I was up at 04:30 and went inside the guest house to wake Bobby.
It seems we had god used to the thin foam mattresses of the Walkmobile.
It was not long before Bobby reached signs mentioning the next check post and he knew he was close to entering the next state.
Just over the border he approached the village of Kurai and was greeted by Sakshams who walked with him.
Toward the end of the village was another Government Guest House where we rested for our next break. Unfortunately we still had some distance to cover as we were hoping to reach the guest house at Rukhad.
I made sure Bobby rested well before starting on this gruelling leg of the route.
A few more people from the village saw him off and almost immediately the road started uphill.
Crazy drivers were travelling downhill and approaching the blind, mountain bends without slowing down. Only to slam on their breaks when they realised that our large vehicle was in the way and travelling at 3.5km per hour.
The only consistent thing is that the driver and passengers would be staring at us as they passed rather than concentrating on the rather dangerous road ahead.
The road carried on winding uphill, eventually flattening out where we stopped for a break and were kept company by a family of monkeys.
Together we walked the short distance to the Government Guest House they had arranged for our stay.
The route into the guest house from the road and after some very careful driving, Rahim manoeuvred inside and along the narrow path.
I asked Rahim and Satinder to check their mobiles and they also had no signal. A final check of Bobby’s mobile after his interview revealed there was no signal on any of the mobile phones we carried.
Ordinarily, if one or two phones could not be used, there would be no problem but if we had no contact with the outside world it would be too much of a risk even with the guest house caretaker on our doorstep.
Unfortunately we could not stay at that location for the night and we were told that the forest ended just a short distance ahead. Beyond that we would get mobile signals and there was a petrol station.
Bobby headed out again and after this extra and unplanned session of walking, he made it to the petrol pump we had been told about.
We managed to speak to the owner who also had a dhaba/hotel by the side and he directed us to park behind the hotel as it would be more private yet still safe.
After eating, Bobby fell asleep pretty quickly
I sat on my bunk for a while knowing that this would be the last real forest on our route and Bobby had conquered it.
I fell asleep dreaming of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.