BENBOW K.O.A. TO WESTPORT STATE BEACH 85 KMS 2.11.16

The Benbow KOA was quite organised and made for some pleasant camping. The day I cycled out of Benbow campground, was bright, sunny with just a few clouds in the sky. A brilliant day perfect for cycling. The air was bracing and a bit chilly but the sun ensured that I stayed warm. There was some climbing on the route to Westport via Leggett. I had to ride into the coastal redwood forests again.  The road was quite off the track and silent with hardly any traffic. I did not carry enough water and was out of it by 3 pm. Fortunately I managed to flag a car down and ask for some water. The two women in the car stepped out and gave me 4 small bottles that sufficed till I got to Westport. I rode in the dark for quite a while, passing Rockport on the way.

I managed to find the Westport State Beach campsite in the dark and the Park Warden came by to issue me a receipt for the night.

The sounds of the waves crashing against the cliff ( atop which the campsite sat) made me feel closer to nature and soothed my tired soul.

Dhruv Bogra was born in 1968 in Shimla. His father was an officer in the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and he grew up amidst the structured life of the cantonment. The turning point in his childhood came when he was sent to Sherwood College in Nainital for a few years. The boarding school life ignited Dhruv’s love for the mountains and nature. Subsequently he completed schooling from The Army Public School in Delhi and graduated with History Honors from the University of Delhi and is an alumni of the International Management Institute, New Delhi. Dhruv is an adventure and endurance cyclist who had cycled extensively in the Indian Himalayas and Western Ghats on his mountain bike before he embarked on an epic, solo and unsupported 15,000 km cycling journey from Deadhorse in Alaska to Cusco in Peru from June 2016 to August 2017. In doing so, he became the first Indian citizen to cycle solo and unsupported from Deadhorse in Alaska to Panama in Central America. Dhruv has spent the last 30 years working at leading multinationals and large Indian corporates. He has held many senior leadership roles in the retail industry in companies such as Titan Industries, Bestseller Retail and Adidas. He is currently the Country Manager for the fashion brand ‘Forever New’ in India. ‘Grit, Gravel and Gear’ is his maiden book. Subsequently, he has written a second book on his Himalayan adventures on a bicycle – called ‘Away’. Dhruv wrote Away in 40 days during the intial Lockdown in India to inspire people to embrace the outdoors and nature.

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