Sunil Kaushik and Yuka Yokozawa have been on the road for over a year. They have slept in temples, shared meals with drivers, worked in kitchens and farms, and travelled across the world. All on a pair of foldable bicycles.
Known on social media for their digital diary, titled Sushi and Sambar on the Silk Route, the Indo-Japanese couple is undertaking an epic bicycle tour across the world.
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The couple has been travelling since January 2016, covering 21,000 km so far. Sunil, who formerly worked at Cognizant Technologies and IBM, said in an interview to Times of India, “I was always interested in seeing the world on a bicycle. I rode from Kanyakumari to Leh when I shared my dream of staying on the road like a nomad, and Yuka loved it. We eventually married and started leading an ordinary life, saving up for the trip.”
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Along with Yuka, a teacher by profession, Sunil prepared for the trip on touring bicycles. On suggestion from cycling peers, the couple approached Brompton (a company specialising in foldable bikes) and received a pair on discount. Overcoming a number of logistical issues, the cycles arrived on the day Sunil and Yuka were about to commence their trip.
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Today, they have already travelled 17 countries, soaking in the distinctive cultures of each country — from Laos to Uzbekistan — and taking up a variety of jobs to sustain themselves. To keep their travels cost-effective, the couple pitch tents with help from locals. In fact, they are often invited by locals to stay as guests.
Their experiences have found mention in newspapers and digital mediums and they have even been roped in as TED speakers at Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. Having started their trip from Asia, Sunil and Yuka are now travelling through Europe while their social media pages abounds in stunning images and incredible stories of interacting with people across regions and culture.
Follow the travel tales of Sunil and Yuka on their Facebook page.