Goodbyes at NHRefuel & enroute Hyderabad (Day 1)

Here’s a continuation of what ensued after the flag off..
My friends and family escorted me up until NHRefuel where we assembled to have breakfast together. It was quite a turn around, more than what I had imagined. And the food was superb!
We gathered around to share stories about my past and how I got into riding. My aunt and my parents spoke words of encouragement which rendered me quite speechless. By the time it was my turn to speak I felt my heart swell up and tears came brimming to my eyes and I croaked my words! I never thought this endeavor to see the world on my motorcycle would be met with so much support and love and I felt so grateful.
I also made a video presentation of what I expect to do on my ride and we concluded the meet up with a prayer song. Yes I need all the blessings I can get.
With the morning slowing moving into noon I finally hit the road. Even though the day was hot my soul was calm.
And I watched a beautiful sunset from the highway as I made my way to Hyderabad

Flag Off to Australia #australasianodyssey

It was still dark out the window when I asked my family to go on and meet me at Vidhana Soudha. I needed those last 5 mins by myself to go through my checklist, say goodbye to my cats and also quieten my mind which would not stop thinking. There were a million things running through my head as I made my way to the flagging off point. Did I post the correct timing? Will anyone show up this early? In fact, will anyone show up at all? Just as when Vidhana Soudha came into my view I saw one motorcycle parked behind a car and then a fleet of motorcycles and several groups huddled, chattering and basking in the morning fog. At that moment I clicked a mental picture in my head because I never want to forget what I felt, I felt thankful.
For those of you who dont know, here’s my route
I will be starting from Bangalore covering the east coast of India towards the northeast. Then via Manipur to Myanmar – Thailand – Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore – Indonesia – Australia. I’ll be doing two island hops, one from Malaysia to Indonesia and the other from Timor to Darwin. From Darwin I’ll be riding all the way to Sydney. Wish me luck folks!