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    Default My first interstate ride.. 4 days 3 states 1466 kms!!

    Hi,
    This is my first interstate ride..
    Route: Pune - Dandeli - Gokarna - Yana - Goa - Pune

    Some photos till the approval..















    Cheers,
    Pranav

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    OMG! You are carrying so much load on your back! Not good.

    Nice pictures anyways! Please share more!
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    Looks like some really unexplored beauties!!! Awesome!!! As SunlilG said, not good for your back, bro. May be you are quite young but for longer long (read OLD AGE) your back is taking a beating. Get saddle bags or tie the bags with bungee chord. Best of luck & bring in more pics

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    Hooked! Amazing pictures!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    OMG! You are carrying so much load on your back! Not good.

    Nice pictures anyways! Please share more!
    Thanks for the approval..
    The bag looks bigger as i was carrying 2 sleeping bags.. Not heavy, but bulky..
    I did learn many things from this ride, one of them was not carrying too much stuff on the back..

    Quote Originally Posted by rx100.7050 View Post
    Looks like some really unexplored beauties!!! Awesome!!! As SunlilG said, not good for your back, bro. May be you are quite young but for longer long (read OLD AGE) your back is taking a beating. Get saddle bags or tie the bags with bungee chord. Best of luck & bring in more pics
    Thanks..
    Saddle bags are on the "next to buy" list..


    Quote Originally Posted by madhav766 View Post
    Hooked! Amazing pictures!!

    Sent from my WT19i
    Thank you..

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    The first interstate ride is always special. The feeling of crossing the border on 2 wheels for the first time is ecstatic. It had been 2 years and 27000 kms and i was yearning for an interstate ride. I got my alpinestars riding jacket and then i couldn't wait any longer. Finally this vacation was decided. Once the exams were done, I spoke with my parents and they agreed. First task successful. Second task, asking friends. That was child's play. They were more than happy to join me for the ride. Dandeli wildlife reserve was fixed as the destination. After some help from Pune xbhp members, i decided the route and the places that i would visit there.

    Day 1: Pune- Dandeli
    I barely slept the night in the excitement of riding the next day. I was up and ready even before the alarm went off. I guess this would be one of the rare occasion that i didn't need my phone alarm to wake me..
    I got ready and called up my friends. 3 of them would be joining me near my house in Chinchwad and other 2 on the highway near Sinhagad road.





    I was happy that everyone was ready on the decided time and ready to leave. This happiness was short lived. Just before Chandni chowk, barely 20 kms into the ride, my bike's rear wheel was punctured..
    This was annoying. Never before this had happened on a ride. Just getting angry and irritated wasn't going to do any help.


    One of my friend left the highway and went to Kothrud to search for puncture repair shops. I knew that we wouldn't find any shops at this hour.. But still I stood there on the highway, fingers crossed. Some time later my friend returned and told me that everything was shut, but there are some shops where the owners sleep. So we decided that we could wake them and get it fixed. We went till Alka talkies which has a 24 hours puncture shop. This distance was about 8 kms. I was getting apprehensive about the shop being open. I even considered going back home and leaving the next morning. I rode my bike in the punctured condition till the shop. The owner was sleeping with the door ajar. Its an awful thing to wake a sleeping man. Its bad luck they say like in pirates of the Carribean. But with a puncture at the beginning of my first interstate ride, i didn't think anything else could go wrong. The puncture guy took a long time to wake up and fix the puncture. We had tea, thanked him and left. It was 7 am by the time we reached the highway again.

    The NH4, our companion for the next 350 kms!!


    I met the other guys there.. After a small session of abusing the TVS tyres, which everyone other than me thoroughly enjoyed, we were all set to go.
    4 bikes and 6 of us.
    A Pulsar 220, Pulsar 200, Karizma and my Apache!!

    Once on the highway, it was a pleasant ride. The sun was just rising. I had hoped I would be a long way from Pune by this time. But never mind. It was a pleasant morning and I was riding on the highway with my friends. That is all I wanted.



    The first break came after crossing Satara. Breakfast..




    I was bit upset considering that we had lost precious early morning time and it might be late by the time we reach Dandeli.. It was then one of my friend said, "Dude, who cares when we reach there.. Just enjoy the ride till there.." And it struck me.. Why was i being so rigid about the time schedule. I might not get as much time as i wanted or i might miss a couple of places. But the point of the roadtrip was to go out on the road, ride with my friends, enjoy the journey. Screw the time schedule, I said to myself.
    I was now more interested in relishing the misal pav and wada sambar..



    Once fed and watered, we were set to go...


