Critical Mass ride, September 25, 2009, Gurgaon, Haryana

Should I be cycling to work everyday?

Before I get to the ‘should’ let me answer if I ‘want’ to cycle to work. The unequivocal answer is yes.

For me the reasons for cycling to work are many:

  • I enjoy cycling.
  • It is good for my health.
  • I can create time from thin air if I cycle during my allocated commute time.
  • If I don’t have to get up at 5:00 am to go out and ride, I can do other things at night: read some, party some…
  • It saves me fuel and money.
  • It helps reduce my carbon footprint.
  • I can rack up some good karma.
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Northern Tier of America cycling route

An Indian Going West. To Discover America.

At age 40, in the middle of raising venture funding for my second tech start-up, I had a massive heart attack. It’s a long story, but in essence, while I was lying on the cold OT table and wondering why they were trying to freeze me to death, my loved ones were waiting outside desperately hoping and praying that I make it through. Surprise: I did make it through.

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Manali to Leh — Route Map

Planning on riding/driving from Manali to Leh? You can explore the route in an interactive map right here and also download a .gpx file of the route for your GPS.

On this 470 km trip you will climb 14,000 meters and cross five major high-altitude passes (called La). If you are cycling, the climb to the pass will seem endless. I have marked all of the passes in the file just so that you know how much more you need to suffer!

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The small village of Losar at dusk.

Cycling the Spiti valley – Nako to Manali

The hardest part about Spiti is reaching there. It took us a 22-hour bus ride to get to Rekong Peo. For the sake of acclimatization we had planned the night stay at Kalpa, which is not so far from there, but much higher. And also much nicer. Having had our fill with the HPTDC’s ‘ordinary’ buses, especially given the quantum of our luggage, we choose to just hire a jeep the next day to take us up to Nako (technically still in Kinnaur) – another five odd hour drive.

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