Many of us dream of going on an epic roadtrip at some point in our lives, driving either a motorcycle, or perhaps a hot sports car, or maybe even an RV, in order to get out and see more of the world. That’s easy – it just takes money. And certainly you want more of a challenge than that, right?
Not too many people dream of seeing more of the world by driving over 2000 miles across India on a glorified lawnmower. It takes way more than money to do something like that. It takes some real chutzpah, some cojones, a serious sense of adventure, and more than a little bit of craziness to follow the “Un-Route” of the Rickshaw Run over ridiculous terrain in an unsuitable vehicle.
But if you were to choose this, you’d be one of a select few people in the entire world to say you’ve done it. And that alone is reason enough to go.
The Rickshaw Run is the latest offering from The Adventurists, and it combines an epic adventure, lots of parties, an eye-level tour of India, charity fundraising, and a very intimate relationship with the 145cc of awesomeness that is the powerplant of the auto-rickshaw. Oh yeah, and you get to pimp your rickshaw.
This event isn’t just about having fun, though. It also helps to raise money for charity. Teams on the Run are asked to raise a minimum of £1000 (~$1600 USD) for charity, which goes to helping change the lives of people in some of the poorest parts of India. The official charity for the Rickshaw Run is Frank Water, which funds sustainable clean water projects in developing countries across the world.
If this type of maniacal adventure is your cup o’ tea, you’ll pay just £1395 (~$2200 USD) per team (which can be as many people as you can fit into your rickshaw), and in return you’ll get the rickshaw, a couple of days to get comfortable with driving it (and to pimp it out, remember?), a big launch party, parades, and then a couple thousand miles of epic adventure in one of the most colorful countries in the world.
And for those staying home, it also includes “a fancy tracking and update system to calm mum’s nerves”.