    The roads from here were a complete bliss except for some parts where some work was in progress. After crossing Kolhapur, i was eager to cross the border. I wanted a photograph at the entrance of Karnataka state. Unfortunately, there was no such board or banner and i missed my photograph. But then Karnataka state didn't really need boards to welcome visitors. The roads were so good that you forget everything else.


    Just before tawandi ghat


    The roads juts kept getting better.. The 160 cc and 15 bhp of my apache were very inadequate on these kinds of roads.. I will return here with a bigger bike in the future, i kept telling myself.. Someday, i will ride a superbike on such roads..






    We took a stop somewhere between Kolhapur and Belgaum.. A huge bridge.. We clicked some photos here.. The water below actually had different shades.. The sight of water was very refreshing in the hot sun.. We had some cold drinks and called up the person at dandeli to tell him that we were near belgaum and make the bookings.. We were sitting here at the bridge for quite a while.. Even though it was noon, the climate was cloudy and windy..





    We reached Belgaum and met one of my friends cousin there.. He took us for lunch..


    After lunch and a lot of chatter, we left Belgaum in the evening.. The roads from Belgaum to Dandeli are beautiful.. Small but scenic.. The road condition is also pretty good except for some small patches.. The forest ride was nice.. After 350 kms of NH4, this change felt good.



    The woods are lovely dark and deep and miles to go before I sleep...


    We were riding at low speeds taking occasional breaks on this road.. It was time for sunset and we stopped by a clearing..
    Sunset on Day 1


    It was dark by the time we reached Dandeli.. The place where we stayed was kadu mane. The owner was a wonderful person who told us some landmarks and came to meet us there.. He took us to our staying place and offered us herbal tea.. A truly delicious drink..


    We were tired after the day long ride and were waiting for dinner.. We unpacked, washed up and went to his house for dinner..
    Dinner was nice, both veg and non veg, equally tasty..


    He showed us to our tents.. 3 tents and a fire lit in between them.. We sat around the fire till the flames died out.. The owner said to us, "switch off your alarms and sleep.. the chirping of birds will wake you early morning.. "

    I had planned to reach Dandeli much earlier and visit some places there.. But it was fine, the ride and the roadside chatter during our riding breaks was much more interesting.. I've been to 7-8 states before by car, train or flight... But the feeling of going to a different state on my bike was special.. Thinking of this, i went off to sleep..

    Day 2: Dandeli - Gokarna, the real trip begins..

    Cheers,
    Pranav
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    Day 2: Dandeli- Gokarna


    I had a nice and comfortable sleep in the tent.. As the owner had predicted, it was the chirping of birds that woke me up.. I got up, took my camera and went out for a morning stroll.. It was enchanting.. Cool forest breeze, the sunrays coming down through the trees and the chirping of birds..




    Though i could hear different birds, it was difficult to get photos of them through my camera.. However, i did manage to spot different types of butterflies.. Some pictures..






    Camouflage at its best















    This tree supposedly attracts butterflies..


    By 9, everyone was up and ready.. We had dosa for breakfast and decided to visit syntheri rocks. The road to the rocks is also an absolute delight..


    Enroute Syntheri rocks




    I am assuming the board reads Syntheri rocks..


    Going off the tarmac


    At the end of the road


    A monolithic single granite stone with a height of 300ft with the river Kaneri flowing at its base, it’s a huge, massive limestone rock formed due to volcanic eruptions some zillion (how many is your wild guess!) years ago. It is named after an English lady called Ms. Cinthera who is believed to have discovered this place in the 20th century. A flight of 200 odd steps downwards lead you to the base where the river flows and you get to see a giant rock formation from the bottom.








    The river making its way through






    We spent an hour at the rocks and returned to our tents.. The owner had prepared a "herbal bath" for us. Nothing special about it.. He had put some sort of leaves in the water while heating it and there was a nice fragrance in it.. The bath was refreshing.. A delicious lunch was waiting for us later..


    Kokam drink.. Couple of my friends asked for more when the owner told that it helps reduce weight too..


    We took some rest after the lunch, and left for gokarna.. The roads were small with dense forests on both the sides. First break when one of our cellphone started ringing.. We did not have network coverage since last night.. Disconnecting from the world made us feel more connected with nature..


    We were enjoying the ride when suddenly the road vanished.. For about 8-10 kms, it was just soil and rubble.. We were barely riding in the second gear.. At this rate, i thought we'll reach gokarna the next day..


    Fortunately, the bad road didnt last long and the scenic ghats resumed..




    Soon we reached NH17 and it was the end of the ghat and forest roads..


    There is a long bridge at karwar on the way to gokarna.. Some photos from this place..






