Jyothi Rongala , a cyclist and a professional mountaineer is stationed at Mokokchung for the past few days on her journey to cover 30,000 km. She set out the bicycling expedition on January 2017 from Kanyakumari to set a Guinness World record for “the longest distance bicycled within a single country”.
Jyothi Rongala, a native of Andhra Pradesh had the chance to meet some scribes here during her stay and had interactions wherein she stated that she undertook the expedition with the message that “Indian Roads are safe for women”. She goes on to add that she is cycling solo unsupported and absolutely cashless and have been pitching her tents in the jungles, on the highways, farms and fields on the days when she does not have a shelter. She continued “I am merely living on the kindness of loved ones, acquaintances and strangers for food and stay.” She also added that she likes meeting locals to learn about their culture and traditions.
She further disclosed that she has covered 19 states so far and a total of 16000 km, adding she took a one and a half year break due to an accident. She also added that the current record is held by an Australian who had covered 18999 in Australia. On Thursday, she left Mokokchung towards Kohima along the NH 702 touching VK, Wokha and so on.