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    A trip to Alappuzha…it has been a long wish of mine.

    The reason you are reading this is because…it happened,Yes.It happened.My long wish of going on for a long distance solo bike trip.First of all let me thank my dad and mom for being understanding my passion for bikes and travel and letting me do it at such short notice.

    Ill first post the pic of switching the ignition on just before cranking up the engine for the trip.



    Now so let me start penning down my trip log. Till then have a look at some of the pics i took during my trip.



    Watch this space for more....
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    Pics are processed very dark; could've been little lighter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noor View Post
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    The teaser looks good, waiting for more details.
    Thanks for the approval , will be posting details soon in parts since my college has begun and cant write it all up in a single post !!

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    Point taken bro, but again i wanted it to be a little dark to get that cloudy atmosphere !!!!
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    Default Chapter 1 , The dream

    Since when I had joined Xbhp,”The tourer” is a section which had always caught my interest, I used to spend hours reading logs after logs that too during my study time!! Lol…

    I used to read the logs, look at the pics and think of how it might actually feel to be on a road trip like that.

    Tempting roads:



    Since biking, travel and photography were my passion I naturally wanted to do something similar. And just like some 5 year old i would start day dreaming myself on my bike riding down the highway freely to an unknown destination feeling the wind, or resting somewhere along the highway. My brain reflects pics like these just to tempt me.


    Just too tempting:


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    I have imagined many instances like this:


    But then reality shows its presence interrupting my beautiful daydream with roadblocks.Well reason is that being a college student meant that I’m still under parents control and going for a road trip along with friends was a big NO from their side, so a solo trip was out of the question. My parents dint leave me farther than a 50km distance from home, their understanding was that bikes are dangerous vehicles and all bikers were reckless riders, courtesy newspaper reports and some really idiotic ignorant riders. I also had to understand their care for my well being.But still my mind was never free from the thoughts of a road trip, kept nagging me all along.

    But then i saw inception, i understood why i was always being nagged about the trip.”Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” And i took it seriously enough to decide that i will go on for a road trip.

    So if I was to go on a road trip I had to break this taboo that they had in their minds, and convincing them that was like finding a needle in a haystack.
    It was a tough job nonetheless, my mother just bluntly said 'NO' when i just started to propose this idea. Then i chose an appropriate time with my dad and mom and explained to them how important biking is to me , and with a lot of convincing that i had planned this trip properly i was successful in getting their permission. At last willpower won the battle.

    I know this post has very little about the trip i did, but i feel that it is worth sharing,as many of us bikers are not able to go on trips because of parents permission troubles,which is mainly due to the wrong impression of biking in our country.
    Planning of the trip & images will follow in the next post.Hope you guys like it.
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    Krish. Looks like a nice start to a life long passion & waiting for more pics!

    I can fully understand the 'convincing the parents part'. At your stage of life, I had 2 problems- The big one convincing my parents and the small one well.....I didn't have & couldn't afford a bike

    Wish you many more trips and ride safe.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Haroon View Post
    Krish. Looks like a nice start to a life long passion & waiting for more pics!

    I can fully understand the 'convincing the parents part'. At your stage of life, I had 2 problems- The big one convincing my parents and the small one well.....I didn't have & couldn't afford a bike

    Wish you many more trips and ride safe.
    Thaks sir, glad you liked it,i too hope that i can do many more trips in the future.
    I have read your trip logs its been really great to read !!
    Ill be posting the next part of the log soon.
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    Biking and photography seem to go hand in hand!

    Congrats on your trip and the many more that'll come.. Ride safe and comfortably and you'll enjoy every bit of it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vkavadia View Post
    Biking and photography seem to go hand in hand!

    Congrats on your trip and the many more that'll come.. Ride safe and comfortably and you'll enjoy every bit of it..

    These are memories you'll cherish throughout your life (big words coming from a 21yo )
    Truely said bro.

    Thanks bro, really appreciate it..!
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    As said in the above posts. With much convincing,explanation,promises and sacrifices i had got the green signal to proceed for the trip. So now started the planning phase. I had many questions in my mind on how to plan the trip, having never attempted a solo trip before i had to pretty much start from scratch.

    Having read a lot of threads about touring from here it did make my job easy. So now that permission was granted and with the confidence that all i need can be found from Xbhp i went on to decide a place to travel to,Alappuzha was chosen as it was a beautiful place,have wanted to visit for some time and my uncle worked there,so had a place to stay over for the day. So it all added up and i chose alappuzha for my trip.

    Now that the place was fixed i had to make myself to be aware of the route to get there. For which Google maps came to the rescue. Just typed in the starting point and destination and i chose the most appropriate from the 3 proposed route.
    The route that i chose was Pattambi-Alappuzha(via Kunnamkulam,Trichur)



    2 more days left for the trip, now that the route was fixed,had to take care of the rest of the jobs like preparing the bike and packing my stuffs for the trip.Now for getting the bike ready, almost all was done in the recent service,now all i had to do was wash the bike,fill the tank,check the tyre pressure and chain free play and it would be up and ready for the ride. I was also very much helped by my fellow Xbhp members with important tips and suggestions which really did help me have a wonderful trip.

    Now the part of packing for the trip, it is very important that we must have an complete idea of what we are going to do all throughout the trip and plan accordingly, we must be careful not to over pack for the trip as it might become a burden for us during the trip and might as well spoil the trip. Also make it a point to charge your cameras,phones to full battery before you leave for the trip and to keep the charger with you just in case it drains out earlier than you need it to.So here is the list of the items i had packed
    1.Phone-charged and topped up
    2.Camera-charged
    3.Plastic covers-(lots of them,just in case)
    4.Rain coat
    5.Riding jacket
    6.2 pairs of dress
    7.Gloves
    At first i had over packed but then changed my mind and packed efficiently ! I believe it made my trip better.

