Cycling is like a bread stuffed with double layers of Cheese. I could travel which I love and be physically fit, which is a prerequisite for doing things I like.
What I learnt from this ride? (before I jump on to the real story)
1. Always start early morning – good weather, less traffic, less pollution – you enjoy more
2. Do not carry even an extra gram if it isn’t absolutely essential
3. Carry a portable charger if you are dependent on GPS – battery of smart phone dies quickly
4. Carry a puncture repair kit – it’s difficult to find a repair shop when you are in need of one
5. Make sure you have a comfortable seat if you are going for a long ride, else bum hurts 😉
6. Make arrangement for mounting a camera if you are into photography and video shooting
7. Carry a lot of water, Shades, sunscreen (to reapply whenever you wash your face) and an MP3 player (music makes it really easy)
A short film on our first cycle ride, for those who do not wan’t to read much. Though it is shaky one and not very professional, I feel it still captures the essence.
Cycling isn’t something I ever liked or would ever do just for the love of doing it. However, I went on a cycling ride last weekend and covered 65 kms during my first ride, which I think is pretty good achievement for a guy whose routine involves negligible physical activity. It was all because of my passion for travel and fitness (very recently developed one).
The biggest challenges were inspiration, motivation and commitment. Reading the blogs of number of people who were traveling the world by cycling was really inspiring and motivated me to cover at least the city and it’s outskirts by cycling. This was like a bread stuffed with double layers of Cheese. I could travel which I love and be physically which is a pre-requisite for doing things I like. The high level of commitment was mainly because of my need to stay physically fit and win over the lethargy that had started ruling over my body. Moreover, it was also the result of long time that I had taken to ponder over it and reach the decision. My commitment stayed strong until we rode few kms during the return ride to our homes. It was hot and I was carrying a heavy DSLR Camera on my back (the biggest mistake that I made). It felt even heavier as we moved forward during the heat of the day. There were no stretches of shades and were no scenic spots. It was a busy highway with number of stretches having steep slopes. We stopped for few minutes every kilometre or so, consumed enough water and when felt hungry had watermelons and coconut water sold by hawkers. This worked as fuel, that kept us going and more importantly as a coolant that helped us maintain our body temperature.
Somehow we managed to reach the city, however, my spirit completely broke when we were just about 18 kms away from our homes. I just wanted to sit with my bicycle on a loading rickshaw. I even tried stopping few loading rickshaws. However, my friends’ energy level was infectious and boosted my energy level as well. I took few minutes of rest and was ready to hit the road again. We played it wisely for the remaining stretch. Whenever, it would be up the slope, we would walk and whenever down the slope we will take full advantage of it and ride down. We somehow managed to ride the roller coaster to reach our homes and that was a big relief that we had reached safely 🙂
Though it became a little difficult during the first ride as we had set very high target, I feel it will help us in the future rides.
Some of the photographs of The Big Banyan Tree – our destination, also called Dodda Alada Mara.