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15 Days of Green, Blue and Green

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  • [Photo Feature]: 15 Days of Green, Blue and Green

    Castrol Power Bikers, the name, as understood(rather misunderstood) by the common man refers to Racing or stunting. But on the contrary it was about riding to any destination of one’s choice. Being one of the 9 bikers selected through the contest was a very good feeling. An excellent initiation by Castrol Biking to encourage those who are passionate about Biking, more so with touring. Slowly but steadily, moto-touring is gaining prominence for good. The

    The Preparation:
    When you plan a big ride of considerable number of kilometers, a lot of things have to be planned and prepared to have a safe and incident free ride. The priority being the machine first and then the person himself. A routine check of cables, tires, engine oil, electrical or any other minor niggles which can prove costly midway through the ride were first attended.

    The electricals given a thorough check


    Air Filer Changed


    Few electronics to accompany the ride .....


    The luggage packed..... all set to go ......


    Three routes kept flashing my mind time and again , The Leh circuit, Northeast and the West(including Rajastan and Gujrat). Was almost confirmed for Northeast, till the news of floods there were aired on Television. Access to most routes were denied in fear of being washed away. Then it was a contest between the West and Leh. Mom asks “why do you want to see a barren land??? go to Leh/Himachal instead”. Leh was anyways on the cards, sooner or later, so chose not so conventional West route. The main reason for choosing the latter was to set eyes on the pristine sand dunes of Jaisalmer and the White Desert of Rann of Kutch.

    The day before the ride, I visit my aunt’s place and tell her that I was going to Rajastan the next morning. First question : “How many days does it take to go to Rajastan? “ My reply : “If there aren’t any delays , should reach there in close to three days“. She wish me a safe Journey and then came the million dollar question “What time is your train ???” My cousin and myself burst out laughing. Then clearly explained her the motto behind the ride, then with some gyan and a hot cup of coffee she wished me luck.

    The travel diary looks something like this :
    Day 1 : Bangalore-Satara
    Day 2 : Satara-Malshej
    Day 3 : Malshej-Hunai
    Day 4 : Hunai-Udaipur
    Day 5 : Around Udaipur
    Day 6 : Udaipur-Jodhpur
    Day 7 : Jodhpur-Jaisalmer
    Day 8 : Around Jaisalmer and Dhanana
    Day 9 : Dhanana-Tharad
    Day 10: Tharad-Nadabet-Vadodara
    Day 11: Vadodara-Mumbai
    Day 12: Around Mumbai
    Day 13: Mumbai-Ganapatipule
    Day 14: Ganapatipule-Kumta
    Day 15: Kumta-Bangalore.

    Day1 :
    Route : Bangalore-Tumkur-Chitradurga-Hubli-Belgaum-Kolhapur-Satara.

    The alarm rings at 3.15 AM, the first sound which marked the beginning of a journey which would be my longest till date. Quickly finish the morning duties and was all set to be on the road by 4. Wished Mom and Dad goodbye and head towards Yeshwanthpur to connect to the ever boring NH4. First stop for the day was somewhere past Sira. Stopped at a so-called “Bakery” which still served the pre independence era buns and other bakery stuff, but thankfully the tea was freshly made.
    The journey begins


    A cup of tea, and a brief stop for some photos proceed towards Hubli/Dharwad for a long break for any early lunch. First mistake of the day: filled fuel at Haveri, which seemed a new and well maintained fuel station. Tanked up only to realize later that it was highly adultrated. The engine starts knocking like hell. Check the spark plugs , which were fine. Given no other option had to empty the tank to fill up some good quality fuel. Shorter distance, need to burn fuel, no other option than to open the throttle completely.

    At a food place found this, Something that I hadn't seen , at least not in a restaurant


    The Dry NH4 for sometime, Near Nippani


    Thankfully it was was rainings post Dharwad, which brought down the temperature drastically. Some distance post Sankeshwar, a fully grown peacock flies across the Six lane highway and and lands on flat grass for its famous full flexed dance, which in rural India marks the arrival of Monsoons(or rather for whole different purpose :P). For a city dweller, its just an amazing sight u just can’t resist to watch.

    At Tavandi(so-called Ghat), Ashok Leyland testing its Left Hand drive buses






    Reach Satara by evening for some highway Vada-Pav, national snack for any time of the day in MH

    Day 2 .......... will be up soon.
    Last edited by phanikar; 07-27-2012, 02:40 PM. Reason: Added content.
    Stories of the open road...........

