Day 0 - Hectic
Eleven in the night and I’m still confused about the gear I need to pack. I have packed for the winters during college days, but what does someone pack for traveling in a scorching 43o summer? The Summer of ‘09 is nothing to write a song about. And we are still talking April! Worse, the group had lost two of the most dependable members as they relocated across the country; adieu Pramir and Ranjan.
I was somewhere between the nine days of holiday I had scraped off in this quarter. With such a long leave, people assume that you are going to your hometown to chill in the summer. But in our case, people knew differently. In a prep ride under the sun, some of the riders had already felt the brunt last Saturday, when we headed off to Dhabaleshwar (near Cuttack) and Bhattarika (near Athgarh). During return, I had actually felt my heartbeats slow down in the heat, covered with all the riding gear I had been splurging on this year. Still, I returned back to Dhabaleshwar the next morning with another group of friends.
Earlier this evening, we had a final meet-up outside the office gates to check on the preparations. Two members, names ABC and XYZ (to protect their identities and skins), joined me and Soumya near the office gates. The meeting points for the next morning were decided, and we did a final check on the paperwork for each. PUC, insurance and registrations: reasons we got nailed for by the cops on the last trip. Warnings by colleagues were exchanged amongst us: road surface is melting due to the heat, waterfalls have dried up and a few other what-not’s.
Back to present, I pondered about the long trip ahead, hoping to end it up without incident like the Vizag run. The packing session ended with a sunscreen and a chota-ac going in my bag, all the preparation needed to face the summer.
Find other days' logs here:
Day 1 - The Day of Losses More Pics
Day 2 - Born to be Wild More Pics
Day 3 - The Way of the Waterfalls More Pics
Day 4 - Hunt for the Sword's Edge
Day 5 - Some hits, and a miss