The Ride Continues (Phase 0 : Discovering Myself)

Hey guys, how have you all been!

Somebody once said, it’s not how many miles you go, but how many hearts you connect to, that fulfills your journey. And I am living the experience at the moment. Cities, towns, villages… everything is so different but still the same. People have different habits, but the gestures resonate the same feelings. Logic takes a back seat where emotions drive the quest for life.

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Innocence at its best

The days and nights remain the same, but the moments that we live in between, change you as a person every day, every hour, actually down to every second.

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Empowered Youth

So the journey that I started with a cause has been sweet and sour so far. I have met more people than the miles I have covered and the realization that the world is far more diverse than I imagined has started to sink in.

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The unsung heros

Meeting the brave hearts and sharing the moments with them, have brought me closer to a reality which almost all of us choose to be conveniently away from. Just as our soldiers on borders, the people guarding our streets, schools, markets and homes deserve the same respect and audience as well.

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Guardians of the cities

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The gate keepers

Pedaling from dawn to dusk, listening to stories over shared meals, trying to connect the dots on my charted route map, finding shelter and some unwelcome boundaries, this journey/quest keeps me busy. There was a fear when I started, of the unknown faces and territories, but I have started exploring the beast within as the miles keep adding.

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Beast Mode

Curious glares, shared faiths, sweat and blood, and countless prayers, have got me so far. It is a vast and varied world out here which I could have never seen had I not been so crazy 😛 . Interaction with the youth, wisdom of the old, some tangy emotions and countless hours on the saddle… it all seems a dream sometimes.

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Captured moments

The love and support I am gathering every day from well-wishers and strangers is overwhelming at times and actually keeping me up and pedaling, despite the acute pain that has gripped my left knee for some time now. And at times it’s not a medicine that can help reduce the pain but an innocent smile.

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I am a nomad at heart who craves for journeys and experiences. Life is too short to stop exploring and the quest to be happy should go on.

14 thoughts on “The Ride Continues (Phase 0 : Discovering Myself)

  1. Pingback: The Ride Uphill (Phase 1 : The Uncharted Territory) – Tap My Toes
  2. I am really enjoying your trip. This is basically my dream trip – a trip of a lifetime. I love bicycle touring as it is because so often we see interesting and unexpected things even in the most familiar of surroundings. But to do it in India where even after two trips, everything is still new to me would be amazing.

    It’s part of why I started studying Hindi seriously. I always had it in the back of my mind that it might be interesting to learn. But it wasn’t until I travelled in Quebec, where many people speak French, and getting by with my own basic French that I realized what a difference it is to speak the native language of a place even if the people you’re speaking to also speak English. There is a completely different connection. And so, knowing that someday I would go to India and spend a few weeks riding there, I thought it would be interesting to learn to speak Hindi as well.

    Of course, if I truly wanted to travel all over India and connect via native language, I might need a few more lifetimes to spend related to language study 😉

    Keep posting these stories and photos. They’re great!

    1. Thank you so much Todd, but that’s my friend and fellow cyclist who’s journey I am sharing with you all by featuring him on my blog 🙂 .
      I am impressed with your intent to learn Hindi. Let me know if you need any help with that. And be my guest whenever you plan to travel to India.

      1. Ah – I didn’t realize that. It’s still an extremely interesting story. We’ll definitely be in touch closer to the time we are there. At the moment we’re looking at being in Delhi sometime around the 23-25th of January and 28-29 before moving on to Jaipur. While we’re in Jaipur I may hire a bike and take a few days for a solo journey in Rajasthan – we’ll see how it goes. A longer trip would have to wait until 2020 – which could coincide nicely with my 50th birthday. 🙂

      2. Cool! 26th Jan is Indian Republic Day and a national holiday too. If you happen to be in Delhi I can take you for a ride with my group here. Do connect with me and I won’t disappoint 😉 .

      3. This is the second time in a row I didn’t quite plan things properly on my visit. On my last trip I left two days before Holi started. This trip I won’t be in Delhi for Republic Day (I’ll be in Raipur) but will be around for a few days before that. So maybe we’ll see you then!

    1. Hey Derrick that’s not me buddy. He is a very dear friend and fellow cyclist, who’s attempting a world record dedicated to the Soldiers. I decided to feature him in my blog so that his journey could be shared.

I would love to hear from you :)

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