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    Arrow A Tale of Two Ninjas - Slow Roast in Rajasthan Retold

    “Screeeeeeeech”

    “Thudddddd” “Thudddddd”

    “Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech”


    First sound was me and Amit braking hard to avoid a pothole.

    Second was our bikes going through the pothole at speeds above 110 kmph with full load of luggage.

    The third was braking effort by a Karizma rider who was trying to follow us.

    Me and Amit had somehow managed to find the only two potholes present in the whole Jaipur – Sikhar Stretch of more than 110 km.

    We were merrily making time a chilly early morning en-route to Jaisalmer. We needed to cover nearly 700 km on that day and in the first 100 km, this happened.
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    But that is getting ahead of the story. Let me begin from the . . . . ahem. . . beginning.
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    Waiting for the beginning ...

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    what a start !

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    yes let the story flow.. waiting
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    Prelude

    After my Leh ride in 2010, I had not been on any long ride and was yearning to go on one. However, availability (or lack thereof) of time, funds and green signal from home ministry prevented me from going on any long ride.

    However, I sneaked out one day to attend Green Day organized by Bajaj for Ninja owners at Chennai. While returning, I easily did the solo ride of 1150 km in 15 hours and was present in office on next day without any kind of body ache. This boosted my confidence in my ninja’s abilities.

    Then I started planning a ride to Madhya Pradesh with one of my elderly friend. However, his booked bullet classic took its own sweet time to arrive. So instead of wasting this sunny season, I decided to put the Madhya Pradesh Ride plans on back burner and look out for another ride.

    Amit was also thinking of some long ride. He suggested a ride to Abu and back. I had been to Mt. Abu three times already and was not crazy about the whole idea.

    Then I suggested a coastal Gujrat ride. . . . however, once we both realized that Gujrat is a dry state, the plans. . . . well . . . dried up.

    I finally suggested a bit longish ride of 10 days covering all of Rajasthan. Amit agreed to the plan and immediately applied for leave. Got his leave sanctioned and then I found out that Mother-in-Law’s 60th birthday was on the day we planned to leave. The question was which was more important – M-I-L’s birthday or ride?
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    The answer was easy.

    Since I wanted to still stay at home after returning from ride, I wisely chose to postpone the ride by couple of days. Amit also got his leave adjusted and we were ready to go.

    We had couple of small meetings to decide the route to be taken, who should get which items etc. Rishabh & Antz helped me with route planning and with updated route information.

    Borrowed saddle bags from Jakrap & Biru and Tank bags from Antz and Ishan and we were all set for the ride.

    Thanks to all of them for their help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trustvishwas View Post
    The answer was easy.

    Since I wanted to still stay at home after returning from ride, I wisely chose to postpone the ride by couple of days.
    a really wise decision...

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    Default Day 1 : 5.4.2012 : Thursday : Pune to Ratlam – 700 km

    Day 1 : 5.4.2012 : Thursday : Pune to Ratlam – 700 km

    Pune, Maharashtra to Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh - Google Maps

    The night before a long ride starts is really uneasy sleeping for me. Slept fitfully and finally when I woke up, I was getting late. We had decided to leave a bit early to reach day’s destination well before sunset. Wolfed down some breakfast, loaded luggage and rushed out.

    Still I was late by around 10-15 minutes and Amit was waiting for me.

    Checked both saddle bag /tank bag fitting of both bikes and we decided to ride till past Ahmednagar without halt.

    We both were cruising steady at 120-130 kmph till Ahmednagar, passed through the city and started towards Shirdi. While exiting from Ahmednagar, there is a gradual left turn for a bridge. We both were above 110 kmph and suddenly found that there is a strip of speed breakers coupled with gravel.

    ” #%$@***”

    Amit braked hard, bike fishtailed but gratefully did not change the line. We both somehow managed to remain on our bikes. Otherwise, we would had returned to Pune within couple of hours from our so called 10 day ride. Now we were bit more cautious for speed traps. Next we encountered a moving speed breaker.