  • #2
    travelogue approved.

    Beautiful pictures there, Keep them coming.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sunilg View Post
      travelogue approved.

      Beautiful pictures there, Keep them coming.
      Thank You Sirjee
      Stories of the open road...........

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      • #4
        Awesome! waiting for more!
        Rx is a Phoenix!!! It always rise from ashes!!

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        • #5
          really nice pics, keep them coming...
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          • #6
            14 days of adventure,this is going to be one epic log

            Nice captures,Please pour in more.

            Cheers
            Biru
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            • #7
              Ah, so finally I'm getting to see all the pics in one thread rather than bits & pieces; good good keep them coming.

              PS - I was expecting the T'Log to start with a big Thanks for all those who voted, or did I expect too much

              PPS - Rated the max possible hoping the log will be completed soon
              Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
              Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
              ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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              • #8
                Finally some good travelogs !!
                happy that u made it back with lot of fun and adventure ...

                waiting for more ...


                Originally posted by aargee View Post
                Ah, so finally I'm getting to see all the pics in one thread rather than bits & pieces; good good keep them coming.

                PS - I was expecting the T'Log to start with a big Thanks for all those who voted, or did I expect too much

                PPS - Rated the max possible hoping the log will be completed soon
                well .. now when is your triplogs will be arriving ??
                Sir..use that wrists for keyboard also apart from Throttle .. trust me it will be fun
                Nothing is Impossible ...

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                • #9
                  And we met too :P
                  The other rider that I was searching for was behind. He had taken shelter to hide from Rain, while I was riding to escape it. Apparently he went in a bit too far inside and by the time he saw me I had already passed him!

                  Was the Ratnagiri route as expected not enough rains this time though!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nagoo View Post
                    well .. now when is your triplogs will be arriving ??
                    What trip log

                    Originally posted by nagoo View Post
                    Sir..use that wrists for keyboard also apart from Throttle .. trust me it will be fun
                    If I start riding, it will be more fun; can't do it for next 2 months...atleast

                    Sorry about the OT Phani
                    Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
                    Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
                    ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dpak89 View Post
                      Awesome! waiting for more!
                      Originally posted by princesirohi View Post
                      really nice pics, keep them coming...
                      Thank you guys

                      Originally posted by beruoist View Post
                      14 days of adventure,this is going to be one epic log

                      Nice captures,Please pour in more.

                      Cheers
                      Biru
                      Thanks Biru

                      Originally posted by aargee View Post
                      Ah, so finally I'm getting to see all the pics in one thread rather than bits & pieces; good good keep them coming.

                      PS - I was expecting the T'Log to start with a big Thanks for all those who voted, or did I expect too much
                      The vote of thanks is generally given at the end. Yeah if I fail to do it, would consider myself to be ungrateful. The votes are the reason why this log is up

                      PPS - Rated the max possible hoping the log will be completed soon
                      Sure Sir, will be done soon
                      Originally posted by nagoo View Post
                      Finally some good travelogs !!
                      happy that u made it back with lot of fun and adventure ...

                      waiting for more ...
                      Thanks Nagoo Will update the log soon

                      Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
                      And we met too :P
                      The other rider that I was searching for was behind. He had taken shelter to hide from Rain, while I was riding to escape it. Apparently he went in a bit too far inside and by the time he saw me I had already passed him!

                      Was the Ratnagiri route as expected not enough rains this time though!
                      It was nice meeting you Satyen. Saw you zoom past me, but didnt expect that u might turn back for a chat. It was nice meeting a fellow biker on the road. The coastal route was raining, but not by the true konkan standards, but Ganapatipule and Ratnagiri got the best of me Overall it was an amazing journey. In the end, that is what matters, right
                      Stories of the open road...........

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                      • #12
                        Awesome pics & written up .. Castrol for enthusiastic ... Bravo bro
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                        • #13
                          Seems like an epic ride. Glued to the thread.

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                          • #14
                            Lovely Pictures! Where is the day 2 part?

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                            • #15
                              Congrats Phanikar! Loved the day1 pictures.. If possible give us a clue about the day1: places, day2: places.. etc in first page and continue rest of the Tlog in your own pace.
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