This morning was not a fun experience. I woke up numerous times in the night thinking I was about to be sick, so when my alarm went off I wasn’t exactly rested. I also wasn’t feeling any better and I could hardly move without feeling ill. It was an hour after I had woken up before I finally managed to get myself together. I still could not eat anything though, so I set out on an empty stomach.
The only real difference to the morning a couple of days ago was the fact that I now had a headwind. The first two hours were probably the hardest I have had in India, so I was extremely relieved when I managed to stomach a bit of food at my first stop. Throughout India, eating on the road hasn’t offered much variety and there have been a lot of crisps and biscuits – all of which have been past their sell-by date. Today was no different and I think the crisps I ate were dated last October, which could be the oldest yet.
After the stop I felt slightly better but the wind hadn’t died down and I also ended up getting a slow puncture. I don’t know when or how it happened but when I first noticed it, I just pumped the tyre back. This lasted for about 20 minutes before I had to stop again. At this point I realised there was no use in kidding myself and I may as well change the inner tube. To be honest, it wasn’t so bad – I am more annoyed because it would have been great to be able to say that I only had one puncture in India. I had quite an audience stop to watch me as well, despite being stopped on the side of a dual carriageway!
After fixing it, I inflated the tyres more than normal as I didn’t want to take any chances. The ride comfort did worsen but the difference to the speed was also noticeable – and necessary. This delay, along with the headwind, meant that today was a fairly late finish. All my thoughts were of tomorrow and that really helped get me through what was a pretty tough day. I am looking forward to finishing. I think my body may need the rest and I know that my mind does.
At this point – I just want to say a big thanks to all the guys at Condor for the support – especially to Matt, Mindy, Jaz and Angel. The bike is still gorgeous albeit rather dusty…
Penultimate day in India:
Distance: 107.5 miles / 173 km
Riding Time: 7:38:18
Av. Speed: 14.13 mph / 22.74 kph
3 Replies to “Day 49 – Cuttack to Balasore”
Great going Tom- hope you have a wonderful last day tomorrow.
It will be great memories to look back on, despite the groggy bits, good luck for your final leg.
Memorable day tomorrow! You are doing fab from fan club birminghamxxxx