While in elementary/middle school, mom always made me (as the eldest child) go to the market to do the groceries. I did not mind it much since that gave me an excuse to take our family bicycle out for a ride. Plus, I got a candy as a bribe (which used to bristle my sister no end).
Now, I have to do the same for my wife. Although, the bike now comes with a motor attached to it! I did not get any candy. So, I rewarded myself with a 60 miles detour on my way home!
Speaking of similarities, I still get yelled at for buying the wrong stuff!
60 miles for me. 90 for Avi and Rakesh. We met up at the end at Mazzy’s in Milton.
Motorbike ride and lunch with Sharmila in Ballground. Ran into Avi there first and eventually Rakesh and Manoj (riding separately) showed up too!
Lovely day for a ride! The sun felt great in one of those rare non-raining days in Atlanta.
Finished up with a coffee with Ashok
It was 41 degrees and I was bundled up with more layers than I could count. Funny part? Met half a dozen other motorbikers during my hour long ride!!
Rode the motorbike up to Ballground, GA and found a nearby coffee place with an interesting name – Barrel House Coffee Company. Once inside, got to meet the owner – Ryan, who explained the name to me. He ages the coffee beans in bourbon barrels for a month to two months and then roasts them. Tried out a cappuccino. Tasted pretty nice.
Presently, Rakesh, who was also out and about in his motorbike, joined me there. It was a good ride and some very interesting coffee!
10,000 miles in just under two years. It has been a great journey… with a few scares no doubt. Ever indebted to Magesh, Danny, Avi and Rakesh without whose encouragement and support, I would have never reached here. It is still scary but thoroughly enjoyable. Nothing beats the feel of the wind on you in the lonely, rural roads – especially if you are going as a group!
How about this as a coincidence? After finishing my ride today, went to the Apple store to pick up something for Nikita. Guess who I ran into? Rakesh!! He was picking up something for his daughter too. Told him about my milestone today.
Without any further delay we shimmied to the bar next door to celebrate!!