Pedalling for green world

City youth to cycle from Kanyakumari to Leh; spreading awareness

For a greener tomorrow: Krishna Vasudev

But this is not true for Krishna Vasudeva Rao and Krishna Chaudhri of Mysore. Come July 7 they will be starting a journey on their cycles from the southern tip of India, Kanyakumari to the highest motorable road in the world Leh, in a gruelling three month journey.

The journey is to spread the joy of cycling among the people of India, urging them to cycle to work at least once a day and in turn spreading awareness on reducing the emissions and making the planet green.

Shores to mountains

The Krishna Duo will be cycling from sea level to 17,352 mts above sea level.
The journey begins on the shores of Kanyakumari and takes the route to Manali 3,242 kms away through NH 7.

They aim to cover this distance in 30 days which completes the first leg of the journey.
The second leg of the journey is from Manali to Leh and then back, which roughly comes to 1000 kms but takes 30 days to cover due to the altitude and terrain.

The final leg is the journey back home. They will be covering a total of 8000 kms in three months.

On the road

The duo also wants to spread awareness on safety too. They cycle with a helmet  wherever they go and will not be travelling during night.

They will be pitching tents beside the highway and will not be lodging in any hotel.
Aiming to cover 120 kms per day in the first leg with 36 kgs of luggage on the bikes is quite a herculean task, which the duo are confident of doing.

Basic clothing, waterproof protection for luggage and themselves, medicines and some gadgets form their luggage.

Training

An endeavour like this needs tremendous physical and mental fitness. The duo started training eight months ago with four hour a day training. Gradually increasing the time and activities they reached eight hours per day.

Training included yoga, running, swimming, martial arts and of course cycling. Yoga was the most essential part of training giving us both physical and mental strength, said Krishna Vasudeva Rao.

Supportive parents

Both cyclists feel this trip would never take shape without the support and the motivation of their parents. Krishna Vasudeva Rao son of M Nandakumar and Sandhya, said that the motivation he got from his parents was what prompted him on this adventure.

Son of Dinakar Chaudhari and Sushma, Krishna Chaudhri said his parents always backed him up for his endeavour. “ Anybody can achieve this feat if they put their mind into it. Age, gender and all does not matter,” said Krishna Vasudeva Rao.

With such an undying spirit they are sure to pedal the length of the country and spread the word for a green world, and create better awareness among the younger generation.

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