FROM GOA TO NEPAL
Leaving Goa was a treat. The road to Maharastra went through the mountains with a lot of curves. We had Maps.me on our iPad installed. The Ipad had a magnetic cover that stuck quit nice on the tank of the Enfield. Ilse held the iPad most of the time though. I still think maps.me shows the short roads, but not the best… Asking Indian friends how to follow the new highways didn’t help us a bit. Maps.me showed us highways, but mainly the old ones. They are heavily damaged by overloaded trucks. This means that many roads have damaged top layers. Sudden holes in the road that can get more than 30 cm deep. And then the parts there is no asfalt anymore, only rocks and sand with enourmous holes in it made by the huge truckwheels.
We loved it when the roads were good but were always alert for a suddenly appearing hole. I got the nack of it driving on the least damaged parts of the road. It was a huge concentration effort where one second of distraction could mean a crash with the bike. The Royal Enfield is a strong bike, and the times I could not avoid a hole, it held up. The road to Nepal is not easy. It is bad.
Then we had our first issue. The engine kept roaring. We stopped in the nearest town at a mechanic. We were always helped straight away. With the repair at Lucky’s where the piston was replaced, the carburettor’s airinlet rubber wasn’t fixed right and moved so sand was sucked in. It took two hours to take the carburettor apart and clean.
Finding a decent hotel on the road is also quit an adventure. Most of the places we went through don’t have hotels. Only the bigger places have some, and most are not western standard. Some even refuse, simply because we were foreigners…