Solo Cycling Expedition Day 11 – Kanyakumari to Khardungla

SOLO CYCLING EXPEDITION: DAY 11

Day 11 Sunita Singh Choken Journey
Day 11 Sunita Singh Choken Journey

Day 11, July 25, 2017 – Davangere to Hubli

Distance – 175 kilometres  (includes detours taken from the highway to interact with people)

Duration – 18 hours

At Hubli in a felicitation ceremony
At Hubli in a felicitation ceremony
Shared her drink with him
Shared her drink with him

For a girl who has spent a major part of her adult life climbing passes and camping in the cool environs of snow capped mountains, cycling through the hot and humid terrains of the country is definitely an altogether different ball game. Ignorant of the impact then Southern sun can have on the skin, Sunita has been cycling through days without adequate protection resulting in intense tanning, rashes and peeling of skin. Tanning is the least of her worries but rashes were something that needed her immediate attention. With a little help from her well wishers she could acquire ointments, full sleeved inner and a stroll to deal with this pressing problem.

At Haveri- Vishnu Community Hall
At Haveri- Vishnu Community Hall

As she  hits the roads today from Davangere  to Hubli the worrisome rashes which had been threatening to get worse have been pushed to the back of her mind. In the forefront is her mission to spread awareness about her ‘ Beti Padhao Beti Bachao ‘  and  ‘Save Environment’ campaigns  by being a role model for the many men and women she is interacting with as she pedals the length of the country.

Word is spreading about her journey and there are crowds waiting for her  in villages along the way. Sunita humbly meets ever yone- though this slows down her movement  but a smiling Sunita saysI get my energy from the support I get “.  Sunita reached Haveri at around 1:30 pm where her well wishers were waiting for her with steaming hot lunch. She spent time interacting with them and also planted a sapling in the premises of Vishnu Community Hall at Haveri. By the time she left Haveri for Gotagodi where she was to stay the night it was already 6:00pm. At Gotagodi a group of fans received her and insisted that she make it to Hubli  as a ceremony had been organized there to felicitate her.  Sunita was more than done for the day but she isn’t one who would disappoint anybody. This resilient girl cycled another   40 kilometres testing her stamina to its limit Hubli at 11:30 pm.

And the day didn’t end here she attended a ceremony, interacted with the ladies of the house answering the scores of questions they had.The ‘purdah’ system was  still  prevalent in the households. Sunita  feels “Respecting traditions is important, however if these traditions curtail a persons freedom one needs to rethink and review their relevance”

Touching hearts
Touching hearts

Finally her day ended at 2:00 am with a  phone call  to her parents assuring them of her well being.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Sister Sunithaji,we missed you at Palakkad, Keal. Our prayers are with you., Regards Unni.G. ,chartered accountant, Palakkad, Kerala

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