Jammin Global - Man and Motorbike Travel the World

In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a big bike ride that saw them through 100,000 km, 32 countries, and nearly 1,200 days on the road. At the core of the three-year motorcycle journey through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, and finally India -- was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful.

These photographs by JAY KANNAIYAN offer a breezy summary of some moments from that trip. For a comprehensive account, visit JamminGlobal.com

Jammin thru India, Jay and sanDRina's journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, was covered exclusively on Yahoo! India Travel. The journey began on April 30 in Chennai. En route to Delhi, his final stop, Jay rode sanDRina through Kodaikanal, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. From Mumbai, he headed towards central India and made his journey north through Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh to Kashmir and then returned via Chandigarh to New Delhi. That's 12 Indian states covered in 42 days.

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Celebrating with biker friends over champagne at Khan Market.
Celebrating with champagne
Celebrating with biker friends over champagne at Khan Market.
Woohoo! That's India Gate and this is the end of the trip!
End of the trip!
Woohoo! That's India Gate and this is the end of the trip!
sanDRina, my faithful steed on this journey on the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway. Last 50 km to go...
Last 50 km to go!
sanDRina, my faithful steed on this journey on the Chandigarh-Delhi Highway. Last 50 km to go...
A fantastic last night of my trip with the Bullet club of Chandigarh.
Last night of the trip at Chandigarh
A fantastic last night of my trip with the Bullet club of Chandigarh.
Being hosted by the Bullet motorcycle club of Chandigarh.
Hosts at Chandigarh
Being hosted by the Bullet motorcycle club of Chandigarh.
Entering Punjab and the land of Sikhs and Gurudwaras.
Entering Punjab
Entering Punjab and the land of Sikhs and Gurudwaras.
Enjoying a warm and spicy bowl of thukpa, a staple food of the mountain people.
Warm, spicy thukpa
Enjoying a warm and spicy bowl of thukpa, a staple food of the mountain people.
Looking at McLeod Ganj up on the hillside from Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
McLeod Ganj from Dharamsala
Looking at McLeod Ganj up on the hillside from Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar Dam near the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab border.
Ranjit Sagar Dam reservoir
The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar Dam near the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab border.
Spending the evening with the 4th Battalion of the Madras Regiment in Udhampur.
Madras Regiment in Udhampur
Spending the evening with the 4th Battalion of the Madras Regiment in Udhampur.
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel, which was the first tunnel to be drilled from both sides simultaneously.
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel
Inside the Jawahar Tunnel, which was the first tunnel to be drilled from both sides simultaneously.
Stopping for a break, south of Srinagar, and soldiers on patrol came out of the fields to inspect sanDRina.
Soldiers inspect sanDRina
Stopping for a break, south of Srinagar, and soldiers on patrol came out of the fields to inspect sanDRina.
Houseboats on Dal Lake at Srinagar.
Dal Lake
Houseboats on Dal Lake at Srinagar.
The beautiful Kashmir Valley at Sonamarg.
Sonamarg
The beautiful Kashmir Valley at Sonamarg.
A landslide just happened on the way down from Zoji La and it took about two hours to clear.
Landslide!
A landslide just happened on the way down from Zoji La and it took about two hours to clear.
Traffic jam on the way to Zoji La, the last pass of this journey.
En route to Zoji La
Traffic jam on the way to Zoji La, the last pass of this journey.
The Indian Flag flying at the Kargil War Memorial at Drass.
Kargil War Memorial at Drass
The Indian Flag flying at the Kargil War Memorial at Drass.
Fresh tandoori rotis being baked in the morning in Kargil.
Tandoori rotis in Kargil
Fresh tandoori rotis being baked in the morning in Kargil.
Just north of Leh at Magnetic Hill where supposedly your vehicle will move uphill in neutral, but doesn't work on a bike.
The magnetic hills north of Leh
Just north of Leh at Magnetic Hill where supposedly your vehicle will move uphill in neutral, but doesn't work on a bike.
A vegetable vendor in Kargil, looking peaceful in this town whose name is associated with a major war.
A vegetable vendor in Kargil
A vegetable vendor in Kargil, looking peaceful in this town whose name is associated with a major war.
The monastery at Lamayuru, dating back a millennium.
The monastery at Lamayuru
The monastery at Lamayuru, dating back a millennium.
Riding National Highway 1 all the way from Leh to Delhi.
