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    aaaaah...remembering my hyderabad>vijaywada>vizag>araku trip seeing the pics....good good...
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    nice trip log man go ahead cheers .
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    Default The Gift A Dream Ride : Day 3:Bhubaneshwar -Kolkatta; 474 kms

    Before sleeping at the end of Day 2, I mistakenly switched off the air-conditioning switch along with the lights so after a few hours, I started tossing and turning in bed due to the heat. I thought the power had gone off and tried to get back to sleep. So I woke up in the morning tired and unrefreshed but the day's ride was ahead of me, so I reluctantly got out of bed. Amit from xBhp Bhubaneshwar had called up last night and he wanted to ride out till NH5, so I told him to come at 07:30. But after waking uo, I knew
    it was going to be late, so I called him and told him I will be running an hour late. After a shower and a quick breakfast at the buffet below,I picked my bags up and checked out of the hotel. Amit was waiting below at the Cafe Coffee day, and both of us went to the rear of the hotel and he helped me set up the saddle bags (which can be quite a pain doing it alone!). Amit also gave me a small bag of chips and energy bars (thank you Amit!) and we took a few snaps too.
    I could see my bike from my room!


    With Amit in Bhubaneshwar before leaving. He gave me the can of chips which you see on the seat - yum yum!


    At around 9am, we exited Ginger hotel and soon turned left towards the direction of Nh5. Amit accompanied me for a few kilometers and then we said parted ways and I kept on going towards Calcutta. The trip was fairly
    uneventful, with average to bad roads till Jaleshwar. Roads after that and way after Kharagpur were good enough to maintain a speed of 80-100 kmph, and soon I hit the T junction from where the road turned left for Calcutta and right for Mumbai. I stopped a few hundred meters after getting on the left road to Calcutta. I saw a guy on a Pulsar 180 coming towards me from the wrong side, and he stopped near the bike. He said something initially in Bengali but when I told him I was not good with that language, he switched to English. He told me that he saw me going and then took a U-turn specially to check out my bike and where I was going. I took my helmet to talk comfortably and then he remarked that my face profile was very similar to his and was evidently pleased with that comparison

    The road leading right upto the exit for Vidyanagar Sethu (New Howrah bridge) was smooth and fast and I took a left off the main highway for the Calcutta exit. I reached the Vidyasagar Sethu around 3.30pm - I also discovered (unexpected) that there is a toll for two wheelers too, since we rider are a spoilt bunch by not having to pay tolls for most of the beautiful highways we use! I parked my bike on the bridge and took a snap!



    Trying to see where I have to go!


    I was going to stay with my friends in an apartment behind the Metropolitan Mall on the EM byepass road, and the way from the Vidyasagar bridge was easy to find. In no time I had parked my bike in the basement of the apartment complex. My friend came down with their domestic help and my friend asked him whether he had seen such a bike before. He said he had seen such bikes in the movie 'Dhoom'

    Calcutta was warm for anyone wearing a full leather riding suit, and it was such a relief to take the suit off and take a quick shower. After a brief rest and changing into something more suited for the weather, I went down to my bike, thumbed the starter and rode towards the South City mall, where Bappaditya, Sunny and Mach50 were waiting.

    From the 18th floor of my friend's apartment balcony !







    The city was crowded that day due to Valentines day and specially so on the road in front of the South city mall. I found it a bit difficult to ride comfortably in the Calcutta traffic since there seems to be no pattern in the driving sense of the vehicles around you. For example, even in Delhi or Bangalore, one can easily judge, after some experience, that how each vehicle is going to react to the conditions around them in traffic. Not so in Calcutta - anyone can come from everywhere and you have to be very careful not to be hit by one of the aging yellow Ambassador Taxis which dot the roads in the city of joy.

    Calcutta traffic Mayhem!




    Anyway, after a 45 minute ride I managed to find a relatively secure parking in the basement of the mall and then I found the group after a few minutes in the rush and conundrum of the Valentine day crowd. After a quick intro session, we stood outside the mall for sometime since it was unbearingly loud inside. I was very tired and wanted badly to sleep so the G2G was short and sweet - we went to the food court and had some juices and smoothies before a quick photo session and then we rode out of the mall towards the EM byepass road, where my friend's apartment was.

