Sunday was definitely a day of rest. After an amazing launch party the night before that of course had to end with half of the 140 participants jumping into the pool at 3am in their undies we definitely needed a little later alarm than usual. We’d seen about all there was in Jaisalmer over the last few days and Lily was set for her debut on Monday so we had no reason not indulge.
After finally rolling out of bed and the following brunch I headed out for a massage while the guys explored the fort a little more and chilled in their own form. Always a good hangover cure and didn’t disappoint. Booked 45 minutes which was all that time would allow but when all was said and done ended up being a good hour and 10 minutes. No complains here… other than my hair looked like I’d just taken an oil bath, which isn’t far from the truth. Shitty timing though, had an interview for the documentary they’re doing on the race which we were already late for so no time to freshen up. Oh well.
Off to the launch site again for the team interview which I ended up doing with a bandanna to hide the grease which followed a cricket match against the locals. None of us had ever played before so Bram decided to do some photography and Dani, though did start soon ran off to the bathroom which was the end of his short and lackluster carrier. I kept playing, bowling was shite but the first few cracks at batting were, in my few, awesome! First two hits were 4’s and got our team within striking distance of an upset win… but of course in the end I fucked it all up missing and once getting my wickets knocked over. Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means… I hardly do myself :-D
The game was followed by a Q&A session on the race. The usual things came up… try not to kill anyone with your rickshaws, don’t try going into Pakistan, no, you can’t take it home with you after the race, etc…
Turns out the night before the King of Rajasthan, the province we’re in now, took a fancy to one of the girls participating in the race at the party which got a little awkward. I guess a man of his stature doesn't get rejected too often and he’s not a man that easily takes no for an answer so he was very present after the Q&A session sitting at a table behind us around the pool area pointing and instructing his security staff to bring her. Luckily didn't work again. Kohinoor Khiladis and our new American friends, Black and Wild joined up with the ladies jumping into a few rickshaw taxis to enjoy a last supper before it all begins. Was a great way to end our time in Jaisalmer!
Sorry, no pics at this time. Internet is too slow where we’re staying to upload them. Will as soon as we can but check out our Instagram where we've still been able to post some pics.
Tomorrow’s the big day. After 14 months of planning we finally hit the road tomorrow!