Steni Simon/ June 6 (BPNS)
Road trips become memorable when you are accompanied by a loved one. For Shyni Rajukumar, 40, an avid biker from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala who is well-known within her riding circles, exploring the country on her bike is not something new. She is currently on her latest bike expedition from Spiti Valley to Kerala. But what makes this ride special is that she is accompanied by her son, Lenin Joshua.
Mounted on their Royal Enfield Scram motorcycle, the mother-son duo has embarked on an adventurous journey to spread awareness against drug abuse. Apparently, it’s been a while since Lenin wanted to go on a long bike journey with his mother. “Though I have gone on short distance rides with my mother, I always wished to ride to Rohtang Pass with her one day but things didn’t turn out as expected. So, when my mother came up with the idea of embarking on this ride, I readily agreed and planned to start once I was done with my semester exams. I was, moreover, happy to ride with her after learning about the cause,” says 22-year-old Lenin, who is a second-year student of Bachelor of Philosophy (hon’s)at Dyal Singh College, Delhi University.
They started their journey from Delhi and covered Sangla Valley and reached Chitkul. Shyni says, “From here, we will plan to cover Nako, tabo, Kaza, world highest village,world’s highest post office and then reach Chandrathal. From Chandrathal, we will go to Manali, Chandigarh and then reach back to Delhi. From there, we plan to travel to Gwalior, Jhansi,Ujjain, Nasik, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mysore and then finally reach Kerala . As we travel, we will convey the message ‘Say No to Drugs’ through the placards we have made for the purpose.”
Though Shyni has been organising numerous riding events for various social causes, this is the first time that she is attempting to spread awareness against drug abuse. She says, “Nowadays, we hear about many incidents where youngsters even in their 20s are addicted to drugs. My son is 22-year-old and I thought there would be no better way to spread awareness against drug abuse than with him. We have entered the fifth day of our journey and everywhere we go, people are curious to know about us and the cause of our ride.” Last year, Shyni did a 60 days ride to Umling La Pass in Ladakh (19,224 feet above sea level), the highest motorable road in India.
The duo will be completing the ride in one bike. From Delhi to Spiti Valley, they are travelling on a company sponsored Royal Enfield Scram motorcycle and from Delhi to Kerala they will be travelling in a Royal Enfield Interceptor motorcycle. The riding gears partner is Rynox and travel partner is Ceat.