^^ What do i do, R15 is so fast .
^^ What do i do, R15 is so fast .
Fantastic log so far Antiqueblue!
Waiting for more pics ....
Group riding is fun, more than that, riding with friends is super awesome, and how a good pillion makes ride more enjoyable - I was about to get to know it on my way to Saputara.
After having a very light breakfast at Tanvi's place, where all of the discussion was about where I was last seen by them, in that shaadi or other shaadi.. not mine..some relatives ...and after all of that and good laugh, we started gearing up. Now we were four. Me, Akshat, Vikas and Tanvi.
We again started our journey, this time to Saputara.
The route is very very straight, get on to Dindoli Road, and keep going straight till you reach Saputara.
We fueled up our tanks and then get along the roads. Meanwhile I was also giving Lil Tanvi few pointers, main of which being to not fell asleep and if at all feel sleepy, let me know, stay alert about road ahead, wasn't expecting more from her but here also I was proved wrong . Slowly and gradually we all picked up our roads. Cross winds were still very much there and alongwith traffic, making it difficult. Though the roads were surrounded by very picturesque scenery but didn't feel like clicking, I was more engrossed in capturing all those moments in memory for ever. But then how can one stop the bud from growing...
More than that I love this, part.. taking live notes
The roads were two lane all the way till Saputara, but very picturesque.
I will let the photos do the talking for some time...
And yes..as notes suggest, it took us almost 2 hours to reach Saputara, which included ample stops to click photos, one of the most amazing Ghat, not particularly Ghat, but plateau roads I have seen till now. Very strong cross winds at places, and climate was most inviting. As it was cloudy almost all the time, with few rain here and there.
Hunting Down Limited
The Gentle Curves
That's me...look its all green around
That is one beautiful Road section..we encountered hundereds of them
Three for Tango
And we reached Saputara around 1:15 pm, travelling a total of 297 Kms from Pune, and having loads of fun, Not bad !!!
Almost all rides are for various objectives. But applying Rider's Algorithm of Fun, these list of objectives can be shortened to a very few basic necessities.
1. Good Scenic Roads.
2. Cloudy-Sunny weather
3. Many Photographs
4. Good Company
We all were fortunate to have tasted all the above four till now. But still we found something missing...
Ahh!!! "Taste" se yaad aya..
5. Variety of Food
I would not be wrong to say that every rider enjoys having different regional food of the place. It's like "oh, we are in Gujarat, let's have gujarati food". Well that's the exact statement made by Akshat after being dejected by renowned Saputara Lake.
Sometimes Photographer in me takes over Rider..
And we started searching for a place to have good Gujarati food. And we reached a cross road. Left road going uphill and even right road going uphill while straight ahead went to Surat. So that meant all the eating joints were on the road we just came from...and none looked good enough to eat.
So we did inki ponki and decided to go to LAKEVIEW RESORT...ohh no it didn't have any view..and as was decided we ordered Gujarati thali. And which was very unlike gujarati thali. The thali had, dal, Alu sabzi and tamatar usal alongwith 6 rotis, butter milk. The only consumable thing of these was Butter milk.
Dal was so sweet that it felt we were served hot custard .
And we didn't waste a lot of time there..
After taking a good 45 minutes halt, we saddled up again. And decided to search around those hills. So from the cross roads we went to left up hill road which after few meters had a Y junction with another going down hill and another going uphill. We presumed downhill was going to lake, and with no one having any interest in going to lake, decided to go upwards. But alas, just after a turn there was a big gate and inquiry got to know, the road is blocked due to bad condition. Dejected we again went to cross roads and this time went straight ahead (right uphill road from previous perspective), again uphill...we shifted down to second gear, bike is going uphill..more uphill, suddenly there is no tar road, and only stone, that too big one and when I look up from road, there is uphill u-turn and shift to first gear, And I stopped there, saw the road condition, and thought it wasn't worth risk going more up, as roads were terribly terrible. and with saddened face we came back to cross roads. Akshat was by now totally disappointed, Vikas too low but was optimist and I was looking to somehow push the gang. Straight went to police wala, who told us to take Y junction downhill road. Well that was the turning point, and after some 1.5 Km of off roading on flat hill tops, we reached a spot from where it was breath taking view, winds so strong that everyone was afraid to go near edge and well Akshat's gloves also survived flying off..
We left from Saputara at around 3:20 pm. Our return trip was a speedy one. A nice change was strong spell of rain shower, which soothed down the slightly increasing temperature. While return, thanks to my amazing pillion's understanding,we were crouching whole time taking corner with elegance and trying keep up with Limited. We did good on that front, sometimes it's a nice to push your limits I guess.
So since starting at 4:30 am in Morning, we decided it's time to give our steeds and ourselves a bit of rest. After dropping Tanvi at her place, we got back to Google baba. And did come to our rescue, with few knocking of hotel doors, found a place to rest at panchvati yatri.
once we lied on the bed, all the enthu went to sleeping. To our rescue came Vikas. And started pushing us "chalo yaar, Sula chalte hain, maine friends se suna hai bahut achi jagah hai, itni door aye hain chalo chalo chalo". But Akshat had some relatives to meet to, and it was decided I and Vikas led by Tanvi will head (she turned out to be good city guide) to Sula Vineyard and will meet back for dinner. Therefore Sula it was ....
The place is must go for all who go to visit Nashik. It has very good location, and well cheap pleasantries are always welcome, Right ???. A nice setup of restro, with good music being played and very good crowd
Sitting there where 2 hours went, we never realized and it was Akshat's message that made us realise we have to go back for dinner. We left from Sula, with some pleasantries and headed back to hotel.
Well we had dinner and decided to start next day at 5 am SHARP...and it turned out very sharp...
That pretty much sums up our first day of ride. In which we covered -
4:30 am - Start
9:15 am - Nashik
1:13 pm - Saputara
4:41 pm- Nashik
7:30 pm - Sula
11:45 pm - Good Night
End of Day 1 - But next day was more awesome !!!
Great ride! A nice narration and some beautiful pictures
And yeah, those notes look good
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Very unique thing, that stamp post notes...
Nice trip. Beautiful pictures. Loved the stickies and the little poems. Thanks for sharing.
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