the merman decided to forgo the opening ‘parade through town’ in order to gain a strategic time advantage over their rivals, putting us ahead by 50km.

after some minor adjustments..

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and careful driving..
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we chase the sun setting over Nalbari!

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unfortunately our estimates were off and darkness falls. we drive for two hours in sub optimal lighting to reach our hotel, which we promptly leave @ 4:45 am due to a bug population that Mayank failed to deal with the night before.

330km moon crater highways later..

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we pass through the rice fields of assam and into the darjeeling foothills to rest up and drink many kingfishers.

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