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Thread: Long way down became a road Trip to hampi

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    Default Long way down became a road Trip to hampi

    One day when I was just driving my bike I was struck with a idea of going to the southern tip of India on my bike to transform this idea into a reality I started making plans how to reach and all……….

    The day of starting came,

    11th 12th 13th March 2010

    Odometer Start 31902 Km
    Odometer end 33483 Km

    Distance traveled 1581
    Petrol cost 1000 Rs
    Average 79.05km/l


    So, finally the day came when i was going to start my maiden solo long ride to the southern tip of India . Had put an alarm for 4.00 am..but lazy me woke up at around 4.45am.. Got ready by around 5.20 and went to the parking just to check any intruders in my bikes tyres. Started at 0530 from Ghatkopar went to the fuel station and filled fuel worth Rs 250 that’s approx 5 litres by the time I reached New Mumbai sun was about to rise and people were working in DY Patil stadium for tomorrows IPL

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    Near Vashi

    I proceeded to panvel and entered the NH17 (Mumbai Goa Road) crossed karnala at around 8 am had breakfast at a dhaba near pen and started to move forward at one point i was racing with a train on the konkan railway it travels parallel to Nh17

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    Konkan railway line on the left most side of the pic

    Suddenly I realized that I have forgot something and it was my jacket at this point I knew my hands are gone get tanned very badly………..

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    Tanned hand

    Now the bad luck started the road was really bumpy with pebbles and stones all around and one truck passed in front of me and a pebble shooted from the tyre due to the weight and the pressure of the truck and hit my helmet and my helmets visor cracked and while investigating the crack I accidentally broke it from the crack …………
    A little while later the soul of my shoe just ripped apart may be the glue melted due to the heat .............

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    the grip and the soul both got detached


    Near the outskirts of Nagothane I saw a board Pali 8kms I knew there was a ashtavinayak in pali so headed towards pali went to the shrine and again came back on the NH17

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    The Entrance to Pali

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    The temple

    It was something around 12oclock and hot air was gushing into my helmet and drying my face I was loosing precious water from my body, so I offroaded from the NH17 to a river which was passing and took my bike also into the river unable to bear the heat I drenched myself in water and started to ride again but after 7 kms my clothes dryed …………

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    My bike cooling itself while i am having a dip

    For the entire part my average speed was 50km/hr keeping in mind it’s a 100cc engine and the hot climate
    Reached Poladpur at 2oclock had lunch just green salad and chaas looking at the temperatures outside which the locals said was something around 39 * c I really didn’t want to try any spicy food …………………..

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    The cut from NH17 towards Mahabaleshwar

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    Now the Best part of the journey, started my ascent towards Mahabaleshwar it was something around 40 km from Poladpur, as soon as I started I saw the the mighty pratapgarh at top of the hill (Only visible if one takes the poladpur Mahabaleswar route)

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    The walls of the pratapgarh fort atop.

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    At first the road was bumpy but once the inclination started the roads got better and there wasn’t traffic at all I think most people prefer reaching Mahabaleshwar from Wai.
    My bike was maintaining a speed a of 55 km/hr on the ghats even I was shocked for the most part of the ghat my bike climbed on the fourth gear ………..,.
    Reached the top of one hill only to realize that mahabaleshwar is on the top of another mountain but on this mountain I saw a board saying way to pratapgarh fort so went there took some snaps and started aging to reach mahabaleshwar reached mahableshwar after climbing the ambenali ghat at about 4:30 pm.

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    Pratapgarh Fort

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    View from ambenali ghat

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    Straight satara

    At first I was gonna end the day at mahabaleshwar but an idea struck in my mind that if at all I wanted to travel at a time when the climate would be cool it has to be night and I made my decision to take a break of about 4 hrs in mahabaleshwar and do sightseeing and start around 8oclock in the night…………..
    I went to visit the Sunset point, Kates point, Echo point (Every point looks the same) and went to panchgani ……………..it was 7oclock and time to head back to mahabaleshwar.

