Father-son bonding on a bike trip from north to south India

Jul 12, 2022 | 05:10 IST

Father-son bonding on a bike trip from north to south India

Mapusa’s father-son duo, Jalesh and Kaustubh Raut, recently fulfilled their wish to complete their journey from Mapusa to Leh-Ladak to Kanyakumari and back to Goa, by entering their names into the Limca Book of Records. Back to their daily routine, father and son share their journey and how they bonded during the 23-day ride

Dolcy D’Cruz

At first glance, Jalesh and Kaustubh Raut strike like two pals with their comfort level. They work and travel together but each takes care of the other and shows great interest as father and son. So when Jalesh introduced Kaustubh to the idea of ​​touring India, Kaustubh was more than just excited. He got his motorcycle license at the age of 18 and was ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime with the best partner, his own father. But the pandemic shut down the whole country and their dream had to take a back seat. On June 16, nothing stopped their resolve, not even Roshan, his wife, and Kaustubh’s mother’s pleas to cancel the trip, as they began their journey. from the Bodshwar temple in Mapusa. “It was my dream that as soon as Kaustubh turns 18 on April 2, 2020, we would ride the length of the country together. I even bought the bike, Royal Enfield Himalayan Bs6, for him and we were all prepared for it but unfortunately lockdown was declared on March 21, 2020 and we had to delay our plans.I’m proud that we were able to finally complete the ride and entered the Limca Book Of Records as a father son duo who have traveled a total of 12,000 kilometers in 23 days,” says Jalesh, owner of Raut Rent-A-Bike in Mapusa. Kaustubh, a second-year business student at Saraswat College in Mapusa, planned the trip while on vacation. “C It was my dad’s dream to take me for a ride in India at a young age. He wanted me to be the youngest Goan and Indian to hold the record and so far no one has completed the ride even at 20. I’m still the youngest but there’s a chance someone older will play only me can break the record. It was my first trip, as my dad has covered this trip twice before with a group of cyclists,” says Jalesh, who runs a helmet shop in Mapusa. The father, a professional mechanic, and his son are well versed in the operation of a motorcycle and had no major problems along the way. They undertook the journey on a rainy day from Mapusa to Shirdi-Maharashtra and traveling on a Royal Enfield Himalayan Bs6 and a Royal Enfield Classic 500cc traversing the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, of Jammu and Kashmir before reaching Kargil, Leh, Sarchu, Kullu Manali, Panipat, Agra, Sagar (MP) and traveling south to Nagpur, Hyderabad, Anantapura, Salem (Tamil Nadu), Kanyakumari, Kerala, Karnataka and return to Goa. “We traveled to 12 states in India and trained for it with two road trips to the Adiyogi Shiva Statue in Tamil Nadu and the Unity Statue in the Rann of Kutch where we traveled near 850 km/day,” says Jalesh, who has been riding for over 22 years. “We started the drive in India with the longest stretch on the first day itself from Mapusa to Shirdi, but the hardest drive was the 350 kilometer drive back to Goa from Mangalore. There were gusty winds and heavy showers at the end of the trip. It usually took us 6-7 hours, we had to ride for almost nine hours in the heavy rain,” adds Jayesh, as he talks about the challenges of the 12,000 kilometer journey over 23 days. Kaustubh enjoyed every moment of the trip: “We only took one day off in Kashmir because it was raining heavily and there were landslides in the area. My most memorable experience was riding in the mountains, through the narrow snow-covered roads at low temperatures. Even the Kargil War Memorial gave me goosebumps. We went through rain, snow and the few sunny days. Jalesh always allowed Kaustubh to ride in front of him so he knew he had his back. “He rides like a pro rider and I was following him closely. We had customized our bikes with special position lights, so if I wanted to stop the bike, I would just turn off my lights and he would get the signal. We didn’t have to press the horn. We followed all the safety protocols. There were a lot of glitches like flat tires but we took care of them. We documented the whole ride on Instagram with updates daily updates and on a biker app. Compared to my previous rides, the network has improved across the country. We used to talk seamlessly over Wi-Fi with our friends and family every day to tell them where we were,” says Jalesh. This trip was a gift from the father to his son and Jalesh spared no expense. He was completely free of sponsors. “What value would I have as a father if I received money from others to offer this trip to my son? We are now planning a trip to Bhutan next year and we will work very hard to raise the money,” says Jalesh with a satisfied smile.

Wiley C. Thompson