After an amazing time of tea and good company in Kurseong it was time to head back down.
One thing that's been difficult on all of us is not having enough time to really enjoy the places we stop, the people in these places, and of course sleep. In order to cover about 3,000 km in 12 days we've basically had to be on the road from 7 am until 5-6 pm when the sun sets... and that EVERY SINGLE DAY! We see many amazing places in the rickshaw, places that tourists don't go to and in turn places where the locals having seen tourists which is special, but due to the distances we're traveling at the supersonic speeds we're going it's tough to just chill more than 15 minutes with the people we meet before we've gotta move on again. I guess you can't have everything and to be honest if we would have the time to chill and drink chai with the locals every time we wanted the race would be 2 months instead of 2 weeks.
On the way down we decided to have a little fun. Check out our Instagram for the gravity defying act we pulled but here's one of our masterpieces. Going down we decided to take a "secondary" road which I have to say was AMAZING!! The brakes were a little hot at the end and yes, Lily needed to be welded back together in 2 places after the descent but was totally worth it! Stay tuned for the movie in about a month or two to see for yourselves. I could try to describe it but really, I can't. You have to see it for yourselves.
At the bottom we lost our German friends so had to make an impossible choice. Well, to be honest it was a choice of one impossibility to another. We found ourselves in an area of India that within about 40kms you had both the Bhutan and Bangladesh borders. Bhutan as many know is almost impossible to enter. They have limited visas they issue (10k per year I believe) and the Bangladesh/India border is almost has bad as the wall between the US and Mexico. Bhutan seemed impossible so we went for Bangladesh. Having driven along the very heavily guarded border for about 2 hours we found a small village where the barbwire fences didn't exist. So weird, a road with a wire on one side for so long then for about 200 meters nothing?! We argued about that for some time but in the end, as so often these days, Google resolved the dispute. We had indeed crossed over. Be it for 30 seconds, whatever. Been there so gonna claim it.
Another long day ended in night driving. This time not as pleasant as in Nepal but we arrived in some tiny village where the Germans, who we finally managed to contact again, were staying. After 2 weeks of mostly vegetarian meals we found a place that served amazing chicken dishes so we overindulged a little but went to bed with a smile on our faces.
Pressure's on now... Only a few days to go until we have to be in Shillong to visit the SOS Children's Village and still many km's to go. Every time we get the thoughts of "why the fuck are we doing this?!" or why can't we just rest a little longer?? the same response comes, we're not doing this for ourselves. Of course we set this physical challenge upon ourselves but it was for something bigger, giving back and helping those who aren't as fortunate as us. That keeps us going!