After 10 minutes of arguing, they finally let us through. We
checked our bags, got through security and finally made
it on the flight to Delhi. The flight from Mumbai to Delhi
was an hour and a half. When we arrived in Delhi, we
checked into our hotel. They had to scan each person in
individually, and it was all done by hand, so the check-in
period took longer than the flight from Mumbai to Delhi.
The hotel had a three-star rating, but I would say booking
a three-star Indian hotel is not like a three-star American
hotel. We had a bucket with water for showers and no hot
water, toilet seat or toilet paper. Toilet paper is a luxury
in India, but luckily I packed wet wipes. There were no
towels and only one bed on the floor to sleep on. At least
there was a key lock on the door. On the bright side, it was
only $23.00 a night for Justin, Brian and me!
The Taj Mahal was a four-hour cab ride, with one pit
stop at a McDonald’s on the way. When we got near the
Taj Mahal, a cow tried to ram our cab, and there were
people panhandling for whatever money they could find
everywhere. It cost us 1000 rupees to get to walk through
the Taj Mahal, which is $15.50. When you walk through
the palace, they give you booties to put over your shoes.
Having the privilege of seeing such a magnificent sight
in person is beyond words. After walking through the Taj
Mahal and taking it all in, we stopped by some local shops
to buy gifts before the ride back to Delhi.
When we got back to the hotel, we had pizza, which
was the only Indian food that our sissified stomachs could
MXA test rider Justin
Muscutt ( 31) finished
third overall after
three nights at the
This is the X-ray of MXA test rider
Brian Medieros’ little finger after a
third night crash. Brian got it set at
an Indian hospital, but waited to get
it plated back home in the USA.
Brian (left) and Justin
(right) represented America
at the Pune Invitational