Rajkumar Koodali Tazathveetil is from Kozhikode in North Kerala where he was born and raised. After graduating as an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer he joined the IAF – Indian Air Force. After serving for eight and a half years with the IAF he retired voluntarily in 1997 as a Squadron Leader. Since then he has been working as a Telecommunications systems expert engineer in the Oil and Gas sector with various companies in the middle east in countries such as Syria, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, where he is presently lives now along with his family comprising of his wife and two daughters. He will be retiring in 2023. He is eagerly looking forward so that he could travel more around the world on his motorcycle.
In this episode of the show Travel Conversations (TC) on The Rustik Travel Podcast we are going to hear from Rajkumar about his biking trips across the world, the stories and experiences. This episode is in a two-part series. This is the first part. The second part you could listen at Rajkumar’s Motorcycle Diaries II.
Podcast Summary: Rajkumar’s Motorcycle Diaries I
00:00:00 – 00:29:06: Introduction. Growing up. Career in Air Force. How passion for traveling started? Early days of traveling – in the Air Force, trekking in the Nepal Himalayas (Annapurna Base Camp). Working and traveling in the Middle-East – Syria, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Jordan. India connection. Traveling to 40-45 countries. Philippines – eternal favourite.
00:29:07 – 01:11:05: Motorcycles: passion, philosophy. First bikes and rides. Recreational biking and overseas biking tours. Mapping routes. Planning and organising biking tours.
– Solo ride in the US.
– Riding through the Stelvio Pass (Italian Alps).
– Ride in the Alps, to the Balkans.
01:11:06 – 01:12:18: Conclusion. The accident…. To be continued at Rajkumar’s Motorcycle Diaries II.