Vedangi Kulkarni, 20 years old girl from Pune’s suburban area of Nigdi become the youngest one who circumnavigated the world on a bicycle in just 159 days which ended in Kolkata on Sunday Morning.
Vedangi covered a distance of 29,000 km in 159 days in order to acquire the fastest Asian to have such feat. Started from Perth, Australia, she cycled her path across the country and the famous frontier to reach Brisbane, followed by flying over to Wellington in New Zealand, where she completed cycling the country from North to South.
After conquering her magnificent journey in Oceania (Islands of the central and South Pacific, including Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) she moved towards the western Canadian city of Vancouver before reaching Halifax, a port city on the eastern side of Canada.
Her travel across the world wouldn’t have been possible without her parents’ trust and Vedandi thanked her parents firstly for being the support pillars throughout the time. “My parents have done a great job in giving a 19-year-old (she turned 20 on the ride) all the required mental support and encouragement to explore the world, standing strong when the going got tough, always being on the other end of the phone and at not letting the curiosity die out due to ill experiences even though the parental instincts told them otherwise,” she said.
It was a tough journey from Canada as she was paddling through the coldest regions of Iceland. She covered the vast portion of Europe by cycling through Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, before entering Russia.
After crossing all the way to Russia, she flew back to India to finish the last 4,000 km of the journey. After which as per Tripoto, she will fly back to Perth, the point where it all started.
The youngest woman faced many obstacles in her journey of covering Asia like she was chased by a grizzly bear in Canada, getting robbed in Spain at knifepoint, surviving in extreme weather conditions where temperature ranged from -20 degree to 37 degrees Celsius. Above all that she had a lot of problems during the visa process resulting in a waste of a lot of time.
Vedangi completed a remarkable journey where she rolled it out without 80% of the time, the girl was beyond any support. Her parents are indeed very proud of their brave daughter who funded her voyage.
“It’s her dedication and willpower to achieve her dream which ensured the success and I am sure there are many more to come,” shares her father Vivek Kulkarni.
Vedangi Kulkarni is now waiting for the confirmation certificate of her brave journey around the globe, from the concerned authorities.
The world is proud of you, girl!