Some years ago our son, Tom, volunteered at Odanadi.
He was there for a year and we were lucky enough to visit him, and Odanadi. That was where our Indian adventure began. Tom was based at the girls home and during our visit we helped out with various things going on at the centre. We learned how positive actions can turn lives around, the importance of a safe place, love, and the building of confidence self-esteem through education and security.
Tom took us to visit the boys home which, at that point, was just a set of ramshackle shacks and dusty foundations. Just as he came back to the UK, Adventure Ashram had taken up the challenge to finish the boys home. Since then we have supported them from a distance and were delighted to be able to join the Adventure Ashram on their 2016 UK Rally – in a car. This led to Graham buying a bike and us going ‘Back To The Future’ in India this year.
My personal motorbike adventure has been short lived! Until a year ago I had never ridden on a motorcycle. Once Graham had bought his Honda in preparation for ‘Back To The Future’ I decided I should at least give it a try. We bought me a decent helmet and loads of kit off eBay including some boots which didn’t really fit. After struggling into the gear we headed off to Abergavenny. It must have been hard for Graham having someone hanging on to him for grim death, but we made it in 45 minutes, stopped for a cuppa and then came back again. We didn’t even get to stroll around because those boots were so uncomfortable. And that was that. I’ve not been on a bike since. Maybe one day but, in the meantime, I will support enthusiastically from the side lines.
However, the Indian adventure continues through supporting Adventure Ashram and their various projects which, by the time this is published, I will have visited in person. I suspect this might be another adventure in the making.
KIM’S ADVENTURE TIP
Buying secondhand boots isn’t a good idea!
ABOUT ‘ADVENTURER’S TALES’
A compilation of recollections in celebration of 10 years of Adventure Ashram, ‘Adventurer’s Tales’ is a true celebration of a decade of purposeful adventure by our charity partner Adventure Ashram, a small but mighty charity.
Complete with some great adventure tips, it not only provides handy pointers for when out ‘on the road’, but also some thought-provoking insights into the heart and spirit of adventure. Written with humour, passion and integrity, this wonderful book is a fine tribute to 10 years of Adventure Ashram. Click here to buy a copy.
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