(1.18 and 1.19)
Since it was going to be a long day, and I had to ride through dreaded Shillong again, I set off at 7:00 to try and get through the previously gridlocked town before traffic started. It worked. Below is my post-Shillong relief stop, nice
Then another 80 miles to Guwahati, you’ve seen that video before.
But this day, a few miles south of Guwahati the air turned toxic. This was a sunny day and the shadows are blurred and muted
I made a small tactical error on the second day and didn’t fix a firm track into the GPS. I just used the ‘go to’ function. So on the below track you’ll see me reverse off the main road and follow then GPS’s idea, the shortest route by distance. It turned out to be a good mistake
It ended up being the best day’s riding in India or Mynamar yet. Not too many trucks and buses, a continuous string of villages, never having to stop except by choice, plus a hundred very cool things to look at, sometimes small maneuvering challenges, the right amount of density in a high-density country, not sure how many days like this I’ll get
And here’s a big welcome thing: the people have changed. My radar has been pretty well developed by a few places, although it could be better, and I recently left an area where I felt it was less than completely safe. If I had stopped like I have been in the last couple of days back in Assam, the audience would have felt less than welcoming. Here everyone so far is curious and welcoming
Awesome. haven’t watched cricket in years. I’ll try to watch a major game here.
Oops, I see I didn’t edit that video, I’ll trim it later.