Day 25 – Heading East & Waiting for Ed

Day 25 – 3 Feb 2015 – Travelled from Mangalore to Mudigere

Distance – 42km – Cumulative total 1,050km

My name is Chris and I’m Walking 1,260km from Mumbai to Bangalore to raise money for widows in India. I’m walking 30 Marathons in 30 Days and I will be writing a blog post every day. To follow my progress you can sign up to receive updates here. To read my previous blog posts click here. To make a donation please visit this page. Thanks for reading and please leave me a comment as they really do give me a lift when I read them every morning.

Having conquered NH17 as we arrived into Mangalore last night you can imagine my horror as we set off this morning and joined NH48. Please read the previous four blogs and simply replace NH17 with NH48 and you will get a sense of my horror on this road. Thank goodness after about 20km, we picked up a much smaller road which, while still very busy with traffic at least had lovely views.

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On the NH73 which wasn’t as busy!

For the first time since leaving Mumbai we were now heading East rather than South and by the end of the day we had been climbing steadily into the Western Ghats so that we are now at 700m.

Last night we had a buffet in the hotel in Mangalore. It was by far the hottest food I had eaten since being in India. Only Sachin and I ate as Atul had decided he was putting on too much weight and was trying the new starvation diet rather than the 30×30 diet I am on. The consequence of this meal became apparent today and I am embarrassed to report that this resulted in six code reds (even Sachin, with the constitution of an ox, was on three code reds).

Picture the scene. Lewis Hamilton makes a pit stop at a critical stage in the Dubai Grand Prix only to find there were no mechanics at hand so he had to get out of the car and change his tyres and refuel himself – a pit stop normally taking 6 seconds now takes 15 minutes. This was the sad state of affairs for some of my code reds today.

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A different pit stop!

I learnt today why so many of the buses drive even more wildly than some of the other traffic – Atul explained they were run by private operators and were racing to pick up passengers before their competitors got there.

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I witnessed a first today when we came across a shop full of the biggest and strongest chickens I have ever seen. Sachin explained they were fighting cocks and were sold for between 3,000-5,000 rupees (GBP 30-50, which is 10 times for a normal chicken) because of the betting involved. I sat next to a couple of these beasts in the shop with Sachin telling me to pull the string on their legs so they could be closer to me for a photograph, my grimace was in anticipation of my eye being pecked out.

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We had a very long day today as the full route was about 120km so we had a long and frenetic drive after I had completed 42km. Thankfully my stool and bucket were waiting for me as I arrived at the guest house.

Can’t wait for Ed to arrive tomorrow.

I continue to be incredibly touched by all of your kind and supportive comments.

Love from Mudigere.

Chris xx

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A few pictures from the day before, Day 24

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  1. Amy & Lucy says:

    Dear Uncle Chris
    You are doing really well – don’t give up as just a few more days to go. We are both very proud of you. Just imagine a large cappuccino waiting for you at the end. Hope to see you soon and hear your stories from the walk. Lots of love

  2. Chris and team, great to see you still in such good spirits. The finish line must now be practically in sight. The code red stories made me laugh out loud – sitting on the loo back in Kent with a newspaper is going to seem such a luxury! Keep going, we’re all willing you on for the last leg. Ian

  3. Wow, wow, wow. Not only are you almost there in achieving the amazing challenge, you are also doing the most wonderful job at keeping all those following your blog thoroughly entertained with amazing pictures, tales and humour along the way. Totally inspiring all of you in team Chris.

    Are you sure those chickens aren’t crossed with a turkey, hugely stylish beasts!

    Am sure Ed’s arrival will give you a huge energy surge to get through the last few days. Hang in in there, Nick, Stanley and I are willing you on from Suffolk.

  4. Matthew White says:

    Hi Chris

    I confess that I have been a social media “lurker” – enjoying your blog every day but not posting any comments. So I thought I should set that straight.

    Very well done for getting this far. I do not want to begin to imagine what state your feet are in. I knew you were mad when you went for that training run in Jodhpur but now I see that was actually a walk in the park compared to your current odyssey. I was pleased to read that you will be staying in Jodhpur after you finish – if you are ever losing the will to carry on just think of that wonderful pool and terrace at the Raas.

    It sounds as though you are being treated with some fine food, which is one thing I am envious of at least. Although perhaps no Dal Makani in the south, which would be a shame.

    One thing I have to ask – has anyone been holding your hand while you walk? I do hope so.

    Anyway, good luck with the final push – only 6 days to go; nearly there. Congratulations to Atul and Sachin for keeping you going. Amazing stuff.

    I’m glad you finally saw a snake!


  5. Chris , i am very surprised it was only 6 code reds after that meal last night, at least it didn’t stop you going on with your amazing walk., I am finding it slightly surreal, don’t ask me why you have come so far, maybe its the fact that the END is in sight, you i am sure are feeling incredibly proud that you are able to fulfill your promise to the Loomba Foundation and help many widows and their families, who i am sure will be very grateful.
    Special thanks to your great team, i bet you will all have withdrawal symptoms at the end.
    Brilliant news that Ed is to join you, a special time for you both and maybe a few tears?
    Jo is quite envious of the new “Slim version BABA”
    Lots of love to all . xxxxxxxx

  6. You are now a total Indophile, Chris. Bearing Indian food for 25 days+ without a stomach upset is never easy for anyone!
    Next 3 days, I am sure you will enjoy the hills & the cooler air as you walk through valleys of coffee plantations

  7. Hi Baba Team Chris
    So…after the walking comes cock fighting as a fundraiser? Thanks for the photos. I think instituting “Code Red” into daily life upon your return is inevitable!
    Well done all…I can see the finish line looming.

    PS Atul…eat something!

  8. Jose Jimenez says:

    Hi Chris, the previous blog came close to your record for comments. If it reached 23 I was going to add another one to take the record :-)

    I have a feeling that the record will be broken in your posts to come. I have no doubts and when you read the blog in question you will be doing so at your leisure. Another day another 42km under the belt. Well done.

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