Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 4 - Two days in Kodai, one for the road

On his last day in Kodai, Jay visits old school friends and revisit old school memories

The giant eucalyptus tree at Swedish House, my elementary school dorm.

Another beautiful day walking down all the memories from my childhood years spent in Kodaikanal. I connected with an old friend who's now a teacher at Kodai School and together we visited our elementary school dorm at Swedish House, on the way to the Kodai Golf Club. We recalled all sorts of memories, such as playing on a huge hill, which doesn't seem that big now and playing capture-the-flag in the woods behind that have been cut down now and the crazy, daily bus journey down and up from school.

Looking out the window of my 6th grade dorm room. Amazing how strong the memories are.

It's amazing how vivid the memories are from this part of my life and being able to come back reinforces these strong, old memories. It's been good to connect with old alumni, staff, my dorm-parent, my PE teacher, some ayahs (maids) who still remember me, the carpenter with whom I spent hours building things with wood, some of the cooks from the dining hall and the nurses at The Dish (dispensary).

I gave a little talk on campus in the evening, just before the Kodai Athletic Club handed out the yearly sports awards. I didn't want to encourage the kids to quit their job later in life, but just to follow their passion, put the effort in and it'll pay off.

It's been a wonderful two days spent at Kodai and now I'm ready to hit the road again and cover some miles. I'll be heading to Tirunelveli, via Madurai.

With an old Kodai School friend who teaches there now, on the hill that we used to play on as kids.

Distance clocked today: 27 km
Total distance clocked: 624 kms

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TRAVEL NOTES:

Manavannur, 40 km from Kodaikanal, is a quiet retreat away from the commercialized bustle of the hill station.
Read more: Manavannur: A piece of lost paradise

Nearby:

Meghamalai, a remote, beautiful, unspoilt hill station in Theni district, is anywhere between 135 and 165 km by road from Kodai, depending on the route you choose.
Read more: Meghamalai - A Walk in the Clouds


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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

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