@ 5 September 2015- India

Fabricating a new top box bracket for Steve's bike
Fabricating a new top box bracket for Steve’s bike
This is how to have a simple and effective electricity distribution board! loks scarey? Well it is, complete with sparks.
This is how to have a simple and effective electricity distribution board! loks scarey? Well it is, complete with sparks. No insulation at all.

We had a day off riding today as we are now only 100km from the Myanmar boarder that we need to cross on Monday as that is when we have arranged to meet our guide (Myanmar requirement for travel). We also needed to do a bit of house keeping before we move on.

First on the list was to have our clothes washed. The riding gear was filthy and the weather has been so humid nothing dries properly, which leads to “odd smells”. Typically the hotels offer a same day cleaning service which is really cheap ($5AU for our typical load, including riding gear).

Following Steve’s top box (Tourtech) mount completely failing we needed to have a new bracket fabricated by a local metal working shop. Thanks to a hotel staff member who came with us we were able to explain the issue to the shop and they kindly dropped what they were doing and set to work fabricating the required bracket.  This time we should not have any additional issues with this troublesome bracket as we have eliminated the original point that failed.

Steve fitting up the new bracket to his bike with a small crowd onlooking
Steve fitting up the new bracket to his bike with a small crowd onlooking

Next it was off to wash the bikes as they had been swimming in mud and brown water on our ride the previous day so they deserved a clean. No hose and car wash soap with nice sponge around here, just a bucket, rag and the local pond and elbow grease which made the work somewhat more difficult. Steve was lucky and two local boys must have taken pity on him as they soon got involved and worked like troupers to clean his bike.

Before the wash
Steve’s bike before the wash
Steve'ss bike after the wash
Steve’s bike after the wash

As the evening approached a couple of other bikers pulled into the hotel car park. It was a pleasant surprise as they were two Australian brothers (Dylan & Lawson Reid) from Brisbane who are riding their Suzuki DR650 motorbikes around the world over the next 3 of years. We wish them all the best on their travel’s as they are couple of lovely blokes.

Dylan and Lawson Reid, the Aussies travelling the opposite direction to us.
Dylan and Lawson Reid, the Aussies travelling the opposite direction to us.

They were travelling in the reverse direction to us so we took the opportunity to swap stories and information about boarder crossings and local situations etc over dinner. It was strange talking to other people with a similar accent and not have to slow it all down.

2 thoughts on “@ 5 September 2015- India”

  1. It’s really good to hear all your stories we feel as though we are doing the journey with you, mum especially enjoys it so much & is loving the wonders of the web now that she’s found her way around your site & she just loves to be the first to tell us your news! Stay safe & enjoy the last leg of your trip. Love from us all in the UK.xxx

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  2. had a message to say I’d sent a duplicate message to you, sorry if I’ve repeated myself, you’ll just have to read it twice!!!

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