The morning arrived with an almost clear blue sky to my delight and before it could change to a darker hue, I pedalled off for my debut hill ride. It didn’t matter that I was riding a bike twice my size or the helmet needed padding to stay on my head, I was just thrilled to be riding a mountain bike after several weeks. Since I was new to the place, I decided to keep riding where the road would take me. I rode past honeymooners posing for selfies on quaint iron benches; monkeys swinging from the balconys of old buildings; tourist cabs whizzing around with their load from the plains; rickety dhabas selling steaming hot chai; and all this while inhaling the invigorating mountain air.
It was an exhilarating ride, even the part where the steep climb at one point had me panting for breath and gave me the perfect excuse to stop for a much needed hydration break and click a couple of pictures. Just as I was about to get back on the saddle, the weather started to pack up and as I wasn’t wearing any rain protection gear, I turned around and headed back. I just about made it to the door when it started to pour. What perfect timing I thought, I couldn’t have asked for a better debut ride and took it as a favourable sign of things to come.
The ride stats read- distance:4.06 km; time:18 min 39 sec. The route: Knockdrin -> Cecile Hotel -> Institute of Advanced Studies -> Yarrows lane and back.