Today has not been great. In fact, it has been the worst day so far in India….although having said that, I have had a good run until this point.
I started off the day in a fairly dismal mood. A combination of factors led to this: one being that I couldn’t change the temperature of my air con so I had spent the night freezing – not something I had expected in India. My mood did not really improve once on the bike either. It was cloudy and humid and the first few villages I rode through were not that nice.
I have discovered that the source of my foot pain though basically stems from having wet feet – which I know sounds odd. So because of this, I’ve stopped washing my shoes out. This means that they smell horrendous but it has fixed the other issue. Well, that was until it started raining. This wouldn’t have normally been a problem but with it coming at the beginning of the day, I knew it could cause discomfort later on…and it did. The rest of the day I had a headwind and it felt horribly similar to Europe. That pretty much sums it up! Generally speaking I was not in a good mood.
I have left this too late to write but I spent the day getting frustrated and sprinting after slower moving tractors and tuk-tuks in order to get some shelter from the wind. I did manage to catch a couple and whilst it required a lot of effort to stay in their slipstream, it kept me from going insane. I could go into detail but frankly it would not be that interesting. The scenery today was boring as well, so I have nothing to talk about there either.
In summary: today was hard and I am more tired than usual.
Distance: 103.74 miles / 167.0 km
Riding time: 7:21:30
Av. Speed: 14.1 mph / 22.7 km/h