Riding National Highway 1
Riding National Highway 1 all the way from Leh to Delhi.
Lots of prayer flags flapping in the wind and I tied my own up there, wishing for a good end to the journey.
Prayer flags in the wind
Lots of prayer flags flapping in the wind and I tied my own up there, wishing for a good end to the journey.
At Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world, but the altitude was only 5,380 m (17,646 ft) according to my GPS.
Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world
At Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world, but the altitude was only 5,380 m (17,646 ft) according to my GPS.
Road construction at 5,000 m (16,400 ft). Border Roads Organization doing a tough job in the Himalayas.
Road construction at 5,000 m
Road construction at 5,000 m (16,400 ft). Border Roads Organization doing a tough job in the Himalayas.
The check-point at South Pullu on the way to Khardung La up on the right.
Check point at South Pullu
The check-point at South Pullu on the way to Khardung La up on the right.
A panoramic view of Leh from the palace with snow peaks ever in view.
Panoramic view of Leh
A panoramic view of Leh from the palace with snow peaks ever in view.
A house in Old Leh, made with stones and sticks, looking wobbly by design to better withstand earthquakes.
House in Old Leh
A house in Old Leh, made with stones and sticks, looking wobbly by design to better withstand earthquakes.
The Jama Masjid of Leh with the old Tibetan palace up on the hill in the background.
Jama Masjid and Tibetan Palace in Leh
The Jama Masjid of Leh with the old Tibetan palace up on the hill in the background.
A shop in Leh, showcasing antiques and clothes from the Ladakh Region.
Antique shop in Leh
A shop in Leh, showcasing antiques and clothes from the Ladakh Region.
A cashmere wool salesman showing me his most prized shawl made from the chin hairs of the pashima goat, retailing for Rs 65,000!
A prize Pashmina shawl
A cashmere wool salesman showing me his most prized shawl made from the chin hairs of the pashima goat, retailing for Rs 65,000!
A crisp morning ride on the Morey Plains, a flat valley at 4750 m.
Morey Plains, 4750 m
A crisp morning ride on the Morey Plains, a flat valley at 4750 m.
Epic is the right description for the view from the top of Taglang Pass at 5,350 m.
Tangla Pass, 5350 m
Epic is the right description for the view from the top of Taglang Pass at 5,350 m.
A Shree Krishna temple at the top of Taglang Pass.
Temple at Tangla Pass
A Shree Krishna temple at the top of Taglang Pass.
Staple food of the Manali-Leh Highway - hot bowl of Maggi and chai.
Staple food of the highway
Staple food of the Manali-Leh Highway - hot bowl of Maggi and chai.
At the top of the Gata Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends.
Gata Loops in the Himalayas
At the top of the Gata Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends.
The amazing Manali-Leh Highway cut into the side of a mountain.
The amazing Manali-Leh Highway
The amazing Manali-Leh Highway cut into the side of a mountain.
Taking a break by a stream with other bike travelers.
A break by a stream
Taking a break by a stream with other bike travelers.
A frozen lake north of Baralach La. Winter beauty in summer.
Winter beauty in summer
A frozen lake north of Baralach La. Winter beauty in summer.
Riding through a long valley where the landscape got drier.
Landscape gets drier
Riding through a long valley where the landscape got drier.
A desert-scape with snow. The Himalayas are stunning.
Desert-scape with snow
A desert-scape with snow. The Himalayas are stunning.
Sleeping at a dhaba at Darcha, one-third the way to Leh.
Sleeping in a dhaba at Darcha
Sleeping at a dhaba at Darcha, one-third the way to Leh.
The snow banks at Rohtang Pass at 3,990 m (13,090 feet)
Snow at Rohtang Pass
The snow banks at Rohtang Pass at 3,990 m (13,090 feet)
Climbing up to Rohtang Pass with Manali down in the valley.
Climbing up to Rohtang Pass
Climbing up to Rohtang Pass with Manali down in the valley.
View of snow-capped peaks from Old Manali.
Peaks from Old Manali
View of snow-capped peaks from Old Manali.
Traditional slate-stone roofs of Manali next to newer concrete, brick and metal roofs.
Old and new houses coexist in Manali
Traditional slate-stone roofs of Manali next to newer concrete, brick and metal roofs.
Beautiful house in Old Manali, looking so grand.
House in Old Manali
Beautiful house in Old Manali, looking so grand.