    An uncle on his ancient Rajdoot wanted to cross road and did not want to believe his eyes about two bikes riding towards him. He must have thought that he is dreaming because he still came out of side street and stopped in middle of the road. Amit was leading and unfortunately managed to avoid hitting the uncle. Otherwise, he would have been the first person to reach velocity of Agni V.

    Then we stopped for a small pee & water break.





    Messaged home about my whereabouts and we pushed off. Decided to have breakfast after Shirdi i.e. 210+ km from Pune.

    Shirdi as usual was having massive traffic jam for no good reason and touts descended on us asking whether we want to go for darshan. Around 15-20 km road before and after shirdi was full of potholes, unleveled surface, work-in-progress or everything together.

    Post Shirdi, spotted a hotel which had parking where we could keep watch on our luggage while eating. Had an amazing breakfast of Poha & Coffee. Amazing because a single plate of poha cost us Rs.40/- 
    Got my mobile charged (as I had forgotten to charge it the night before) and pushed off.



    By 10.30 am we had reached Malegaon and covered first 300 km of our ride. Filled up fuel just before joining the amazing NH3. Had a longish break. All the riding till now was on state highways so we were both speeded up after joining NH3.

    Initially we had decided on taking a break every 125 odd km for water break. However, we started feeling effects of heat so had to take a pit break at Nardana which was just 90 km from our last stop. The shopkeeper informed us in detail about road conditions ahead. We spent around 15 minutes chatting up.

    Again geared up and started riding. Now Amit started feeling heat exhaustion and was unable to ride more. Ever since we joined Nh3, we were encountering cross winds. This added to his woes. This also being his first long ride, we decided to take a long lunch break at Shrikrishna Dhaba, near Tikri. Distance covered till now since morning was 525 km.

    Had a leisurely lunch. Had fantastic butter parathas. Later on found out that the butter was actually Vanaspati Ghee. EEEk……

    Amit stretched out to sleep



    After half an hour of rest, we both were refreshed and eager to continue the ride ahead. Interaction with Dhana owner and other drivers resulted in us changing our route a bit. We rode till Manpur, took a turn towards Lebad and encountered the most amazing road I had seen till date. Fantastic 4 lane highway (NH79) with absolutely ZERO traffic. We both were ripping and enjoying the heat. But now the worry was lack of fuel pumps. We had already covered nearly 300 km after our last fuel stop and pumps were nowhere to be seen. Finally found the sole pump and filled up to the brim.



    Here Amit found out that he has lost one bicycle tube which he used to protect Jakrap’s saddlebag. So we took a halt at next village, hydrated ourselves and bought a used tube. By this point, Amit was completely exhausted. The roads were fantastic, we were flying and I really wanted to reach Chitorgarh by day end so kept asking him to consider it.

    However, he was in no condition to ride further than Ratlam. This was a blessing in disguise. Why ? . . . . You would find out tomorrow.

    Finally reached Ratlam. We had covered 700 km. This was the longest distance covered by Amit in a day. We would cover much more than this in coming days of our ride easily.

    Ratlam being majority Jain / Marwadi town, does not have any non-veg restaurants. So went to the best (out of the choice of 2) Non-veg restaurant. It had sand as flooring and rest left unsaid is better.


    Flavour of the Day

    Jaisalmer kid to father : “Papa, what are all those gears on a bike for?”

    Father : “Actually it is a way for bike companies to earn money. We only need two gears, one for moving off and another for riding. These companies provide all those unnecessary gears and charge us unnecessarily for those”
    Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

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    Nicely written and portrait!!
    I started thinking of my future trip to Mount Abu and Leh now only in this addictive taste of ride!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul.Gvli View Post
    a really wise decision...

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    Quote Originally Posted by somen1984 View Post
    Nicely written and portrait!!
    I started thinking of my future trip to Mount Abu and Leh now only in this addictive taste of ride!!
    Thanks for the compliments.
    Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

    Check out my Ladakh travelogue - Ladakh Ride 2010

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