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Royal Enfield Thunderbird and 18,000 km through 13 countries: An epic solo adventure tale

The Financial Express logo The Financial Express 6 days ago Abhilasha Singh

© image Kedarnath GM, an avid traveller, trekker, white-water rafter, filmmaker, motorcyclist and a very humble soul. I had the opportunity to talk to Kedarnath about the motorcycle, the trip and several other things that go into preparing for an adventure such as this.

The objective behind the man's long haul ride is simple but meaningful. It reflects in what he does with his time crossing international borders on a motorcycle. Kedarnath dreams of a world without borders, and considering the political relations among countries are far from being healthy, this mountain is not going to be easy to climb. But as they say, one step at a time.

Traversing through countries using personal mobility just may be a step towards demonstrating that peaceful living is in fact possible.

Kedarnath GM has travelled extensively in India on a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350cc, and he's went ahead crossed international borders on it, passing through 13 countries in the winter and covering a total distance of 18,000 kilometres. He has quite lived a dream a lot of us have.

Upon being asked about what all must I keep in mind before setting off on an adventure such as this, he had a great answer. He simply said that the key is not to keep anything in mind, just roll with the time, go with the flow. Most of us spend all our lives thinking that one day we'll set out on an adventure, but that 'one day' is lost in all the thinking and planning and being afraid.

Kedarnath set off in the winter of 2013 on a journey from India to Europe and back. Find out more of his experience here:

What good can spontaneous decisions do for you, this man's story is quite explains that. Kedarnath never rode a motorcycle until he was 28 years old. But then, he met people who shared their stories from the road and he did not waste much time molding the inspiration he drew into a vision of riding around the world on a motorcycle.

Not just a motorcyclist, he is an experienced film maker as well. His short film titled A Voyage on My Motorbike won the best film to promote world peace at the Rajasthan International Film Festival, 2016.

He started his career with JSW Steel Ltd and has been associated with the organisation for the past decade. He resides near Hampi and enjoys living amongst the peace and quiet of nature. He now rides a Royal Enfield Himalayan and says couldn't be happier with it.

We applaud his initiative, which he says is a small step towards creating a borderless world, and that more people are inspired by this vision and the one day, we will be able to just get on our motorcycles or in our cars and go.

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