Is was time to hale ass and get as close to Shillong as possible. Today was all about speed but damn, as usual India is India so it doesn't matter what you have planned, it'll decide what's possible and what's not.
Today was supposed to be an easy drive. With only about 240 km's to the desired night stop we thought, or at least I did, it would be our first easy travel day. Bad roads resulted in a very pissed Ernie. At the start of this adventure I thought 10 travel days and 2 rest days should be possible. I mean, how difficult can it be going 3,000 km's in 10 days out of the 12 days we had to get to the finish line, right? Well, so far impossible but today I was sure we could at least arrive by 3 pm in order to chill a little. It would have been the first time we arrived somewhere with more than 30 minutes of daylight to maybe see the place, get a massage to relieve the rickshaw back pains and get caught up on the blog which we haven't been able to update the last few days for lack of wifi. Is that too much to ask for?! apparently, yes. Instead of arriving mid afternoon it was another arrival in the dark. Oh well, that's the life of a rickshaw run team. I couldn't accept it and therefore was super grumpy all day probably annoying my teammates as much as I was annoyed myself. If I have to suffer, why can't they, right? hahaha
Since arriving in India we hadn't seen so much as a cloud in the sky. Today all changed. We've entered into an area that wasn't the desert we were used to from the past few weeks. This part of India is tropical, in vegetation and as we found out in moisture as well. In the afternoon we ran through some rain but nothing much. A nice relieve after so many scorching days in the sun but in the evening when we finally arrived at our stop we got the added joy of a tropical downpour. I have to say, lovely and welcomed.
Not much to report on today. Wasn't an easy day but which day really is?
In the end we're happy to be in Guwahati mainly because it means we're only 85 km's away from our goal and an entire day to reach it. It won't be a walk in the park tomorrow, at "only" 85 km's at 2,000 meters above sea level it's Lily's biggest test of all so we're still knocking on wood that all will go well. She's been showing her age lately and the frame is again in need of some welding work but we feel pretty good about reaching our goal tomorrow.
We're hoping to bring the news of raising $18,000 to the village on Saturday that we've been working so hard on obtaining. For anyone that knows me I don't do blogs, I generally don't even write texts, SMS's, emails and very few Facebook updates when I'm travelling. It's generally about me getting away, forgetting about my normal life for those precious weeks and just being a traveler again. For me to spend the countless hours writing a blog, doing all the fundraising activities we did before leaving, setting up the website, etc. etc. etc. new and strange to me. We do these things because the SOS Children's Village is a cause we believe in and will do anything to convey that message to you all. For those of you who have donated.. thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! You're making a real and profound difference in the lives of children that would have zero chance otherwise. For those that haven't yet... please do so! We need your help to reach the goal of supporting 50 children for an entire year. Where and under what social standing we're born in is complete luck. We have more than we need, more than we should want and probably more than we deserve. Share our fortune with those that weren't born with the privileges we take for granted. This could very well be you on a motorcycle your father saved a year for to buy, going to the market once a month with your parents and grandmother where, if your dad got the wages he was promised, would get a special treat of a new dress. Your first in 2 years. Just an example but I want to leave that with you tonight. Think of what your live would be like if you were born as a peasant boy/girl in a 3rd world country instead of the privileged lives you were born into. Something we don't even think about when we think of our own often self induced modern "problems". We are the lucky ones and need to not only appreciate that but also help the other 90% of the world's population that weren't so lucky.
Sorry for being so deep on that but we all know it's true. We're lucky and although I believe we shouldn't feel guilty about it, not at all, but we also shouldn't shield ourselves from seeing that others weren't as lucky and do something about it. Whether it's donating to SOS Children's Villages with us or really any other acts of charity/kindness, I challenge you to do it. The world, and you yourself, well be grateful for the contribution.