The Extreme India Challenge

The Race

In April, Navin and I will race a beat-up rickshaw 2,000 miles across India, all for charity.  Our rickshaw is a three-wheeled converted lawnmower, meant to shuttle passengers a few short miles.  Once we leave Kochi, we will have no crew, only two weeks to travel through India’s famously congested and treacherous roads.  We will battle pollution, roaming cows, erroneous maps and unforeseen danger to complete our mission.  Impossible, you say?  That’s part of the adventure.

 

The Extreme India Challenge Route Map: 2000 miles of the most bizarre challenges in India

The Extreme India Challenge Route Map: 2000 miles of the most bizarre challenges in India

The Crew

My friend, Navin, and I have taken many trips together.  We’ve had great adventures, and even greater misadventures.  Once we got caught on the wrong side of martial law during the Mexican swine flu epidemic.  Another time we were mauled by dogs after taking the wrong path to a temple in India.  Airport riots in Argentina, Malaria in Paraguay.

The Extreme India Challenge will be our most daring adventure yet.

Mexican swine flu pandemic: Liberating Mexico one party at a time.

Mexican swine flu pandemic: Liberating Mexico one party at a time.

The Extreme Challenges (“The Dare”)

To make the race more exciting, Navin and I will be competing against each other to complete challenges along the way.  Each completed challenge is worth a number of points, and the winner gets eternal bragging rights.  You can contribute by commenting below or on Facebook (one comment equals one vote for the challenge of your choice), or by visiting our page with Trevolta, where your contributions support our charities and our trip, and earn you challenge votes. The more votes each challenge receives, the more points it will be worth.

The Extreme India Challenge: You can vote in the comments to increase the stakes for each challenge

The Extreme India Challenge: You can vote in the comments to increase the stakes for each challenge

The more you vote, the higher the stakes, and Navin and I like high stakes games!

The Charities

Proceeds from our trip will go to eradicating malaria.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has the most comprehensive and far-reaching plan with an agressive goal of eradicating malaria.  Proceeds will also go to Cool Earth, which works alongside indigenous villages to halt Amazon deforestation.

 

A mockup of our mosquito rickshaw in our quest to eradicate malaria.  This is sure to get some attention.

A mockup of our mosquito rickshaw in our quest to eradicate malaria. This is sure to get some attention.

How You Can Help

Tell us what you want to see! Vote for challenges by commenting here and on the myWanderlist Facebook page, or by donating to through our Trevolta page.  Each comment and each dollar donated equals one point for a challenge.

In addition to contributing to challenges, you can join us in generating good karma by sharing the adventure with your friends.  More publicity means more awareness and money raised for charity.

Disclaimer: while we will try our best, there is no guarantee we will be able to find or complete every challenge along the race route. In that event, the proceeds will still be given to the charities.

Racers drive rickshaws the length of India

Racers drive rickshaws the length of India

Trevolta Crowdfunding Travel Site

We’ve teamed with Trevolta, the exciting new crowdfunding travel site to raise our funds.  Visit our Trevolta page to see more ways you can help. If you are interested in partnering with us to assist with fund raising, please leave a comment below or contact me directly at bradbernard340@gmail.com

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About the author: Brad Bernard

 

Brad Bernard has traveled through 92 countries to find off-the-map experiences and authentic adventure travel. He pushes his own personal boundaries by travelling experimentally. Brad’s personal quest to find the most extreme and unique in travel has bred misadventures and moments of enlightenment alike. You can read his craziest stories on his adventure travel blog

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