YOUR RIDES

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’M raIMa saMuI, a laDy BIKer from Kolkata and the first In­dian to cover the en­tire shore­line of our coun­try rid­ing solo. this was the long­est bike trip I had

un­der­taken, cov­er­ing nine states and two union ter­ri­to­ries, rid­ing on the coastal roads of In­dia. For this 16-day-long jour­ney all I had for com­pany was my trusted Ba­jaj avenger 220; be­sides, of course, the con­vic­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to prove my­self.

since I live in Kolkata, I started from the east­ern side of the In­dian coast­line and rode down to Bakkhali in West Ben­gal to be­gin my coastal ride. My trip can be di­vided into three parts: Bakkhali, the start­ing point, down south to Kanyaku­mari in tamil nadu is the half­way point, and the last stop was at Mandvi in gu­jarat.

My ad­ven­tur­ous coast­line ride took me to so many beau­ti­ful locations of our coun­try as

I rode through places like puri (odisha), Visakha­p­at­nam (andhra pradesh), Chen­nai (tamil nadu), pondicherry, Kanyaku­mari (tamil nadu), Kochi (Ker­ala), udupi (Kar­nataka), goa, Mum­bai (Ma­ha­rash­tra), Diu, and Mandvi (gu­jarat). to be hon­est, this was quite a long and ex­haust­ing trip, but the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was ab­so­lutely worth the ef­fort.

there are so many sto­ries and in­ci­dents that I would love to share, but I can’t write about them all due to space con­straints. For in­stance, I had the best time chill­ing out on the sandy beaches of goa. of course, there were good parts and some which weren’t. I remember when I reached Ker­ala, I had no idea what to ex­pect. as soon as I left Kanyaku­mari and headed for Kochi, the four-lane na­tional high­way nar­rowed down to a cramped and, might I add, crowded dual car­riage­way. this slowed me down sig­nif­i­cantly. to make mat­ters worse, the peo­ple on the road weren’t very help­ful ei­ther.

there were so many good moments that I still cher­ish and so many roads that I re­ally en­joyed rid­ing on. In­dia never ceases to amaze. I rode solo and my ride was pretty much un­event­ful. un­be­liev­able as it may sound, in the last leg of my ride, I met with an ac­ci­dent in gu­jarat. there was a rider, prob­a­bly a lo­cal, who was rid­ing on the wrong side of the road. He headed straight to­wards me and we col­lided. We both fell off our bikes, but, as luck would have it, I ended up with the most in­juries. this was the last thing I ex­pected at the end of the trip. But what has to hap­pen will hap­pen!

at the end, I was over­whelmed, hav­ing rid­den for 6,468 km along the coast of our great coun­try. to say that I en­joyed my ride will be an un­der­state­ment.

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