El Cic
    • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

    I can’t explain the discrepancy in experiences in Bikaner/Jaipur rural areas.

    Yes. Goa. I was chased by what looked like all the dogs in the hamlet that I was cycling through. Vowed never to cycle in Goa again.  Same thing in a hamlet near the Karanataka/TN border. Same vow taken.

    When on tour I try and avoid the highways due to the heavy traffic there and lack of nature and interesting environment, so going through villages is necessary.   After the Karanataka/TN  experiences I carry on cycle tour dog deterrents such as pepper spray, ‘sonic weapons’ such as a police whistle and ‘food distraction’ in the form of crumbled biscuits.