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MIJ, Cycling through Rajasthan

Anonymous
Sun, 09/05/2010 - 22:24

Hi, Maurice here in Torquay. I had better start training soon, some of those days are 100km long. Looking forward to a good break though.

Anonymous
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:27

Hi Maurice,

Megan here. Know how you feel - just recovering from a knee op so am hoping not to resort to the luggage bus too often!
Can't wait to get there though.

Anonymous
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:37

Hi Megan,
Great to hear that I am not going to be alone on this trip.

Oooh Knee op, sounds painful and a way better excuse for using the luggage bus than whatever I am going to think up.

Looking forward to saying goodbye to my "cube" and computer workstation for a couple of weeks.

I really must get on my bike again this weekend and possibly do more than a 30minute training route. Lots of hills here.

I have an appointment at the travel clinic next week, let's hope that isn't going to be too painful.

Take care

Maurice

Anonymous
Sat, 10/23/2010 - 13:19

My wife Helen and I are really looking forward to our trip now. We're at the stage of trying to figure out what we'll need to pack. Also hoping we've done enough cycling recently - Helen's fairly new to this malarkey. We're going on another practice ride tomorrow - just hope the weather holds! Looking forward to meeting you all, James.

Anonymous
Sun, 10/24/2010 - 20:31

No worries for Helen, she is in good company.

I'll look forward to meeting you both.

Cheers

Maurice

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 12:43

Hi Megan, Helen, James and Maurice. Not long to go now before we're off. Hope you are all well and I'm looking forward to meeting you all next week. I am just wondering if any of you are taking precautions against malaria. I can't get any concrete answers one way or another regarding whether or not this is required. Any help appreciated. Philip

Anonymous
Tue, 11/02/2010 - 13:24

Hi Philip,

My experience is the same as yours, no-one really gives clear advice. The nurse at my local GP's practice showed me a map of Malaria worry areas in India and it seemed that our area is clear.

I decided not to bother. As far as I remember, last time I needed some I had to start a course of pills weeks in advance and continue taking them for weeks afterwards.

Isn't quinine another anti-Malaria medicine? It will be Gin and Tonics for me then.

We also had a debate about Rabies, apparently you need inoculation if you are going to be more than 24 hours from medical assistance, didn't bother with that either.

See you in the real departure lounge.

Cheers

Maurice

Anonymous
Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:48

Hello, we also got the advice that Rajasthan was low risk for malaria, but weren't convinced that the mosquitoes could read lines on maps. Then we saw news of an outbreak in Bikaner at the end of October. Since Bikaner is well into the low risk zone, and not a million miles from where we're going, we opted to get travel packs of Chloroquine and Proguanil. They taste foul, but better safe than sorry! What with Delhi-belly precautions, this adds to what seems to be a huge collection of different types of pill for every possible eventuality! Now back to the packing...

Anonymous
Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:09

What conclusion have people come to for how best to take money? We're still dithering between travellers' cheques (US$ or sterling?) or cash. Leaning towards cash, as I don't know how easy it will be to change cheques outside Delhi. Also, any ideas on how much to take?

Anonymous
Mon, 11/08/2010 - 14:33

Just done my last minute trip to Boots - rehydration sachets and immodium to hand, but probably too late for the antibiotics. I was also advised by the nurse that malaria pills weren't necessary (she got rather offended when I queried and showed me the map) so I'll be relying on the deet.

In terms of money, I'm taking some cash rather than travellers cheques, plus cash and credit cards. Doing rough sums based on the trip notes, it looks like c. £8 a day for food, £2-3 per day tips for the local staff, £5 a day for personal expenses and a kitty of £35, plus 'as much as you can afford' for souvenirs.

Happy last minute packing and see you all at Heathrow.

Anonymous
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:04

Passport, visa, suncream, helmet, Imodium?

Maurice

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