You’re standing at the start line of the Rickshaw Run, with 3,500 kilometres of India stretching out before you and all you have to traverse it is a three-wheeled, seven-horsepower rickshaw that – as many have pointed out – is just a glorified lawn mower. But at least your trusty steed looks fly: participants pimp out their ride from the comfort of their own home, arriving on the subcontinent to be greeted by a freshly painted set of wheels.
You’ll race with two pals for two weeks, crossing paths with other like-minded (read: non compos mentis) travellers, as you putter – slowly – across the country. Between Fort Kochi in India’s tropical southern state of Kerala, and Jaisalmer, a city almost encroached by desert in the northern state of Rajasthan, riders can choose their own adventure by following the ‘unroute’, i.e. making it up entirely as they go.
The three-person team entry fee, which includes your rickshaw, is about US$2,400.
The Rickshaw Run is held three times a year.