My tryst with lighthouses continued as I rode towards Pigeon Point lighthouse on a chilly sunny morning from Montara but after some time, it became foggy and rainy, to a point where the visibility was quite low. It turned colder as I cycled along the coastal road, bordered by cedar and willow trees. The coastline was carpeted by the Ice Plant also called the Carpobrotus which has flowers of many colours. On the way to Pigeon Point Lighthouse I took a 16 km detour to Pescadero a small town to the left of the highway.. In the mist the landscape was surreal with water bodies and trees shrouded in white.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse was built in 1871 and is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Hi Hostels has made a lovely hostel in the earlier living quarters, and here I made a very good friend – Sean Doyle. The next morning, the fog had lifted and I was able to tak e some lovely pictures.


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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