By the time I was starting my math, It was already 11:30. I knew we had to be up at the fortress ready to zip by 3:30. If I did not focus on my math, this would not be possible. I cranked through my warm up problems, read the lesson with great efficiency, and completed my thirty math problems. I focused pretty well on my work, but almost not well enough. By the time I was finished with my lesson, it was already three o’clock. Yikes!
With quick foot placement and speed, we caught a ride up to the fortress. With us were three Indian doctors, as well as Ivan, Adam, and the Silbaugh gang. We split up into three rickshaws and enjoyed the ride up to the castle on the hill. We all had building anticipation about the zip line tour. The plan was for us to do a circuit around the ancient fortress, flying along wires, over deep gullies, and past ramparts! We would walk a hundred meters or so between zip lines. I just could not wait! It felt like ages (though it was probably only 15 minutes) when the lead guide finally said “all this way please”! Gulp!
I was nervous and excited. We followed our guide to a staircase leading up to a large platform built high upon the fortress wall. That’s when we all started getting really excited. Going with our group was another party of Indian tourists. The other Indian group went first, but soon it was my turn. I got myself in the proper position and was pushed off by our guide. The first two seconds were scary, but soon I experienced the same exhilaration that I felt while paragliding. I was flying! I felt the wind in my face and glided smoothly.
Our zip circuit went around the back side of the fortress. We zipped back and forth over a lake behind the castle, flying between the castle walls. Our last line was the most impressive. It was several hundred meters long and took us all the way back to where we started. After the zip tour, we walked back through town towards our hotel. We wandered a maze of streets and houses with the amazing sunset, shining upon the blue houses. The people of Jodhpur paint their houses blue to keep the mosquitoes away and to keep the houses cool. We are not sure how the color blue repels the mosquitoes, but with Malaria around I hope it works!
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