Beads of sweat rolled down my forehead, the afternoon sun blazing in all its glory, swathed its might on us as we ascended the mountain. I ignored the hot sun, and focused on my pedaling, my breath coming in short gasping for air in the rarefied atmosphere.
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The wonderful Han River trail is almost 40 kms long and is a biker’s and a sportsperson’s haven. The biking trails are well laid out and marked, and there are numerous open gyms and multi sport courtyards. It was a chilly but sunny morning and the ride was invigorating.
The badge of a “cyclist” was earned in 2012 when I completed the epic Manali - Leh - Khardung La journey of 525 kms. The landscape and the voyage by a bicycle were so inspiring and life changing that the explorer spirit in me has been in a state of restlessness since then.
When I first researched on LA, little did I know that it had a beach named Venice ! I called my daughter in Orange and sought suggestions on where to "settle down" for a few days - Santa Monica, downtown LA or....ahem..Venice Beach ! " Dad" she exclaimed, Santa Monica is niceeee..but Venice..is a bit shady !"
The lofty mountains beckon, I can conquer them I reckon, legs ache to scale the high windy passes, at the thought of which my pulse races, the sprocket grits its teeth, the tyres groan beneath, the legs push harder