Stocking up on nuts and dried fruits for the journey into Ladakh.
Stocking up on nuts
Stocking up on nuts and dried fruits for the journey into Ladakh.
On the road from Kinnaur Valley through Central Himachal Pradesh.
In Kinnaur Valley
On the road from Kinnaur Valley through Central Himachal Pradesh.
sanDRina blending in with all the thick pine trees.
sanDRina blends in
sanDRina blending in with all the thick pine trees.
A mountain woman herding her cows up this steep track.
Hard life in the hills
A mountain woman herding her cows up this steep track.
Stunning views all around on the ride from Sangla to Chitkul, end of the road in Baspa Valley.
Stuning views of Baspa Valley
Stunning views all around on the ride from Sangla to Chitkul, end of the road in Baspa Valley.
The monastery at Kalpa where the local kids were playing tag, boys vs girls.
The monastery at Kalpa
The monastery at Kalpa where the local kids were playing tag, boys vs girls.
Rough riding with landslides on the Hindustan Tibet Highway along the Sutlej River and cold glacier stream crossings.
Rough riding with landslides
Rough riding with landslides on the Hindustan Tibet Highway along the Sutlej River and cold glacier stream crossings.
What a view! From Kalpa, perched at 2,850 m looking at the other side of Kinner Kailash.
View of Kinner Kailash from Kalpa
What a view! From Kalpa, perched at 2,850 m looking at the other side of Kinner Kailash.
Kinner Kailash in full glory from Sangla in the afternoon sunlight, standing proud at 6,500 m (21,320 ft).
Kinner Kailash, 6,500 m
Kinner Kailash in full glory from Sangla in the afternoon sunlight, standing proud at 6,500 m (21,320 ft).
A local woman from Sangla with her trademark green felt hat. I bet she has a lot of stories.
Woman in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
A local woman from Sangla with her trademark green felt hat. I bet she has a lot of stories.
The slate-rock roofs of Sangla built with the local stone and shaped to brush off the snow.
Slate-roofed houses in Sangla
The slate-rock roofs of Sangla built with the local stone and shaped to brush off the snow.
Radhika from Nepal showing me the momos she has prepared for the evening rush.
Making momos for the evening rush
Radhika from Nepal showing me the momos she has prepared for the evening rush.
A man at a grocery store in Sangla, looking tough as mountain men should be.
Tough as a mountain man
A man at a grocery store in Sangla, looking tough as mountain men should be.
Kinner Kailash at 6,500 m from my hotel room in Sangla in Baspa Valley. First sighting of snow peaks!
First sighting of snow peaks!
Kinner Kailash at 6,500 m from my hotel room in Sangla in Baspa Valley. First sighting of snow peaks!
Riding the Hindustan Tibet Highway along the Sutlej River.
The Hindustan Tibet Highway
Riding the Hindustan Tibet Highway along the Sutlej River.
A forest fire under way, which is a natural part of the forest ecosystem, but hopefully this wasn't started by human carelessness.
Forest fire in Himachal
A forest fire under way, which is a natural part of the forest ecosystem, but hopefully this wasn't started by human carelessness.
Riding through dense forests from Rohru to Rampur in Himachal Pradesh.
Dense forests from Rohru to Rampur
Riding through dense forests from Rohru to Rampur in Himachal Pradesh.
Riding small roads in northern Uttarakhand, enjoying the dense pine forests and lack of traffic.
Quiet riding in Uttarakhand
Riding small roads in northern Uttarakhand, enjoying the dense pine forests and lack of traffic.
A false-color image to make it feel like autumn.
Feels like autumn
A false-color image to make it feel like autumn.
Crossing from Mori to Tiuni along a river and enjoying the prominent peaks.
Crossing from Mori to Tiuni
Crossing from Mori to Tiuni along a river and enjoying the prominent peaks.
The small town of Rohru after a successful crossing into Himachal Pradesh.
Rohru in Himachal Pradesh
The small town of Rohru after a successful crossing into Himachal Pradesh.
The dam at New Tehri on the Bhagirathi River.
New Tehri Dam
The dam at New Tehri on the Bhagirathi River.
Crossing over a small inlet of the Bhagirathi River, one of the main headstreams of the Ganga.
Bhagirathi River in the Himalayas
Crossing over a small inlet of the Bhagirathi River, one of the main headstreams of the Ganga.
