adventure (v.) c. 1300, aventuren, "to risk the loss of," from Old French aventurer (12c.) "wander, travel; seek adventure; happen by chance," from aventure (n.); see adventure (n.). Meaning "take a chance" is early 14c. Related: Adventured; adventuring. A number of years ago, Dad was called to tune a school piano at the hill station town of Panchgani. Situated in the state of Maharashtra - India, Panchgani was developed as a retirement place for the British in the region because it remained pleasant throughout the year. Looking for a place that met the brief, the surveyor finally decided on a nameless area in the vicinity of the five villages, and the place was aptly named Panchgani with 'Panch' meaning 'five' and 'gani' credited to a mispronunciation of the word 'gao' meaning village in the local language. John Chesson the surveyor was made Superintendent. Today Chesson is buried in the cemetery of St. Peter's Church in the same town. Another little know fact - this town was also the scene of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Mahatma Gandhi - one of six attempts by the same man - Godse. While tuning the piano at the St. Peter's school, Dad was informed that this piano was played by none other than the legendary Freddie Mercury when he studied in this school as a teenager. And just like that the instrument took on a whole new persona. The beginnings of 'Queen' was 'The Hectics' and dad got to be alone with a rare moment of history! Unfortunately a few years later the piano was destroyed in a building fire. Today (5 September) was Freddie's birthday. In my time in India, both Dad and I have ridden several times to this town and I have even bicycled the distance a few times. The terrain here - The Western Ghats are the mountainous faulted and eroded edge of the Deccan Plateau that were formed during the break-up of the super-continent of Gondwana some 150 million years ago. In a way this region has probably always been 'action packed' albeit at a slower than glacial pace. Fast forward from our adventure together over 3 years ago, Dad and I have decided to go out riding again. This time round, I will be riding the bike he picked for his last adventure - a Honda 160 single street bike and at 73, he will now be riding his Suzuki 250 twin which he has custom setup for his bad back and limited flexibility. Taking in Panchgani, we will be mostly on back roads, riding every twisty I could plan and meander our way down towards another previously colonised part of India - Goa. Over 10 days, we then make our way back through the beautiful coastal areas, before finishing up an other adventure. No doubt this will leave us wanting more, as we are both still on a high from our last one. As with the last adventure, will be updating as we ride to share with inmates here.