Delightful vineyard country

I was staying at a rather cramped motel on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, so when I moved out on drizzly morning, I was glad to be out in the fresh air again. I headed to the nearest restaurant serving breakfast called the Happy Hen. The lady serving was very kind and when she got to know that I was cycling all the way to Argentina, she announced it to all the diners in the restaurant! I was very touched. After a hearty meal which they refused to let me pay for, I head to the KOA at Petaluma, 36 kms away. I reached there by 4 pm and pitched my tent next to a RV in a large campground. It was very pleasant and green. There were many families camping there so I chose to camp away from larger the concentration of RVs.

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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