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Bike Tour in Europe - Riding on Luck from Chennai to Copenhagen

Updated on April 17, 2008

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.)

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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Vaidy! Again a great hub. Thank you for sharing. I'm always glad to see a new hub from you.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • vaidy19 profile imageAUTHOR

      vaidy19 

      10 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi funride,

      Thanks. I am happy that I am infusing some enthusiasm into your bones and spirit. Welcome to Chennai!

      Hi G-Ma,

      Always with cuddly comments. Thanks and Huge Hugs.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Good to hear from you once again..."And one hand washes the other" my dear friend..you are a good soul and I am sure those people will always remember you..seems you began your tour on all the right notes...Nice job..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Vaidy, everytime I read one of your bike tour hubs my desires for being able to ride again grow stronger. Who knows, maybe I´m crazy enough to go and visit Chennai when I get well :D

      BTW, I call that Karma ;)

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