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    Thanks for the update. Yes, its fantastic to find a nice room and bed waiting for you after a hard ride!
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    Default The Gift A Dream Ride : Day 2: Vijaywada-Bhubaneshwar; 821 kms/14.5 hours

    I slept around 8.45 on day 1, having set the alaram for 3.45 in the morning. But again, my body clock decided to pull the 'one-hour-before trick' on me, so I woke up at 2.45am. Well, well. At least I got six hours of sleep - but seemed an improvement over the previous night, where I got only four hours.

    After taking a quick shower and changing into comfortable clothes, I sat down with my netbook and started writing the day 1 trip log. I also ordered breakfast at around 4am (one of the benefits of staying in a Taj hotel!) and it was nice to have a nice meal before setting out on what seemed a long day ahead. Around 4.20am, I decided to shut my laptop and get ready - at 4.55am I left my room and checked out at 5am. It took me another 20 minutes to set the saddle bags on, and then I quickly got on th NH5.

    Busy, busy with the PC in the wee hours of the morning!


    Ah! Breakfast - I skipped the finger chips, though!


    I ate one of these - a women's energy bar. Now I am going become Mel Gibson ala 'What women want'!


    My batsuit awaits!


    Reaching the NH5 from the hotel took literally 30 secs and soon I started making short work of the distance. But after 20 minutes or so, I ran into heavy fog and the next one hour was spent riding the bike at speeds of 30-40kmph, while keeping a hawk eye on trucks parked without hazard lights and also for potential wrong siders. It was tiring because of the intense concentration on riding safely in the fog. But after sunrise, the fog cleared and I started making up for the lost time. I was behind schedule, and I already knew it was going to be a very, very long day because of the distance involved.

    This was when the fog was starting to clear - it was much worse 30 minutes before this picture.


    Needed a quick break to apply the anti-fog/water solution on the helmet visor. I used 'fogtech' and 'raincoat.'


    When the fog had cleared and I was riding fast on an empty road, I heard a small thud, as if some object had hit my bike. Imagine my shock when I saw a bird appear on the area beneath the dashboard! Since I was crouched on the tank and was focusing on riding, I did not know what exactly happened, but I guess it either got hit by my helmet and then fell down on to my dash, or it could have been hit by the area between the lights and the front fender(the shocks) and got pushed up to the dashboard. I immediately stopped, parked my bike and gently kept the dead bird on the side of the road. It was an Indian Mynah, and I felt very sad since it seemed a young and healthy bird and Mynah's usually fly in pairs.

    Around 11.20 am, I crossed Vishakapatnam. I wanted to go to the Marine drive for a bit (as suggested by Srini), but I was running behind schedule, so I kept going on NH5. The traffic was heavy in Vizag, but I found a VIP convey to trail so that helped me go though the traffic pretty quick. People must be thinking - 'must be a very high level VIP sitting in that car, he has a police jeep in the front and an elite commando on a green sportsbike following him! This was probably the only time I appreciated a VIP convey on the public roads, otherwise I think they are a nuisance to everybody and everything around them.

    The roads were pretty good till Vizag and after that too for sometime, so I kept going at 90-100 clicks an hour. I had a call from Raman Sriharsha last night and he wanted to meet me near Palasa, which is 190 kilometers from Vizag, and we decided on a rendevous - before the toll booth on NH5. Raman is a student in an engineering college and took sometime out today to meet me on the this trip. Thank you! We took a few snaps after I mounted the camera on a tripod and set it on a timer.

    Raman and me on the NH5:




    And a few more pictures on the way. Road were good for 600 out of the 800 kilometers, so I enjoyed them while they lasted!

    if you have the key's to a Ninja 250 and see the roads like this ahead, what would you do?






    'What the?!' kind of look!


    Scenary on the side:





    Colorful temple roof adorned with deities!


    Jai Bajrang Bali! Jai Hanuman!


    Some curious buffalo herd boys!








    Some roadside vistas:






    I read somewhere on xBhp that people wanted a comfortable aftermarket seat. Now try this one for size - a proper plastic chair on a moped:


    Raman had also told me that the roads were horrible after Ichachapuram, and true enough, it began soon after the byepass. The roads were bad to a point that every 'Diversion' signboard meant that you were heading straight into a loose mixture of soil and rocks, and I began scraping the underside of the Ninja every so often. And the roads were two laned on many stretches and one could see serpentine lines of trucks along the path - but since I had a motorcycle, it was easy to weave in and out of the traffic.

    There were many level train crossings too, and it was at one of these crossing that I met my 'to-be-saviours' - a family travelling in a 4x4 Tata Safari. Siddharth and Nivi (who works as a UN official and Banker respectively) - there were travelling to Bhubaneshwar with their young son, Taksheel. Since both of us were waiting at the crossing parked side by side, we started talking. I told about the ride and what we were doing, and a few kilometers after the crossing, we stopped and took a few snaps. It was also getting dark, so I changed my helmet visor to clear and then asked them if I could tailgate their 4x4 to Bhubaneshwar since I was not familiar with the roads. They were more than happy to oblige, and I started following their Safari from that point. I can easily say that doing that alone saved me at least couple of hours in traveling time. After dark, I ride the bike very slowly, but with the bright tailights of the Safari 50 meters ahead, the speed problem was taken care of. A Tata safari has a way of clearing traffic, and soon I was hitting 100-110 on pitch dark highways after having crossed the bad stretches, which was around 90 kms or so. I would have been totally lost without them since there are very few milestones or signs which said how far Bhubaneshwar was. They were also kind enough to lead me straight to Ginger hotel, where I had pre-booked a room. We said goodbye, and then I lugged my bags into the hotel! I am thankful to Siddharth and Nivi for helping me a lot and I really look forward to meeting them again!

    Swagat (chicane) had organized a G2G and the group was waiting at another hotel. Since I was busy following the Safari so I did not get a chance to update him about my plans. I saw a missed call and text messages from him, and I called him to tell him where I was. Luckily the Ginger hotel was closeby to where they were and they came down in a few minutes. After taking off my jacket, and went downstairs and behind the hotel in the two-wheeler parking lot where I met the group! After a quick round of intro, Swagat took many snaps (see on the live update thread) and then we got in the CCD inside Ginger for an hour of good talk and cheer! But I beginning to get droopy so we said goodbye in my room! I want to thank the xBhp members in Bhubaneshwar for taking out time to meet me - I had a really good time and I look forward to meeting again!


    A quick shower after that, and I was ready to hit the bed!


    Total kilometers for the day: 834; time taken: 14.5 hours

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    Approved.

    Lovely bluevolt! Carry on.
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    BlueVolt, beautiful... Keep the momentum rolling!!
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    Thumbs up Ride safe..

    lovely stuff there.....
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    lovely,one word says it all.
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    RIDE AND DRIVE SAFE AND PLEASE CHANGE THE PICTURE ON INDIAN ROADS.
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    wow,keep the story coming
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    Nice pics, Rahul. Now waiting for the rest of the journey to unfold.

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    Thanks everyone! Day 2 trip log updated and complete!

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    Great going Rahul! Very nice to see the ride progressing smoothly, the bad roads make the good roads seem even better!
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