India is all we hoped and so much more. The colors, the noise, the hustle and bustle of the traffic -- are just what you would expect in Delhi, a city of 22 million people!
So Judy, great and long-time friend and donor from Chicago, and I fled Delhi to find Michele.
Her cell phone didn't work. But my driver talked to hers and had an idea where she was. Five long hours, through lots of traffic, we came to the city where her driver said she was on the Ganga.
As we slowed for heavy traffic to enter Binjour, a small city, there was this beautifl blonde woman with a saffron colored scarf, standing by the road, with her companion Nat, and surrounded by several Indian men.
We began to hoot and holler and Michele was flabbergasted to see us. She had been on the river since last we had spoken, but had lost phone contact with her driver, had no idea where he was, or any idea we were coming!
Many hugs later, we had dinner together and heard her amazing adventures, and tales of kindness from ever so kind Indians, including a hotel owner who had a press conference for her.
Even the guards at the barrage let her and Nat pitch their tents away from bad monkeys, but in an idyllic park with convenient restrooms and beautiful birds wandering about. Michele was a bit weary, but really doing so so well on her paddleboard. The best news is that for all the time on the river, she has no pain...!
We saw them off this morning below the barrage, and will meet up in another two days. She urged us to return to Hardiwar, north, and see what she had so enjoyed. We're here now, and happy that Michele is doing her goal!
No Dehli belly. The ganga is sublime. Nat found a dead body in the rocks while filming me, our guides shrugged.
So far everything is amazing. The rapids yesterday were beyond epic, with 6 ft standing waves for up to 1000 meters long. I was the first to bring a paddleboard to this region that is packed with rafting companies.
Oh, the canoe and rig is perfect, really fast and also unique. The factory owner who had it donated it to us. All the guides and camping at Yangdu's were also donated for the cause.
The generosity has obviously been wonderful. Vishwas wouldn't take money from us either for helping us all day in Dehli.