Imagine yourself in the countryside of rural India. Over the past few days you have visited the Taj Mahal. You have ridden a yak, eaten Paav Bhaaji, drank Rooh Afza and loved them all. You saw parts of India that 99% of the tourists will never see, and you also cruised into a village (whom had never seen a Westerner before) and they were ecstatic to meet you. Just to add some icing on the cake…you did it all in a motorized rickshaw….for charity.
This is the Rickshaw Run. The Rickshaw Run is quite possibly one of the most ridiculous things you can do with your travel time. But, without a doubt it will be one of the grandest adventures you will ever go on.
It is 3500 kilometers (2100 miles) a little over 2 weeks in a 7 horsepower motorized rickshaw. You and dozens of others each get a team of 2-3 people, your own beat up rickshaw and 15 days to cross the country of India. It has no set route, no back-up, and no real plan. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down. THAT IS THE ADVENTURE!
The point of all this ridiculousness is to put yourself in some of the most difficult situations one can think of, and to get out of them….in a timely manner….while having the time of your life. It’s just you and your friends in a wholly unsuitable vehicle traversing the subcontinent enduring whatever craziness the road throws at you. At each end of the Run is a party of earth shattering proportions but, what is between the start and the ending is all down to you.
In August of 2015, fellow world traveler Chris Reynolds with The One Effect is putting together teams of super adventure travelers to participate in the Rickshaw Run.
This adventure is a test…a big one. It is for the most adventurous!
This trip will be one of those memories that make you smile when you are 90 years old reviewing how you lived your life. A big grin will come across your face when your grandchildren ask you about India and you will know that it was one of the most unbelievable adventures that you ever took.
It is not for the lighthearted. If you see the video and know this is not for you, then please don’t inquire. If you see the video and you feel a rush of electricity in your body….you are the people we want.
The Rickshaw Run begins on August 2, 2015. When you arrive at the starting point you will have 2 days to learn how to drive this ridiculous thing, route your course, meet your team members, and pimp your rickshaw (fix it up). There will be a pre-party on the 4th of Aug. and the next morning all the teams will shove off into the vast unknown of India.
Fifteen days later you will find yourself (hopefully) at the finish line with all the other contestants and teammates. There will be an award ceremony and a final closing party. Awards will be given, however, this is not a race. In fact, an award is given to the team that finishes last, due to the fact that they got to see more than the other teams. This is an adventure, one to be enjoyed and endured one day at a time.
Why are we doing this….a few reasons:
- Have the adventure of a lifetime.
- See India like no other has imagined and…
- For Charity
That’s right, this is a charity mission. Each team has to raise $1,600 USD for a non-profit. Half will go to coolearth.org to save the Amazon. The other half will go the to charity of your choice.
What’s the benefit of teaming up with Chris and The One Effect teams?
~To be with High Caliber Super Travelers— team up and travel with people that you know will endure this trip excellently! It is true that a drop of oil will poison a glass of water. Each person that is teaming up with The One Effect will be personally interviewed to see to make sure they can endure this adventure.
What’s the next step?
~If you fancy an adventure like this, the next step would be to contact Clint at Triphackr. He will line you up with The One Effect team. You can also visit The One Effect’s page about the trip here. This will give you details about the dates, costs, and travel arrangements
Gear up and get ready for a trip that will absolutely blow your mind!