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    Topic Approved.

    Oh boy, I am tuned already!
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    awesome prologue.

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    The Glory Quest


    Prologue
    While the world was running behind the Mecca of bikers, it was the time to do something different. The season where every biker seems to race against time to do the Delhi-Manali stretch and commence the journey of their lifetime thereon, was the time when I was frustrated from the 24x7 job. Finally I made my mind and decided to ride. Of course, the first option would be Ladakh! But because of unknown reasons, the charm of Ladakh failed to behold my attention and I never felt like riding reaching the top of the world and the top, for me, would be mountaineering up to the Everest.

    Brainstorming was done and several destinations including Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Rajasthan and many more were thought upon. But one fine day I read about the adventures of a Ninja across the Golden Quadrilateral. “Oh my god, is this possible?” I said to myself. The guy has done really a good job. Right then and right there I narrowed down upon riding across the motherland and raiding the Golden Quadrilateral. Asked a couple of friends out of which three wanted to ride along but they eventually backed off because of some or the other reason as the case has always been. But the preparations and everything else did not go as smooth as it might seem on the surface.

    Being born in a family who abides by the rules of the conservative society comes with a hell lot of disadvantages. Most of Indian bikers would know and agree to what I want to say. The matter was discussed with family members long before and neither an agreement nor a refusal was clear. However, as 7.11.2010 approached I started preparing for the journey and started collecting the essentials including the tool kit, riding gears and some similar stuff. 5th of November proved to be the day of judgment. The matter was kept forward to one of my maternal uncles. He himself being an adventurous person did not refuse but instead me on not doing it solo.



    Furious and hurt, I decided to give up biking, packed my riding gear, foot pump, engine oil and kept it in the store room. The bike was not touched for the next two days and finally my family sat and talked over with me. They were assured of no risk being involved and to my surprise; I had a green signal from my family! They in fact started helping me with my packing, checking out the routes, the alternative means of transport, accommodations and everything else.

    A slight shift in the date and the new date of the commencement of the journey was decided as 8.11.10. Finally it was the D day when I was to embark for a journey of a lifetime and the longest one as of now.



    Chapter 1

    8.11.10: Delhi-Varanasi

    The sleep last night was sufficient enough to wake me up at around 4, post which I freshened up and had my breakfast in no time. While the family members were still sleeping, I donned the riding gear, checked the entire stuff once again, prayed to god for my wellbeing and by 5.00 I was off for the big ride! Being a Sunday and an early hour of the day, not much traffic was there on the road and I easily breezed off and exited Delhi in no time. The onset of winters brings along prolonged darkness and a chill that chills you to the core. Inspite of wearing the fox body armor and a wind cheater the cool breeze was freaking me and I was eagerly waiting for the sun to come up and bless me with some much needed warmth. Rode continuously for about 100 km on low speed as it was still dark and I did not want to take the risk in the beginning itself. Keep my calm and stopped at around 7.00 am and the first lot of the pics were clicked on the beautiful NH2.















    After capturing some memories and a much needed susu break, it was the time to move on. Only 200km from Delhi, crossing Agra was no pain and soon after the first break I bypassed Agra and what I saw after that was simply mind blowing.

    As soon as you cross Agra, a 6 lane highway greets you with wide stretches of lonely and butter smooth roads. Although the traffic density was pretty less, I still maintained a saner speed of around 80-90kmph as it was just the beginning of the day and you never know when would a child or any individual, for that matter, would jump on to the road taking you for a surprise. With speeds under hundred, people had enough time to stare at the alien who was riding a vertical eyed monster. Anyhow, Beautiful roads continued and I could comfortably keep my bike over hundred as I desperately wanted to cross Kanpur by 11.00-12.00.


    Abiding by the plan, I comfortably bypassed Kanpur without a single wink of fatigue. Hats off to NHAI for maintaining such roads! One major advantage of the Golden Quadrilateral is you need not enter the city if that’s not your destination, you bypass all and if you continue to bypass all the cities, you’ll reach the starting point!

    It has been a trend on the Indian highways of people jumping on the tarmac and riding/driving on the wrong side. Having done a couple of rides on NH8 and NH1, I’m pretty much accustomed to the scenario. However, what I saw after Kanpur was completely different and insane. People whole heartedly and cordially sharing both sides of the road! Don’t dare to ride in the fast most lane of one side of the highway as it is reserved for the oncoming traffic! This way, people move on the “wronger” side of the wrong side! Anyhow, stopping at a couple of times and taking memorable pictures, I reached Varanasi at around 4.30 in the evening.
    Some pics from the ride:


















































    Ride Stats:


    Total Distance: 819km
    Time Taken: 11.30 hours
    Fuel Cost: Rs.1864
    Road conditions: Awesome
    Problems Faced: None
    Accident Averted: A couple of them
    Accident Met With: None


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    Congratulations on your success, though you were in Chennai, we couldn't meet. I guess your's should be the first P220 to have done a GQ successfully in the country.

    One major advantage of the Golden Quadrilateral is you need not enter the city if that’s not your destination, you bypass all and if you continue to bypass all the cities, you’ll reach the starting point
    That's how all the western countries highways are layed out. Unfortunately, our Govt took good old 50 years to learn this simple trick.
    PS - The highways in the west were constructed atleast in 60s & 70s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Congratulations on your success, though you were in Chennai, we couldn't meet. I guess your's should be the first P220 to have done a GQ successfully in the country.
    Ya even I think so...

    And I hope its true!!!
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    Hmmm, a good thread to keep myself hooked post bluevolt's thread.

    The P-220 in silver looks so nice.

    Please bring on the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheelpriye View Post
    Hmmm, a good thread to keep myslef hooked post bluevolt's thread.

    The P-220 in silver looks so nice.

    Please bring on the rest

    Thanks for the appreciation bruv...Well I'll try my level best to post the entire thing as soon as possible, but you know how the job at the airport is...shifts!!!

    still lets see how soon can I satisfy your hunger for more
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    The logs are coming, great! Look forward to more... Fantastic job, Karan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevolt View Post
    The logs are coming, great! Look forward to more... Fantastic job, Karan.

    Thanks for the appreciation bruv!!

    All this motivates me to do more!!! May be the GQ in 100 hours!!!
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