Are you really riding solo while you are riding solo?
Riding solo is a great feeling. In fact it is an attitude that conveys the strength of mind to face a long road all alone. It is an opportunity to lose oneself of discover oneself depending on the rider. It is a statement to the world that you have a way to silently escape from all its commotion and chaos and steal a pleasurable excuse. It is a habit once you get used to it. You simply cannot live the mundane life longer than a few weeks without a solo ride. It is a deep introspective journey for the thinking rider to stretch into the depths of his mind seeking answers to life-determining questions. It is an adventure like none other.
But, are you really riding solo while you are riding solo? If you look closer, you will know that you are accompanied by a lot of inanimate friends when you are on your solo ride. Here are the top 5 accompanions of solo riders.
- Your best friend. The bike: The bike is not just a machine for the rider. It is a brother for many of them. This brotherhood develops to deeper levels of bonding during such solo rides when they have only each other to converse. Every good rider understands his bike like a human being and many of them surely have a name for their bike. I call my Royal Enfield Classic 350 Jumbo. Jumbo is my first friend on the road. The biker knows the sound of his bike like music and will be able to tell when it is displaying emotions. The sound of the bike can convey happiness, excitement, peace, adrenalin, weariness and more expressions, if only you know to listen.
- Nature: The best part about a long ride is the escape from the suffocating concrete city air. Some cities are fast losing their credibility for even calling it ‘air’ as all that remains there is merely ‘dust’. However when you are riding solo, you get to breathe a fresh whiff of air that caresses you as breeze. The highway teaches geography better than any schooling can ever do. You understand plains, plateaus, deserts and mountains with the background music of the thudding of your bike. You connect with nature in all its diverse forms ranging from the little rabbit that narrowly escaped your tyres to the mighty huge mountains that make you appear like a tiny little rabbit.
- Humans of the world: The world is vast. However hard we try, we can never be alone in this world. You are solo only on the saddle of your bike but there are humans all around you. The truck driver who carries a load of supplies and dreams from one corner of the country to the other, the dhaba owner who appeases your hunger, the tea master who keeps you fresh and awake during the ride, the beautiful girl who gave you a fleeting glance of admiration from her seat in the car nearby, the little children who run behind your bike for as long as they can with wide smiles and excitement and even the fellow rider who is on his own solo ride who gives you a gentle nod of camaraderie – they are all around, each with a tale to tell, waiting only for you.
- The prayers of your loved ones: Do you tell your family when you are starting your long solo ride? Have you noticed the expression on their faces when you tell them so? They let you go and try to be as optimistic and cheerful in front of you but the moment your bike takes the turn down the corner, your mother rushes to meet all the deities in your home entrusting them with the task of protecting you on the road. Your family pays closer attention to the headlines in news when you are riding away to spot any minute anomaly happening where are you are about to be. Your family logs into all social networking sites to see that photo you upload, not mainly to like and comment, but just to be reassured on seeing your face and noticing how you are losing weight in the ride.
- The wanderer’s light: Ever since the beginning of time, a light guided all solo travellers and took them to destinations beyond their imagination and adventures beyond their reach. That light is still kept burning by all wanderers and they all pour their energy into a common pool. When you suddenly get all tired and lose the drive to ride further, close your eyes and connect with this light. Drink from the pool of the wanderer’s wisdom and carry on riding. The light will guide you where to go and will keep your spirit up and running. Once you complete the ride and step back into the comforts of your home, you will notice that you too have added to the pool and the a part of your spirit has given itself to the wanderer’s light which has already gone to guide the next rider.
Riding solo is a magical experience. Connect with yourself and embrace the magic.
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