Early morning was still
but there was plenty of activity going on ,
nets to prepare
and cows feed.
all the bikes and luggage were taken off I had a wander around
Aren't the textures of bark, leaf and wall wonderful?
Even a delapidated shop has an attraction
The weathered walls, shutters and signs provide inspiration, despite being in my least favourite colour combination!
Cycling along the coastal road further and further down the length of Kerala, the Indian Ocean on one side and the Backwaters on the other.
There was the occasional stop to regroup and catch our breath
and for me to snap just a few more memories. This is coconut coir rope; big business here in Kerala.
Time for another ferry crossing, on a bit different scale this time, will we all fit with our bikes??
Well, yes we did, and there was room for a couple of locals too!
It's not a long ride, just over the way
passed birds perched waiting for lunch
It's hot now, despite the swim, so it's a bit of a slog to finish the ride along the highway. The traffic in India is really quite bonkers, or maybe you have to be that to cycle in it??
But here we all are in Valakala, 500km miles pedalled. Not looking too fresh I'll admit it, but we were thrille to be there. Just two medical incidents ( note the bandages on the knee...) and two punctures ( I'll hold my hand up to one!) which isn't too bad, all things considered. Both events created as much local interest when it happened, with people stopping and coming over to 'help' or just have a good gawp! Sometimes they even took a photo to record the occasion ....
Time for a wash and change before heading out for a celebration meal.