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Mar 29 2016

bala

Back to London

Buenos Aires was hot all day and every day and it was a perfect place for a bit of chilling, reminiscing and future planning. This time was also used to catch up with some of my friends and also to organise a job and a place to live in London on my return.

Access to devils's throat

Access to devils’s throat

Devil's throat

Devil’s throat

There was one more thing to do before my return: Iguazu falls. The bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu was about 17 hours but was comfortable enough. I spent a full day each on the Argentinian and Brazilian side. This falls was beyond anything I have seen in the past. The river looked calm and tranquil. However, when it dropped over the 80 metres cliff, the roar and thunder was majestic. The river spreads itself out over 1.2 kms before dropping over the cliff. The wall of water was a spectacular site. Visitors were taken closer to the falls by the walk ways that were constructed over some parts of the river and also some sections went right on top of the falls. It was an amazing experience to watch some of the water falls from standing on top of it. Also a short boat ride at touristy price was worth it since it gave the view of the falls from the front and on top of it the boat drivers went right up close to the falls to make it worth. With the weather at 30 plus degree C no one complained about getting wet here.

The river before the drop

The river before the drop

A long wall of water!

A long wall of water!

On the upper trail

On the upper trail

Called Koatis these look cute but aggressive one almost ate my banana

Called Koatis these look cute but aggressive one almost ate my banana

To transport both bike and the trailer back to London would be complicated. Luckily an eager Argentinian guy bought the trailer off from me.

Specialized road bike was a reliable partner for the whole trip in spite of being 7 years old so I was not willing to sell it. However, to transport it back the airline wanted about 200 Euros about half the price of the ticket itself. I hatched a plan to beat the airlines by its own rules. The bicycle was broken into its barebones and the frame fitted the size of the bag that was permitted by the airline as regular luggage. Fantastic. Although, the wheels had to be bagged separately I was allowed to carry two bags and yet i was well within my weight limit. Overall I managed to fly the bicycle back to London from Rio de Janeiro at no extra cost although it took a lot of planning and shopping around for decent bags. The ones I found were not the typical ones seen on baggage carousels in the airports. In addition it did not have wheels, the awkward size bag was best carried on top of my head like a coolie in India during ancient times. This caught the attention of several people Β during transfers in Iguazu and in the city of London, but it is for them to judge and for me to ignore. Me and my bicycle returned to London safely.

 

Brazilian side

Brazilian side

At Heathrow airport

At Heathrow airport

Coolie style luggage transport

Coolie style luggage transport

It is hard to believe what had happened in the last 21 months, feels like a blink of an eye and I am still struggling to get over the fact that it’s over. Time is the best healer. Adventure spirit never goes away though perhaps some microadventures over school holidays are most likely for the time being. With regards to dreams I really want to get my book written-up!

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  1. Paco

    Hi Bala. I am happy to know that you reached your goal safely and that you enjoyed it so much. I read this last chapter of your blog (not of your life :)) with pleasure. Congratulations!

    1. bala
      bala

      Thanks Paco, hope you are we

  2. Paola

    Hi Bala, I’m happy to know you achieved your goal and enjoyed at The same time. Hope we can meet again, here or in UK. God bless you.

    1. bala
      bala

      Thanks Paola, let me know if you plan to visit the UK.

  3. LINE

    Congratulations mister Bala.!!!
    Your dream come true.I read all your comment from when you left California with Eugene.
    Inspiring guy .You also left behind you courage and faith to people who want to realize their dream….
    I’m sure .
    Nice job .
    Be happy in your life wherever you are.
    Thank you to share that with us.
    LINE

    1. bala
      bala

      Line, Thanks for writing to me continuously during my trip. The support from people like you were one of the key factors for my success. Hope Gabreyel is doing well in studies.

  4. David

    Well done, Bala and it has been a pleasure and source of wonderment following your long adventure – and without any serious problems.
    Where to next, after that epic?
    Best Wishes,
    David Kemp.

    1. bala
      bala

      David, Yes it will be hard to beat that epic ride but certain short ones are possible during the school holidays.

  5. Simisha

    Once a coolie always a coolie πŸ™‚
    Good luck getting back to the rat race (until the next adventure)

  6. Simisha

    Once a coolie always a coolie πŸ™‚
    Good luck getting back to the rat race (until the next adventure)

  7. Mahalingam

    Hi Bala…
    Congrats on your Herculean task and you have accomplished with great efforts ..Off course filled with memories for life time…awaiting for your book release..Best wishes….Cheers dear

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