Riding high on an adrenaline rush

Twenty-three-year-old Avinash Vellore halting for rest during his four-country ‘Life on a Bicycle’ expedition.

Twenty-three-year-old Avinash Vellore halting for rest during his four-country ‘Life on a Bicycle’ expedition.  

Secunderabad boy undertakes cycling expedition, traversing four countries

For 23-year-old Avinash Vellore, life is about seeking out adventure.

The Secunderabad boy, who was Transaction Risk Manager in Amazon, decided to take risks outside his job and embarked on a ‘Life on a Bicycle’ challenge, which has taken him across several cities within India as well as three other countries — Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

A commerce graduate, he dabbled in business, setting up his own guest house at Sanapur near Hampi (Karnataka) and then felt it was time to break the barriers. Not surprisingly, there were quite a few voices of dissent when Avinash charted out the route map of his adventure trip, but he was determined to kick into top gear.

He started his trip on May 20 this year and covered 1,800 km in a month, winding through Bhoodan Pochampally, Suryapet, Vijayawada, Rajamahendravaram, Tadepalligudem, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Bhubaneswar, Puri and many other places on the way to Kolkata. In Kolkata and its suburbs alone, he travelled about 535 km.

On June 30, Avinash’s joy knew no bounds when he arrived in Bangkok, which also happened to be his first international destination. He traversed about 920 km before crossing over to Cambodia where he again travelled about 820 km and finally entered Vietnam. There, he visited important places like Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hanoi the Capital of Vietnam and up further north to Sa Pa and Hoa SiPan bordering China covering about 2,462 km.

Avinash will be reaching home on September 20 after a four-month arduous journey which is clearly a reflection of his indefatigable spirit, adventure, stamina and fitness levels. “The whole purpose of this trip is to prove to myself the capacity to scale new heights in life, especially after a leg injury that necessitated hospitalisation,” he says.

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