Well, I have a surprise for you, that guy is me!!!
Let me begin by telling you my my inspiration of this journey.....ready?
"THERE IS NO INSPIRATION"!! I'm just crazy. One day I got up and went out to buy a bicycle. Few days later I set out at 4 a.m in the morning, on my new bike, I rode for 28 KMs that day. Next thing I knew, I was cycling on the long streched road between Varanasi and Chunar. Cycled 60 KMs and visited the Chunar Fort.
Then, I thought let's do something even crazier. Mind you, people around were already commenting on my new found hobby- "Why?", "Dude, You're Crazy?", "Bhai, aajkal maal phunkne laga hai kya?". So, I decided to go on my first century ride, cross the 100 KMs barrier. I started looking for suitable places and Lakhaniya Dari perfectly fitted in my requirements. It was situated at convinient 55 KMs from Varanasi. If cycle and then cycle back, I would cover total of 110 Kms or more.
The real challenge was preparing for the Trip. I just had a bike that's all. No, cycling Helmet, cycling shoes, clothes nothing. I didn't have the budget to buy expensive protein shakes and supplements, or other cycling equipments for example a mobile holder for handlebar, so that it would be convinient for me to guide myself through google maps.
The day before, I went out and bought food which suited my budget and fulfilled the nutrient requirements. Mustard seeds which I soaked overnight, 2 Dozen Bananas, A dozen eggs and I hoped that would be enough. Other factors like the situation when something really goes wrong with my bike en route ware left on chance.
On 2nd of December, 2018 I got up at 4.00 a.m in the cold that would make you shiver. Here are some other "Banarasi Jugaad" I used- I fixed my mobile on my Handlebar using a rubber band, I replaced cycling tights with my swimming trunks, which did the job, Though this wasn't safe but I had to go without a cycling helmet, I put on a woolen cap. It was still dark when I started. I had decided to stop on tea stalls and gather some information about the place I was visiting. You see, there are many rumours about Lakhaniya Dari, and few of those "Chaiwallas" added fuel to the fire. I stopped at the first tea stall when I still had approx 28 KMs to go. He cautioned me about the wild animals which live in the forests around the waterfall. Next I stopped at a tea stall when I had 19 KMs to go, the father-son duo scared the shit out of me! They told me the area was full of naxalites who capture anyone found alone in the area. "Just don't go too near the fall. You should have brought some friends with you. If they find you, they'll first capture you, bind you and then tell you to make a call to your place". When I left their stall, I was doubtdul of myself, "Let's go, and I keep distance until I see few people, only then I would go anywhere near the fall", I thought to myself. But to clarify my doubts, I stopped at a tea stall when I had 8 KMs to go. Walking out of that place was like walking out of a hot shower after a long tiring day, my tension eradicated mostly.