The two of us soon caught up with a bunch of cyclists ahead of us and here on the cycling partners changed. While Dr Ghughe partnered up with a fellow cyclist from his town, I caught up with Nikita and exchanged notes about her lecture of the previous day. Talks stretched on to cycling in general, my experiences as a commuter, her venture Cycling Cities, etc.
And meanwhile the foliage on the side of the roads gradually changed to occasional fields of paddy and maize. A left on to the main road and trees and greenery now took over. The roads were now double-laned with occasional descents. The first SS soon came up and while I topped up my water bottles and caught up with Anil Sir about the roads ahead, I had some “baratis” come over requesting me for selfies. Obviously I was in no mood to say no, for the offer itself made me feel like a celebrity!