Indeed it is! Thanks Border Roads Organization for maintaining these roads.
India is one, BRO reminds us
Indeed it is! Thanks Border Roads Organization for maintaining these roads.
Packing some fresh aloo parathas for eating on the way.
Food for the road
Packing some fresh aloo parathas for eating on the way.
Supportive messages from the Border Roads Organization.
Thoughts for the road
Supportive messages from the Border Roads Organization.
The confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers at Rudraprayag, which form the Ganga further downstream.
A view of Rudraprayag
The confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers at Rudraprayag, which form the Ganga further downstream.
Terraces cut across the face of the steep mountains to make life possible here.
Terraces in the Himalayas
Terraces cut across the face of the steep mountains to make life possible here.
Riding small roads through pine forests into the mountains of Uttarakhand.
Small forest roads in Uttarakhand
Riding small roads through pine forests into the mountains of Uttarakhand.
The eye-shaped Naini Lake and the stunning setting of Nainital at sunset.
Sunset in Nainital
The eye-shaped Naini Lake and the stunning setting of Nainital at sunset.
Buying a bunch of fresh litchis at Haldwani.
Litchis in Haldwani
Buying a bunch of fresh litchis at Haldwani.
A couple of kids who came over to check out sanDRina in northern Uttar Pradesh.
sanDRina's admirers in UP
A couple of kids who came over to check out sanDRina in northern Uttar Pradesh.
Dried cow dung storage for fuel in rural Uttar Pradesh.
Organic fuel storage in UP
Dried cow dung storage for fuel in rural Uttar Pradesh.
A closeup of the marble inlay that adorns the white marble of the Taj.
Marble inlay on the Taj
A closeup of the marble inlay that adorns the white marble of the Taj.
In direct sunlight, the whiteness of the marble comes through.
Dazzling whiteness of the Taj
In direct sunlight, the whiteness of the marble comes through.
The Taj Mahal in all its grandeur.
Wah Taj!
The Taj Mahal in all its grandeur.
The Taj is prominent in the Agra skyline.
The Taj against the Agra sky
The Taj is prominent in the Agra skyline.
Finally seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time. This is across the Yamuna from Mehtab Bagh.
The Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh
Finally seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time. This is across the Yamuna from Mehtab Bagh.
Riding across a bridge in northern Madhya Pradesh under the searing heat.
Riding in hot, dusty MP
Riding across a bridge in northern Madhya Pradesh under the searing heat.
A train crossing that turned into chaos when the gates opened with traffic coming from all sides.
A level crossing in MP
A train crossing that turned into chaos when the gates opened with traffic coming from all sides.
Himanshu Bansal, a Bullet rider who also manages Subash Emporium, a family business in marble inlaying in Agra.
Himanshu Bansal of Subash Emporium
Himanshu Bansal, a Bullet rider who also manages Subash Emporium, a family business in marble inlaying in Agra.
Stone polishers at Subash Emporium in Agra grinding stones that will be inlaid into marble.
Stone polishers in Agra
Stone polishers at Subash Emporium in Agra grinding stones that will be inlaid into marble.
The Kandariya-Mahadev Temple at Khajuraho, glowing in the morning light.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple at Khajuraho
The Kandariya-Mahadev Temple at Khajuraho, glowing in the morning light.
The garbhagriha (inner sanctum) of the Lakshmana Temple.
Inner sanctum of Lakshmana Temple
The garbhagriha (inner sanctum) of the Lakshmana Temple.
The exquisitely carved figurines in sandstone that adorn the outside and inside of the temples at Khajuraho.
Temple figurines in Khajuraho
The exquisitely carved figurines in sandstone that adorn the outside and inside of the temples at Khajuraho.
The erotic depictions have many meanings, one is that you leave those desires outside before seeking moksha.
Erotic figurines in Khajuraho
The erotic depictions have many meanings, one is that you leave those desires outside before seeking moksha.
All the gulab jamuns that you can eat in Khajuraho.
Gulab Jamuns in Khajuraho
All the gulab jamuns that you can eat in Khajuraho.
Fresh tandoori rotis being prepared at an engagement party in Khajuraho.
Rotis from the tandoor
Fresh tandoori rotis being prepared at an engagement party in Khajuraho.
Dried up wells in the scorching summer of central India.
Waterless wells
Dried up wells in the scorching summer of central India.
Jama Masjid in Sagar, MP.
