It has been a long while! Sorry folks. The longer it's been since an update the harder it gets to make an update. Until we get here where there's too much to talk about. After Christmas I headed around North Vietnam and into Laos, the blog for which is above. Then around Northern Laos, that blog should be right after this update. Right now I'm sat on the beach in Goa! It's incredible to finally be here. It's been on of the places in my head since i planned the trip just as "marker" that I knew of. A far off place that seemed like a different world, now I'm here. I had an amazing time in Laos, I cannot recommend it enough, it's a beautiful place filled with great people. I didn't have a boring day there even on the long rides. It's so different from Vietnam, I'm so glad I went and didn't just fly back from Hanoi. I arrived back into Kolkata to find Donkey in almost full working order. The guys had looked after him and hadn't vanished with him while I was away. The battery needed replacing, I'd not disconnected to terminals correctly, too busy chatting while I was doing it, so it had drained it all the way to it's death, it wouldn't hold any charge at all. Thankfully big batteries are easy to come by in India, they have a lot of 350s riding around. It's only 9amph instead of 10.5 but that'll be fine, I don't run too much off it, and the engine draws none while it's running. I decided to head to the west coast of India first, Chennai will probably be my exit point so looping around the bottom from the west makes the most sense, and there seems to be more to do on the west rather than east anyway. 4 days of long riding across India actually surprised me a lot, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The traffic is still awful, but not as ignorant as Vietnam, just more aggressive, so it was manageable. A puncture on the first day got me back in to the adventure nicely but the tyre plug is still holding strong a week a later so no harm done I don't think. From Kolkata to Cuttack, Raipur, Amravati then Aurangabad, there was couple of days on big wide motorway, a couple on smaller 2 lane roads with constant overtaking and near misses. 8 hours of riding on those is all kinds of tiring and I was just flopping into hotels, eating and sleeping most days. Not much to see in most of these towns anyway. A stop at Ajanta caves was awesome, a very fast tour by a cool guide let me see the major parts in about 90 minutes instead of the usual 3 hours. From Aurangabad I went to Ellora caves for the morning, intended to spend an hour then leave for the next town, loved it so much that I walked around for 4 hours and went back to Aurangabad for the night. They were incredible, Whole buildings and temples carved straight out of the cliff face, a 3 story building with interior stairs and bridges, sculpted rather than built. Then a days riding back in mountains was a treat I didn't expect. A good road surface and not too many trucks made a really fun ride. Not something I expected to find in central India. I pushed on to Goa, I thought it would take me 2 days but the road was so fast that come lunch time I realised I could make it in one. I made it just in time to sit on the beach with a beer watching the sunset after a 10 hour ride. Bliss I'd been preparing myself for the worst of India the whole trip, now I'm here it's actually enjoyable, there's a lot more to like than hate. Except being crowded by 30 people staring at you when you stop for a drink, that's never enjoyable for me... If people are still reading these updates I'll try and stay on top of them a bit more here.