Chinese Nets

Unsurprisingly, given the lack of sleep whilst travelling, I went to bed early and slept well. However I did wake quite early, a not unusual occurrence for the first night after a long flight. After updating the blog I went down to breakfast which was buffet style and had both Indian and Continental dishes. I had a mixture of both and then caught up on more sleep for a couple of hours before heading off to find an Umbrella (useful for both rain and sun!). I couldn’t find one locally so took a tuk tuk down to Fort Kochi. Continue reading

I’ve Arrived in India!

I’ve arrived in Kochi, which is in the Kerala region of India (click here for map). The flight from the UK to Mumbai was a bit shorter than expected, but still long enough to give me a numb bum! The seats on the plane had the hardest cushions I’ve ever encountered on a plane seat! The flight from Mumbai to Kochi was delayed due to a connecting flight from Riadh being delayed. On the plus side I enjoyed the food on both flights. Veg curry makes a welcome change to the usual bland airline food!

On arrival in Kochi I was met by Kichu, the guy I had been dealing with at the training company. Continue reading

Another Trip Approaches

In less than three days I’ll be boarding a plane for India. I’ll be there for a little over a month. The first two weeks will be work related as I’m doing a software certification course. After that I’ll have two weeks to do as I wish.

I’d like to hire a motorcycle (Royal Enfield I guess in India!), but it’s monsoon season out there at the moment, so I don’t know whether a motorcycle ride is practical or not, never having experienced a monsoon before, so I’ll play it by ear and decide once I’m there. I’m taking the gear just in case though! If I do hire the bike I’d like to go and find the village where my son, Adam, did his volunteer work.

Who knows what the next month will bring?

An ‘Electric’ Race

There were three races scheduled for Wednesday: The TT Zero (for ‘alternative fuel’ powered bikes, ie bikes powered by electricity), the Supersport Race 2 and the Sidecar Race 2. The weather was again perfect for racing and there were some good results. Tony Rutter just stole a win in the TT Zero, pipping John McGuinness to the post by 1.3 seconds. Michael Dunlop won his FOURTH victory in the Supersport and The Birchall brothers won their first TT in the Sidecar race. I was so pleased to see them win, they deserve it!

Thursday was a chill out day, a time to catch up on some shopping and general Island sight seeing. Continue reading

Racing and Crawling

Monday was another race day, with the Supersport race 1 and the Superstock races run. Both races ran as as scheduled and Michael Dunlop won both, bringing his total to three wins from three starts. Not bad going! In previous years Michael’s riding style has been very ragged. He was certainly quick, but looked out of control most of the time. This year he seemed a lot smoother, possibly because of his involvement with the Honda Legends team. Whatever the reason, it certainly seems to have paid off! Continue reading

Where Did the Week Go?

I don’t know where the week has gone! I seem to have been on the go non-stop and I still haven’t done all of the things I wanted to do! I’ll have to play ‘catch up’ with blog posts and will have to do it over several posts. I’m going to have to try very hard to remember all of the things that I’ve done, but the pictures should help! Continue reading

I Did Go Up the Mountain

Well I did make it up the 2036 feet of the mountain (Snaefell), it was a brilliantly sunny morning in Port Erin, but was foggy on the mountain.I didn’t spend too long on the top, catching the first tram down after I arrived because I couldn’t see more than 50 yards. It is said that on a clear day you can see seven kingdoms from the summit: Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven and the Sea. I could only see a very small part of the Isle of Man! Continue reading