You travel once and travelling will become a part of your life. Creating life with Journey or life is a Journey does not matter much until unless you stop travelling. We will have loads of stories, some teaching lessons, some giving experience (I consider good and bad both), some adding values while some will show the value; whatever it is but it will always add new chapter with loads of zig-zag colorful curves. We have backpacks with full of fun and adventure, just need to open it.
“One More Trip”, a travel bug which keeps on biting me and scratching me head asking to go on one more trip as soon as I finish one. Rather, I should say “while ending one trip, I was planning for another trip” would be more appropriate and meaningful. Madness to travel, madness to enjoy bike ride irrespective of destination, madness to make your mark, madness to put your shoes in each and every state of India, madness to fell the sense of being nomadic ,madness to see each and every culture and madness create travelling stories !
I remember, my teacher told me, “It’s only difficult because you have not done this”. I don’t know I ever applied it to my studies but it surely motivated me for my road trips. Riding bullet itself is a great experience but I had little fear, I admit it. To fight this fear I participated in an off-road ride with bunch of people who were doing off-roading with four wheelers. Seeing the steepness and un-even terrain, I was very nervous and sweating like hell. But once I pulled the throttle, I can’t explain the feeling.
Bangalore is such a good place. It is kind of center to execute all kind trips. Off-road, hilly, forest etc, everything is just very near. I just wait for long weekends so that I can mark those places on my calendar “one more done” ! Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Maharashtra each and every place with their own attractions. Valpari forest, ooty’s 36 hair pin bends, NH4; a clean green open highway, wayanad; jungle hi jungle and never ending list...this place is blessed for people who love to explore who love to travel.
It’s kind of chase. You witness sunrise at one place and then chase sunset from another place; a never ending process. I have witnessed sunrise-sunset from lot of places. Believe me, with every sunrise I felt the same joy, a happiness and a satisfaction. May be philosophy but yes it shows the life cycle and gives a positive attitude. Nothing is permanent, so keep moving!
You can capture the scene but you can’t capture the feeling. Ofcourse camera take good photographs but when your eyes get first glimpse, you feel waoo..not waoo..much much much more that than. This can’t be explained in words. I had same feeling when first time I saw Himalaya! Though I was very far but the thought of being there itself took my breath and planned to be there, SOMEDAY!
I have been riding solo, with groups and with my travel partner. Riding solo requires lot of motivation and positive attitude. I would use better word, mentally strong. Travelling in group or with travel partner helps us to keep focus, especially in groups cos they have a discipline. It is good terms of safety and you won’t worry about break-downs. I share a small incident, I was riding in group through Valparai Tiger Reserve, at 1:00am (legally which is not allowed and also not safe), one of our rider’s bike got punctured. Being in group, we felt safe and helped to fix the puncture. One of us had puncture kit, one had pump while other had glue. Now, while riding solo if this incident would have happen in this kind of area, you should thank GOD if you are going to see sunrise tomorrow :D
For me, I have mission. Get out of my comfort zone, save as much as I can and then TRAVEL! I get worried while returning from trip. Though the return direction should be back to home but somehow the arrow in my compass doesn’t want to point there. It points another place, some other place. Leave the rest of the World and let’s go on a life time trip, travel till you are alive. I do not want latest phone, do not want luxuries, do not want a big dashing car bla bla bla..I just want my bike and travel. I want to mark my foot prints on each and every place on the map, want to make new friends, visit places I can’t even imagine, explore cultures. The fascinating desires locked in my hearts, I want to open them. Travel Travel Travel My World.
When I started travelling, I got glimpse of being a human being! I see how people live out there, how they are happy with small things, the level of satisfaction and the way of living. A simple question, how many of us had collected dry woods for bonfire? How many of us had made a tea on that fire and how many of us had cooked food? I guess, very few. But what about the people for whom this is the way of living. Preparing a “home” by using dry leaves and wet soils for wall. I was very lucky to make my hand dirty to make a mud pot. I can’t explain in words but the joy was much more than clearing my master’s degree. We are surrounded with such beautiful and kind people. We think the World is not safe out there but this is only fear. Once we step out and experience then we realized the world is much bigger and beautiful than what we think! I only wish if I could get wings to fly. Eat where you find, sleep where you get the place and fly where you want!! That’s why I Travel!