Rule #1 in motorcycle riding
The other vehicle has a priority over you no matter what the signs or traffic laws are present
Still being alive today after following that rule
Especially in Greece, yep - they're nuts over there!!!
Your post above reminds me of the day I arrived in India some 16 years ago for one of my oldest & closest friend's wedding to an English girl. Pritam is the guy I rode to Greece & back with on 600 cc enduro bikes some years earlier.
It's an interesting story:
Pritam had come to collect me by car at Delhi airport and we then headed off to Jaipur, some 4 hour's drive away...
From stories I'd heard I was already aware that size of a vehicle in India constitutes right of way - The larger vehicle always has priority.
Along the way we saw the results of horrific accidents. Buses & trucks that has hit other vehicles head on plastered in blood, etc (People in India would travel on top of buses & trains!) I remember even seeing a corpse on the side of the road. This was a main carriageway with one lane either side connecting Jaipur & Delhi and was shared with different vehicles. We even saw a cart being pulled by a tractor engine on 2 wheels complete with family aboard.
Occasionally we saw goats, cows, chickens, etc. too.
Pritam had told me he didn't want me to drive during the 3 weeks whilst at his place...(Although I did ride his Husqvarna enduro bike off -road later on...) and I could begin to see why. Although I'd ridden bikes in S.E Asia, throughout Europe, etc. nothing I'd ever experienced was anything like this.
Anyways, as we drove - up ahead I could see two large trucks coming our way and deep ditches either side with trees, etc. As they get nearer one truck pulls out to overtake the other and I look to see where the escape is either side of the road. None!!!!
So I look at Pritam and he's continuing. We get closer and now the overtaking truck is ahead of the slower one, getting closer and closer all the time...
Pritam deftly moves his Hyundai to the opposite side of the road, the first truck passes and then just before impending collision he swerves back onto our side of the road and the slower truck passes.
He said nothing, no facial expression. I understood then to him this was the normal way to drive in India. Later on in town we had to negotiate intersections with elephants, cows, donkies, goats, dogs and other animals in addition to bikes, cars, etc. Again completely normal in India.
Previously, Pritam and another school friend Robin had travelled through some of India together on a 125cc bike (About 22 years ago during their late teens).
They'd told me of their similar experience with two trucks, only on that occasion there was no gap and trucks had arrived side by side with no escape, so Pritam had dropped the bike just before the trucks arrived & they found themselves doing forward rolls on the ground as the truck's wheels rolled by their bodies with inches to spare either side. The bike had somehow survived the fall without being run over and they continued their onward journey of adventure.
Pritam had grown up on bikes. His Indian father had been educated in England and been a wild guy on a bike, which had in turn attracted his English mum.
His father John was the first to introduce motocross in India some decades before, so both of father & son were well accomplished riders. I think Pritam's natural ability to avoid obstacles probably saved his skin. Today Pritam still rides, but mostly off-road (But threatens to visit Japan and go touring here with me sometime to relive our younger adventures.... If so - that'll be a story for the future, I think).
India was a fantastic place to visit, I enjoyed every day of the 3 weeks spent there a lot - but the driving / riding sure was eye opening. I guess it's changed a bit with all the development that's occurred since, but I'll never forget that particular road trip between Delhi & Jaipur.
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