Here is one more story that will make you believe that women can do anything and there is nothing that can stop them. Actually the above sentence itself not required at these times but I will keep it to stress the point . Sample this . 4 Women hitherto not having any significant tripping experience is undertaking a monstrous road trip which will cover 24 countries in 70 days !!. I had goosebumps hearing the news and I believe so do you.
These four women decided to drive their car all the way to London to celebrate the 70th Indian independence. The expedition called XPD 2470 started from Coimbatore on March 26th and is planning to reach London in seventy days.
Meenakshi Arvind of Coimbatore, her 20-year-old daughter Vrinda, Priya Rajpal from Mumbai and Mookambika Rathinam of Pollachi are the daring ladies who have undertook the mission and is currently on the road.Vrinda was a last minute replacement for the ‘XPD 24-70’ mission as one woman Rukmani Sekhar backed out due to illness. The team will pass through Imphal, Myanmar, China, Uzbekistan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Austria and France and reach London on June 5, where they will be received at the Indian High Commission.
The drive will also raise awareness on women’s empowerment and Rotary’s literacy year.
The all-women team would drive through 24 countries including China, Myanmar, Russia and Poland. From Netherlands alone they would ferry the car into the United Kingdom. They require nine different visas and would drive around 500 km per day. The 24,000 km long journey will cost them a total of 60 lakhs. So they also named their expedition as XPD2470 which translates to Expedition 24 countries in 70 days.
While travelling across India, they’ve planned to honour women achievers including Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi and Olympian Mary Kom among others. In London, they are working on to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.
“The way I look at it is – “Everyone gets a miracle”- and this road trip is just that for us. To live and be challenged “says Priya Rajpal, an advertising professional from Mumbai.
Tata Motors has provided an all new modified Hexa with enhanced security and additional fuel storage for the trip and it will be their companion for the momentous drive.
The women, all experienced drivers, have also taken a crash course to be able to attend to vehicle breakdown.
Talking about terrain challenges, Coimbatore-based Mookambika Rathinam says “We are not sure if there would still be snow in Kyrgyzstan around March. In Myanmar, the army would escort us”.
We salute these ladies and also wish them all the luck . If you want to follow them they are there in the facebook giving live updates about whats happening , please check for XDP2470 and you will get them .