Say ‘Hi!’ to our pedal-powered heroes! This is the awesome crew that cycled from Fort Kochi to Trivandrum and raised money for projectHELP 🚲 🇮🇳 🌴
Day 1 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
From flower crowns & beards to a delicious homemade Indian feast by Puja to Malayalam Kathakali make-up and theatre story-telling to Kerala style jumbo prawns on the waterfront… our first day was magnificently long!!
Everyone was excited to get our two-wheelers the next day & take them for a spin 🚲
Day 2 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
After delicious brekky our pedal-powered heroes tested their deadly-treadlies on the streets of Kochi and enjoyed another Kerala-style home-cooked feast!
Time was taken to rest up before cycling at sunrise the next day.
If you were in Kerala you may have recognised some of these faces on the evening news bulletin or in the newspaper!
Day 3 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
It was an early and flexible start before stopping for chai. Then we stopped for brekky. Then we stopped for coconut water! We certainly knew how to keep hydrated and happy! 🙌👏
Day 4 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
We kickstarted our ‘day off’ in Alleppey with a delicious avocado smoothie! We loved the peace and calm chillaxing on our private houseboat cruising the backwaters and filling our bellies with local fresh produce cooked to perfection by our onboard chef👌 Back in the saddle early the next morning!
Day 5 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
The crew were up and on the road early (after coffee/chai/lassi!) meandering along beachside streets waving to everyone brushing their teeth on the side of the road 😁 The villages and villagers were delightful! Stopped for chai and had a brekky break with ocean views 🙌 before hitting the highway! We arrived safely in Kollam and enjoyed a delicious home cooked welcome feast 👌 at our accommodation for the night. Back in the saddle bright’n’early in the morning…
Day 6 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
Today the team cycled from Kollam to Varkala in challenging conditions 🌧 🚲 🌧 with smiles from ear to ear!
“One of the most spectacular days of my life! We rode for hours in the craziest pouring rain over bumpy wet roads that looked like rivers of chai… it was truly outstanding! It wasn’t easy and I did shed a few tears of pride and happiness in the moments where I sped down some hills alone.
I am so lucky to be alive and healthy enough to be able to do this trip with some truly amazing inspirIng and fun people & to have a family who supported me 100%”
Kate Curry, Pedal-Powered Hero 2019
Day 7-8 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of days off the bikes in Varkala! There was plenty of good food and juices, shopping and massages, sightseeing and surfing. We even had a surprise party to celebrate Dippy’s birthday 🍰
Day 9 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
Our pedal-powered heroes arrived safely in Pallachallor – hot and sweaty and hungry!
This was our longest and last day of riding. We stopped for a few clicks at a beachside Fort and were pleased to report only ONE flat along the way!!
It was a treat to watch this roadside master whipping up a few Kerala Paratha 😋
Our last dinner together was the perfect opportunity to thank the 2019 Trip Leader Puja who was brilliant and the ever-awesome local Nippy who kept us safe and entertained! 👏👏👏
What a wild and wonderful ride!
Day 10 #onyabike Cycle for Brighter Futures 🇮🇳
Our pedal-powered heroes headed home full of pride and grateful for this unique experience. Every cent raised goes to projectHELP – raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family community and opportunity.
Thank you for your love and support.
We have a bike with YOUR name on it 😁