Traffic Flows through India
Now live on the Eddie Bauer “Live Your Adventure” blog is a post I wrote on the chaos – and strange effectiveness – of traffic in India. On our #GangaS2S Expedition this autumn, David Morton, Pete McBride, and I followed the Ganges River over 1,500 miles from source to sea, and experienced our fair share of traffic on rickshaws, on foot, by truck, boat, car, elephant, and more. Enjoy!
Inches, maybe only millimeters, were all that separated the hard steel of his bumper from the kid. He was maybe seven or eight, slight in build and dressed in school clothes. Had he been hit, he would’ve been dead, no question. But instead, he didn’t even flinch; he just continued weaving his way through four lanes of traffic thick with buses and lorries and tempos and rickshaws, all clanging bells and blaring horns. The driver, squinting through a windshield choked with decals of Shiva and awash with dangling Mallas, kept moving, the near-catastrophe not seeming to register at all.