We left Badami without breakfast, wanting to take advantage of the best part of the day and knowing we'd be making lots of stops along the way. Rose was very interested in the calf munching away behind a tea stop, it's ears stick out more than daddy's!
Using small roads is nice for the changing landscape and small villages, although surfaces vary. Thankfully most of the roads have been good smooth tarmac, so we made good progress and reached our destination town of Nargund at lunchtime. A wind farm on the ridge as we approached made us think of Jack, currently building wind turbines in Peru. www.justalotofhotair.blogspot.com
As we crossed one of the many bridges we spotted the curious sight of several white cows being washed in the river. As we peddled on we discovered the owners were a community of travelers. We stopped and said hello and Rose posed for their cameras.
The restful afternoon was unfortunately not to be, as we found ourselves in the worst hotel to date. It was disgustingly dirty but the mosquitoes loved it, perhaps because it overlooked the public urinal below...The tent was pitched again and we were on the bikes by 7:30am the next morning.
A beautiful, peaceful, cool start to the day was our reward for starting early, with lots of friendly food and drink stops. People are very curious here, and generally respectful of the bikes although we have to check the gear positions every time we set off!
We had another good day's ride and reached Hubli in time for lunch, a big city with luxury hotels, hooray!