Editor’s Note: Here is a a resourceful microadventure in India by bicycle. I like the reference to a “A philosophical experience”.
A single day, (128Km + 78Km) self-contained ride to Shivanasamudra was a philosophical experience. I bicycled 128Km to Shivanasamudra and saw the beautiful Gaganachukki and Barachukki falls. On the journey to the falls, I met few rickshaw drivers, farmers and also a local cyclist who rode with me for a while. However, I did not ride all the way back to Bangalore from the falls. There are no streetlights from Kollegal to Kanakapura and as it was 6pm and with heavy trucks moving so fast on that road, I could not see a thing except the headlights of vehicles. It was rather scary to ride so I managed to hitch-hike (along with my bike) up to Kanakapura on a tractor owned by a farmer named Rajandra(Rajanna)-from there I pedalled for another 90min until I could not anymore. So, I managed to stop a Lorry and hitch-hike for about 36Km. I really enjoyed travelling on back of a sand loaded lorry. It was a wonderful journey and despite the fact that I went alone, I never felt alone.