Post-Rickshaw Run Update, and BIG travel plan changes!

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Hello Lost Ones,
It’s been quite a while since I posted on the blog. Though, with a two-week long insane road trip around India, and then bouncing around India to places with non-existent wi-fi, and then throw in big tremors felt from the Nepal earthquake, getting any writing done has been hard.

So, firstly, I apologize.

The big goal while on the Rickshaw Run a couple of weeks back was to live blog and live tweet/gram/vine all the action. What happened? Well, much of that didn’t happen. The team made a point to tweet or post photos to Instagram when possible, but driving through northern India — which roads tend to resemble a battlefield of gaping potholes — there was almost no reception. And when we would pull into a hotel, most places offer paid wi-fi at high prices that 90% of the time failed to work anyway.

Live blogging was an impossible feat.

Also, nightly, we were supposed to film brief recap videos about that day to supplement a bit until videos were edited, but with the state of wireless internet in India being the way it is, uploading a 5-10 minute video always failed. After filming and editing a couple of these recap videos and attempting to post them, nothing ever worked and we always found ourselves days past that specific recap, leaving it useless to post. So they weren’t posted.

Then there is the physical toll of the trip.

While driving across India in a Rickshaw, you run into all sorts of issues. Cows or goats or bricks or trucks always in your way. And whatever other obscure obstacle you can think up. Accidents were always a near miss. Sickness. Dehydration. Bandits. Yes, Bandits. There were some days where we would leave at 5am to get an early start, thinking we would eat at some point mid day and stock up on supplies, but usually we drove 12-16 hours per day with minimal stops, minimal eating, and would arrive completely mentally and physically exhausted. The only desire at that point was a shower from all the dust and grime and gasoline on you, and sleep. There were a couple of times that I suffered illnesses or a severe bout of dehydration that was crippling. So, to put it briefly, the Rickshaw run was physically and emotionally and mentally taxing — more than we had expected.

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Even sandstorms were thrown in…

Although we were unable to meet the goals we had set for blogging on the Rickshaw Run, we did record multiple terabytes of footage, and have hundreds of photos to share. Now it is just the task of organizing and editing them. But, all of that insanity will be making an appearance on this blog soon enough.

For the past couple of weeks after the race, I tried to sit down and write or edit, but my mind was so fried from the race, that I couldn’t conjure up a sentence. Everything was blank. I needed a couple of weeks to relax and get to the point where I could go back through photos and footage and experience the journey again, because while driving, your only concern is survival. Looking back on the race is being able to actually experience it now.

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Goa has been my little retreat for the past week, with a big private bungalow to call home and a beach to escape to. I don’t normally have “vacation” like travel moments where I sit on the beach and sip cocktails, but that is exactly what I’ve done all week. Mindlessly watching the waves lap onto the sand and eating great seafood and not thinking about anything has helped me reset my brain, and now I’m feeling enough energy and mental capacity to write again.

Also, I have some exciting things to announce!

Sometimes, or quite often, a life on the road will throw you curveballs — and you have to react on the fly. My original travel plans after the Rickshaw Run was to link up with Derek in Nepal, explore the rest of India, and then move on to traveling through all 7 ‘Stan countries. I didn’t expect to have a few budget issues arise. Without going into much detail, some unexpected costs have arisen and hit my travel budget hard, and though I still have enough money to travel the ‘Stans, I’d come out without anything left to keep going. Also, meeting up with Derek was a failure because of the immensely sad tragedy that struck Nepal, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving the country in shambles. Luckily, Derek was fine even while in the capital that was leveled, but for me to enter the country in the days that followed turned out to be impossible and not recommended at all. With that, and now not having enough funds to travel the ‘Stans and be well enough afterward, I’ve decided to make a decision.

I’m moving to Australia!

Tonight, on a whim, I submitted my Work Visa application for Australia. That country had nearly been my first country, but last minute I chose New Zealand. Ever since, I’ve always considered spending a year or more in the country working and exploring. Now, hopefully, I’ll have that chance. After being lost as to what to do, or where to go now, and how to have an income, I followed a few signs. Over the past month or so, I’ve met handfuls of people that happened to have lived in Australia and worked there, and all they could do is gush about how much they loved it. And up until tonight, I hadn’t connected the dots.. Sometimes, the universe sends signals and I saw tonight just how many signals about Australia I had received. It will, given my approval, give me an opportunity to stay abroad, while having an income, and save up for the next adventure. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Australia, and though some have found finding work hard, I am confident in my ability and drive and the fact that I can live on a few dollars a day when need be.

I felt like all of you deserved an update as I start writing again. On the blog in the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting plenty about the agonies and ecstasy of the Rickshaw Run and traveling around India, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, please email me with any questions or if you also have advice about Australia!

