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Thread: Day 26: Asansol to Varanasi

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    Default Day 26: Asansol to Varanasi

    Asansol had always been an over-night stopover for us during each one of the past 5 pan-India rides whenever we passed through. We did not know of any organised biking activity there and so there was no connect with any motorcycling enthusiasts. Until this time during the thank you ride. There were riders wanting to connect with us from as much as a week prior to when we were scheduled to reach there. Contact numbers were exchanged and regular updates were shared and so even though we reached Asansol International, our place of stay, close to 8 PM, there were bikers waiting to meet us! Tired though we were from the ride, we still sat around sipping on cool lemonade and chatting bikes. An hour of that and our guests realised it was getting late for us as we had the impending 450 km ride to Varanasi in the morning. Of course they were enthusiastic of accompanying us till the Jharkhand border and see us off! Wonderful. We planned an early start and so were down in the hotel foyer by 0630. So were a dozen Asansol riders. Amongst them was Bipin Singha, a young man with a heartbreaking story and an iron will. A motorcyclist of substance. He lost both feet below the knees to a freak train accident in his early teens and since then walks on two artificial feet. Today this 26 year old rides a Duke 200 (with a suitably modified heel-toe shifter) both for work and on long distance rides. He did a ride to Nepal and is onto another one to Sikkim in the coming weeks. We couldnt help but salute this brave-heart for his indomitable spirit, his inspiring persona, his iron will and a thanked him from the bottom of our hearts for being a biker par excellence despite such overwhelming odds. Then there was the father-son duo of Partha Sarathi Sinha and his young son who both ride together and share a camaraderie rarely seen even between the best of buddies! A traffic jam close to the border prompted our guides to take us through an alternate route over the Maithun Dam which meant a short ride through very picturesque landscape. We parted ways with them at the West Bengal Jharkhand border and rode on. The weather grew hotter by the hour and soon we were looking for some respite from the heat when we came upon a sugarcane juice seller right in the middle of Sher Ghati. A couple of glasses of the sweet coolness inside and we were off again with renewed energy. The road is great more or less through except for the near total absence of any traffic sense in other road users. The surface does get bad close to Varanasi with lots of tar-pillows bouncing us around. Two fellow bikers from Varanasi, Ambar and Abhay were in constant touch with us since early afternoon and were there to meet us at the last toll booth before Varanasi and guide us to our hotel in Maldhaiya. Their guidance, as has been the case over numerous other cities, came as a blessing and we were safely ensconced within the comfort of our hotel. Again, we were surprised by the gathering of riders in Varanasi that too till now had just been an overnight stop. Things are definitely changing and it is very heartening not just to meet them all but to also see that they use proper riding gear and exercise safe riding skills despite the almost total lack of road sense in the majority of road users in that city. Bravo. Our day culminated on a memorable note when we all were presented with the famous Banarsi Paans by our city hosts. Thank you guys and girls. Well remember that for a long time.

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    Default Re: Day 26: Asansol to Varanasi

    Kudos to Vipin fot hos indomitable spirit.

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    Default Re: Day 26: Asansol to Varanasi

    Isn't it illegal to sell this kinda weapons . Which place is this ??
    I don't ride a bike to add days to my life .
    I ride a bike to add life to my days !

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