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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cycling-Bangalore-Chennai-Pondicherry-12-17 Jan 2013

Dear friends,

Most of you are aware, hitherto, I had always gone on solo bicycle ride from Bangalore to interior parts of Maharashtra to Nasik, Mumbai, interior parts of Tamil Nadu to Kanyakumari for long distance cycling. For the first time I had a chance to lead a group of 12 member from Bangalore to Chennai and Pondicherry. The journey was meticulously planned and all the logistic arrangements including foods & beverages were made with the involvement of a professional event organizer. There was a support vehicle following us to provide technical / emergency help besides stocking our luggage. We started off from Bangalore on the morning of 12th Jan 2013 and via Mulbagal, Chittoor and Kanchipuram reached Chennai on 15th Jan 2013 and via Mahabalipuram reached Pondicherry on 17th Jan 2013 covering a distance of around 500+ kms in 6 days. 

The purpose of cycling was to spread the message of Peace thru' service enunciated by Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka. During this week long journey, the group met thousands of ordinary people, students, business people, housewives and other sections of community en route, through impromptu roadside meetings and structured discussions with students at various schools and shared with them the need to pitch in a way one can to help improve community living. This event was flagged off by Rotary District Governor  (RI Dist 3190) Rtn Badri Prasad on 12th Jan 2013 from outside ITPL complex in Whitefield.   

It is pertinent to note that most of the members were freshers for long distance cycling. Despite initial hick up they managed to stay on and successfully completed the journey safely. It was an exciting, memorable & challenging journey. It was heartening to note that one member who had complained about leg pain on first 3 days was seen ahead of many others during later part of the journey. What was really satisfying for me was his comment on reaching Pondicherry " Bhat sir! What happened to my leg pain? How is that it got vanished?" To this I replied " You have killed that pain. Pain was really not in your legs but was in your mind and you attacked the root cause"

We made return journey by bus leaving Pondicherry on 18th Jan evening & reaching Bangalore on 19th Jan 2013 morning.

This ride gave me an opportunity to experience & differentiate between solo ride & group ride. In solo ride you are on your own; you can stop whenever and wherever you want as neither you have to wait for any body nor some one has to wait for you. At the same time in solo ride, you are alone to handle any issue that may crop up during the journey. In group ride, there are other members to help you out besides support vehicle following the group to provide all necessary support. 

List of participants-Cycling-Bangalore-Chennai-Pondicherry- 12 Jan - 18 Jan 2013
RG Bhat
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Srinivas Kumar C
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Ramu Nimmalapudi
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Ajay Bansal
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Sandeep Mittal
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Mrs Bindu Mittal
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central

Devansh Mittal
Rotary B'lore Whitefield Central
Rtn.BR Sridhar
Rotary B'lore South
Rtn.M R Loknath
Rotary B'lore South
Rtn.Chandrashekar HM
Rotary B'lore North West
Roshan Naveen
Roadtractor Club of B'lore South
Arvind Shekar
Non Rotarian


Dear Rtn RG Bhat, hearty congratulations to you and the entire team once again on this great achievement. You are an inspiration to many. Hope to join you on a trip in the future - would love to!

Once again you have proved it. Really a great achievement.When spirit is high age doesn't matter. Wish you many more such feats.
Dear Arjee
Thanks for sharing the story od bicycle Odyssey and the photos. Such adventures build a lot of confidence in the participants. The trip spread its motto: Peace in this world.
I appreciate your meticulous planning. I wish you all the best!
Best regards
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Dear RG,

This is realy an inspiring achievement. You appaers to be much more active and occupied after retirement. Convey my greeting to all your team members.

Warm Regards,

D L Rambhia, Mumbai 9323609501
Thanks Rambhia. Of the 13 member team, 10 of them got into cycling during the last 3 months after getting baptized by me...
Wow! That's a nice write up. Well summarized. It's very inspirational for the ones who have cycled long distance for the first time. Surely must have been a fantastic trip with a big gang and loads of memories to cherish!!!
Incredible..truly passionate about cycling :)
Looks like you had lot of fun and also ensured all others around you had too. Hats off to your spirit.

By the way, did you change your bike?
Looks like you had lot of fun and also ensured all others around you had too. Hats off to your spirit.

By the way, did you change your bike?
Looks like you had lot of fun and also ensured that all others also had fun. What a spirit!

By the way, did you change your bike?
It was a great great inspiration for the younger generation to take such a task.
we find pleasure in reading the writeup.Great work done keep it up and All the Best for future adventures

Pramod Desai
Past President
Rotary club of Dharwad Central
Dharwad. Karnataka
Thanks a lot. Please convey my regards to all your fellow Rotarians.
Your blog is very nice distance msc in chennai
Thanks a lot.
Thanks a lot. I did change my bike. As my earlier road bike has done almost 8000 kms moved it to Mangalore (using it there for local trip) and bought another Firefox flat bar road bike.
Thanks a lot.
Thanks a lot. It was really very exciting and every one enjoyed and truly carrying lots of memories to cherish.
Dear RG
This is amazing and inspiring. You have motivated no cyclist to cycle in just 3 months for a distance of 500+ km.
I am very proud that I know a Rotarian who is really cycling to serve.
All the best.
Rtn.PP. Mandar Gadre
Dist 3131 - RC Pune Westend
Rotary Cycle Group - Dist 3131
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Excellent adventure and I was delighted to see Arvind, my neighbor, in the list of people who have completed the ride. Cycling is a wonderful way to get to know the country, its people and to stay grounded. Really appreciate the effort.
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Dear Bhat,

Great adventure post retirement.

Enjoy the life by helping others and bringing in social awareness for peace.

Keep it up !!!

Warm Regards,
Suresh More
Unilever Bangladesh – Dhaka.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Nice pics bhatji you really rock

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Hi rgb,
It was verify interesting to know abt your passion for long distance cycling. Keep your interest sustained.
It is always good to go in group which is very effective to spread messages you carried. All the best in your future ventures like this.
Mahabal hegde, bangalore

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Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM
Great RG,

You look younger after each cycle tour

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