Seeing those biking groups pass the NH48 has always fascinated me! I always wonder how amazing would it be to stroll on a bike! I feel it’s the most authentic way to travel!
But woefully we always have time crunch due to the hectic schedule that we are threaded into. And alas, travel is always a hush-hush affair, so much so that the very purpose of travel is lost.
Coming back to the fascination behind bikers, I managed to talk to one through a friend!
So, i met this lovely and adventurous lady and was curious to know the impulse behind travelling to places on a bike despite such a hectic schedule.
Well, she feels the very purpose of travelling is lost when one travels just for the sake of travelling. She adds on further “travel is not just about feeling the place but the path too and the essence of exploring a place gets better when a person goes deep, mingles with the local people and understands the roots of the place and that is when you are near to the very purpose of your travel!
She believes that biking has changed her as a person. “We travel long distance on our bikes, it becomes tiring sometimes but the pleasure that it gives, takes away all the pain.”
Intrigued by her statement that she has changed as a person, I asked her to elaborate on it.
With a clear look of ecstasy on her face, she said “Our halts are untouched villages where we get to interact with people and know about them and their culture. It is amazing to see them open up about their problems and happiness and often you realise that there are indeed bigger issues in this world and also bigger and better reasons to look forward to each day as a blessing. We have become part of weddings and other functions, people show you such amazing warmth and you end up making memories and relationships for life!”
“When you travel like this, it becomes a completely different experience which stays and inspires you. I suggest people to go for a local discovery on a bike.”
Everything this lovely lady believes in, makes me remind of a quote by Miriam Beard “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
It feels as if the bikers surmise every single word quoted by Miriam.
No wonder it is a bit onerous to take some timeout to traverse like this, but it is certainly worth it. After all, who doesn’t want to add a little spark to their lives, learn and hear new people and unwind the problems, even if it’s for awhile.
So, do take some time out and plan an extravagant bike ride, who knows what’s awaiting you!
Stories by nidhi berwal