To prove those people wrong who believe that biking is men dominated adventure, Bengaluru-based Esha Gupta has started an adventurous and thrilling journey of biking 17 Indian states in over 110 days. She started her journey on January 26 from Bangalore. Esha, who opted to ride solo, wants to prove her point that India may not be that unsafe after all, especially for a lone woman. She also states that instead of ogling at her or giving her the cold shoulder, a lot of people actually helped her.
She had completed the solo golden quadrilateral nationwide ride, covering nearly 7,000 km in 2014.
Her companion in this journey is Bajaj Avenger 220 DTsi to cover 38,000 kms covering an average of 400 km a day. She is expected to complete her journey in the month of May, passing through the cities and towns of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.
Esha said that by doing a solo ride across the Golden Quadrilateral, touching four metropolitan cities, she wanted to send a message out that India is not an unsafe country for women.
This time around, she will visit smaller towns and cities and will convey the message of safety and women empowerment.
Esha says her aim is not about challenging the miscreants with this ride. Instead, it is just reminder that people are talking more about negativity and have forgotten the positivity and good people. “My sole ride is meant to shift people’s focus towards positivity,” she said.
This journey will be been organised and promoted by Throttle Club, an online motorcycling platform encouraging biking as a culture, particularly among women.
Mangesh Deshpande, Chief Operating Officer of Throttle Club said that the cost of her bike ride will be be approximately Rs 4 lakh, including the pre-ride investment. “About 1,200 litres of petrol will be required for her tour,” he said.
Her ride position and route will be tracked by twin GPS provided by OSS. A senior facility manager for four years, Esha quit her job and planned a small break, but never returned to her job.