India works on several fronts.
- It is a new continent to cycle on.
- It is warm at this time of year and I'm fed up being cold on snowy bike rides.
- My scoring systems caps a cup of tea rating at 7 out of 10, "as it is just a cup of tea", so being in the world capital of tea I can check this assumption out.
- There are a wide range of tea selling outlets and I plan to find the best one.
To make things easier I have decided to go on an organised trip with the Exodus travel company on a route in Southern India. The ride will be over 400 miles coast to coast which should be far enough to complete my mission.
I don't know how many cafes or tearooms (if any) I will be able to rate but hopefully in 400 miles time I will know a lot more about cafe cycling in India and how it compares to Norfolk.
|Typical street action in Puducherry|
|My first temple of the day of the trip|
|Hair raising short ride round town|
|Start point on the edge of the Bay of Bengal|
|Todays temple of the day|
|My first cafe in India|
|Lemon soda (not tea) and posh onion bhaji (not cake) at our first cafe stop|
|The Matrimandir also seen in an episode of Dr Who in 1976 (probably)|
|Ride back to Puducherry on quieter roads|
Auraville visitor centre cafe
Day 1 Familiarisation
Day 2 Puducherry loop