15.11.2010 - 15.11.2010
We both had a pretty good night’s sleep. After the chicken made a sharp exit onto the tracks I felt much better. Sarah was feeling better too.
“Would you like some delicious Indian Railways food?” asked the catering guy.
“No!” we answered in unison.
We spent the rest of the day on the train trying not to think about food.
At 3:00pm the train stopped at Appelley station, we’d run out of water and the train stopped for a good ten minutes at each major station. I jumped off the train to buy water, as the shopkeeper was handing over the bottles he said, “Should you be on that train?” pointing to the accelerating train. “Jesus!” I threw the bottles back at him and sprinted for my life down the platform in my flip-flops. I couldn’t believe how fast the 30+-carriage train accelerated. I finally reached my top speed as I came level with a door; I just leaped sideways and landed, full length, in the doorway of the carriage. Sweating bruised and out of breath I stood up and dusted myself off. I was still panting when I got back to our birth. “Didn’t you get any water?” asked Sarah.
By 6:00pm we were arriving at Varkala station. A tuk-tuk delivered us to the cliff top where we found a great little guesthouse for 400 Rupees. By 7:00pm we were in a sea view restaurant, Sarah eating Blue Marlin steaks and me, still in my delicate state, eating Cheese toasties.