The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…


South India by Bicycle – A Summary

Ahead of our bicycle tour of South India we were filled with a certain amount of trepidation. Afterall, we are in our 60’s. Would we be safe? What is the state of traffic and roads? We need not have worried. So, what were our overall impressions of this 2,300km trip? As for the actual cycling, we… Read More

Downhill to Kanyakumari

We left Kovalam at dawn with a big climb out of town yet it was quite surreal as the sun rose over the horizon with a big church silhouetted and mass music broadcasting over loudspeakers. Very emotional especially with the mist hanging over the fields. It was almost 60km to Colachel. Almost every village we… Read More

On to Kovalam

Obviously it was uphill out of Varkala but we were soon on our way along the coast again. The road was very quiet although it was a little busier into Thiruvananthapuram. We passed many more grand churches but the biggest complex was the India National Space Centre. We’ve said it before that Indian technology can… Read More

Kochin to Varkala

Our next stop would be Alleppy 57km on. What a wonderful ride. The route took us all the way along the coast road avoiding the NH47. The only traffic being small buses taking children to school, auto rickshaws and motorbikes. Everywhere there was fish for sale. It was almost like a backwaters tour passing canals,… Read More

On to Kochin

Kerala is a bit of a disappointment to us as it is obviously an affluent state with plenty of smart malls, but the infrastructure is poor, the roads awful for cycling and the rubbish and burning a disgrace in an emerging economic country. Our next stop was Nileshwar, a trip of 37km and then it… Read More

Karnataka into Kerala

Leaving Kudle Beach we were correct with our assumption to exit on the southern end of the beach through Gokarna town. It saved quite a few hilly kilometres so that soon we were back on NH17 and on to the town of Kumta some 34 km on. Two hotels said that they were full before… Read More