India – Aug 2014

After leaving Sri Lanka I flew up to Coimbatore, India to visit the Owler office and do a motorcycle trip to Ooty and the surrounding area.  Ooty is famous its cool mountains and tea plantations.

Here is a pic of Rajan and Sakthi. Rajan is my good friend and Owler Co-Founder.  Sakthi is Rajan’s best friend from College and a truly wonderful guy.  Nothing better than having local tour guides. They are standing beside the motorcycle I borrowed from a generous Owler employee. Behind them is a beautiful temple we visited.

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Tim, my other Owler Co-Founder, was also on the trip.  Here he is conversing with one of the billions of monkeys to be found in the area.  These guys have big, scary fangs.  Tim is wisely keeping his distance.

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Despite the fangs they sure look cute, don’t they?

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Wrong! The little bastards chewed the seat cord off my borrowed motorcycle while we were on a hike.

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Here I am cruising through the mountain forests near Ooty.  Rajan, Sakthi and Tim were in the chase car and took this pic.

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One of the many Tea plantations in the area.  We had a lot of rain on the trip.

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My view for most of the trip. Riding a motorcycle through a foreign land is a gift – even with a few drops of rain!

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Lots of beautiful views despite the rain.

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It was super windy and gusty on top of this lookout and I very unwisely decided to go behind a rock and pee.  This is me cleaning my glasses afterward…

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We visited a big Tiger Preserve outside of Ooty.  Apparently Tigers don’t like the taste of bald, white Americans on motorcycles…

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Here is the Tiger’s primary food source – Spotted Deer.  Unfortunately, we never saw a tiger.  Every once in awhile a tiger leaves the preserve and becomes a man eater.  Lots of stories and pictures in Ooty about this.  Scary!

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We saw tons of elephants in the preserve.

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And wild pigs too.

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These Langur monkeys were my favorite. They were hanging out getting scraps at feeding time at an Elephant rehabilitation center.

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Our lodging was in this tree house just outside the Tiger Preserve. Rustic, but really fun. We somehow survived Rajan’s elephant-like snoring. Travel Tip: Never leave home without earplugs.

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After we got back to Coimbatore we had a going away party. Here’s Tim and I with my eye doctor, Sathian, who always has us over to his home for an incredible meal with his beautiful wife Sudha and daughter Sanjana.

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Rajan and Suresh (Sakthi’s friend) brought some wild boar meat back from the trip and cooked it up for our last meal.

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I truly love India.  Here’s five reasons why.

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