From Oakland To Santa Clara
Posted by Guri Mehta on Feb 1, 2016
Initially, we all thought it was a crazy idea, especially because we end so late at night, not to mention that it's 70 miles of biking in one day. But Pancho in his crazy, stubborn ways, kept at it and has been showing up on the clock every month. Many like Sam, have accompanied him over the year or so. As he was leaving this week in the freezing cold, around midnight we all took turns trying to convince him to get a ride from us or leave in the morning. He was speaking to a group of children in the morning so he couldn't stay. And he didn't want to remove the peace flag to load the bike in the car. The flag stays on. After the back and forth tussle, we both left the house at the same time. Nipun and I in our car, and Panchito on his bike with the world peace flag on a pole.
I jumped in the car and quickly turned on the heater, realizing how cold it would be for Pancho. Nipun asked, "How many friends do you know that would do this on principle, and show up every month for you?" As I searched for Pancho on the road, "Not many," I answered. "And with that heavy flag," Nipun added. It's not like he himself doesn't hold Awakin circles each week ... he doesn't need it for himself. It's purely on principle.
We calculated that he would reach home around 4:30 AM and barely get a little shut-eye before he would be up and out again, sharing his love with the world.
(P.S. This post came about because Pancho and I were both told we don't share enough on the feed. I took this photo and half-joked with him that I was going to share his photo. We had a good laugh at the time. :-) But later on, I thought about all the inspiration my life is filled with and to not acknowledge it share it with others is a special kind of recklessness. But mostly laziness). :-)