Hit The Road: India

by Ric Gazarian

My second book, Hit The Road India, traces my adventure across India. I drove an auto-rickshaw for 2000 km from Mumbai to Chennai. I participated in a rally organized by Rickshaw Challenge.  This race can be described as a cross between the Cannonball Run and the Amazing Race. In my book, I recount the challenges — from mundane to potentially life-threatening — that me and my teammate faced racing through this foreign land.

The rickshaw is most likely the most inappropriate vehicle for this task. The rickshaw is semi-open and only has 7 hp (think riding lawn mower). It is prone to frequent break downs.

Competing with 5 other teams from around the world, I and my partner would drive anywhere from 8-15 hours a day to get to the next destination.

We faced many challenges during our two week: detention by the police, battling the monsoons, food sickness, Indian traffic and roads, and setting the record for running out of gas.  Check it out! 

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Hit The Road India rickshaw

We drove this for 12 days!

route for the rickshaw rally

Our route across India

And check out my book 7000 KM To Go

Hit The Road India