We are 3 kiwi’s participating in the Rickshaw Run in India this August! it’s a 3500km Indian adventure in a 7 horse powered, unstable, glorified lawn mower - It’s not very fast, it smells, it falls over around corners, breaks down more often than an emo teenager and after a day of driving it’ll feel like we’ve been kicked in the ass by an elephant. Essentially, it’s not a very good idea. But you know what is a good idea? Donating to this amazing cause called Cool Earth! Cool Earth works alongside indigenous communities to halt rainforest destruction in the Amazon, Congo basin and Papua New Guinea. This charity only protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within 18 months. Now we’re pretty sure you’d agree that the world would be a bit shit without rainforests, they’re indescribably excellent things!
Weâ€™ll be provided with a rickshaw, a start date/location (August 14th in Kochi) and an end date/location (August 27th in Jasalmer).
Then weâ€™re on our own.. No set route and no way of knowing if weâ€™ll make the finish line.
Weâ€™ll have a tracker so you can follow our progress. Or lack of it!
Now, I guess we should also mention that we will be â€˜pimpingâ€™ our rickshaw out for this journey. Following the realisation that cows are to be avoided at all costs on the streets of India as they are sacred.. We naturally figured that if we decorated our 3 wheeled machine as a harmless dairy cow then weâ€™ll command full respect on Indiaâ€™s chaotic streets. Makes sense right? We think itâ€™s worth a shot. Hence, we are named â€œDude whereâ€™s my cow?â€
We believe itâ€™s an appropriate name as we will undoubtedly beâ€¦ A Very Lost Cow.
So letâ€™s introduce the team:
With the uncanny ability to put a smile on anyoneâ€™s face and remain positive in less-than-ideal situations (of which weâ€™re sure there will be many on this trip), Rachel has been put in charge of negotiation and provider of great comedy. Extremely cool under pressure, the team has faith in Rachel to convince, sweet talk, laugh and smile her way out of the situations that she has very likely directed us into in the first place. She is also extremely knowledgeable about Social Media and all things gadgety so has therefore undertaken the enormous responsibility of presidency and chief adventure blogger.
p.s. Her lack of experience with anything spicy will undoubtedly provide daily entertainment for her fellow team members.
Having recently completed her 500hr Yoga Training high in the Indian Himalayaâ€™s, Franki will be well versed in all things Yoga, Meditation and Tea. Hence she will be tasked with ensuring the team is well stretched, enlightened and hydrated.
In addition to this, her experience in logistics and planning in adventure tourism combined with her supreme cooking skills should in theory help get the Cow to the finish line on time, and her team mates full of exotic curries, spices and rices.
p.s. We might also add that Franki will be trusted with not, in fact, losing our Cow.
After battling over several thousand kilometres of terrain through Central Asia and the Americas on a bicycle and child cancer at the age of 12, Warrick seems to think that covering a mere 3,500 kilometres through the wop-wops of India with an engine will be a piece aâ€™ piss. Just kidding; Warrick is in a slight pickle having no experience with mechanics of any sort and yet being trusted to fulfil his traditional â€˜male roleâ€™ as the team grease monkey. Responsible for keeping the team somewhat on track, Wazza will have to brush up on his, currently dodgy â€˜asking for directionsâ€™ skills.
p.s. Has Wazza ever travelled with two spice sensitive, strong-willed and mechanically challenged lasses before? No. Is he a little in over his head? We think heâ€™s the bees kneeâ€™s but weâ€™ll have to wait and find out wonâ€™t we.
We’re partnering with three strategically located villages to halt the advance of the palm frontier from the east – shielding the pristine rainforest behind.