FMLM -Once upon a bike – By Sai Kumar Murali

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.

ONCE UPON A BIKE…

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of nowhere and felt totally in place? Well, that’s exactly how I feel when I am on my bike, exploring the world around me! Whenever I am out on the roads, be it in the company of my many #bike #comrades (yes, we exist!) or alone, the experience has always been rich and meaningful. I always find a part of me I never knew existed. I might sound all poetic and philosophical, but its difficult to explain the feeling in words. What my bike does for me, even hours of meditation cannot. My bike is my #zen.

I had a typical middle-class upbringing. Our vacations were few and far between. But I remember even as a child, I always wanted to #travel and #explore the world around me. I still remember how hard it was to convince my parents. I persevered for nine long years before they finally agreed to let me get a bike. And the rest is, well, as they say, history.

My weekends are spent #biking#exploring and #learning. I have met so many interesting and nice people on my #bikescapades. We each have a story to tell – from how we saved money to get our dream bikes to some hard lessons we learnt on the road. But no matter what, the excitement of riding the bike and taking off on a new adventure never wears off.

The last six months I have consciously decided to give myself more time with my bike. I have probably covered about 6000 kilometers since. And my life is so much richer by the experience of it. People have bucket lists. But I have what I like to call a ‘bike list’ – a list of places I want to visit on my bike!

I hope to maintain a log of all my travel adventures, capturing moments and experiences that someday I can look at and relive. Perhaps even show off to my grandchildren how ‘cool’ their grandad is! Life is a game, and we need to play it as well as enjoy it. My bike is my ‘person’ for life.

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