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Thread: To Paradise Again! The Bangalore/Goa/Bangalore Ride ( My Wife Our RX 100 and I )

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    Default To Paradise Again! The Bangalore/Goa/Bangalore Ride ( My Wife Our RX 100 and I )

    Aah!! Its April again and time for our annual odyssey to Goa. It’s a ritual every year for us. Normally we load our bike by train and ride around Goa but after our Bangalore/Kerala ride last December we decided we must ride this time to keep our passion alive.
    Started by planning our route through Google maps and also messaged our many wonderful friends at xbhp who graciously replied with good wishes and route advices. ‘D’ day was finally here and with the adrenalin pumping, sleep was not easy. The highway beckons and the gears were already shifting long before we hit the road.
    Getting Set
    Its going to be a two week trip, so we had to pack enough clothes, but decided to keep it to the minimum (there’s a limit to what we can carry on our light RX 100, so ‘wash n wear’ was the order of the day.


    The Take Off
    As always we start early. The cool morning breeze and the slowly impending sunrise as we hit the highway is always a joyous experience. I ride with headlights on as we get on to the new flyover from Yeswantpur. Soon we pass Nelamangala and on to the wonderful NH-4 which is tarmac smooth and throttle friendly. Decided to stick to 80 k.m.p.h since wifey had a load like Atlas on her back! And of course we were on a holiday so what’s the rush? NH-4 is so straight line and smooth that it can get monotonous at times but great for the timing.





    On The Beautiful GQ!
    As morning was breaking we pass Tumkur and on to Sira. First Pit Stop for breakfast at Hiriyur. Hot breakfast and coffee later, it’s back to the lovely highway. It’s getting warmer and we feel the sweat clamming but it’s not so bad on the move and of course sweat, dust and grease are so much a part of us bikers.
    Chitradurga, windy, windmill town. To our left and right slowly turning gigantic windmills which would have made Don Quixote go crazy with glee. Davengere, Ranebennur and Haveri. We break for lunch and through Haveri town on to Sirsi road.







    Villages, Forests and Hairpin Bends
    Once off NH-4 it’s a different scenario. A few stretches of bad road to start with and crude speed breakers to counter, but as we progress, it gets better and better. Single road yes but well laid and through long stretches of forest. I must admit it gets eerie at times with hardly any traffic and just the two of us for miles on end. But it’s a gorgeous stretch and a joy to ride, with curious Langurs watching us go by. By late afternoon we are at Sirsi and having covered around 410 k.m, we decide to break for the day. The wifey’s back and my slightly sore butt needing a well deserved break to get set for the next day.







    Day 2, More Forests, The Ghats and The Thrill
    After an early breakfast at Sirsi we were back on the road, refreshed and rested. It’s hilly terrain onwards, more forests and as we reach Devimane Ghats many hairpins to take on, a bikers joy when the traffic is thin. Suddenly we are on to NH-17, the coastal highway and we encounter the Kerala/Karnataka/Goa and onwards traffic, which thankfully was not too thick. The highway is now in top condition and riding was cool.









    The Coastal Road and The Blue, Blue Sea
    It’s one of the loveliest stretches of road for me, the Kumta, Ankola. Karwar stretch. There’s the Arabian Sea on your left and you pass many river bridges and backwaters and sights that make you long to give Mother Nature a hug and a kiss! We need to go on we say, but we have to stop to admire the panorama. Soon we are at Karwar, a stones’ throw away from Goa but with its own distinct personality which is not easy for border towns anywhere.







    On The Border and Into Goa

    A few minutes from Karwar and we hit the Goa border. A couple of check posts with bored looking cops maybe looking out for the bigger fish (?). The first thing we notice as we enter into Goa are the welcoming ‘Bar ‘N’ Restaurants’ within touching distance of the check posts. It’s like a warm welcome to a place where feeling happy with life around you is an attitude. Goa makes you think and feel different, that’s why we love it so much.
    As we ride into Goa, we can sense the difference at once- the sights, the sounds and the smells, and of course the lovely roads. It’s after all the land of Football, Fenny, Fish and Fun blessed with abundant Sun, Sand and Sea.
    After Polem, Canacona and Cuncolim, we are close to Madgaon around noon. We pull over at a cozy highway restaurant and have a chilled glass and some steaming hot lunch. After lunch and short ride later, we reach our friend’s place near Colva.





    Two more weeks to go! It’s party time guys!

