Yashoda on her Bullet in Sindri, Dhanbad, on Tuesday. Picture by Gautam Dey
To: Sindri, Dhanbad
Travel time: 20 hours
Hot wheels: Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc
The daredevil: A 24-year-old woman
Meet Yashoda Kumari who gave the most pleasant Holi surprise to mother Geeta Devi and younger brother Diwaker when she rang the doorbell at their coal hub home on the night of March 15.
The project engineer, who works with an MNC in Noida, zipped past four states in less than 20 hours on her bike because she could not get reservation on any train to celebrate the festival of colours with her family.
Dinesh Singh, councillor of ward No. 55, felicitated Yashoda on Tuesday for her heart-warming feat.
“It took me around 31 hours to reach Sindri, but the travelling time was less than 20 hours. I took breaks and spent the night of March 14 at a friend’s house in Kanpur,” said Yashoda who learnt to ride a bike from father Kamlesh Dubey when she was in Class VIII. She is currently a member of Delhi-based biker group Royale Maverick.
Speaking about her journey, Yashoda said she set out at 4pm on March 14 and her first break was when she reached Kanpur around 10pm. The next day, she started at 6am and halted at Fatehpur around 8am only to refuel. “From Fatehpur I drove straight for five hours to Varanasi. There I took a break for 45 minutes to eat,” said Yashoda whose next stop was Sasaram in Bihar at 3pm and then Gaya around 5pm.
Asked whether she felt unsafe, Yashoda said: “Before starting my journey I read on the Internet that more than 95 per cent of my journey will be on NH-2. So, I was not really worried about my safety.”
Smart, yet polite, Yashoda believes that adventure is not a man’s domain. She completed her BTech from Bhopal two years ago before taking up this job in Noida.
Yashoda will be in Sindri till Thursday when she will again set out on her bike, but this time with her father. “He is an excellent biker and has perfect balance,” said the proud daughter.