Month: December 2016

This is our final update after we have arrived in the Netherlands safe and sound on Friday.

What a great experience and what an amount of very nice people we were allowed to meet underway.

Despite the negativism in the news and refusal of the media to comment more on positive events, we are returning very optimistic about the way people are able to live together. Our aim was to meet a lot of people and learn about each of the countries cultures. And so we did!!

The last two day’s in Incredible India were, how should we say, ehm just incredible…. After our arrival in Mumbai we had the pleasure in meeting the mother of Nayan. She speaks almost no English but we had a great understanding and delicious snacks whilst waiting for her son.

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He took us around the streets for some real Mumbai street food. We had nothing to lose anymore (mission already accomplished…) and tried everything with no regrets at all!! The next morning the Mumbai “nose and tasting” was proceeded with an extended breakfast and fresh brewed coffee! After this we had to hunt for cardboard boxes to pack our bikes. Eventually we found some at a local bike shop and could start the disassembling of the bikes; a sad moment….

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A bit later than expected we were able to visit the Hara Krishna temple to learn a bit more about the Hindu religion and returned just in time to get a last delicious Indian dish from the neighbors of mum.

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Time to say goodbye and jump into the taxi to the new international airport of Mumbai for our flight back to Amsterdam. We were on time but had a bad surprise when we had to pay € 680,- extra to Jet Airways for our two bikes. This is a ridiculous amount of money, where € 300,- should have been the maximum…

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The flight was smooth and we arrived in Amsterdam before schedule. There the luggage was on the belt very fast and once we past the customs a cup of cappuccino was waiting for us. The family reunion was complete as Bettina, Saskia, Vincent and Hannah came to Schiphol for a big hug!

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We than reassembled our bikes and took off for a very last track to Bergen.

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In the Alderliefste we drunk our meanwhile traditional glass of beer to toast on a safe and terrific journey.

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And now it’s time to thank those who contributed to this fantastic journey:

– all our followers and especially those who reacted through our website, Facebook, Email and WhatsApp.

– all the people we have met during our journey, sharing information with us and who were open for discussions about differences and similarities.

– all the people who offered us tea, coffee, water, breakfasts, lunches, dinners or fruit etc. etc., just like that.

– all our hosts who let us stay for the night and offered us a warm shower.

– all the truck, blue Nissan, Tuk Tuk, horse, buffalo and camel drivers who used the horn to warn us before overtaking.

– the one responsible for the weather, providing us with 119 days bright sun.

– Santos, Vakantiefietser and Beukers for the construction and delivery of perfect bikes.

– Mike for the creation of a great website.

– Oli, Nicolas, Linda and Marie for an unforgettable experience in the desert and the Westin.

– Barbara for keeping track on us and sending us millions of WhatsApp’s.

– Eduard, Arina, Shelley, Barbara and Sara for giving us our “protection angels”, who did a perfect job!!

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– Bettina for allowing us to leave her for 4 months and for the great support in updating our website.

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Last but certainly not least Ronald likes to thank Rob, Marco, Niels, Jarno, Ron and Wendy for running the business of Demaco during his absence. It’s a great privilege to have such a partner and management team allowing you to fulfill one of your dreams. Much appreciated and well done!!

A last word from Ronald to Maurice. It has been a tremendous trek and I cannot imagine anyone else in the world, with whom I would undertake such a challenge. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this unique experience, the fun we had and the great father-son relation! Love you man, and no, I don’t need gel….?

Likewise Maurice would like to thank Ronald. I am extremley greatful that you gave me this opportunity to spend the journey with you. Thank you for being a friend, rather than a dad. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, honesty and vision in all the conversations we had. Your a true inspiration!!

Much love, Mo

 

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After our stay in snake-city Saputara, we headed through the mountains to Nashik. This road (and scenery) was even more exciting than the one we had the previous day.

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We had an appointment in a so called company guesthouse from Ashoka, a big conglomerate of numerous companies. We met Jaspal already the day before during biking and the selfie he put on Facebook was enough to get recognized in a 1.5 million people-city as we entered Nashik… Vyom was waiting for us on the street and directed us to the guesthouse. Don’t ask how, but everything seems to be organized and you never feel lost.

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After a shower it was already time to visit the Ashoka college, where we held a presentation for the students and teachers. A very interested audience with lots of questions to answer, not to forget the large amount of selfies, resulted in a successful event.

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That evening we were invited for dinner at a winery called Sula. The great wines and delicious (Italian) food were unexpected and the scenery of grapes were all over the place.

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Vyom brought us home safely and only 4,5 hours later our alarm woke us up for the next exciting day. It started with a come together with the “Cyclists family of Nashik” on the middle of the road and after a short track together we were welcomed by the president, teachers and staff of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, who supports a college, a poly technical school and a primary school.

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This foundation is a social initiative of the family Singh, owners of a big company in stone breaking equipment. We were humbled to meet the founder of the company who, at the age of 84, is still active in society!

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We had a presentation from the foundation and then got the podium to share our experiences of our trek, but not before our traveling was blessed in the local Sikh temple.

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The Nashik Newspaper was present for an interview and we could only leave after ca. 786 selfies and 243 pictures….

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On the road again and this time heading to Mumbai. We took the high-(and only) way and searched for a suitable hotel. The first one was too disgusting and the second and third one were hotels but without any rooms…. finally we could check in at the Vrindanvan guesthouse were we had good food and a perfect sleep.

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Today we had to realize that it was our 120th day on trek after we left Bergen (NL) on the 3rd of August; our last day on the bike in India!! It was an easy journey whilst most of the time downhill and we arrived in Mumbai on schedule.

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The first message we got was a picture of the Nashik newspaper of today with a huge article about our trek!

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In Café MANGII at the Powai lake we found a nice lunch and celebrated our safe arrival of our destination city with a chilled glass of Kingfisher Ultra….???.

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Mission accomplished!