The decision was impromptu - one day I said to my friends, let's do a cycle ride and few of them were game. Guru, who is an avid cyclist is always game for it. Pavan wanted to join and so did Nagesh. We didn't plan anything till the day before the trip.
Guru came up with couple of routes that we can explore and I was busy enquiring with RR cycles to hire few bikes. We zeroed down on chikkatirupathi. After last minute drop outs, it was only Guru and me who wanted to go finally. So, I used Pavan's Hercules ACT 1.0
We started off at 5:30 AM - the darkness, cold and fog were intimidating but we continued to ride. We rode at decent speed, approx 20 Kmph. Though the first 12 kms was in the city, the real ride started post that, as we entered the outskirts. Fog, Fields, Village atmosphere, Greenery and Kids waving are some of the highlights of the trip.
Here is a short conversation I had with a kid. And there were numerous kids waving to us all along.
"Kid: Hey man
Kid: How are you doing man?
Me: (all smiles) I am good, how are you?
Kid: I am doing good man. Byee
Me: Bye (all smiles)"
The roads weren't in a great condition and that slowed us a bit. I used the wrong gear ratio for almost 2/3rds of the trip but it was a good learning. It took us close to 3 hrs 20 mins to cover this distance. I am happy that we did this ride, it was completely a new experience. Thanks to Guru for the first ride.
I think moments like these (running and cycling etc) give a new dimension to life, give new experiences, bring a smile on your face. And that is the essence of life.
More rides and longer distances to come in the future.