After spending 30 years as general manager and director of the cryogenic specialist company Demaco, 54 year-old Ronald Decker and his son Maurice felt it was time for a change of scenery.
Ronald has always had a passion for travel, whether it be for leisure or business, and 22 year-old Maurice had recently returned from an internship in Vietnam where he was inspired by the differences in culture and generations.
As well as having an ache for distant places, both father and son enjoy biking. A hobby which has led them to embark on many trips. It was during one of these trips that the idea of cycling all the way from Bergen to Mumbai was first introduced.
Ronald had some great experiences with India, both personally and professionally, and with 30 years of work at Demaco in the bag he knew it was time to plan a trip of lifetime.
All packed up and ready to go, Ronald and Maurice paid a visit to Demaco where all employees were waiting to wave their director goodbye.
10.000 km later and almost three months of traveling which involved drinking local beer with Austrian hunters, racing against super cars in Serbia and witnessing Islamic sacrifice feasts in Turkey, they arrived in Ahmedabad.
Once they had landed and unpacked their bikes, the travellers received an invite from the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) in Gandhinagar. The R&D organisation is internationally recognised for its contributions to fundamental and applied research in plasma physics and associated technologies, with core competency in cryogenics.
The boys hopped back on their bikes and cycled over.
They received a very warm welcome from Mr P.K. Atrey, Acting Chief Administration Officer and Mr R.N. Bhattacharya, Project Co-ordinator Cryo-distribution and Cryoline System ITER-India. Following the welcome speech, Ronald and Maurice were surprised with a nice gift and gave a short summary on their exceptional experiences during their cycling tour from Bergen to Ahmedabad.
After that, it was time for the photo session and answering the questions of the Cryolab employees.
Finally, Mr Bhattacharya gave Ronald and Maurice a tour through the Cryolab facilities, with the ‘Cryogenic Test Facility’ as life and soul of the company, designed, built and installed by Demaco in co-operation with Linde.
The cryogenic infrastructure worked even better than specified and thus IPR showed their appreciation for the collaboration with the colleagues from Demaco.
Just as their adventure was drawing to an end, Ronald and Maurice visited the headquarters and production facilities of both CryoGas and INOXCVA, followed by photo sessions and a presentation of their trip to the employees.
At last, the travellers reached their final destination, Mumbai. They celebrated their safe arrival at Café MANGII, at the Powai lake with a nice lunch and a chilled glass of beer.
Ronald thanked his fellow colleagues who continued to run the business of Demaco during his absence. He said, “It’s a great privilege to have such a partner and management team allowing you to fulfil one of your dreams. Much appreciated and well done!”
“Once you realise that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”