Ex-Navyman chases his dream on a cycle as he pedals to see India’s whole shoreline | Goa Information

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Panaji: When one approaches their late-50s, and that salt ‘n’ pepper look will get more and more tough to cover, most sit up for their retirement and a quiet life. However not Milind Tambe. At 56, the Mumbaikar has began pedalling alongside India’s shoreline to see how a lot “torture his physique can take” earlier than he hangs up his boots.
Tambe, a former naval architect, together with software program engineer Aakash Sinha, plan to cycle from Mumbai to Kanyakumari and from Kanyakumari to Kolkata. They accomplished the primary leg from Mumbai to Goa on Sunday, biking into Panaji after a tiring however enriching eight-day journey. They’d a 3rd colleague, Shriram Kondhawekar, once they began out from Mumbai, however Kondhwekar needed to drop out after a member of the family fell in poor health.
Tambe all the time had the will to see India’s whole shoreline, together with the islands, however household commitments, his marine consultancy enterprise and work pressures stored him from chasing his dream.
It was solely in December, whereas on a trek within the Himalayas, that he determined to provide it a shot. Nonetheless, he isn’t chasing any information.
“Being from the forces, I’m a robust believer that your physique can endure a hell lot of torture, and I need to see how a lot of torture my physique can take at this stage,” stated Tambe. “In case you preserve your thoughts and your physique separate, your physique can go to excessive ranges.”
Tambe and Sinha, 30, have by no means cycled lengthy distances, and their month-long preparation concerned 25-km runs each alternate day. On weekends, they’d try to cowl 100 km to get their physique in form. To cap all of it, Sinha, who performs skilled soccer, has taken to biking for the primary time since finishing his SSC.
“We begin using from 6am, and we pedal for someday after which cease for breakfast. We take a couple of pit-stops round midday after which have lunch round 1pm. We discover lodging after which work and discover round,” stated Sinha, is at present constructing an AI-powered answer for his firm.
Sure, they’re working whereas biking. The duo works from midday to nighttime where-ever they halt for lunch. “We cycle for half a day and within the second half, I coordinate with my colleagues and work with them. By 9pm or 10pm, I end work. Apart from weekends and a day right here and there when the community was dangerous, I’ve been working throughout this time,” says Sinha.
The 2, on their aluminium-frame cycles, have taken the much less travelled however scenic route that has seen them hugging the shoreline for 70% of their journey. Alongside the best way, they’ve additionally seen that the pandemic has carried out little to dampen folks’s kindness. From strangers stopping to speak to folks serving to them repair flats, Tambe and Sinha have surprisingly optimistic tales to inform.
“We’re doing round 10 km per hour, and while you dwell life at 10km per hour, you see so many issues that you simply in any other case are inclined to miss while you journey at 50 km per hour,” stated Tambe. “If you pedal, you see loads of issues. If you go sluggish and cut back your tempo of life, issues develop into stunning.”
The duo will spend time in Goa until February 25 and can then return to Mumbai, the place work beckons. As soon as summer season is full, they are going to decide up the place they left off and full their subsequent leg from Goa to Kanyakumari, and from there, they intention to cycle all the best way to Kolkata in a single go.

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