It was their shared love for bikes that introduced 33-year-old Joseph Antony and his spouse Roshini (29) collectively. The Mamallapuram-based couple, now married, met by means of a biking group in Chennai and fell in love. “I’m into bikes and bike trips; I have been exploring different places for about 12 years. Roshini and I started out as friends, and she later got inspired by my Royal Enfield journeys. She hopped on a bike to explore with me,” Joseph mentioned.
Roshini added that they began doing brief journeys on a motorbike collectively. “He works really hard to save money for his family and then some for his international trips. He has always had interesting stories and memories of his trips to share; that is what I liked the most,” she mentioned of her husband.
Together, they run a quaint little restaurant known as ‘Joe’s Café’ in Mamallapuram’s Othavadai Street, which caters to bikers from all corners of the nation, who go there for “cappuccino and breakfast”.
Roshini handles the customer support part of the cafe — it offers her the possibility to satisfy different passionate riders. One of their fondest recollections of a motorcycle journey collectively, was to the mighty Western Ghats of South India. “Deep in our hearts we are still ’90s kids,” they mentioned.
The couple shared their story with indianexpress.com not too long ago: from their courtship that began on social media, to getting married within the pandemic, their memorable journeys, challenges confronted, travelling sustainably, and the scope for tourism in Mamallapuram, amongst different issues.
Tell us the story of your first assembly.
Roshini and I first met one another by means of a biking group; she received impressed by my journey tales after which received on social media to observe me. We turned pals. She, too, loves bikes — each as a rider and as a pillion rider.
It was this love that led her to me. Initially, we had been good pals after which we began falling in love, as a result of we share wavelength. What began as friendship, slowly turned to affection after which love, and at present she is my spouse.
When was Joe’s Café based? What about it attracts bikers from completely different elements of the nation?
It’s been virtually seven years now. Joe’s is a quaint and cute little restaurant for overseas and Indian vacationers, situated in Othavadai Street. On Sunday, bikers from all around the nation assemble right here to have cappuccino and breakfast. We all the time talk about rides, speak about bikes and share journey experiences.
Roshini provided to assist me with my customer support, which might give her a chance to satisfy bikers from all around the world and perceive their ardour for biking extra intently.
Do you each journey rather a lot? What about travelling appeals to you?
We received married one yr in the past throughout Covid. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do journeys due to it, however after that we managed to do them on my Royal Enfield Himalayan.
One of our fondest recollections of a visit collectively was after we visited the Western Ghats in southern India. As we each are mountain lovers, we’ve plans to do extra journeys up within the north on my motorbike.
Tell us about considered one of your most memorable biking journeys.
I’ve lined 10+ international locations and in each nation, I’ve stunning recollections. But, my solo journey to Thailand and Laos is my first border crossing.
My routes from Chiang Rai (Thailand) to Luang Prabang (Laos) — Thakhek, Paske, 4,000 islands — had been wonderful. I had expertise contained in the deep countryside of Laos, [learning about the] historical past of Laos and the story of Mekong rivers.
You have biked extensively — what are a number of the challenges that you’ve got encountered?
My first street journey was on my Royal Enfield commonplace 350, by means of which I learnt plenty of issues like doing normal checkups, oil change, fixing electrical issues; it’s a snug motorbike for a brief and lengthy spin.
Nowadays, all of us journey so simply through the use of a smartphone, reserving a room, utilizing maps and taking photos.
I didn’t have a smartphone throughout my first journey to the north in 2009. Honestly, I had no data concerning the distance and the place to remain. I used to be not conscious of the place the gas station is within the northern mountains and I travelled by asking folks about distance and routes.
I all the time used paper maps. Adding to the extremely-complicated state of affairs, I used my old-fashioned laptop computer to verify places. I had many difficulties whereas doing my street journeys — lack of oxygen, excessive chilly illness, scarcity of fuels in some locations, however I actually loved the experiences.
Nowadays, travelling sustainably has grow to be necessary. When you go on bike rides, how do you guarantee it?
Travelling or taking a break out of your work is all the time good; it offers you data, self-confidence, belief and good power.
It’s nice to see that so many individuals are travelling ceaselessly; I see many individuals who journey on bikes in Mamallapuram.
My recommendation to individuals who particularly journey on bikes is: please put together your self for an extended journey with data of the way to journey a motorbike with abilities; respect the principles and rules, respect the folks and the tradition and go away each place higher.
What about Mamallapuram do you want one of the best?
Mamallapuram is a worldwide vacationer vacation spot. We have folks coming in from international locations just like the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, Japan, South Korea and lots of different locations, so we’ve likelihood to speak to them about their journey experiences, their tradition and such. I additionally love town as a result of we’ve a mixture of tradition right here and likewise a contact of the countryside, seashore, backwater and extra. My pals and neighbours are like my household.
And lastly, what future journeys are you planning?
I needed to go on a visit to Mongolia, North Africa and Turkey. I hope I’ll make some cash from my enterprise for my journey, whereas additionally hoping the Covid state of affairs types out quickly.