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And that’s a wrap..

Posted by on 22, Apr 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 5 comments

And that’s a wrap..

After our lovely night in 5 star luxury we had another two ferries that may or may not run but also had the offer of croissants and muffins for brekky, something you never see here.  We’d usually be on the road before sunrise,  but with this on offer delayed our departure for a fill up. We hadn’t booked any further accommodation due to the uncertainty of the ferries, but the first ran on time and it was a lovely peaceful cycle along the beach and river to get to it. We crossed the peninsula and the 2nd ferry at the top of it has naturally been withdrawn when they...

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Elderly couple

Posted by on 14, Apr 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 2 comments

Elderly couple

It’s not always fun being in the news – The journo who interviewed us recently kindly referred to us as an Elderly Couple. Bloomin cheek! Though his article did highlight just how hard it is cycling here by saying that just walking 10 paces here at this time of year and you’re soaked, so this elderly couple are quite mad, or something like that. But he has a point. You start sweating the moment you’re outside and after a few kms we are soaked. ..I’ve taken to wearing my swimming shorts as my other shorts just look like I’ve pee’d myself, but then I...

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Back at the coast

Posted by on 3, Apr 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 2 comments

Back at the coast

Our final ride to the coast was a short hop from our riverside hotel to our beach hotel – it’s a hard life this cycle touring!  The hotel was very basic. Room, window, door, balcony and air con. But the balcony was above the sea defences and the waves would surely splash it when the sea was rough. But we’d picked a calm day and enjoyed the sound of the sea crashing against the rocks below our window from inside the air con room. It was too hot to sit on the balcony! We’d had a very pleasant ride to that hotel and got stopped by a group of Hindi women all laughing...

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The Tea Plantations

Posted by on 1, Apr 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 2 comments

The Tea Plantations

The town of Munnar isn’t much to write home about, but the hills surrounding it are covered in tea plantations. Almost every square inch is utilised and it’s incredibly beautiful. We’d booked a hotel with a balcony facing the hills and loved watching the ladies picking the tea by hand with a pair of sheers. We visited the tea museum which was fascinating and explained that all the plantations were planted under the British and prior to this the area was forested.  Eventually one of the largest companies here remaining from British days was sold to the workers and is now a...

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Man down

Posted by on 25, Mar 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 6 comments

Man down

I’ve had trouble with my back all my life. I can pick a pair of socks up and then be unable to get out of a burning building as it hurts so much. Over the years treatments have changed from 2 weeks rest to have a cup of tea and carry on.  For the last few years this has worked fine, but this time it really didn’t make much difference so I was hobbling around our resort hotel looking like a 90 year old who’s just pooped himself.  To make matters worse my knee, which again has caused me issue for a while now, has been playing up.  It needs a deep tissue massage and...

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Best we stay another night

Posted by on 17, Mar 2024 in 2024 - An Indian Winter, Asia, India, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Best we stay another night

Varkala Cliff The whole point of coming to Varkala was to walk along the cliff edge restaurants and ‘posh tat’ stalls and obviously we didn’t make it having got waylaid chatting in the restaurant the night before.  So when we woke up we booked another night at the other end of the town and had a very strenuous 4.7km ride to get there that thankfully we managed to break in to two with a stop for a iced chocolate coffee – yummy! We checked in to our new hotel and adjourned to the pool.  We had a brief swim and another English couple turned up and we got chatting....

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