The biggest journey of my life till date had begun. A solo-bike trip across 5 states. I was travelling solo and solo travelling for me was more of getting to meet new people than knowing who I was. I’ve lived with myself, I wanted to live with people I had not known.
The dangers of riding solo were many, but had it paid off? This is something I can’t answer. Cus, I ain’t keeping a tab of pros and cons. Will I do it again? Hell yes.
Before I take you through the glimpses of my journey, I’d like to take a moment to thank a few. Without whom this journey would never have happened.
Mom and Dad: Every time I took my bike out, I was always supported, never was I forbidden to explore or venture out to take the road less taken.
Anthony: Thank you for lending me your Himalayan. That fine beauty, I eventually fell in love with after 5K km.
Sidanth & Sarath: Thanks for being my backup financial aid. I knew you had my back if things went south.
Lasya: Thank you for lending me your sleeping bag. The amount of confidence it gave is something that I cannot express in words. I always assured that in the worst scenarios, I’d have something that would let me glide into sleep.
Sravani: There’ll always be that one person who will be worried, day in and day out through-out your journey. Thank you for the company I had over calls when I was riding through vast expanses of inhabited places.
23rd December: Hyderabad to Gokarna
Started at 4 in the morning with the hope to reach Gokarna before sundown. For, I am scared of riding in the dark. I am scared of those riders and drivers who would not switch from High-beam to Low-beam even after multiple signals of flickering headlights. The journey was smooth, intense, and very calming. The Himalayan provided the right seating position, back support, and comfort I’d need. After going through the state highways of Karnataka and meeting multiple riders along the way, I was halfway through. The roads were not that great, but not that bad that would make me change my mind. Most bits were under renovation, hence, it was becoming a little tiresome to manoeuvre the 190KG beast for long durations. A sigh of relief was when I knew that Gokarna was only 200 km away.