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Happy Husband

For the 28th birthday celebration for a certain spoon, I was ripped from my cozy aquatic environment and forced to pedal a bike up rocky, dusty slopes in the back woods of India.

Western Ghat Sunset (sun setting into the smog of Mumbai)

Ok, it wasn't all that bad. We set out with a cab (and no clue) to find this fabled trail that takes trekers through the hills of Lonavala to a large fortress at one of the highest peaks in that area of the Western Ghats. After stopping for directions many times, as is Indian tradition, we finally found the trail head. The dirt on the trail was like flour or baby powder in consistency, but was a rich red. It was fun to play with, but not fun to bike through for long periods. It was the dry season, so the dust would just float in the air for hours unless a sweaty person on a bike happened through to collect all the dust particles on her moist skin. Or unless someone was working hard and breathing heavily, then the dust could get trapped in a certain biker's mucous membranes as she rode the trail.

But, seriously, it wasn't that bad! After a few flats, we reached the end of the super-rocky trail and were rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen in India. Alright....

Scoping out base camp

some of the most beautiful scenery I've seen in the world. There were deep canyons and high peaks. Lil'Spoon and I got to camp up at the top of this awesome fort, hike around, and do some fun albeit scary biking. The weather was perfect, we enjoyed a clear sky of stars, and a wonderful campfire. There was so much to explore and do, especially since I saw a large lake in the distance (it looked perfect for SUP).

I could have brought a SUP, but the biking was OK too...

I will let Lil'Spoon give a full and in depth recap of his birthday biking adventures, but I just wanted to throw a few of my favorite photos from the weekend up and give my Happy Birthday wishes to my best friend and life-long partner. Adventure is out there, and I know as long as we are together, we'll always find the adventures.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lil'Spoon!!

I LOVE YOU

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