Never go on appearances when checking into a good looking guest house. As you never know what creepy crawlies, will make their appearance when your not looking. I left Frank (another motorcycle traveler) alone while I found an internet cafe. I returned an hour later to find dead cockroach bodies throughout the room and Frank swearing hes got every single one of them!
|My guest house owners made me fish curry and rice, because they thought I wasn’t eating enough.|
|It was so tasty I had to take a photo!|
|I had two frogs in my room when I moved in, this little fulla (which disappeared shortly after I got rid of the other one..) and one who lived in the toilet. I ‘accidentally’ flushed him after he jumped onto my bottom!|
|Verified copy of passport and visa|
|The Motomonkey Bike is squeeze into a spot on the small ferry|
|Riding off the ferry Pat tried to get a photo of me, but this is typical India, there is always some one in the way!|
|Colin and Daphne at the beach! -Photo thanks to Pat|
|I became support crew and filmed the two ‘Collywood Stars’ Colin and Daphne while they rode their bike.|
|I just realised how bad this must look leaving from a bar!|
|Im positive they are talking about Enfields!|
|This particular ferry had more breathing room!|
|Jan and I were completely suck in the middle of it!|
|The two lovely Enfeild ladies, Dahpne and Pat|
|This visa looks boring! I want a prettier one – I think this is the plainest
looking visa I have in my passport.
|Front Fork Boots|
|Front sprocket after I took the guard off.|
|You can see that some of the teeth have snapped off!|
|In the morning the cows were herded through the city to the feild|
|These are a lot like the round fishing boats I saw in Vietnam|
|I watched this woman curl up in the shade of this stone and fall sleep… Indians can sleep anywhere|
|I came across this tree, it had small bags and cloth tied to the tree with stones to weight it down|
|And piles of stones around the base of the tree|
|A woman carrying refreshments on her head|
|No matter where you go in India you always find a single shoe|
|Everyone in the world has to do their washing, its a common thing which i love to look at.|
|Filling up their water buckets|
|A small detail carved into the temple walls|
|On my second day of wondering, I got out my Ipod, listening to Indian
|I actually just finished filming myself when I turned around and nearly stood on this guy. Thats before he climbed the wall!|
|And one more lost shoe – does the owner walk with only one on to go home?|
|Every morning, I would come out of my guest house to find these goat still in bed!|
|I walked to the top of the mountain that towers above the village. I had to be very careful as the huge pieces of stone were actually quite loose and in some places I had to climb over large bolders|
|On the other side, I found nice new set of stairs.|
|Every time i turned around I could help but gasp at the contrast between the natural stone and the carefully constructed stone stair case.|
|At the bottom, I found myself in this tiny path, coming around the corner I scared the living s**t out of myself and a local!|
|I ended up here, in an over grown field.|
A common question that is always pops up from my friends, family and readers is, ‘why are you doing this?‘. I have many answers to that question ranging from the simple – ‘I love to travel‘, to more in depth answers such as ‘wanting to inspire people- especially women- to take a leap off the fence and follow their desires.’ But even these answers had to come from somewhere and I have realised mine come directly from my family.
It helped to have two parents who took me travelling through Europe at the age of seven. Hearing stories of my father travelling through Africa in his tweenies and being home schooled from the most beautiful and remote part of New Zealand also helped. But what it really boils down to is one event that happened in my family almost ten years ago.
When I was 20 years old my mother (aged 37) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. No matter how much fighting my mother did, it sadly took her away from us only six months later. Breast cancer, we have since discovered runs in our family genes. Three out of four women (my mother and two of her sisters) have had breast cancer. Thankfully for us the other two sisters are survivors. We are now finding out that some of us in the next generation also have this deformity in our genes.
At that time of my mothers death, I felt as if I was bumbling along in life. Borrowing dreams of others, not caring about my own future or love of life. It seamed as if that was to be my life. When I finally woke from the daze of mourning my mother several months later, I opened my eyes with a fresh view of life. I could now see so much potential in myself, something that I now realise that my parents were trying to give me all along with my quirky up bringing.
Because of my mothers short life, I now have a complete understanding of how brief life can be. Not wanting to waste a single moment and having inherrited my mothers stubborn ways, I have the urge to attempt every dream I have. This is why you now find me in India on a motorcycle,planning to reach and circumnavigate Africa, hoping I open your eyes up to the world as my mother did for me.
|On an Indian ferry on my way to Anjuna Markets in Goa|
Two weeks ago, I wasn’t able to get online to call Tom from ‘Sidestand Up’. I had a complete internet failure for a whole 24hours. I was able to send a sms to my friend Louise who kindly send on an apology from me explaining my situation.
Outside of America or those who cannot get online at the right time,then you need to down load it through Itunes podcast.
A picture of Tom Lowdermilk
|These are just a few of the examples of the different tee-shirts / single types.|
The current tee-shirt design clearly shows my website and slogan ’1 woman, 1 adventure, 70,000km, 2 years’ written around a two tone world map and the motomonkey logo. On the lighter colour tee-shirts you get to see my route in a different tone.
I will be changing the designs of these tee-shirts through out my adventures. Therefore I have added a date stamp to show when you supported Motomonkey Adventures!
|Design for lighter tee-shirt colours|
|Design for lighter tee-shirt colours|