Rickshaw run update

by Kim on September 28, 2012 · 27 comments

It has been only two weeks since Sarah, Hannah and I announced that we’ll be participating in the 2013 Rickshaw Run to raise money for our charity of choice FRANK Water.

So much has happened in those two weeks. It’s amazing how, once you put something out into the universe like that, it can take on a life of it’s own. We’ve been so thrilled with the response to our hair-brained idea. 

Below you’ll find a few updates from Team Namaste Outta My Way. I’ll be regularly sharing our progress here on So Many Places. 

Update #1

In just two weeks time Team Namaste Outta My Way has reached 41 percent of our fundraising goal!! This is a big, huge, exciting development for us because I think we all secretly wondered if anyone besides our moms would donate (ahem, mom, that’s your cue).  We have been overwhelmed by all of your well-wishes and words of encouragement, kind emails and virtual cheers via Facebook. By donating to FRANK Water you are supporting our team and enabling a wonderful charity to do crucial work. Clean water is something that we often take for granted but cannot live without so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Update #2

We are excited to announce that Wimdu and Atlas Cruises and Tours have signed on as an official supporters of Team Namaste Outta My Way!

Wimdu is a company that helps travelers book private accommodations all over the world. They have over 50,000 properties worldwide- from shared flats to apartments to houseboats. Wimdu gives travelers the opportunity to travel like locals by offering accommodations off the tourist track. Plus, renting personal accommodation can be much cheaper than staying in traditional hotels. Wimdu is a great service for travelers and we are so excited to have them on board.

Atlas Cruises and Tours is an experienced travel agency that works with only the most reputable tour companies to bring you the trip of a lifetime. Browse their destination section to research available  tours to some of the world’s best locations such as tours to Italy and tours to Australia. If tours aren’t your thing, visit their cruise section and search for a number of amazing cruises. Atlas Cruises and Tours is a fantastic company with over 25 years in the travel industry and we are thrilled to welcome them as a Rickshaw Run sponsor.

Update #3

Brian and I have bought our tickets to India! You’d think that this would have happened before I announced to the world that I’d be driving the length of India in a rickshaw, but ticket prices were outrageous. We spent weeks searching like madmen for the best deal and finally found tickets for about half of what we originally feared we’d have to spend.

Our tickets have us flying of out Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve and spending Christmas Day in a German airport. It’s not much of a merry Christmas, but India will be worth it.

We hadn’t originally planned on visiting Brazil but I’m learning that plans don’t mean too much when traveling- they’re constantly evolving and changing. So we are excited to fold Brazil into our South American itinerary and are tweaking our route south to include it. Our big task now is making sure that we secure Brazilian VISAs while we are in Buenos Aires. The process seems fairly straightforward but wish us luck anyways!

Some of you have asked what Brian will do while I’m winding my way down India in a Rickshaw. The answer is that we don’t know yet. He may go practice yoga or sign up for a silent retreat. He may rent a bungalow and hang out on the beach. The possibilities are endless but he is excited to have an adventure on his own.

All we know for sure is that, once the Rickshaw Run is over, Hannah, Sarah and I and our significant others will all be unwinding in our very own Indian abode graciously provided by Wimdu. I’m already looking forward it and know our bums will appreciate a little down time after fourteen bumpy days in a rickshaw.

Once again, thank you all for cheering us on as we plan and prepare for the Rickshaw Run. You can check out our Rickshaw Run Diaries website, like us on Facebook, or help us reach our fundraising goal by donating to FRANK Water.