Wheeling to the Olympics

With USD 20 in his pocket, Adil Govadia set off in 1982 for a three-year bicycle trip across the world
Farrokh Jijina

Since dreams don’t cost a penny and because there are no limits to the dreaming mind of the youth, in 1980 I decided to visit the next Olympic Games (1984) in Los Angeles on a bicycle,” narrated 65-year-old Bangalore-based corporate mentor Adil Govadia. "I had no intentions of breaking any record. I simply wanted to travel like a free bird, witness the Olympics and live my dreams,” he gushed in an email to Parsiana. Setting off from Nagpur in late 1982, Govadia, then 28, returned to India after 32 months, having traversed approximately 40 countries and 11,000 km. Family friend......

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