Day's run: 189 km
Total: 1318 km
Saddle Time: 10:31
Total Climb: 865 m
Total Descent: 674 m
Average: 18.0 kph
Not that I'm into collecting distance records on this trip but I am quite chuffed to have clocked up 189k (116 miles) today, a distance I've never achieved before on any type of bike, never mind this leaden lump of metal.
It wasn't actually meant to happen, I'd left Hampi early and arrived at my destination Laksmeshwar, at around 3 pm with 133km on the clock and the mercury up around 37deg. Laksmeshwar, a small agricultural market town, was a real dump with one seedy deserted hotel.......literally deserted. Who-ever was running the place had disappeared..........and I don't blame him. I'd acquired a limpet-like tout, working for his commission, who was trying to contact the owner on his phone. I gave them 5 minutes more to find the owner and then I was off. I found a cold drinks shop and over a couple of fruit lassi's considered my options. The nearest big town was Hubli, a dog-leg to the north and 55km away. I would arrive in the dark but no matter.......time to bite the bullet.
|This part of Karnataka is not that inspiring to ride, one of the reasons for the big ride...........just get through it!|
|05:30 pre-dawn departure. Note the lady of the house was already up and had decorated her doorstep.|
|Master and apprentice. You'd think he would have bigger biceps doing this day in - day out. He was chiselling perfectly round holes in this stone........by eye.|
|A dry dusty timeless landscape. He is just smoothing the surface by dragging a log over it. Materials: renewable, recycleable, locally sourced.........hand-made non-obsolescent, maintenance-free farm equipment. My! How we have 'advanced' in the west.|
|Out of respect, this humble man took off his shoes that he had been wearing in the field. I wonder what he thinks of me..........why did I turn back to photograph his cart?|
|Different road, same scenery, new tarmac, hot tarmac!|
|By 1pm I'd covered 104 km. Check the temperature gauge!|