Day 7 - Aluva to Calicut

Jay Kannaiyan
Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment
6 May 2013

Today was a short riding day, so I took it easy in the morning and left at a comfortable time. I was soon back on Kerala's twisting roads with all her mad bus drivers. These bus drivers are really daredevils in disguise who come flying down on the opposite lane and expect everyone to pull off for them. When people tell me riding a motorcycle is dangerous, I ask them if they've ever taken a public bus!

I reached Kottakkal and stopped by the Ayurveda College there. My sister studied with a friend whose father is the principal of the college. He told me that it was a very old institute and will be celebrating its centenary in 2017. Ayurveda is a wonderful alternative to Western medicine and I'm glad to see so much interest in encouraging today's generation to become certified professionals. I was given a small tour around the college and gave an impromptu speech to a group of students.

I got back on the road and cooled off with some coconut water. It's so refreshing and perfect for getting some electrolytes back in my system. From there, it was a short ride into Calicut (Kozhikode) where I met up with my sister's friend.

Enjoy the helmet camera video. It's not for the faint of heart!

Distance clocked today: 189 km. Total: 1,544 km

Day 6 - Tirunelveli to Aluva, Kerala   |  NEXT:  Day 8: Stopped by cops en route to Udupi       


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