Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Sept 25: Kadma Uliyan resident Adhiraj Barua will embark on a nationwide bicycle tour on October 1 at 7:30 am. The tour will see him pedaling approximately 22,000 kilometers through 29 states in a span of one and a half years. The 27 years old Adhiraj said that a part of his cycling would include the daunting 19, 300 feet high Umlingala Road in Ladhak. “If I make it through this road, it will be a world bicycling record,” he said.
The spirit of adventure was perhaps passed on to Adhiraj by his father, Alok Ranjan Barua who coverd the country on bicycle almost 34 years ago. It is not that the young man has been sleeping on his adventurous plan. Adhiraj revealed, “I have been making 0 to 60 kilometer road trips every day through the last six months. I also undertook a trip to Kolkata across a 290 kilometer route on September 6 in two and a half days and I had to encouinter rains and scorching sun along the way. I just wanted to find out exactly what types of problems could crop up during my countrywide tour.”
Regarding the tour, Adhiraj Barua said, “I will commence my tour on October 1 with the blessings of Lord Gautam Buddha. I will start at 7.30 am from the Sakchi Buddhist temple with the blessings of the gurus. I am embarking on this venture to spread the message of world peace and stop the practice of child marriage.”
Adhiraj has studied up to Std 12 from Kerala Public School, Kadma. This was followed by a course in interior designing at Delhi. To prop his morale, many organizations and institutions including Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), Bharat Sevashram Sangh, YMCA, Lions Club and Rotary Club have come forward with sponsoring the trip.
Adhiraj’s father, Alok Ranjan Barua had also performed the same feat in 1987 when he completed his bicycle tour and pedaled his way to Jamshedpur in 1989. Tata Steel had then honoured him on Founder’s Day that year.