Mumbai, the city of dreams and Pune, the automobile hub was our next meet. And boy was this going to be a big one. Motorcyclists from both the cities rode down together to Lonavala for one mega G2G!
From Goa, the #roadTripUnited crew rode via the scenic and serpentine ghat roads of Maharashtra to Pune. Enroute we had a quick stopover to meet some motorcyclists of Kolhapur and were happy to know how active the motorcycling scene is in that city. After a long day’s ride, we were finally in Pune in a lovely quiet Treebo property to get a good day’s rest before the meet.
Since the meet was to be a joint affair between the two cities, the team split up in two, so that we could ride along with both the Mumbai and Pune riders.
The ride from Pune to the venue was fantastic as there was a big group of riders together in-formation. While the Mumbai party had to be split up because of the construction work on near Vashi to ensure the safety of all those riding.
Eventually, everyone in groups small and large found their way to Sheetal da Dhaba for the #roadTripUnited meet. It was fantastic to see the number of clubs and riders gathered together on a Sunday morning to celebrate the spirit of motorcycling.
We kicked off proceedings by introducing the #roadTripUnited project and the necessity of uniting together as motorcyclists in this day and age where everyday groups are getting splintered and fragmented. We then showed the #powerTrip360 video trailer of our 20000 km ride in Australia. Next up we invited some of the motorcyclists present to speak to the gathering including Col. (Retd) Sohan Roy, Urvashi Patole, Salim Khan and Oggy F.
Even though Sunny couldn’t be present for the meet we managed to hook up a connection to the projector setup through skype and had a quick video call with him as he showed us the Slingshot that he was driving there.
Next was the presentation of the ‘Note of Thanks’ to the assembled clubs for their contribution towards motorcycling in India. The clubs of both Pune and Mumbai were thanked. The ‘i the Bike’ was then presented to the gathering and was given to the cities of Mumbai and Pune, and with the consensus of all the clubs, the memento was presented to the xBhp Mumbai and Pune chapters, who were to retain it on behalf of the two cities. Finally, it was time for a group photo with all the club heads as they held up the ‘i the Biker | we the Power’ placards as a symbol of motorcycling unity.
Finally, sumptuous breakfast was served before the motorcyclists proceeded home after a lovely Sunday morning. For the team, it was then northward bound, as we headed to Mumbai for a quick stopover before proceeding to Gujarat and our meet in Surat.