A father son duo set on a mission on their trekking bikes to spread the message of health, sports and also they joined the Clean India Mission after reached India.
The mission which started from Amsterdam will end in Mumbai with the father son duo covered nearly 11,000 kms on their trekking bikes.
Owner of a Engineering and Manufacturing company Demaco.NL Ronald Dekker and his son Maurice Dekker started the cycling expedition in the month of August and after covering 15 countries they both reached India. From Gandhinagar, Vadodara through Nashik they will end their cycling expedition in Mumbai.
“We both me and my son were doing mountain cycling and other short legs together when my son was 10 years old. We both decide that after my son graduation we both will go for a long ride and this is our first long ride where we cover 16 countries in four months. We ride 150 kms daily on an average and till Baroda we covered nearly 10,200 kms. From Bergen in Netherlands we will end in Mumbai with a mission to meet as many people during the ride and also happy to be part of Clean India Mission during our journey in India,” said Ronald Dekker.
The father son duo started from Netherlands and then plan and passed on from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Iran UAE, Oman and others but they skip Pakistan and Afghan due to security reasons.
“We skip Pakistan due to security concerns and don’t want to take any risk. We want to complete our mission without any glitch,” said Dekker.
The father son duo also felt the heat of currency exchange after they entered India due to the Indian government demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupees notes. “We also face problems due to 500 and 1000 rupees exchange in India due to long ques in ATM and banks. Although we stand in lines for the money exchange but as we have cards with us we done payments. As we face problems but the decision is good and it will be beneficial for the people of India in the long run,” said Dekker.
The duo is excited to complete the tour in Mumbai share their experience and went back home to rejoin with their family and work. They also support the Clean India Mission and spread the message during their cycling expedition in India.
They have visited Purva School of Bharatanatyam & they enjoyed & appreciated the dance performance presented by the artists of “Purva”. They have felicited Guru Sharad Pandya.