Jama Masjid in Sagar
Jama Masjid in Sagar, MP.
Riding rough roads through northern Madhya Pradesh.
Rough roads in MP
Riding rough roads through northern Madhya Pradesh.
Shahpura Lake in Bhopal, a city known for its lakes.
Shahpura Lake in Bhopal
Shahpura Lake in Bhopal, a city known for its lakes.
Refreshing dahi vada on my arrival into Bhopal.
Dahi Vada in Bhopal
Refreshing dahi vada on my arrival into Bhopal.
The Moti Masjid in Bhopal, built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum.
Moti Masjid in Bhopal
The Moti Masjid in Bhopal, built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum.
Fresh, cool drinking water available at all petrol pumps in the hot center of India.
Cool water for a hot day
Fresh, cool drinking water available at all petrol pumps in the hot center of India.
Slivered mangoes and red chillies drying on the terrace in Indore.
Mangoes and chillies in Indore
Slivered mangoes and red chillies drying on the terrace in Indore.
Dinner of roti with kuthul (raw jackfruit) sabji with dal and dahi in Indore.
Dinner in Indore
Dinner of roti with kuthul (raw jackfruit) sabji with dal and dahi in Indore.
Farmboy Shashank Parwar came out to greet me when I stopped for a break.
Shashank Parwar, Indian
Farmboy Shashank Parwar came out to greet me when I stopped for a break.
A beautiful farm-scape in rural Maharastra.
Postcard from rural Maharashtra
A beautiful farm-scape in rural Maharastra.
Enjoying India's new toll roads with no tolls for two-wheelers.
No tolls for 2-wheelers!
Enjoying India's new toll roads with no tolls for two-wheelers.
A local breakfast of Pohe (flattened rice) in Nashik.
Breakfast in Nashik
A local breakfast of Pohe (flattened rice) in Nashik.
Riding NH 3 all the way from Mumbai to Agra, via Nashik, Indore, Bhopal and Khajuraho.
Riding along NH 3
Riding NH 3 all the way from Mumbai to Agra, via Nashik, Indore, Bhopal and Khajuraho.
Enjoying the view from the ghats on the way to Nashik.
Nashik - view from Ghats
Enjoying the view from the ghats on the way to Nashik.
A panorama of the tasty curves on NH 3.
Curves along NH 3
A panorama of the tasty curves on NH 3.
Enjoying some pork chops and broccoli at Indigo Delicatessen.
Pork chops at Indigo Delicatessen
Enjoying some pork chops and broccoli at Indigo Delicatessen.
Mumbai is a city of contrasts; old American jeeps and brand new high-rises.
Mumbai - a city of contrasts
Mumbai is a city of contrasts; old American jeeps and brand new high-rises.
Bullet mechanic Anthony helped me fix sanDRina's leaking carburetor.
With ace Bullet mechanic Anthony
Bullet mechanic Anthony helped me fix sanDRina's leaking carburetor.
An old Bullet just waiting to be rescued.
An old Bullet
An old Bullet just waiting to be rescued.
A wonderful view from friend Arunoday Singh's place right on Juhu Beach, Mumbai.
Juhu Beach, Mumbai
A wonderful view from friend Arunoday Singh's place right on Juhu Beach, Mumbai.
Entering the largest city in India.
Riding into Mumbai!
Entering the largest city in India.
Filled up air in my tires at this little shop and he didn't accept any payment.
Air for free
Filled up air in my tires at this little shop and he didn't accept any payment.
Riding the coastal road from Rajapur to Ratnagiri in southern Maharashtra.
NH17 - The beautiful coastal highway
Riding the coastal road from Rajapur to Ratnagiri in southern Maharashtra.
A tasty breakfast of a Konkan-style upma with mangoes from the farm.
Yummy breakfast - upma and mangoes
A tasty breakfast of a Konkan-style upma with mangoes from the farm.
Sunset near the village of Nate, Rajapur, south of Ratnagiri.
Sunset near Ratnagiri
Sunset near the village of Nate, Rajapur, south of Ratnagiri.
The view from the hill at Ganesh Agro Tourism on an Alphonso Mango Farm by the coast.
View of mango orchards
The view from the hill at Ganesh Agro Tourism on an Alphonso Mango Farm by the coast.
It's a long way to Mumbai from Goa!
Long way to Mumbai
It's a long way to Mumbai from Goa!
