Solo Cycling Expedition Day 6 – Kanyakumari to Khardungla

SOLO CYCLING EXPEDITION: DAY 6

Sunita on Day 6 of her Journey
Sunita on Day 6 of her Journey

Day 6, July 20, 2017- Perumburai  to Dharampuri

Distance cycled- 176 kilometres.            

Duration – 13 hours

The cake man
The cake man- Home made cake with best compliments from Mr Satimurthy and his wife Yakima Devi

Well aware that she had a long distance to cover,  a rested and recouped Sunita managed an early start at sharp 5:00 am. The early morning ride was comfortable but as the sun moved up the horizon it became harsher and the winds got stronger. “ I drank atleast 10-12 bottles of water, 8-9 kernels of coconut water (‘nariyal panis’) and lots of juice but still felt dehydrated.

Juice man from UP
Juice man from UP- He spoke Hindi😀

By 6:00pm Sunita was exhausted and  she still had more than 30 kilometres  of a steep uphill road to cover.  She even thought of  taking shelter for the night in any home that she would come across but there was nothing in sight – just miles and miles of forested area. Seeing that it was getting dark and cycling up the slope was a tedious task an auto rickshaw driver offered to help her by carting her cycle uphill.  A biker too tried to offer help by offering to tie the cycle to his bike. Sunita politely refused both of them and smilingly told them that “this would be cheating”.  It was a test of her mental and physical strength as she laboriously cycled up the never ending mountain in the dark.  By the time she  reached near the town of Dharampuri her  cycle headlights had dimmed  and she could barely see but her spirits were still bright.

At the Institute for the hearing handicapped
At the Institute for the hearing handicapped- learning their language

Despite the tiring ride she still had energy and enthusiasm to spend time and inspire the young girls who could not hear and speak . She is spending the night at the hostel  of an Institute for the hearing disabled at Dharampuri.

I felt there was no need to ask Sunita for her todays  message. Her incredible resilience and spirit in braving todays  grueling marathon 176 kilometre, 13 hour ride said it all. I guess that’s the stuff winners are made of.

 

Special thanks to the “Omni Sangha” NGO for supporting this noble mission.OmniSAngha_Logo

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