Leg 4, SS6 – Thar Express
This is the penultimate leg and the most challenging so far, for the competitors as well as the marshals. Our TC and the next one is barricading traffic from either side. Tractors, camel carts and all sort of local traffic starts building up. It’s difficult to stop them for long. They are eager to go on with their routines and not interested in staying put to witness one of ‘the biggest rallies in India’. We bribe a local man with t-shirts, candies and other goodies to volunteer for us. This arrangement works for some time before people become agitated again and we’ve to give in and allow controlled traffic movement.