Thursday 4 August 2022 10:45 PM UTC
KOZHIKODE Aug 4: Fayiz Ashraf Ali, a native of Atholi in Kozhikode, is gearing up for his dream trip from Kerala to London with a unique bicycle ride. It is a distance of two continents, 35 countries, 30,000 kilometers, and 450 days for Fayiz. Fayiz, a native of Thalakulathur, will start his journey from Thiruvananthapuram on August 15. It’s a journey alone. Fayiz, an engineer with Wipro, quit his job to travel long distances on his bicycle.
He returned home from Saudi Arabia in connection with his father’s health issues. It was at that time that he came up with the idea of health by cycling. In 2019, he made a trip to Singapore to wake up his mind when he wasn’t working. The journey took 104 days.
The confidence that the trip gave him was the inspiration for my trip to London. It will be in India for 30 days. After that, he will go to Muscat. From there are further journeys. The trip will enter European countries via Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
There are a few pairs of clothes, bicycle tools, sleeping bags and a camera. It has been decided to cover a distance of 80 km per day. “Being a member of the Rotary Club, they will arrange accommodation and food at some places. Otherwise, it is intended to stay in a tent or rest in places of worship. The travel expenses should be found out through the sponsors. But that hasn’t happened yet,” Faiz said. Riding Group Echowheilers India is also supporting it.
The yatra has various objectives such as the well-being of the body and mind, an eco-friendly journey, and taking the culture and beauty of Malayalam to the whole world. He will visit 25 universities and 150 schools during the visit.
His family, which includes his wife Azmin Faiz and children Fahsin Omar and Aysin Nahel, is also supporting the journey.
Basic requirements like some pairs of dress, cycle tools, a sleeping bag and a camera are the things he will be carrying. Fayiz thinks that he can cover 80kms in a day. Being a rotary club member he can avail resting places in some locations. In other places, he will either approach spiritual centres or cast tent. He is also looking for sponsors to meet the travel expenses.
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