So you need to use the kick, and I barely succeed. So at some point I decide to push with the weight of my entire body on the fucking thing, and of course the bike looses balance, falls on the floor – No damage for me but fuel and oil mix, the carburetor is dead. Then, another guy is going to loose his lights on the road. And then another one looses his fuel tank!!!
Finally, after 170 km of small roads made of holes and bumps, we reach Shekhawati at sunset. We will sleep in a very nice Haveli. Havelis are ancient noble houses turned into hotels, a little bit like the Spanish Paradores. Amazing light, as you can imagine, and before it gets too dark we explore the town’ streets, its small shops and workshops – Image gallery below.
(No images from the road today, I was really focused on understanding how to operate this Royal Enfield)