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6 days till India …

I can’t wait. Two months cycling through India. I’m a little nervous, very excited.

I’m expecting an experience that’s complex, fascinating and challenging. Rough roads shared with lorries, cows, rickshaws, pedestrians and lots of potholes. Even invested in the a “Thudbuster”at the advice of – well, everyone – a suspension seat post to make the ride a little easier on my rear.

Logistics for a ride like this get complicated. Tons of spare parts for the bike.  How much Nuun (electrolytes) and Chamois Butter do you really need for 7 weeks cycling?  Vaccinations … for everything.  Prescriptions. Technology – net book, iPhone, GPS … blogging makes things complicated. So much for carry-on luggage only.

And for women, special considerations for safety. No cycling in bike shorts and a jersey.  Instead it’s all about dressing modestly to avoid a level of harassment that sounds pretty intimidating. But I’m all for respecting local culture. Remind me of that when I’m cycling in pants and long sleeves in 90 degree heat.

On the home front leaving for 2 months means prepaying bills, arranging client work and the hardest thing – making sure the doggies Sam and Dixie get good care. That’s scary – and a hard call. I adopted my father’s geriatric dogs after he passed away last year.  Now is a real test- can I make sure they are well cared for and still live my life?  So I’m counting on Joel who is house sitting and an entire crew of Doggie back up support and hoping for the best.

Hard to know what to expect on this trip.  I plan to use this blog to help me digest and understand it, and am happy to share it with you. 

I doubt there will be Internet access on many days of this trip, so if you are following don’t give up if I go silent, and don’t assume (Mom) that something bad has happened.

Thanks for reading!

Leigh Pate
Leigh Pate is a writer, former political consultant and two time cancer patient and cancer research advocate living in Seattle, WA

3 thoughts on “6 days till India …

  1. Leigh – thanks for including me on this. I shared it on FB. I really loved following your trip across the US and cannot wait to follow this one. I'm so jealous! Have a safe trip. You are one of my heroes!

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