I got myself a new bicycle, practiced 50 km on it every day for a month, learnt about basic fixes. (For Cycling related info please check out the below post (Cycling in Celestial lands). There is still a lot of uncertainty going on in my mind about the route, what if’s and How can I ‘s ? .Luck favoured me many times and I have met a person in Chennai, who has already went on this route. Some of the places he suggested were not there in Google maps too! Yet I have decided to see, what’s there. Even as I packed a lot of doubts were present in my mind, riding, surviving there. Finally it’s time and I headed to the mountains.
I had a tough time in Chennai airport dismantling front wheel and pedals to fit the bicycle in Xray machine. After reaching Delhi, I hired a cab till ISBT, Kashmiri gate. To my disappointment last bus to Shimla is completely occupied and I had to take a Chandigarh bus. I had to plead driver a lot for getting help to put my bicycle on top of Shimla bus. It was nearly a sleepless journey and in Chandigarh I took help of co-passengers to place it on top. Reached Shimla around 10.30 am.
With lot of questions, curiosity, uncertainity in mind and a lot of enthusiasm to ride in celestial lands ahead, I have stepped down from the bus. I have accepted the welcome from the brightly shining sun and blue sky.
(got my bicycle down in Shimla also with help of other passengers.)
Checkout my next post for Day-1.