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