Cycling along the rising sun early morning has its own charm. And if the cycling is in Heritage rich South Bombay, than it is like a cherry on the cake! On 7th Feb a group of fellow travelers ditched their much deserving lazy Sunday break for a breakfast ride in South Bombay by 365 Hops.
Before starting the journey, everyone gathered at the vintage Olympus restaurant in Colaba. After hogging on lip smacking Bun muska, khema pav and Bread omlet, we started our journey.
There were all types of cycle available to choose from – Big, Small, Geared, Non-gear. Though the cycles were in good condition, the funny part was that its plastic cover and cardboard weren’t even removed.
The rich heritage structures of South Bombay always fascinate us. It transports us into a different colonial era. The huge gray structure is immortalized with its bricks. Its domes and gothic style architecture are the USP of South Bombay.
We first pedaled to the famous Gateway of India. The sun was just above to rise. It created a great silhouette effect in the sky with its reflection in the sea. This might sound normal to you, but we gasped our breath by what we saw. 100s of Seagulls were hovering around in the sky. They were as close as the length of our arm. In the sea they were floating exactly like a toy duck in your bathtub.
Normally, people cycle with full speed for the first 5-15 kms and then slow down due to tiredness. But this was just 10 kms leisure ride. It is just pleasant to cycle along the empty road with the cool morning breeze brushing against your face. The places we covered were – Gateway of India, Nariman Point, Mumbai University, Bombay High Court, Rajabai Clock tower, Flora Fountain, BMC HQ building, Horniman Circle.
Above images are from morning cycling on 7 Feb. Contributed from participants.
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