Ben Around the World Diary – Day 78 – 22 February 2019

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 78 – 22 February 2019

– ODO- 9886 – 10033km
– Location- Gudihatnur, India
– Weather- 24-37 degrees

I’m sitting in a forest clearing looking up at the stars. The rumble of tyres and arpeggios horns of the highway mix with cricket and bird song. Today I exceeded 10,000km on the road since leaving London 9 months ago and I’m swept with an overall feeling of calm. I remember the first-night camping wild in French fields and Swiss forests were punctuated by nightmares of getting found or of being run down by a tractor in my sleep. But now I’m sitting – wearing nothing but my pants and sandals I might add – in this forest. Feeling how lucky I am to be able to spend this time living out under the stars. Exposed but connected to nature, life and the feel my insignificance under a view of the milky-way above.

This highway through the centre of India is a real break from the coasts. It’s smooth. Fairly flat. And really quiet. Even in comparison to Europe. I’ve had times in the day where I can’t see a single moped, car or truck on the road stretching into the distance. The roadside food has changed a little. I’ve been picking tourist style places so far. Normally with a security guard with a whistle and a flag getting your attention and waving for you to stop. Here though there are only simple shacks for truckers. Wherever there are a group of trucks I’ve stopped. Today it really paid off. I get a potato veg curry and 4 roti with fresh water and soda from the fridge. The owners then showed me to a separate space at the back with beds laid out in the shade. The feet of a driver stuck from the end of one. I thanked them profusely and slept lightly through the heat of the day. When I got back on the road I made another 50km making the day a full 150km day even with the cold I’ve been fighting off. You can’t judge dahbas by their looks I learned.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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