A friendship born in the mosh pits of Sziget music festival in Budapest taken to the next level... a mentally and physically demanding 2,700km journey through the north of India. Not in a luxury bus or private sleeper car in the famous Indian trains but in a 9 horsepower glorified lawnmower. Have we lost our minds you may ask… probably!
Other than the pure adventure of this endeavor our main goal is a perfectly sane one. Helping the most vulnerable demographic of society... Orphaned children in the developing world. For this we need your help!!!!
Our objective is to raise $18,000 mangos for the SOS Children’s Village in Shillong, India. Why $18 big ones you ask? That would help fund the housing, education, nutrition, medical services and most importantly community and family for 50 orphaned kiddies for an entire year!!
No set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you're going to make it and far too few toilets to releave your Dehli Belly. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down.
It's just you and your mates in a wholly unsuitable vehicle, traversing the subcontinent enduring whatever shit the road throws at you.
Leaveing for Jaisalmer: 26. - 28. March
Prep and Rickshaw driving lessons: 29. March - 03. April
Green Flag: 4. April
Visit SOS Childrens's Village Shillong: 15. April
Checkered Flag: 16. April (if we survive)
With the blessing Vishnu and Shiva clearing any bad vibes in our journey we'll fly down the highways, country roads and probably a farmers field or two from Jaisalmer on the border of Pakistan to Shillong near Myanmar. An epic 2,700-3,500 km journey through some of the least visited regions of India. That's 250-300 km per day in a three wheeled tin box at a whopping 30 km per hour.
Crossing the finish line first doesn't matter. Hope is just to reach it. To date no race has ended with all teams reaching it but with Vishnu watching over us what could go wrong?! Sure, we'll have our share of flat tires, motor breakdowns, going a little more off the beaten track than planned, a few holly cows in the way but somehow we'll overcome all to reach our goal.
If Brahma had made machines he probably wouldn't have bothered with a Rickshaw, but as with so many other things he would have been wrong. Essentially, it's not a very good idea. It's not very fast, it smells, it falls over when you go round corners, it breaks downs more often than an emo teenager and a days driving feels like you've been kicked in the ass by an elephant. But somehow all this makes them better.
Long story short... they're the ONLY way to try and cross the Subcontinent, and if you do make it across, you'll never want to drive anything as pedestrian as a car for the rest of your life.
Engine: 2 stroke, single cylinder, forced air cooled
Power: 9 HP at 5000 rpm (equiv. 1 family dog)
Transmission: 4 forward, 1 reverse
Fuel Capacity: 8 ltr + 1.4 reserve
Top Speed: 55kmph (downhill)
Engine Size: 145.45cc
System Voltage: 12V , DC
Who knows... wherever our tin can brings us. With some luck we'll hopefully land in a city, town or group of hovels and a place to rest our heads... if not the open skies and a sleeping bag will have to do.
Great question! After hearing about the race we knew straight away we had to be there! How many chances do you get in life to go on a crazy off the tourist trail adventure like this with your mates? Actually, we are looking forward to the first glitch! One thing is clear to us without the help of the locals we will never get to your destination!
Hey, and it's all for a good cause! We can hardly wait to visit the SOS Children's Village we're supporting!
WHAT ARE WE UP TO?
Team " Harvest India" , Rickshaw Run April 2015