Duncan Moffatt biking in India with the
Rotary Ride for Foundation 2017
The final leg of our once in a lifetime experience took us to Ooty, a once renowned beauty spot, where the district conference was being held. The ride into Ooty was the most testing of the whole journey due to the 39 one hundred and eighty degree hairpin bends, and the 3 in 1 climb to 2200 meters. We were pleased to see a European style hotel although Wi-Fi was still intermittent as was the power.
After being lauded by the 1300 conference delegates for our achievements, we departed for Bengaluru airport on the Sunday Morning, this taking 11 hours to travel 250 miles, due to the level of traffic congestion all along the route. After a night at the Taj hotel at Bengaluru airport, we checked into our flight at 4am only to find it was delayed by 4 hours. Our total time from Ooty to home was 41 hours, we arrived home exhausted but exhilarated by our efforts.
The undertaking raised a total in excess of $50000.00 but the main benefit was the tremendous publicity that the Ride for Rotary generated, and the promise of incoming grants and funding for the many Rotary projects we had been introduced to over the two week period.
Photographs in Gallery courtesy of Paul Spaven
Duncan and Maurreen on motorbike ride: 27th January
Leaving the Mangalore area, we rode to Madiken to be hosted by Lhasa Bylakuppe Rotary. This Tibetan settlements income is generated by the Golden Temple which was truly impressive. We were moved that a Rotary club could evolve so quickly from a relatively new refugee settlement.
Then onto Bandupur Tiger Reserve for another social evening around the camp fire. We had a 5.30 call, for a jeep safari to see peacocks (the national emblem of India), deer, monkeys and after a long wait, a large tiger.
The last ride to Ooty was extremely testing, due to the climb of 2200 meters, through cloud, rain, 39 one hundred and eighty degree bends, manoeuvring round the many overheated vehicles.
We are now at our final conference destination and very pleased to be here. We all need a couple of days R & R before the long journey home.
Duncan and Maurreen on motorbike ride: 26th January
Yet another cultural experience - our accommodation has varied from European, to well- used Colonial, to Safari parks.
Yesterday the ride up the mountain to Madiken was delightful - undulating roads through rubber and coffee plantations, down in the valley a blue mist covered the rural and green paddy fields. However our hotel was basic, no internet, intermittent power, no bar and no crockery, we eat with our hand, and drinks from paper cups ... well, we did want to see the 'real India' !
Our hosting Rotary clubs, (7 of them) gave us a brilliant cultural show, featuring the children who carried flags of all the countries where Rotary is active, they then told us how many clubs and the number of Rotarians there were in each country.
It has been one of the many joys of this trip to experience it just how involved the families are behind Rotary.
Duncan and Maurreen on motorbike ride: 22nd January
Day 10 - the riders have now exceeded 1000 miles, with the lack of any road protocol and the volume of traffic, this has been a real achievement. We are experiencing a mixture of major road construction coupled with the crumbling infrastructure of roadside buildings creating a thick red dust which covers everything.
We are impressed by the inherent beauty of the Indian people with their clear skins, bright eyes and ready smiles. We are having an awe-inspiring experience as well as fulfilling our remit to publicise Rotary Foundation, by being both ambassadors for the cause and a welcome curiosity for those that see the riders pass through the villages and towns in formation.
Our progress can be followed via Facebook page > www.facebook.com/rideforrotary
Duncan and Maurreen on motorbike ride: 20th January
Still having an amazing time, just had a swim in the Arabian Sea as we have reached Goa. Still feeling honoured by the wonderful hospitality.
Duncan visited some of Hospital Rotary projects, they totally fund a school for 400 children, a physiotherapy department that treats 100 patients every day, a doctors surgery that is open 6 days a week from 8 until 6, and an eye hospital that does over 800 operations every month. What a commitment - and that's just one of the clubs that develop and run so many awe inspiring good works..
Duncan and Maureen on the 5th day of the 15 day motorbike ride from Mysore to Ooty - 17th January 2017
Ride for Rotary TRF Centennial Expedition is expected to raise over £40,000' . We Are on our 5th day of the 15 day motorbike ride from Mysore to Ooty, taking in Hasan, Hospete, Hubi, Goa and Madiken. We are hosted by up to 6 Rotary clubs every day, many of the evening events include a cultural show. We are throughly enjoying the company of the 15 riders that have come from 8 countries. As guests of honour we have been introduced in many ways including having to march in the streets behind a large brass band. Our progress can be followed via Facebook page
Duncan's greetings to Bikers > www.facebook.com/rideforrotary/videos/250310952060525/
Rotary Ride of the Century! RI District 3181 are organizing a Motor Bike Ride in touristic state of Karnataka in India to raise funds for TRF.
Since 1970, the Trail Riders Fellowship has been helping motorcyclists responsibly and sensitively access and enjoy the countryside.