    Most of our friends wonder what we can do for 2 weeks in Goa (??). For one thing, riding within Goa is a real pleasure. Even the narrow village roads are smooth and pot hole free. There are so many lovely, thinly habited beaches to explore, especially far down south and towards the northern end. We have ridden from the southern end near Karwar up to northern end of Goa-Terakhol which borders Maharashtra. Then there are so many friends to meet, so many rivers to go fishing, so many gorgeous sunsets to admire and of course the parties!















    The Weeks Have Flown And Its Time To Come Home

    The holiday was over and it was time to saddle up for the ride back home. We had said our goodbyes the previous night and left Colva before sunrise. We returned the same route as our onward ride. It’s always sad to leave Goa, but all good things must end and there’s always next year! We reached Hiriyur (on NH-4) by late afternoon and since our bike had a small technical problem, we broke journey at Hiriyur. (Hotel ‘Surya’- Rs 500 for an A/C double room! It’s a real bargain).



    The Last Leg Back Home

    As usual NH-4 can get monotonous at times but it’s a smooth ride on the arrow straight road. We are home by afternoon. Back to the hustle, bustle and mad traffic of our city which has become so much a part of us Bangalorean’s lives.
    We return a little tired, a little nostalgic, with some memorable snaps and of course with a little but pleasurable hangover as a little reminder of the past 2 weeks!!



    P.S. Our sincere thanks to our many wonderful friends at xbhp who P.M’d us with lots of good wishes- @praful, @aargee. @parth, @rameshmadhavan, @haroon, @nitingirish, @noor, @incubus, @animeher, @dual disc 200, @rockyyy, @eliksir, @harikeshpk - a Million Thanks guys!!

    A FEW MORE PICS !!







    CHEERS !!

    Our Bangalore/Kerala Ride:

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...-rx-100-i.html

    Our Scooter Ride To Coorg:
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...ide-coorg.html

    A Nostalgic Ride:
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...nostalgia.html

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    Wonderful triplog and pics approved

    Sir, i was indeed a pleasure to read the triplog and the pics are really beautiful. We wish to see more such trips in near future.
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    Truly inspiring sir!
    Reading this made my day!
    - You spend half your life before you realize your are ordinary, you then, either are too lazy to change or you do the extraordinary and change the world!

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    You sir are an inspiration for the all of us. 99% of us would have given up on bikes let alone touring on bikes once we have past a certain time, but the very few people who are around like you are something we look up to and hope to be able to have the same spirit as you do

    I missed covering Devinmane ghat and in all the times that I've been to Goa, I've never gone as up north as Teerakhol. Admirable I say

    Cheers and Kudos to both you and mam for doing this trip!!!
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    Nice trip that. Great to see you passion for riding long-distance on two-wheels.
    Kudos to you & Ma'am for the to & fro journey on 2-wheels.

    I'm planning for a ride to the same destination, & using the same mode of 2-wheels. Only difference being, I don't think I will ride with a pillion.

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    Hats off, really hats off to all three of you; frankly speaking, I wouldn't dare to do a trip with my Rx & with my Wife for more than 200 Kms round trip. I admit, I don't have that guts. Really hats off to all of you.

    You're a true inspiration & I'm going to show this log to my Wife right away.

    PS - Third one I meant is the silver CAP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Praful View Post
    You sir are an inspiration for the all of us. 99% of us would have given up on bikes let alone touring on bikes once we have past a certain time, but the very few people who are around like you are something we look up to and hope to be able to have the same spirit as you do

    I missed covering Devinmane ghat and in all the times that I've been to Goa, I've never gone as up north as Teerakhol. Admirable I say

    Cheers and Kudos to both you and mam for doing this trip!!!
    Thanks a lot Praful! We know you are just back from your awesome 'Wanderers' ride. ( My vote is already yours), so nice of you to reply at this time- It means a lot to us. We thank God that you are back safe.

    Take Care & Ride Safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Hats off, really hats off to all three of you; frankly speaking, I wouldn't dare to do a trip with my Rx & with my Wife for more than 200 Kms round trip. I admit, I don't have that guts. Really hats off to all of you.

    You're a true inspiration & I'm going to show this log to my Wife right away.

    PS - Third one I meant is the silver CAP
    Thanks a lot aargee! You are the guys that egg us on, raising the bench mark and pushing the limits!
    I have your number and will call you sometime to gloat over our lovely RX 100s.

    Take Care & God Bless

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    Hey Good Luck Buddy!
    Thanks for your message. Hope you make the ride soon, and do keep us posted!

    Take Care & Ride Safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by avinrichards View Post
    Truly inspiring sir!
    Reading this made my day!
    Thanks Avin,
    It was a lovely ride and riding is a passion for both of us, more coming up,

    Take Care & Ride Safe

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