Yogesh was working for a company in Gurgaon. He had to travel more than 50kms from his place by train every day to reach the office. As a person who loves outdoor activities, adventure sports, and nature, he hated his desktop job, and the daily travel was making his life harder. On one such train journey, somehow, a thought popped up in his head – a solo cycling from Kanyakumari to Leh. The idea was fascinating, and it became his bucket list.
Yogesh is basically from Haryana and was into trail running and mountaineering before. His love for outdoor tempted him to do many travel-related jobs. But, most of them were office/desktop works, and obviously, he didn’t like it. Later, he became an outdoor journalist, and traveled all over India, covering all kinds of outdoor sports.
All these time, Yogesh felt like something was missing in his life. He knew that his job (while working at a travel agency at Gurgaon) was standing between him and his passion. We all should take that courageous step to follow our heart and passion. And, he did it. He quit his job to do full-time outdoor activities. In October 2013, he quit his job and did advance mountaineering course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Soon after that, he backpacked and traveled to all the Northeast states in India.
Once he finished the Northeast trip, he thought of fulfilling his bucket list. The initial help was from his sister. For sponsorship, he had applied to many companies, and finally ‘Maps of India’ came forward with the helping hand. They agreed to fund him for every blog he writes about the trip.
With all the preparations, the epic solo cycling trip started on 2014 February 22. The trip started from Kanyakumari, and till Mumbai, he traveled through the West Coast route. By the time he reached his destination, he covered 4803kms in 112 days.
Solo Cycling: Route and Number of Days spent
Kanyakumari ( Day 1 )
Kerala ( Day 2 to Day 10 )
Karnataka ( Day 11 to Day 15 )
Goa ( Day 16 to Day 19 )
Mumbai ( Day 20 to Day 28 )
Gujarat ( Day 29 to Day 36 )
Rajasthan ( Day 37 to Day 52 )
Punjab ( Day 53 to Day 70 )
Himachal Pradesh ( Day 71 to Day 107 )
Jammu & Kashmir ( Day 108 to Day 112 )
Yogesh enjoyed every bit of the trip. The trip gifted him the experiences of a lifetime; mixed, various experiences. Beautiful beaches, oceans, snow clad peaks, festivals, caves, hills, sunrise, sunset, hot sun, temples, forts, greenery, ice filled paths, cultures, people, life, monuments, food, rivers, life etc. He made new friends. The whole experience was priceless! The only problem was that there was nobody with him to share the happiness he experienced.
It was the first adventurous trip in Yogesh’s life. Even though he made many friends during the trip, he was alone most of the time. And, it gave him time to think more about life. He feels that it made him a bit philosophical about life. He became more open-minded towards everything around him after the trip.
“Whenever we think of such adventure activities, negative things come up first. Push yourself hard and convert those negative thoughts to positive. Don’t be too anxious; because eventually, everything will work out. Money is never a barrier. It is all about your mind. Learn, adapt, and live a real life.”
Once Yogesh finished the solo cycling trip, his friends are also doing the same after getting inspired by his experiences. Meanwhile Yogesh, after attending 2015 and 2016 MTB Himalaya, is now preparing for 2017-one. His other bucket lists are to participate in more MTB Himalayas and Bike-Packing from Puri to Mumbai via Kanyakumari (coastal road). He has some international items also on his bucket list.