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    Default 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.
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    travelogue approved.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    travelogue approved.

    Beautiful pictures there, Keep them coming.
    Thank You Sirjee

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

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    really nice pics, keep them coming...

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    14 days of adventure,this is going to be one epic log

    Nice captures,Please pour in more.

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

    waiting for more ...


    Quote 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
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by nagoo View Post
    well .. now when is your triplogs will be arriving ??
    What trip log

    Quote 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
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