    We left karwar with the hopes of watching the sunset on gokarna beach. However we encountered lot of traffic enroute and were finding difficult to maintain decent speeds.. I realized that it wont be possible to reach gokarna before sunset.. The sea was parallel to the road to our right.. I saw a trail going towards right from the highway.. We followed that trail to the edge of a cliff and parked our
    bikes..


    We had a nice view of the sea in front of us with the sky painted with different shades of orange just before sunset of Day 2..


    Fascinating cloud patterns after sunset


    We left after watching the sunset and reached gokarna late evening.. We had dinner on the beach and went back to the hotel.. The next day, I wanted to go to Jog falls.. However, the local people said that it was quite late in the season and the falls wouldnt be much interesting now.. Since Jog falls was cancelled, we had a long discussion about what to do tomorrow.. I suggested that we go to yana rocks, sirsi and stay at hubli.. My friends said that since Jog falls was out of question, we should ride back to Goa.. It was a tough choice.. The discussion went on till late night and Goa was decided..

    Day 3: Gokarna - yana - gokarna - Goa

    Cheers,
    Pranav
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    Day 3: Gokarna - yana - gokarna - Goa


    Even though Goa was decided, I didn't want to miss the Yana rocks.. I had seen them on google and wished to check them out for real.. My friends said that we will have breakfast at gokarna and leave for Goa after 9 AM..
    I woke up at 5 in the morning... Yana rocks were about 55 km from Gokarna.. I decided to ride solo to visit yana and return by the time everyone else got ready..


    One of my friend decided to accompany me as a pillion.. We left in the dark and were back on NH 17 in no time..


    An exit on the main road takes you towards the yana rocks.. It is a small road of 16 kms which goes through dense trees on both the sides.. However, language is a problem here.. Many of the distance boards were written in Kannada and neither of us could understand it.. Fortunately, my friend could speak the language and we confirmed directions..
    Only if there was an android app for converting the language of such boards.. I would be the first one to purchase..




    After parking the bike, its a small walk to the base of the hill and then a set of steps up the hill take you to at the base of the towering rocks..


    The first glimpse


    Yana is famous for these two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara ("Shikhara" means "hill"). The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres (300 ft) in height. Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu ("self manifested", or "that which is created by its own accord") linga has been formed. Water drips from the roof over the linga, adding to the sanctity of the place.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

    Some more pics of the rocks














    There are cracks in the rocks which lead towards caves inside them.. I have been into mountains and caves often during numerous treks in the sahyadri ranges and exploration is something that i am fond of.. I entered the cave through the narrow opening in the rocks.. Cautiously, i went further deeper in the and found myself in the middle of a huge cave.. Huge rock walls on all the sides.. Few rays on light coming down from some small openings at the top.. Weird noises coming from the sides.. And a typical smell you get at dark damp places.. It was an eerie feeling.. Instead of clicking any pictures, i recorded the entire walk inside and came out without wasting much time inside.. It was just a 3 minute video.. It felt like a long time that I was inside..


    Admiring the beauty of nature and its creations, we started walking down towards the bike..



    We returned back to Gokarna where the rest of my friends were waiting for us.. They had already made some calls and booked a place at vagator, goa.. It was 180 km ride to goa from here..
    Thank you Visit Again.. I said "Sure, Just a matter of some time.. "


    We reached Goa in the afternoon..


    We unpacked our bags, freshened up and went to the beach for lunch.. It was bit late for lunch so we just had some starters and cold drinks.. Tried some varieties of fish.. Scrumptious!!
    The place where we stayed


    At the beach






    The chapora fort, or more popularly known as the fort where the scenes from the movie dil chahta hai were shot is right next to the beach.. We decided to go there in the evening..






    I was sitting there with some of my best friends.. One of them repeated the dialogue from the movie.. "We should come here every year.. "
    That left the 3 of us thinking.. Will it really be possible.. Inspite of being in different engineering colleges, we never let the distance separate us.. But here we were, almost at the end of our engineering and unsure whether we will be here next december.. One of my friend was placed at Honda and was leaving for japan the next year.. I haven't yet decided whether to accept the job i got at persistent systems or go abroad for higher studies...
    We sat there for a long time, talking about our junior college, previous trips and loads of other stuff.. Memories.. We left only when the last of the sun rays disappeared and it got dark..



    Day 4: Return home.. Goa - Pune

    Cheers,
    Pranav

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    Awesome ride and real lovely pictures ! Great going there Pranav

    Cheers & Ride Safe

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    Wonderful Log Pranav and few of the pics are very good.

    Cheers
    Biru

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