In February 2011 my wife Kate and I set off on our motorbikes from Wollongong in Australia heading for Woolwich in south east London. In 5 months we covered about 21,000 km across 20 countries. Firstly we crossed the emptiness of the great Aussie outback and then negotiated the manic traffic of Bangkok, Kathmandu and Delhi. Next came the fabled and dangerous Karakoram Highway through the mountains of Pakistan, up and over the 4600 metre Khunjerab pass and into China. More rough roads through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan led us to Russia, through Ukraine and then the final 5,000 km push through Europe. www.wollongongtowoolwich.co.uk
“We were only in India for a couple of weeks and in that time didn’t get to see that much of it. That really doesn’t matter though as India is so extreme, you could sit and do nothing all day and still have the experience of a lifetime…….”
As we cruised down from the mountains, the heat and intensity of life started to build again. The Indian Tourist Board has a slogan to promote their country: “Incredible India”. That’s it, pretty simple. We whiled away a few hours over the intercom as we cruised along, discussing whether the slogan worked or not. When we first heard/saw it we scoffed, feeling that it was weak or didn’t actually mean anything. But the more of this crazy country we experienced, the more we decided that the slogan was pretty spot-on.