Once I decided to go for this journey, I was reading through the experiences of people who had been through similar journeys, in the past.
There are a few who have driven from London to Delhi. There is also the story of three friends who started from London and got stuck in Afghanistan – they were sent back after a week’s experience in an Afghan prison. There are some who had to return halfway due to health or political problems.
Tushar Agarwal has a series of Guinness and Limca records for his driving achievements. Amongst several others, he drove from London to Delhi with his wife. He and his friend Sanjay Madan also have to their credit, a 70,000 kms self-driving trip through 51 countries in 6 continents! Whoa!
I wanted to make a record too! But it is absolutely difficult to beat their records. But I am heads up on one factor. Being senior in age has its advantages. I beat them hollow in age. While interacting with Tushar, he realised and hinted that I would be the senior most person to take up such a long self-driving trip. That aside, Pushpa and I could be the senior most couple to achieve this. That we could attempt to establish these new records added to our excitement. Yes, if I am fit and confident enough to do it and face the problem in the process of achieving it!
That would be another record for us!
When Nishi agreed to join the expedition, I realised that it would be an another record. She would be the youngest to take such a journey. We should be celebrating her 10th birthday on the way, if all goes well, in China.
Possibilities of setting these three new records – (a) senior-most individual (b) senior-most couple and (c) youngest individual boosted our spirits even further.