It happened today. The bicycle trip to a distant place which was getting postponed and postponed due to various reasons happened today. The destination was the Art of Living Campus (No! I am *not* associated with it by any means. It was just a destination for the trip ) on the Kanakapura Road, 26 Kms from the place I live. Number of weapons of destruction were five. We started at around 0700 hrs and reached the ashram at around 0900 hrs or may be even before that. The trip to the destination was fun with the road sloping down most of the journey and hence we knew that the journey back would be even more fun. After having breakfast at the ashram we started exploring the huge campus. We reached a place called the Sumeru Mantap and I slept off for a power nap. I woke up to find the other guys playing a game of chess and joined in. The journey back was extremely challenging and I still dont remember the number of chocolate bars I gulped down. Returned back to Bangalore at around 1400 hrs.
Some lessons learnt.
1. Have enough stock of Glucose and water.
2. Chocolate bars are instant sources of Energy. Dont have any carbonated or sweetened drink as they tend to dehydrate you.
3. Keep the bum off the saddle in upward slopes and make maximum utilization of downward slopes (Go in top gear at full speed) so that you can cover a huge distance after the slope ends without much effort.
4. Take breaks whenever you feel like and dont overdo things. I recommend knee caps if the journey is a bit long.
5. Enjoy to the max.
Looking forward to more such trips.