The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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

South India bicycle tour’

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

End of the Road…For Now

You know it’s almost over when you start wishing for swimming pools rather than the saddle. Our stay at the Kailash Beach Resort was an absolute delight. For the most part we were the only paying guests, which afforded us excellent personal service. It seems that a lot of their income is derived from Scandinavian… Read More

Back to Pondicherry

After a few tranquil days in Tranquebar, we were back on our bikes again heading north towards Pondicherry. Our first stop would be Chidambaram, an extremely hot 55km ride. Our route kept us on NH45A which was a bit of a nightmare. There were only a few sections of decent road for cycling, most of… Read More

On the Road Again

Nagapattinam has to be the low point of our now 2,000km trip to date. Hoards of people left the train along with us and our bikes into a dirty, dusty fly blown town. It did not feel at all secure with countless seedy looking males hanging around a crude ‘wine’ shop. Having said that the… Read More

Heat and the Dreaded ‘P’ Word

When poor choices are made they tend to lead to further misfortune. We had been warned about the heat and the winds travelling north. We were also concerned that the east coast route may not have enough accommodation or suitable road conditions for bicycles. With that in mind, we set off from Kanyakumari north along… 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