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#1 Jan 19th, 2015, 18:31
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Hi all,

Does anybody know of anyone who has walked the length of India, north to south?

Thanks
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I know someone, a school-friend from my home-town, but he did it several decades ago.
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Ah barefoot and you have something. Years ago a nice Japanese lad thought of this Unfortunately, he picked up some parasite from the soil and his demise is still mourned by the alumni of that institution..
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I have heard just recently that it is quite common that farmers who walk barefoot in Thailand die from absorbing rat-piss. I don't know how that would be ascertained, but that is what is told.
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There is something called Weil's [???] disease that is carried in rat urine. You can catch it if you have a cut on your hand, and you put it in infected water. I remember discussing it with a doctor after having been nibbled by a pike (only nibbled: I might have lost a hand if it had bitten me! Although it was a small one) but don't remember anything more.
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Walking India MYSELF

Hey

I have heard several stories about people walking the length of India and I am about to embark on the same journey.

Im walking south to north starting below the western ghats, through the that desert then further north into the himalayans and trying my luck at crossing into nepal.

I leave on the 8th March 2015 so if anyone else has any tips, would like to join along the way or has anything else that could be handy i would love to hear about it.
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I knew I had seen something that looked like it might be useful..
http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/adv...through-india/
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What a nice text to read there on the website you linked, a walk along the Kaveri. Brings up all kinds of memories of rural India, and what is missed by motorised travel.

One thing puzzling though is, he says only Ambassadors were on the road. That would mean it was a long time ago, but his equipment, his functional clothes seem to point to the present, or at least not to long ago.
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He didn't say that only Ambassadors were on the road. He mentioned 'hooting buses and Ambassador taxis'.
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This does look interesting. The other trips detailed on his website look worth following up too.

From the info on Wikipedia, it seems that the trip across India was in 2009.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...after having been nibbled by a pike..
I hesitate to ask, but how did you come to be nibbled by a pike? Coarse fishing?
Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

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Originally Posted by GP&D View Post Hi all,

Does anybody know of anyone who has walked the length of India, north to south?

Thanks

Met a fairly old man in Panjim, Kevin Lane, who had walked from Mumbai along the coast, on his way I think to Kanyakumari. He seemed cheerful enough, though he admitted to trouble crossing the bare Deccan traps and said he was nearly swept out to sea swimming a river. We later had the pleasure of linking the man to his son, who had posted a query on IndiaMike.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post I hesitate to ask, but how did you come to be nibbled by a pike? Coarse fishing?


Pikes: the sharks of the village pond. Really dangerous fish. This is what happened...
Above water: there is a small frog sitting on the tiny leaves covering the surface of the pond. I wonder if I could put my hand under the leaves, bring it up slowly, and succeed in having the small frog sitting on my hand

Below water:
a pike thinks, "Small frog! snack!"

Result: I bring my hand out of the water with a pike's jaws wrapped around it. The pike is as astonished as I am and lets go immediately. The frog, in split-second time, is long gone.
The pike was a small youngster, but still had a mouth big enough to accommodate my fingers, leaving its tooth marks on my palm. i would really hate to meet a grown-up .

Thank you for asking: I "dined out" on this story for years, but it has been unused for a decade or three.

By the way, it was at the far end of the ponds in Wanstead Park, East London. If you ever go there, do not put your hands in the water. That thing must be huge by now!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...I bring my hand out of the water with a pike's jaws wrapped around it...
Thank you.

If I understand aright, it's Nick's Own Variation on catfish noodling and trout tickling.

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