Vaishali Kulkarni More, a solo women biker from Andhra Pradesh has recently completed the East Coast corridor of the Golden Quadrilateral (GQ), riding from Pondicherry to Kolkata along with other two women riders. She covered a distance of 2548+kms in 11 days on her Bajaj Avenger 220 cc bike which she fondly calls as 'Ellie'. She started her journey on February 25, 2017 from Pondicherry and ended it on March 7, 2017 at Kolkata. She rode across 4 Indian States and 1 Union Territory, riding across Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai - Gudur- Ongole - Vijaywada - Rajahmundry - Visakhapatnam - Gopalpur - Chilka Lake - Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri - Raghurajpur - Pipli - Chandipur - Kolkata.
During the course of her ride, she had many memorable moments. People were supportive and helped them at every stage. Riding in hot summer afternoons was a challenge but still they managed well. An unknown army officer and his family extended help en route Gopalpur. She met Padma Shri awardee Sister M. Cyril Mooney in Kolkata and shared stage with women achievers from.various professions in Kolkata, and was honoured by the Dept. Of Child and Women welfare society of Govt. Of West Bengal on International Women's Day. She also met cancer survivors, orphan girls, doctors and her visit to Raghurajpur where she received a huge welcome was a good experience.
She started riding at the age of 17 and continued till 21, then took a gap of 27 years and took voluntary retirement from her job as educationist and again pursued her biking passion due to her son who persuaded her to follow her dreams. She has inspired many women to pursue their passion in late 40s, stating that age is just a number and believes in " Be Bold For Change ". She says that India is a safe country for women travellers and Motorbiking is the best way to travel and experience the culture, people, and traditions of our country. She also supports the causes of Cervical Cancer Awareness, Genital Hygiene and Fit Women for fit families.
Her message to budding/new riders is "Motorbiking is a serious adventure sport and one must take the responsibility of promoting correct purpose of doing it. Wear proper safety gears while on rides. Maintain a safe and comfortable speed...reaching early is not important...reaching happy is. Stop...talk to people...build up friendships across areas. Follow proper road safety rules, signals that bikers use. Treat your bike and other bikers with respect. Be responsible citizens. Be prepared well for your rides. Face the challenges that travel throws at you with positivity and humour".
Throttle Team congratulates her for this awesome stint and wishes her good luck for future!