Despite a breakfast of just biscuits, I set off in a good mood, aiming for an early finish. I had a decent hotel lined up, courtesy of my parents and was eager to get there as soon as possible.
There was little wind to start with and I made very good progress. I ate on the bike (more biscuits and crisps) and cycled through instead of stopping as normal. I hit some bad traffic at one point, but other than that, the first 2 hours went by easily. I was aiming to stop at 60 kilometres for the first break but a brother and sister on a motorbike were most interested in me and I ended up going past that distance whilst talking to them. By the time they headed onwards I was approaching 65 km and I thought that I might as well cycle until 70 km as I was still feeling good. The two were very friendly although I have noticed that a lot of Indians seem to have great difficulty pronouncing my name… Seriously? I don’t think it could be any more simple but the most common one I get is “Som”.
The ride was fairly similar all day. The wind kept changing but was more or less in my favour. I only stopped twice and pedalled quickly making today my earliest finish and a very good ride. The only downsides were leaving my credit card at last night’s hotel and the fact that a rash has formed where my gym shorts overlap my cycling shorts. It’s not painful but it is something I could do without!
Since arriving at the hotel I have had a brilliant and extremely relaxing afternoon, although as per usual I have left it too late to write this and I am absolutely knackered. To put this into context, I actually just turned down an offer to go for a drink with two Indian girls. Probably not my smartest move but I am genuinely about to pass out.
Quick summary of this afternoon: showered, explored Puducherry a bit which is quite nice, saw an elephant, had a pizza, went for a swim, had dinner…and that’s pretty much it!
Oh and for dinner I had beef. I was more than a bit surprised to see it on the menu and thought that it would be insane to miss the opportunity. A cow nearly ran into me today and almost caused some very dirty cycling shorts, so I just see it as revenge.
Today has been a very good day…
Distance: 100.13 miles / 161.1 km
Riding time: 6:19:13
Av. Speed: 15.8mph / 25.4 km/h