Mother Truckers

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We stopped at a garden hotel restaurant for lunch. It wasn’t air conditioned, but with all the doors and windows open and all the fans going, it was tolerable. A 20 minute power cut five minutes after we got there made it less so.

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Mohit was a good traveler. He was pretty happy and didn’t cry too much. After lunch, we headed for Jodhpur, where we were spending the night.

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A couple of hours down the road, we encountered trucks parked on the highway.  Lots and lots and lots of them.

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They were blocking one lane of traffic, making it nearly impossible for other motorists to get by. The empty lane pictured here was  under construction, and no one was supposed to use it.

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Madu, Rafiq and Pushker got out to find out what was going on. Apparently it was some kind of a truckers strike or demonstration. I never could find any reference to it in the news later on. Madu was trying to find out if there was another road we could take.

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Traffic had come to a complete stop for miles. If you were waiting for a bus, it sucked to be you.

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We were pretty much in the middle of nowhere, I thought. Yet there were pedestrians strolling by.

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Madu pulled off the highway, determined to get around this mess. Indian roads are mainly unmarked, so we asked for directions practically every time we saw anyone. And we got a different answer from everyone.

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This way or that way?

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We went down some pretty rough dirt roads. At one point we had to go through a filthy village that was literally a shit hole. It had rained hard that morning, and the cow shit filled road through the village had turned into a cow shit lake. I was praying the car didn’t break down. That shit really stunk!

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Finally! A paved road again!!

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I did not want to see another truck ever again. But we did an hour or so later, when we finally reached the highway again.

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It should only have taken us three hours to get from Ranakpur to Jodhpur. Thanks to this exercise, it took more like five and a half. When we finally reached our hotel, we were told that because it was off season, their restaurant was closed. The guys ordered some food from a takeout place and had it delivered. The hotel “let” us use their rooftop restaurant to eat.

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Crazy monkeys and truckers..what a day!

Thank goodness the guys had thought ahead and brought beer!

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