Big, gigantic, humongous, exciting announcement

by Kim on September 12, 2012 · 58 comments

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.

Cows. Rickshaw.

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.

Why?

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.

DONATE HERE

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.

DONATE HERE

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.

If your business would like to sponsor team Namaste Outta My Way please click here for more information or contact me directly.

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

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Rhonda September 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

FINALLY you are sharing your adventure with the world via your website! We have been overwhelmingly excited for you since you first told us about this adventure months ago. I know it’s still a few months away but I am just drooling with the excitement of hearing all about it!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

I know, the cat is finally out of the bag. I think you and Jim should do the RR someday!!! :)

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Adena September 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I’ve driven one before – you can do it! Be safe!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

That’s good to know- not as hard as it looks??!?! I might wear a helmet ;)

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peach September 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

SOOOOO exciting!! I actually have a friend from Seattle who has done this challenge several times and will be there this winter as well!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

Wow, I bet we’ll meet him!! He must love it if he’s done it more than once…

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Sarah Somewhere September 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Woooooooooohoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

My thoughts exactly (along with ohhhhh craaaap)!

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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

We’re doing it!!! Yeay!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

We sure are. I can’t believe it!

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Carmel September 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

So excited to follow you crazy kids on this adventure!!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

Whoo hoo! Thanks Carmel :)

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Jen M. September 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Wow! Sounds awesome. I can’t wait to hear about it and see pictures.

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

I’ll write all about it here on So Many Places and also on our new Rickshaw Run Diaries blog!

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Justin September 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Damn Kim! What an awesome adventure! Can’t wait to hear the stories from this one :)

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

Thanks Justin :)

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Allison September 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yay!! This is amazing! I’ve always been sort of kind of interested in the Adventurists various things but have never had someone who I follow regularly do one! This is going to be awesome!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

Yay, thanks Allison! I’m so excited. Don’t all of The Adventurists events sound amazing??

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Tracy September 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Kim! You are crazy and amazing. So glad there are two other crazy/amazing people in this world who are up for the challenge as well :)

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

I’m glad about it too :) Thanks Tracy.

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Dalene September 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I just read all about this a little while ago…I WANT TO DO IT! Now I just have to convince Pete. Or, two strangers. :)

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Haha. We’ve got another spot in our rickshaw…

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Edna September 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

So exciting! Seems like a great trio of travelers to go rickshaw-ing with, and I love your team name. Can’t wait to follow along!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thanks Edna!!

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Maddie September 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

WOW!!! So, so excited for you all! What an amazing adventure, can’t wait to read about it from three of my fave travel bloggers!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thank you Maddie! And THANK YOU for your support donating to FRANK water. XO

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Gillian @OneGiantStep September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

This is exciting news!! I know you guys are going to kick it hard – can’t wait for it to happen! Yay!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Whoo hoo. Thanks Gillian!!

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Ashlie Woods September 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

OMG, you’re my kind of crazy! I love it and I love the cause. We’ll be following along with great enthusiasm and virtual cheerleading… Go Girls Go!

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

I feel a little crazy! Thanks for your cheers!

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Shar September 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

That is insane!! More power to you!! I love it.

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

Haha, thanks Shar. Pretty crazy, I know.

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Pamela September 13, 2012 at 3:23 am

So freaking insanely amazing! I am so jealous!!! :)

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

Thanks Pam!!! You should do the RR too!

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Steve Whitty September 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

Awesome. Good luck to you. I bet you cannot wait.

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

I certainly cannot wait. Thanks for your support Steve!

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Darcy @SustainableFamilyFinances September 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

Looks like a cross between Burning Man and the Amazing Race. Very cool that you are doing it with two other women travel bloggers.

Maybe I missed it, but what will Brian adventure be?

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Kim September 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hey Darcy! We aren’t sure what Brian will do yet. He’ll probably come to India and hang out in Goa on the beach for a few weeks while I do the rickshaw run!

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Charlie September 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

WOW, that’s insane!! I HAVE to do this one day! And all for a good cause! I’ll be following along :)

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Kim September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

Charlie, the Rickshaw Run takes place three times a year, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities! Add it to the list ;) Also, thank you so much for your donation!!!

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Michele Crim September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I think this was meant to be…your adventures with your trusty (ahem) steed Vermont was basic training!! Yay for you three!

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Kim September 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

That is hilarious and true! I never thought about how I was “training” the whole summer!

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Tracey September 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Soooo exciting!! Can not wait to hear about all the crazy & amazing things/people you will encounter on this adventure:)

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Kim September 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

Thanks Tracey! It IS exciting. I’m sure there will be a few crazy stories… :)

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Ali September 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

Sounds awesome and crazy, can’t wait to follow along!

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Kim September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thanks Ali. We’re all really excited!!

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Dustin September 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

So are you in training, by practicing taking apart and reassembling lawnmowers? :)

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Kim September 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Haha, no, but I SHOULD be!

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Catherine April 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

I’m keen to try this. How did you meet your team? My husband and I want to do it but would be neat if we could add another team member!
Catherine recently posted..Part 2: Incredible India

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Kim April 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

Hi Catherine, my team was actually 2 other bloggers. I’d never met them before we met in India. One of the bloggers asked if I would do it and I said yes. It was great to have 3 people but 2 people works well also. There were a lot of teams with just 2 people.

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