Bike Tour in Europe - Riding on Luck from Chennai to Copenhagen
Here's another interesting incident during my Bike Tour - an incident that had its origin in Chennai, the city of my residence.
When I was at the Chennai Central Railway Station to book my ticket to Mumbai to attend to an important task related to the preparations for the tour, I happened to notice a Dane and his friend who were apparently in some difficulty. I immediately went up to them and offered help. They had to make a trip to a destination on a certain date, but unfortunately all suitable trains departing on that date were fully booked. I suggested that they book their wait-listed tickets and try getting them confirmed through allotment from the Emergency Quota by means of a letter of request addressed to the officer in charge of this special facility. I told them that this procedure usually worked and that they should act immediately. They were extremely pleased and, upon learning of our intended Bike Tour, readily offered to help us when we visited Denmark and scribbled the address with a ‘Come and stay for free' sign-off. As it happened, we enjoyed double hospitality - first when we arrived in Copenhagen and again, an enforced stay when my bike was stolen. A sad loss, which led to our getting new, improved bicycles - the 10-speed Puch.
What do you call that? Luck? Blessing in disguise? Milk of human kindness would be most apt. In abundance, I should add.
(The news-clip is from Cambridge, but it has a reference to the loss of my bike.)