Tuk to the Road

The trials and tukulations of Jo, Ants and Ting Tong the tuk tuk and our three-wheeled odyssey from Bangkok to Brighton...in aid of the mental health charity Mind. For more information please see www.tuktotheroad.com

Saturday, September 16, 2006

India Kitai

Mamallapuram (India) 16th September

Yes, Jo has hit the road again and after a mere 10 days in Blighty I have fled the country. The reason is that I am visiting my fiance for 5 days, because once I start medical school this wednesday there will be no time to see him before Christmas.

The weather is warm and cloudy and the driving is pretty reckless. To illustrate this point we were going to the cinema yesterday evening and as we turned in a motorbike crashed into us. Or to put it another way, we forced the motorbike to crash into us because we left him no other option. Thank goodness nobody was hurt, because there was a father, his wife and their 10 year old daughter on the bike. Of course none of them were wearing helmets and the mother was sitting side saddle because she was wearing a sari. So, that was last night's drama and miraculously it was not a serious incident. The driver informed me afterwards that it was not his fault, but if this had occurred in the UK I think the police would take a slightly different stance.

The title of this blog is the name of my new ferret. Pebbles passed away while we were in China and she was replaced by a baby in my absence. She is called India because obviously I love India and Kitai is China in Russian.

The money we've raised is slowly rising and once I have amended Just Giving we will be at about 28k. Keep checking this blog for any more tukking news or further crazy antics we are planning.

Love from India,



P.S. Seeing all the Indian autos i.e. tuk tuks is giving me itchy feet for another Ting Tong mission- watch this space!!!!


Blogger Alexander said...

China in Russian "Kitai" ))))

What are the chances to get hold of any documentaries made about you and Ants or even your own coverage?
I am in Manchester but gonna be down your neck of the wood with some relatives from Ekaterinburg first week in October)))

7:14 AM  
Blogger heid_honcho said...

I know...blow £28K on Kamagra, sell it on ebay, voila.... £50k for Mind.

(and some left over)

11:44 AM  
Blogger tuktotheroad said...

Alexander, thanks, I thought I probably spelt it wrong.
Our filming of the trip is currently totally unedited and with an editor in london- it won't be fully finished until some time next year.
Heid-what the hell is Kamagra? Sounds like Indian Viagra!

4:41 AM  
Blogger heid_honcho said...

Yeah, it's generic brand "vitamin V".

7:17 AM  
Blogger Ting Tong said...

I wondered where you had gone!
You have not been to see your ferrets for a few days - instead this rather handsome young man with lots of blonde hair comes. I've tried to flirt with him but he is only interested in the girl with red hair who is almost as colourful and pretty as I am.
Please be home soon. I miss you. The sun is shining and I want to GO OUT!!
Where is Mr. Ant? Haven't seen her since I was shut up in here. Perhaps she will come and take me OUT.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Alexander said...


I'm moving back to Ekaterinburg after 12 years in Manchester next May-June,so if your coverage is ready by then I would really like to be proud owner of one))) And I'm sure those you and Ants met in Ekaterinburg will appreciate it as well)) Can't speak for all of them but can promise a speedy delivery to "friend of Oleg's here called Alexei"))))Remember a BMW garage?)))

here is my email

1:26 PM  
Blogger tuktotheroad said...

TT, have you been borrowing my computer again. Mummy will be home tomorrow. Hopefully uncle Anuwat will send your new front shocks, caliper and springs and then we can get you fixed, registered and take you for a spin. Love u xoxo

3:30 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

India Kitai is doing well in your absence. Although she seems to have a slightly excessive (and dental) love for my shins and socks.

Good to see you on here Ting Tong. It's been good to have your company whilst looking after the crazy animals. I'll get Jo and Antonia Banderos to take you out soon.

5:30 AM  
Blogger bullyboys said...

But we only just got you back, Mummy! Uncle Nick is very nice but he keeps playing with that new thing in the other cage. Garlic says he doesn't mind her biting him because she is a girland it's not fair. Especially as he was so well behaved all the time you were away before. By the way, Mummy, there's a pink thing in here with three wheels that keeps muttering and narrowing its headlights at us. We think it wants to go out, but it has to wait for you, doesn't it? Love and slugs.

4:46 AM  
Blogger tuktotheroad said...

God I go to Ireland for a few days and find a host of talking ferrets and TT's. Help... x Ants

7:00 AM  
Blogger Rudy said...

WoW, im so surprised about Jo :)
Probably i going to Malaysia end of october (I hope so)
But i didnt really get any decision. I have interview in US embassy about visa, but already think i dont want to go there, coz all of my friends in M'asia. I think i need some time to get correct decision about my move. Its so hard :)

11:47 AM  

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