Fishing boats anchored near the jetty at Chapora with a cross to welcome them home.
Fishing boats at Chapora, Goa
Fishing boats anchored near the jetty at Chapora with a cross to welcome them home.
A majestic banyan tree in Chapora.
Banyan tree in Chapora, Goa
A majestic banyan tree in Chapora.
Chapora Fort at the mouth of the Chapora River, near Vagator, Goa.
Chapora Fort, Goa
Chapora Fort at the mouth of the Chapora River, near Vagator, Goa.
Fresh crabs at the fish market in Chapora, Goa.
Crabs at Chapora fish market
Fresh crabs at the fish market in Chapora, Goa.
A sleepy cat at a fruit stand in Chapora, probably eyeing the fish across the street.
Sleepy cat in Chapora, Goa
A sleepy cat at a fruit stand in Chapora, probably eyeing the fish across the street.
The waves crashing ashore at Anjuna and eating away at the coastline.
Waves at Anjuna Beach
The waves crashing ashore at Anjuna and eating away at the coastline.
An 'en-lightened' Buddha at Sri, a chill restaurant at Vagator.
En-lightened Buddha at Sri
An 'en-lightened' Buddha at Sri, a chill restaurant at Vagator.
The lovely little guest house right on the beach at Anjuna for Rs 200 a night.
Guest house at Anjuna, Goa
The lovely little guest house right on the beach at Anjuna for Rs 200 a night.
Sunset at Anjuna after a good ride up the coast.
Sunset at Anjuna
Sunset at Anjuna after a good ride up the coast.
Ahh, yes! Riding small coconut tree-lined roads to the beaches in Northern Goa.
Goa's coconut tree-lined highways
Ahh, yes! Riding small coconut tree-lined roads to the beaches in Northern Goa.
Welcome to Goa and a message to protect forests.
Goa's trees have a message
Welcome to Goa and a message to protect forests.
Having a masala dosa for breakfast in Udupi, the place where it comes from.
The original Masala Dosa at Udupi
Having a masala dosa for breakfast in Udupi, the place where it comes from.
A friendly stop by Karnataka Police outside Mangalore.
Stopped by friendly cops
A friendly stop by Karnataka Police outside Mangalore.
A visit to the Krishna Temple in Udupi.
Krishna Temple in Udupi
A visit to the Krishna Temple in Udupi.
Fishing boats in Mahe, an enclave of Pondicherry within Kerala.
View of Mahe coast
Fishing boats in Mahe, an enclave of Pondicherry within Kerala.
Being served some delicious, crispy achappam on my arrival in Calicut (Kozhikode).
Crispy achappam, ready to munch
Being served some delicious, crispy achappam on my arrival in Calicut (Kozhikode).
Enjoying some refreshing coconut water on the way to Calicut (Kozhikode).
God's Own Drink in God's Own Country
Enjoying some refreshing coconut water on the way to Calicut (Kozhikode).
Stopping by the Ayurveda College in Kottakkal, where I gave a short talk to a class.
Ayurveda College in Kottakkal
Stopping by the Ayurveda College in Kottakkal, where I gave a short talk to a class.
A grounded bus near Thrissur in sharp contrast to the madly-driven buses of Kerala.
Near Thrissur, a Kerala bus rusts in peace
A grounded bus near Thrissur in sharp contrast to the madly-driven buses of Kerala.
Ahh, the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, right next to the highway towards Kochi.
Backwaters of Kerala
Ahh, the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, right next to the highway towards Kochi.
Crossing my first state border into Kerala. Note the new signs over the old ones.
Crossing the border into Kerala
Crossing my first state border into Kerala. Note the new signs over the old ones.
My GPS shows that I'm in Kanyakumari. It's north from here to Kashmir!
Kanyakumari, India's southern tip
My GPS shows that I'm in Kanyakumari. It's north from here to Kashmir!
Rode through a rainstorm and sanDRina got her first bath in India.
Riders of the storm!
Rode through a rainstorm and sanDRina got her first bath in India.
After lunch with my Kodai Physics teacher in Madurai.
Lunch in Madurai
After lunch with my Kodai Physics teacher in Madurai.
The musical pillars of stone at the famous Nellaiappar Shiva temple in Tirunelveli.
At the Shiva temple in Tirunelveli
The musical pillars of stone at the famous Nellaiappar Shiva temple in Tirunelveli.