    The group showed me a different route than the one which I took to reach the mall and we soon managed to get on the EM Byepass. I was the last rider in the group and they took a left after reaching the EM byepass - after sometime I realized I was supposed to be going right. I flashed my lights and honked a few times but they could not hear in the din of the traffic so I soon took a U-turn and headed for my apartment. As soon as I reached home, I got a call from Bappaditya soon after and I explained what had happened! Sorry guys...

    Night view from the Balcony!


    By this time, I needed no invitation to crash into bed! Tired from sleep debt and bad roads, my body craved for a proper 8 hour rest. Tomorrow was a relatively light day, so I decided to wake up late and enjoy a proper night's sleep!
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    Finished updating Day 3!

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    Nice, nice...Rahul. Btw, you escaped being caught by police taking pics of the Vidyasagar Setu.It's illegal out there!!

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    Really sorry for leaving you behind Rahul, as Mach50 was ripping so fast that I could not resist to rip - that I have never done with my Hunky. We were really worried for you and felt sorry after that. Because we wanted to spend few more minutes with you but at the same time we can realise that you are really really very tired. Yes, the traffic, very nicely told. I often get hit softly from the back by the old yellow ambassador taxis as they do not have proper breaks and the old blue local buses..... - horrible. But we have developed the confidence that we can ride in very bad situation also
    Move on.........
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    Default The Gift A Dream Ride : Day 4: Kolkatta-Bodh Gaya, 503 kms

    Some early morning shots!


    I finally managed to get seven and half hours of sleep and boy, it was refreshing! I sat on the netbook, finished the day 2 log and then had a leisurely breakfast. Around 10am, I started packing my bags for the journey, and by 11am, I was out on the EM byepass road. It took me half an hour to cross Calcutta and get on the GT road. The roads were wide and inviting without many intersections, and it was easy to maintain a decent speed. My friend (in whose apartment I was staying) had traveled till Asansol for work and he had told me that the roads were great till there, but had no idea after that. And the roads were great as he had said - smooth, four laned stretches of tarmac.

    Ah - the Great Trunk road, the legacy of Sher Shah Suri and the kings before him!




    And this is how certain parts of my bike looked after the Orissa stretch! Bless the Rs.100 FZ16 rear hugger



    At Burdhwan, which is 100 kms from Calcutta, Dr. Vivek and Snig were waiting for me on the highway outside the city. It was great meeting them! They gave me a lovely box of Cadbury chocolates, (which came in great use the following day btw) and we talked for around 20-25 minutes or so. They had got a proper tripod, so taking pictures was a breeze

    Box of chocolates gifted by my friends from Burdhwan!Thank you!


    With Dr. Vivek and Snig outside the city:


    After our meet-up, I began the journey of the remaining 400 kilometers towards Bodh gaya in Bihar. The state of Jharkhand began soon after Asansol and the good roads continued! In 1988, Laloo Yadav infamously said - 'the roads of Bihar will soon be as smooth as the cheeks of Hema Malini'. More than two decades later, the National Highways Authority of India made good on that promise. The roads were smooth, very smooth, and and traffic was sparse. Small towns and villages dotted the highway at frequent intervals, so I had to slow down and be careful of pedestrians and small vehicles darting across the highway at intersections.

    At one of the toll booths on the highway, I heard someone shouting 'Pakdo isko' as I passed through the toll gates (no tolls for motorbikes). I guess a guy on a sportsbike seemed a good source to fund their evening whisky, but I did not stop and slotted my bike to a lower gear, and zoomed away in a blink of an eye!

    The roads enroute to Bodh Gaya:




    One of the typical (colorful!) trucks which ply the Indian highways!


    The day sets on the state of Jharkhand:


    It got dark as I began approaching the Bihar border. I changed my helmet visor to clean and continued on to Dobhi, from where I was to take a right turn on state highway NH83 to Bodh Gaya. By this time, I had more or less become comfortable with riding in the dark, and I hit Dobhi around 7pm in the evening. I had to ride over the flyover, take a U-turn and then turn left towards Bodh Gaya, a popular destination on the international tourist map for its deep connection with Buddhism. My father also stays there and it was great to catch up with him over dinner and have a loong father-son chat. He used to do long distance car rides when he was younger and one of the tips he gave me was, 'Truck drivers are your friends when riding on the highway. Use them to your advantage, and you will ride safer and better.'

    Pondering over that pearl of wisdom, I went to sleep around 10.30pm. Though I did not know it at that time, the next day was going to be long, long day (and night)!

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    So why was it long day & night? Pls update us sooon
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