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    Venna lake

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    I think this way went to kates point

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    Some point forgot the name

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    Sunset point in mahabaleshwar

    As the panchgani route would take me to wai and the road to satara starts from mahabaleshwar itself…….the ghat was fantastic the manauvering the bike through the curves with the only light available is your bikes headlight………… I really wanted to do this part again reached satara at 0900 pm refueled my bike for 250 Rs, had my dinner a heavy one because of which I was dowsy and didn’t want take the risk of sleeping while driving so took a nap on a wired cot put outside the dhaba one can find such things only in a dhaba…………..
    Started at 10:00 pm towards karad and then towards bijapur crossed the Maharashtra Karnataka border only to find the border cops are also sleeping I reached Bijapur at about
    0245 am……….and my back was crying for a break so found another 24 hr dhaba had some snacks and again took a nap of 1 hr…………….Saw the golgumbaz under the night sky and started at around 4:30 morning towards Hampi and reached there at about 8oclock found a hotel and headed to the bed ………………………..woke up at 1oclock and went out to do some sightseeing and have lunch explored most of hampi barring a little taking into mind the vastness of the civilization……………………………..

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    it was a great day (Ignoring the fact that it was dead hot) I even saw a water fall as suggested by one of my friend in bcm………..
    ended the day at around 8oclock and headed to sleep………
    woke up on 13th morning at about 5oclock early which I normally do when I am on tour and was faced with a situation whether to turn back to Mumbai or proceed because of the of the inputs of intense heat conditions prevailing in the south and keeping in mind my bike is a 100cc air cooled so didn’t want to risk myself in a condition that I end up with my bikes engine being totaled……….. so took a decision to return started at 8oclock from Hampi now I was gonna take a different route that’s via Kolhapur – Pune – Mumbai.

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    Hospet Kolhapur Road

    I refuelled my bike again for 250 rs it was hot so again it was time to offroad and enter a river along side the road i nearly took a bath and even washed my bike.

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    After washing my bike to cool its engine

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    One can the tracks where i offroaded

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    Western Ghats on fire due to heat

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    Fire in the mountain...........

    Reached Kolhapur at 3oclock had lunch fuelled my bike for againg 250 Rs of petrol went to the temple in kolhapur and started from kolhapur at about 40clock and the road from Kolhapur to Pune a four laned one now it was time to rotate the accelerator to its fullest my average speed was 70 km/hr and even touched a top 85 km/hr reached shindewadi outskirts of pune at about 08:30 pm took a left to bypass pune and to hit NH 4 near Dehuroad cantonement…………..reached lonavala and wasn’t at all hungry so headed on the Mumbai pune express highway for a brief stretch where they allow bikes onto the borghat …………………..it was 11oclock at the start of borghat (I have heard many haunting stories about this ghat) but didnt care and started my descent it was really a haunting experience no vehicle behind you nor in front only light is the highbeam of my bike surrounded by trees ……….reached khopoli and had some snacks there at 12oclock and reached Mumbai at 2oclock ……………..


    Today morning I went to check up the total km traveled and calculate the average and shockingly the average was 79.05 Km/l I never expected this I expected something around 60 to 65/l complete surprise .


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    nice wise trip.
    Seems like you are very comfortable with night rides.

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    Yes sir night rides i simply love it would be much more comfortable if the oncoming traffic guys use a dipper instead of their high beam
    neverthless i wear sunglasses during night rides

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    Great trip..!! The oncoming 'few' cage drivers get excited to use high beams & get happy when they find the person affected & irritated.. Not sure, when they gonna develop some sense. At that point of time, we miss some huge vehicles with huge lights to answer them..!
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    Good one there! 1500 kms in just Rs 1000 is commendable
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    Wow! This thread really deserved more comments!
    You did this before Leh! Awesome!
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