Goa to Pokhara. Two weeks, 3000km. The Rickshaw Run

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I’m a big fan of crazy adventures and continually dream up hair brain schemes that involve either driving back to the UK from Dubai or following in James Lipmans footsteps and scooting around the USA. Having circumnavigated Australia with my now wife in a shonky camper van not long after I graduated, the desire to get lost again is still firmly in my blood. Now I remember vividly seeing this particular event advertised and seriously thought about it, however kiddies and other projects put pay to that…Happily the team at Talkaboutmedia didn’t let it slide and decided to throw three people who had no idea who each other were into said rickshaw and send them on their way….I’ll let Ian take up the rest.

In September 2009 we signed up for The League of Adventurists’ Autumn Rickshaw Run. We put three complete strangers behind the handlebars and joined sixty other teams on a unique, bizarre and totally unforgettable journey from the shores of the Arabian Sea to the foothills of the Himalayas.

Tiger infested jungles, monsoon floods, river crossings, Delhi belly, and more than one empty petrol tank – would they make it? What would they have to do to get there? How would they get along as they bumped cheek-to-cheek for ten hours a day?

From quaint Goa, climbing through Maharashtra, exploring the forts of Madhya Pradesh, threading through the side-streets of Bhopal, crossing the Ganges to the ghats of Varanassi and on to the serenity of Lumbhini – the birthplace of Buddha – and to the Himalayas beyond.

All will be revealed in a one hour film, shot in HD and to be released worldwide in 2010. In the meantime, here’s a three minute taster.

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