While I was at yet another futile attempt to finish a long pending draft, I realized that it has been 7 years since I went out on a day ride to Shivanasamudra and the ride experience came out as a first post on Payaniga. The journey of travelling and writing started as I went out on first long ride on my bike with three complete strangers (whom I got to know them from a biking group, and unfortunately I never got a chance to meet them again). The travel bug which bit me long ago has taken me to places – made me trek quite a few mountains, took me to less known places, made me travel along unknown terrains, took me back in time while visiting historical place. And more than the places, I got to meet & know a lot of amazing people along the way. And more over, it has given me a new identity.
Though I have been travelling on day trips or weekend trips, writing my experiences has been sporadic, and sometimes I’ve gone into complete hibernation for long periods. Thanks to my recent job change and other personal priorities, I am stuck & grounded with less time to travel & much less time to write. And I don’t see myself planning any bigger travel plans. But however, I’m hopeful of turning that around and here is my plan of action for the next few months –
- Write more and more frequently. And complete all the pending drafts.
- Start with a that small project of a series of travel stories which I have in my mind for a long time
- Explore Karnataka on day trips and weekend getaways as I used to do before.
- Go on long rides – Cycle more and more
- Revive the dormant Kannada version of Payaniga.
Here is a big thank you to everyone who has been part of this long journey – all the readers, friends who travelled with me, fellow travellers/travel bloggers who have inspired me and my family who are very supportive of all of my endeavours. Here is to more and more travelling. 🙂