This giant eucalyptus tree was huge even when I was a kid here at Swedish House, my elementary school dorm.
The big tree at Kodai School
This giant eucalyptus tree was huge even when I was a kid here at Swedish House, my elementary school dorm.
Looking out the window of my 6th grade dorm room. Amazing how strong the memories are.
Looking out of my dorm window
Looking out the window of my 6th grade dorm room. Amazing how strong the memories are.
With an old Kodai School friend who teaches there now, on the hill that we used to play on as kids.
Old school friends, old school memories
With an old Kodai School friend who teaches there now, on the hill that we used to play on as kids.
Mozzarella being smoked by Hari, an old school friend who runs Kodai Cheese.
Making mozzarella at Kodai Cheese
Mozzarella being smoked by Hari, an old school friend who runs Kodai Cheese.
Back to Phelps Dorm, where I spent six years and my room looked out to the lake.
Phelps Dorm at Kodai International School
Back to Phelps Dorm, where I spent six years and my room looked out to the lake.
Two gaurs (bison) just relaxing next to a friend's house on Ganga Compound. Kodai is still wild.
Kodai's wild side is alive
Two gaurs (bison) just relaxing next to a friend's house on Ganga Compound. Kodai is still wild.
The beautiful ghat road heading up the Palani Hills to Kodaikanal.
Up the Palani Hills to Kodai
The beautiful ghat road heading up the Palani Hills to Kodaikanal.
Yes! Finally riding up to Kodai, a place more home to me than anywhere else.
Riding up to Kodaikanal
Yes! Finally riding up to Kodai, a place more home to me than anywhere else.
So impressed with the new 4-lane highway from Trichy to Dindigul.
From Trichy to Dindigul
So impressed with the new 4-lane highway from Trichy to Dindigul.
Lunching on Borassus (sugar palm) fruit in Villupuram. Good for rehydration.
Rehydrating on sugar palm fruit
Lunching on Borassus (sugar palm) fruit in Villupuram. Good for rehydration.
Saying hello to Gandhi at Pondicherry (Puducherry) on a bright and hot day.
A hot day in Pondicherry
Saying hello to Gandhi at Pondicherry (Puducherry) on a bright and hot day.
At Mahabalipuram with the Madras Bulls Motorcycle Club. They saw me off from Chennai.
At Mahabalipuram with Madras Bulls
At Mahabalipuram with the Madras Bulls Motorcycle Club. They saw me off from Chennai.
I got the pujari to bless sanDRina and our journey. I prayed to the motorcycle gods!
Blessings from the gods
I got the pujari to bless sanDRina and our journey. I prayed to the motorcycle gods!
Conducting a Satyanarayan Puja at my parents' home the day before I hit the road.
Satyanarayan Puja at my parents' home
Conducting a Satyanarayan Puja at my parents' home the day before I hit the road.
Last minute maintenance. Re-doing sanDRina's valve clearance check with my uncle.
Last-minute maintenance
Last minute maintenance. Re-doing sanDRina's valve clearance check with my uncle.
A new set of horns from Bosch installed on sanDRina. Ready for India's highways.
sanDRina's horns are sharp and ready!
A new set of horns from Bosch installed on sanDRina. Ready for India's highways.
Getting the zippers on my Motoport Kevlar AirMesh riding suit fixed up near Porur Junction, Chennai.
Fixing up the riding suit
Getting the zippers on my Motoport Kevlar AirMesh riding suit fixed up near Porur Junction, Chennai.
sanDRina slowly coming back to life. I installed a new, loud set of Bosch horns for India's highways and then I took her for a test ride around Chennai. Everything checks out OK. She's definitely an attention-grabber ;)
sanDRina gets a pair of horns, loud ones!
sanDRina slowly coming back to life. I installed a new, loud set of Bosch horns for India's highways and then I took her for a test ride around Chennai. Everything checks out OK. She's definitely an attention-grabber ;)
��Yay! sanDRina is finally free from her cage. She was locked down in this crate for 59 days and so happy her tires are rolling again. She arrived just as I had packed her away in Cape Town. Her front tire was deflated and windshield was removed to make her fit.
sanDRina is free from her cage!
