Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cycle For Life!

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With the wind sailing through my hair, the only sounds I was aware of were the soft swooshes of my feet working the peddles and the steady rhythm of my own heart.  Everything else in the world had faded away as I cruised along the asphalt leading towards one of the more secluded beaches in Alibaug in the late afternoon.  There was a deep sense of freedom and a feeling of accomplishment as my two wheeler and I left the road and began up a mud trail leading over an embankment to the hard sand beach just beyond.  As the trail rose further, I passed through a large clump of pine trees that for the next couple of minutes hid the shoreline from view.  An experience such as this reminded me of just how beautiful life could really be, far removed from the monotony of urban existence.

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Over the past year, I had been very pleased to see that the number of people opting to use cycles for either exercise or short commutes had steadily increased.  Even more interesting, were the fine displays of high quality bikes and matching gear being used by various enthusiasts across the city.  However, as someone who is an avid cyclist I often felt a bit pained that while many shared my passion there were not enough stretches of roadway that were both safe and devoid of vehicular traffic for us to ply on at our own leisure.   Fortunately, in the month of February this year, fate decided to intervene and I did discover one of the many places, where people could get away and enjoy a more peaceful sojourn.

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Located on the Konkan coast of Western Maharashtra, just south of Mumbai city, Alibaug offered the ideal range for riders to choose either a solo or group tour through its small town habitations, neighboring beaches and vast open fields that lay inland.  Plus, with its large swathes of farmland and pristine hillsides further down its coast, it  also offered adventure seekers a number of great camping spots post the monsoon season (early June to mid-October).  But for just the day I ventured there with a group known as the Mumbai Travellers, our journey was equally thrilling in every way.  We did visit Khim and Awaas beach and were granted the opportunity to see several spots around Alibaug that are seldom visited by tourists.  But more important for me was the feeling of elation of being removed from the usual humdrum of engines to being able to soak in the relative silence and chirps of birds in the canopy of trees above me.

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Indeed, this tranquility also reminded me of my love of the symbiotic relationship shared between the bike and its rider. Each needs the other to get somewhere. Plus, there is a strong reminder to the rider that unless she or he makes the effort to push beyond their own limits they are not going to get anywhere at any time any soon.  Along a journey there will be points, where the rider will have to exert themselves and at others where they can enjoy just sitting in their seats and letting gravity take care of the rest.  It’s very much like life in that respect.  If you meet challenges head on and understand that if you work hard enough to overcome every obstacle then there is always a reward awaiting for you on the other side. Next Take please!

2 comments:

  1. Lovely! sounds like an exhilarating break. you write with a lot of energy. keep it going. :-)

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