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brunch Updated: Sep 22, 2013 10:40 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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What could be common in an advocate-teacher duo, one would wonder. If you think, not much, meet the Haryana-based duo of advocate Jaibir Singh Virk, 33, and schoolteacher Amit Chaudhary, 32. Their incessant love for adventure is what binds them.

The duo travelled all the way from Chandigarh to Kanyakumari and back, criss-crossing from the jungles of Manesar, the heart of the country, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and from the city of beautiful sculptures, Madurai, before returning. Entering the Limca Book of World Records for travelling 7,050 km and crossing 28 cities in just 19 days on a tractor, the duo’s journey, which was arranged by Indo Farms, ended in Chandigarh on Saturday.

The duo seems to be love-struck with their mean machine. They say, “Our Indo Farm’s Great Indian Tractor Journey for Peace comes to an end today. We travelled on our 75 HP tractor — PB 10 D2 5243 — from September 2 to 19.”

“We couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for our tractor. If we were on a bike or a car, nobody would have noticed us,” they add.

Amit chips in, “The maximum speed that our tractor could move at was 35-km per hour. We drove safe with 24 to 32-km per hour and took only four halts of four hours through out the expedition. The tractor we chose gave us the security of a car. We did have a support vehicle with us in which there were four more people. They were video-taping us and recording our timings.”

But, no journey on a tractor driving through 14 states till Kanyakumari can be a cakewalk. “There were times when in places such as Rajasthan, the weather conditions were extreme. We did have to struggle. We experienced rain too, but the tractor’s closed cabin came as bliss. In the end, it was all worth it,” they say.
“We had to cross Telangana in Andhara Pradesh, but it was closed. We could not even fill in our empty stomachs. Our diesel backup also ran out. We had to ask for help from strangers.”

“People were flabbergasted by our tractor,” they say and add, “A lot of comments came in from surpised people. They kept eying our tractor; even followed us on their bikes. Some farmers took us to their farms and drove the tractor out of inquisitiveness. It was a journey full of adventure.”

Talking about the motive behind the expedition, they say, “We drive for a cause. The expedition last year was for ‘Save the Girl Child’. This time, we concluded our journey on International Peace Day, spreading the message of peace and harmony in the country.”

Virk’s experience, having been on such adventures thrice, came handy for the duo. They made sure all items — food, fuel, hygiene, first-aid — were struck off their check list.

They have also been featured in the Limca Book of World Records for the longest Himalayan expedition on tractor in 2012. For now, the duo is already busy planning their next expedition. “We will plan something unusual; might even cross the Indian border on the tractor,” the duo says before going back to their mean machine.