Yay! sanDRina is finally free from her cage. She was locked down in this crate for 59 days and so happy her tires are rolling again. She arrived just as I had packed her away in Cape Town. Her front tire was deflated and windshield was removed to make her fit.
sanDRina, my 1998 Suzuki DR650, arrived safely at Chennai Port after a 5-week sea voyage from Cape Town, South Africa. And then it took another two weeks to clear her through Customs! Gotta love Indian bureaucracy :)
sanDRina arrives in Chennai!
sanDRina, my 1998 Suzuki DR650, arrived safely at Chennai Port after a 5-week sea voyage from Cape Town, South Africa. And then it took another two weeks to clear her through Customs! Gotta love Indian bureaucracy :)
Saguaro Cactus in Arizona, USA.
Saguaro Cactus, Arizona, USA
Saguaro Cactus in Arizona, USA.
Loading sanDRina onto a ship to cross the waters from Panama to Colombia.
Loading sanDRina onto a ship
Loading sanDRina onto a ship to cross the waters from Panama to Colombia.
Cloud forest riding in the remote, dry Andes of Northern Peru.
Cloud forest riding in northern Peru
Cloud forest riding in the remote, dry Andes of Northern Peru.
Camping in the Bolivian Pampas (savannah).
Camping in the Bolivian Pampas
Camping in the Bolivian Pampas (savannah).
The Arbol de Piedra (Tree of Stone) at 15,000 ft in the Bolivian Andes.
Arbol de Piedra, Bolivia
The Arbol de Piedra (Tree of Stone) at 15,000 ft in the Bolivian Andes.
Riding towards Volcano Alley in Southwestern Bolivia.
Riding towards Volcano Alley, Bolivia
Riding towards Volcano Alley in Southwestern Bolivia.
Riding to the middle of Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, Bolivia.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Riding to the middle of Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, Bolivia.
The texture of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, Bolivia.
Texture of Salar de Uyuni
The texture of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, Bolivia.
Hellooooooo, have you seen my keys? Death Road, Bolivia.
Death Road, Bolivia
Hellooooooo, have you seen my keys? Death Road, Bolivia.
Being invited for dinner by local farmers in northern Bolivia when I camped in their yard.
Dinner in northern Bolivia
Being invited for dinner by local farmers in northern Bolivia when I camped in their yard.
Foz de Iguazu waterfalls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
Foz de Iguazu waterfalls
Foz de Iguazu waterfalls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
Almost at the southern tip of South America, heading to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Heading to Ushuaia, Argentina
Almost at the southern tip of South America, heading to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Crossing the Swiss Alps, heading for Africa.
Crossing the Swiss Alps
Crossing the Swiss Alps, heading for Africa.
Meditation in front of the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Meditation in front of the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
Ooops, wrong turn. Funny names in the deserts of Egypt!
Bagdad in Egypt?!
Ooops, wrong turn. Funny names in the deserts of Egypt!
Marveling at the grand pillars in Karnak, Egypt.
Pillars in Karnak, Egypt
Marveling at the grand pillars in Karnak, Egypt.
Camping out in the White Desert of Egypt next to wind-carved limestone structures.
White Desert of Egypt
Camping out in the White Desert of Egypt next to wind-carved limestone structures.
Sporting a gelabiyya, the dress of desert men in northern Sudan.
Going local in northern Sudan
Sporting a gelabiyya, the dress of desert men in northern Sudan.
Chasing wild zebras along the dry shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya.
Going wild in Lake Turkana, Kenya
Chasing wild zebras along the dry shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya.
The African savannah, northern Kenya.
Savannah in northern Kenya
The African savannah, northern Kenya.
In Watamu, about 150 km north of Mombasa, Kenya.
Watamu, Kenya
In Watamu, about 150 km north of Mombasa, Kenya.
On the road in Kibondo, Tanzania.
Kibondo, Tanzania
On the road in Kibondo, Tanzania.
Sandy tracks pass for roads in parts of Africa.
Sandy tracks in Africa
Sandy tracks pass for roads in parts of Africa.
At Victoria Falls on the border of Tanzania and Zambia.
Victoria Falls
At Victoria Falls on the border of Tanzania and Zambia.
Looking out for elephants while riding the Caprivi Strip in Namibia.
Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Looking out for elephants while riding the Caprivi Strip in Namibia.
Camping in Twyfelfontein, northern Namibia.
Twyfelfontein, northern Namibia
Camping in Twyfelfontein, northern Namibia.
Yoga on the road in Africa.
Yoga on the road
Yoga on the road in Africa.
At Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point on the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.
At Cape Agulhas
At Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point on the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.

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