    Now the wait was on 2 days. I was just not having anything enough interesting else to do,just was literally excited about going on the trip, i used to go to the garage and check out the bike just for wasing my nerve,and took some photos too.hehe... That night i was quite sleep deprived, was anticipating different conditions,it hadnt rained for 3 days at a row and that night it started raining , so was a bit tensed. It rained till morning, parents were slowly trying to change my decision talking about the rains, i stood firm in my stance and said that it was not possible to change the trip now.Somehow managed to pass that day on, but it was very slow.

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    Now only one night was remaining and then i would be on the road travelling for 2 days, that thought made me very happy. Somewhere deep down i started to realize that i am a tourer by heart, at least that's what i think though i have very few tours under my belt,this is only my 2nd,but hey isn't this how you get started.And as i went to bed was all excited, and just as i expected was sleepless. So after short naps of about one hour duration i would again wake up, finally at 2am logged on the internet and updated my status in facebook and just surfed the net for sometime and by 3.30am went to sleep again.

    The alarm rang at 4.30am. Boy oh boy it was for the first time in the world sweet to hear. I instantly woke up,washed my face,brushed ,bathed and changed dress and got ready. Then i heck my watch, "Oh Shit,its just 5.10. Still have 50mins to kill before i go." So i reachecked my bag,made sure i had all the papers,liscense and stuff. And drank a cup of coffee just to keep the sleep off.And it worked. At about 5.45 got out of the house,my parents follwoed me and gave me a lots of last minute advises , i acknowldged it all and got ready to start my trip.

    My first pic of the trip was just as soon as i turned the ignition key.Then i just let the engine idle for about 2-3 minutes and i started my journey.
    Here is the first pic of the journey



    The journey begins


    So I took the bike outside my house compound and made my first stop was about 200m from my house, stopped at the temple to get the blessings from GOD and took a pic from in front of the temple,you can see that im very excited as i have just started my journey and covered 200meters and have already clicked some pics.

    At the temple :



    Then i went on to start my travel. I had decided to take my time and go slow as the estimated time to reach Alappuzha was about 3.5 hours and i dint mind even if it was going to take me 4-5 hours.I was in no hurry. And i also wanted to have a lot of photos to take,lots of ideas in my mind. So i went on and traveled about 7kms and made an stop at the Pattambi bridge, where the Bharathapuzha runs along. Clicked a few picture from there and set on,made a mental note that my next stop will be at Kunnamkulam.

    The Bharathapuzha flowing beneath Pattambi bridge








    And i carried on and as i was riding i could see dark clouds making their presence more dominant in the sky, i prepared my mind to ride in the rains and rode along expecting it to pour down any moment. And after 20-25kms and 45 min later i took an break for myself. This time as i planned stopped at Kunnamkulam at a place just entering the Trichur highway.

    Kunnamkulam-Trichur Highway



    After about 10 min break i continued just before reaching Trichur stopped at an beautiful place for some snaps and continued. From there on i continued riding for about an hour and stopped only after entering and reaching a few kilometers into the Cochin highway

    The Highway



    From the other side:



    Resting the Machine



    KSRTC



    Dark



    The mean machine:



    After a few snaps and 10min later i set on again. This time i decided to increase the time to the next stop and rode on, as i mentioned earlier the dark clouds was still looming ahead of me but it dint rain, i guess the rain Gods were with me today. The riding was just beautiful, I totally fell in love with my machine all over again, now i can say with full confidence , this machine is made for the highways. The ride was stable and showed nice performance and i was averaging a speed of about 80-90 with occasional 3 digit speeds being registered, i was also cautious as the Interceptor people can be hiding anywhere along these roads to catch unsuspecting people,but today even they seemed to have taken a day off. It just made my day. I was cruising along effortlessly,but then my shoulder began to ache slightly, i soon found out that the reason was that my bag was strapped on too tight on my shoulder and the whole weight of the bag was being carried by me and my riding stance was a bit aggressive,so i loosened up the straps a bit and adjusted in such a way that the weight of the bag was falling on the back seat. And then i continued on. Now the shoulder ache vanished. Made a mental note to always keep that in mind for the future trips.Then made a short break at Chalakudy to call my parents to update them on my status and traveled on

    My next stop was at Aluva. I crossed the bridge and stopped my bike a little further and walked back to the bridge to enjoy the view and take a snap.After that was done i continued. It had started raining a little as i was nearing Aluva but it dint dampen my spirit, i kept on riding, the only issue i faced was the mud and water being sprayed from the tires of the trucks and other vehicles in front.But i had an extra cloth kept in hand just for this purpose,so that problem was resolved.

    A veiw from Aluva Bridge:



    The Aluva bridge:



    My machine:



    I would like to share an another thing too. I got a lot of stares from a lot of people both on and off the road. Might be because of the machine,me all loaded up, but i just loved the feeling,it just added up to the pleasure of riding. Just made me keep going on. So far the trip has been a pleasure as the ride was performing very well and the roads were super smooth, wonderful climate and i had also got very nice snaps. But the journey is yet to finish, lots of miles more before I reach Alappuzha.

    Remaining of the log will be continued in my next post. Hope you guys enjoyed reading and reliving the journey till now with me. Hope you guys liked the pics too. Feel free to give your feedback and opinion on both the trip and the pics.Watch this space for more..
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