Comments

  1. Katie

    I’m sure you will be fine getting a job in Aussie, it took me a couple of months but that was looking for an executive assistant position in January – not a good time to look for work here. Although you don’t get tips the hourly wage for waiters/bartenders is very good. Do you know Where you want to live here? I would highly recommend signing up to Market research focus groups, I’m doing one tomorrow for $120 for 2 hours – very easy money and not taxed
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      Ryan

      I’m definitely going to be searching hard for a Job Katie, but I am so very excited! And since I have a ton of hospitality and retail experience I hope I can score something in that. I’ll be living in Melbourne most likely, everybody tells me I’d fit quite well in there. But wow, market research groups? I’ll need to look into that!
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  2. Franca

    It’s nice to hear a little more about the rickshaw race, I’ve been follow your updates on FB and it was fun to see what you were up to.

    About your news, best of luck about Australia, I’m sure you’ll find a job easily, it’s going to be interesting to follow you along your new adventure 🙂
    Franca recently posted..More Than Just Haggis – Vegan Restaurants in Glasgow

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      Ryan

      Yes Franca, it was finally good to post something! THank you for checking back, I have so much to tell! It seemed like the only time I ever found decent wifi in India was….well….never, but now that I have left the country I want to post all the crazy tales! Also, I feel like I can actually sit at the computer now and not be completely brain dead in front of it! Glad you’ll be following along to the next adventure!

  3. Ashley

    Glad to hear you survived the Rickshaw Run, and Palolem is the perfect place to recuperate – I love that beach! Such exciting news about Australia! Melbourne is one of my favourite cities in the world and I would highly recommend it if you want to settle in a city. If you need to find work quickly, consider applying to jobs in Western Australia – especially in the Northern part of the state. There aren’t as many people in that area, and I was able to find work there almost immediately. Plus, Western Australia is incredibly beautiful!
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      Ryan

      Palolem was a great place to recover! I’m quite happy I survived the race as well haha, but it has taken a bit of time to sit at the computer and think of writing, so it took it’s toll in some ways. And thank you for the tips in Australia! Melbourne is my first choice and everyone I have spoken to that has been has told me Melbourne and I would fit quite well together. Very excited to get there, and though I have recently taken a detour, it wasn’t a drastic detour though!

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      Ryan

      Thank you Mary! There shall be plenty of details now that I’ve had a moment to recuperate and also now that I have decent wifi! I’m super excited for the next step, whatever that may be, and even though I went to Thailand recently, Australia is still close in the cards.

  4. Paul

    I’m sure chilling in Goa was much needed after the crazy rickshaw adventure! Good luck in OZ, consider it a whole new travel adventure, as I’m sure you will, and use the time to plot your next chapter ….

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      Ryan

      Most definitely Paul. Goa, though it was a bit too hot, was overall a nice change up from the crazy rickshaw run, and even if it isn’t normal for me to just sit around all day sipping cocktails, I needed something absolutely mindless to do after. Thanks for the well wishes! Excited to begin a new chapter and a new country!

  5. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    Wow! What an incredible journey. I am still contemplating trying to get a team together for the 2017 Mongol Rally. Even with all the hardship, I think what you did is inspiring!

    Congratulations on the Australia move. I love having a base and seeing the would from there. Maybe it will work for you too.
    Jonathan Look, Jr. recently posted..Incredible Sapa Rice Terraces of Vietnam

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      Ryan

      Jon, you really should do it in 2017! Mongol Rally is next on my list too and it would be awesome if I could get it together by then too. The Rickshaw Run was insane, and I am happy we survive mostly intact, and happy to inspire you to do one!

  6. [email protected] The British Berliner

    Well done Ryan. You did it. You should be proud. The Rickshaw run is awesome but exhausting. I spent a month in India solo, and it was quite enough, so you did well LOL! Off to Australia. Yay! I’ve not yet been but I hear Melbourne is pretty cool, and the Australian pay is great as long as you find a flat share, as you don’t want to spend it all…! ‘Look forward to reading more about India. Enjoy Goa!
    [email protected] The British Berliner recently posted..How I went to Tallinn in Estonia, a Medieval Old Town surrounded by Danish Castles. How utterly charming!

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      Ryan

      Thank you for the congratulations Victoria! I am just grateful to make it out alive! Awesome and exhausting are two great ways to describe it. The month after added on top of the exhaustion when I was trying to seek a bit of relaxation, so only now am I really having a breather, India is just…wild. And thank you for the heads up on Australia, hopefully I can find a place!

  7. Savar Pandey

    Hey Ryan,,,,,,
    Your page is vividly designed and it was love at first sight for me! It’s like what’s inside your mind is extracted and pinned to this wall! Really I was taken back by it that most of the time I spent exploring your…..well…collage
    The rickshaw run seems fun and Australia, my hearty wishes as you visit the place and paint these blogs with memories and paper post it’s.

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