It’s not often that I make a VERY. BIG. DEAL out of any one thing on this blog.
But I’ve got an exciting announcement to make and I am at once both terrified and thrilled to tell you about it.
I’m referring to my next grand adventure.
I’m going to India.
On January 1, 2013, I will set off sans Brian to drive the length of India in a three-wheeled rickshaw with two other people that I have never met before.
Let me say that again.
I will be leaving my husband and driving the length of India in a three-wheeled rickshaw with two people that I have never met before. There’s so much insanity in that sentence I’m not even sure which words should be italicized and made boldface.
This crazy little adventure even has a name. It’s called the 2013 Rickshaw Run.
From the Rickshaw Run website:
The Rickshaw Run is a 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run is easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks.
Loud, uncomfortable, prone to breaking down a lot and completely useless at protecting you from the elements, rickshaws are undoubtedly the ultimate long distance, off-road machine. Despite being designed for short distances, on road. Possibly the least suitable vehicle on the planet for covering the entire subcontinent in two weeks.
Sounds like fun, no?
On the first day of 2013 I will hop into a motorized rickshaw and drive 3,500 km (2,175 miles) with Hannah and Sarah, two writers and travelers who are clearly as off their rockers as I am.
Together, we will sputter and stall our way from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in northern India to Cochin, Kerala in southern India. If our rickshaw breaks down, we’re responsible for fixing it. If we get lost, we’re responsible for finding our way again. The Rickshaw Run is an unsupported event. There’s a start and a finish. Everything that happens in between is wide open and completely up to us.
This could happen.
I know what you’re thinking.
Simply put, I’m doing this for adventure, experience, and because it scares the crap out of me. But, most importantly, I’m doing it because Rickshaw Run participants raise money for charity.
Together, Hannah, Sarah and I make up team Namaste Outta My Way. We’re raising money for FRANK Water, a non-profit that funds new clean water facilities for Indian villages in need.
We’ve launched a blog that will highlight the whole crazy adventure, including the highlights and lowlights of preparing for an event like this because, OH YEAH, we don’t even know how to drive a rickshaw.
We need your support
You can support team Namaste Outta My Way in a number of different ways.
1) By visiting our blog, Rickshaw Run Diaries, and signing up for our email updates.
2) By liking our Rickshaw Run Diaries Facebook page.
Or, most importantly,
3) By digging into your pockets and donating anything you can to FRANK Water in the name of adventure, life, and healthy futures for everyone. Every single cent of the money you donate goes directly to FRANK Water.
Our goal is to raise 2,000 pounds ($3,215 dollars) for this wonderful cause.
I don’t normally use this blog as a forum to ask for money. I don’t have a paypal button on the sidebar so that you can buy me a coffee. I love writing and consider it an honor that you read this blog.
But if you’ve ever felt compelled to help Brian and I out or wondered if there was something that you could do to help us along our path: this is it. Brian won’t be participating in the Rickshaw Run with me, but he is going to be a behind-the-scenes mechanic and all-around cheerleader as I set off on this amazing adventure with two amazing women.
So, please, if you are able, donate $5, $10, $25 or more and help team Namaste Outta My Way raise money for FRANK Water.
We’re looking for sponsors
If you own a small or large business we invite you to sponsor team Namaste Outta My Way. Sponsorship is a great way for your business to gain exposure across multiple websites. All sponsors will have their logos and links placed on our team website as well as the accomplished blogs of Furtherbound, Sarah Somewhere and So Many Places.
In addition, the primary sponsor will have their logo painted on the team vehicle, which will cover 3,500km of one of the most populated countries on Earth! Not to mention feature on YouTube videos and other media coverage of the event, such as The Adventurists official website.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
(P.S. Ho-ly crap! I’m going to be driving a freaking rickshaw through India!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Read about the launch from the perspective of my teammates:
Read Hannah’s launch post
Read Sarah’s launch post