Cycling Gusto: An Early Morning Ride

My growing love for cycling took me to South Mumbai Bombay to experience an early morning cycle ride. I joined an amazing travel group for this ride. Two leaders and around eighteen riders met at Colaba Causeway around 6:30 AM (not to mention, I was a little late – unlike me) and walked to nearby cycle renting shop. After pre-ride checks, all were set to go! We pedaled from Colaba Causeway to Girgaum Chowpatty while exploring Gateway of India, Taj Hotel, Asiatic Library, Horniman Circle, Flora Fountain, Marine Drive and back to Causeway – approximately 15 km.


In between, we had a chucklesome introduction session at Marine Drive – sounds fun, huh? (I know, even I couldn’t stop giving myself an imaginary back pat for coming to this ride.) A pleasant winter morning, mild sea waves and joyous laughter made a perfect moment to capture! We, then, sat there for a while – staring at the horizon, taking photos and making memories before heading towards Girgaum Chowpatty for more fun.

They Love Their Right Profiles 😛

My gusto for pedaling on a beach made me ride towards Girgaum Chowpatty at an Eddy Merckx speed, only to know the area was set up for some event – argh! Eddy boy got no prize. Left with no choice, we went for a short beach walk and ended up playing Howdy Howdy!? or something similar. (For those who wonder which game is it, I made a little effort and described the game to Google to come up with a name – Howdy Howdy is 97.82% similar to what we played.) Read about it here to play on your next group outing. 😀 Oh! I must mention the game was full of fun, laughter, and collisions. 😛

We reached back to Colaba Causeway with stiff legs, sore butts, and pockets full of memories.

Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.

-Eddy Merckx

P.S. Did I mention the ride ended with scrumptious breakfast in Colaba? Well, our indulgence in hot dosas and spicy chutney while listening to each other’s travel stories left our bellies stuffed, and souls travel-hungry!

Until next time,

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