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It's been over three years since our Indian adventure - and our last post we are ashamed to say!

Rose is now five and there has been an addition to our number: Rose's little brother William who is already two.

We upgraded our boat 'Windrush' last year and now have a much roomier Beneteau 323 which we keep on Lake Windermere in the English Lake District, easily one of the most beautiful locations in the world, even if the weather is fickle.

After a couple of years of working too hard, we have decided to take an extended holiday and use up some of the ridiculous amount of accrued holiday.
The plan is to spend the next nine weeks sailing all the way around the United Kingdom, and we will share our experience through this blog. We hope you enjoy following our journey.

Jon, Kate, Rose and William.

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Through the forest to Dandeli

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After a good nights sleep in our clean, quiet and spacious room we set off for the town of Dandeli in the national park bordering the Western Ghats. We took the State Highway 46 thinking it would be a good surface but how wrong we were. Long stretches of the route were over completely worn out tarmac compacted sand and gravel which made for slow and uncomfortable riding. How Rose managed to sleep is beyond us. The trees and plants took on the same road colours they were so coated in dust. We stopped for lunch at a strange out of town bar where groups of men drank heavily inside curtained off booths. The last of the days 89km were through dense forest with lots of monkeys but no tigers. Kate has reminded me that it was also the hilliest day so far and her top speed was 47.2mph (down hill)
9th Feb 2012, 14:41  

seadogrose says:

Jon's just posted this after a day's rest here in Dandeli. I think he's forgotten about the hills, they really were the order of the day and we used almost all of our 21 gears. We've learned not to trust a motorcyclist's opinion of what is not, and what definitely is a 'hilly route'.

9th Feb 2012, 14:47

alison says:

I salute your strength! and determination. Glad you got a day's rest after. And I hope the facilities were good enough to wash off the dustin comfort!

9th Feb 2012, 15:19

Vivupclose says:

sounds like another gruelling day - hope you enjoyed the evening

9th Feb 2012, 16:15

Mark says:

Thanks for this wonderful blog. It makes me want to visit India again. The pictures are fantastic.

9th Feb 2012, 20:37

Rhon says:

Following you avidly! Those roads look terrible even speaking as a motorcyclist. Rose just happy to let you get on with it!

10th Feb 2012, 22:16

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