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    Post Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    Hi Guys,

    I had dreamed of riding to my home (Lucknow,UP) and my birthplace (Haridwar,UK) when I started touring. This Dec the dream finally came true.

    Route :

    1st part : Bangalore - Hyderabad - Nagpur - Sagar - Jhansi - Kanpur - Lucknow
    2nd part : Lucknow - Bareilly - Haridwar - Mussoorie - Dhanolti - Haridwar
    3rd part : Haridwar - Dhampur - Nainital - Haldwani - Bareilly - Lucknow
    4th part : Lucknow - Hameerpur - Mahoba - Khajuraho - Chattarpur - Sagar - Nagpur - Hyderabad - Bangalore

    Distance round trip : 5500+ kms

    This trip log would be a long one with road condition updates.

    Here are some teaser pics to grab your attention in this newbie's thread.


    1.The Pre ride Drama and tail bone injury.( http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ml#post1027755)

    2.Forgetting to submit appraisal workflow to the doubts in mind.(http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ml#post1030301)


    3. Day 1 completed, Reached Nagpur. (http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ml#post1031058)

    4. Nagpur - Jhansi - Lucknow : The strong pull of the home. (http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ml#post1032153)
    Outline of the route.



    Hyderabad - Adilabad road.



    Roads in MP. Dakar anyone ?




    The view from Dhanolti, do you see it ?



    Ice Ice baby , I crashed after this photo break !



    The beautiful view of lower Himalayas.



    On the way to Nainital.



    The breathtaking sunset at Nainital.



    A lot of photos and details after the approval.

    I would like to thank god for saving me a couple of times, my family for allowing me to do this ( such cool parents ), and all the friends for wishing me all the luck I needed.

    A special mention to HVK forum, it helped a lot in the route planning.

    And a big thanks to Viaterra Gear for sponsoring the Marine Hydration pack.

    Cheers, Ride Safe.
    Last edited by kaydee_bangalore; 01-22-2014 at 02:58 AM.
    ATGATT! There are many wonderful riders/drivers out there who would intrude in your riding space without any notice. Be prepared. Stay Safe.

    My True Wanderers Blog Entry :

    www.truewanderers.in/travelogues/entry/144.html

    True Wanderers Final Ride :

    http://http://truewanderers.in/trave...inalist/6.html

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    Travelogue Approved

    You passed my home
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    very nice pics...post the rest soon..

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    My brother my man... that sounds/looks absolutely superlative. Cannot wait to hear tales of your overtures to begin with itself... especially Part 1 and Part 4. But then again, your experience is in 'winters' so heck... just the whole of it really... Bring it onnnn!!!

    Way to go \m/

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    You passed my home
    Thanks Avinash
    I passed Kanpur at around 8pm, the truckers near Kalpi were a headache.

    Quote Originally Posted by princesirohi View Post
    very nice pics...post the rest soon..
    Thanks !

    Quote Originally Posted by Vykier View Post
    My brother my man... that sounds/looks absolutely superlative. Cannot wait to hear tales of your overtures to begin with itself... especially Part 1 and Part 4. But then again, your experience is in 'winters' so heck... just the whole of it really... Bring it onnnn!!!

    Way to go \m/
    Thanks man , the winter added a lot of fun and challenge to the ride.



    The pre-ride drama !!

    A little Flashback:

    Date: 29th Sept 2012
    On the way to Kemmanagundi, Chikmagalur saw a grassy steep trail, to check out the view climbed up. While returning slipped and fell. Had the cam in one hand and helmet in another, so directly fell on the bum.

    Date: 16th August 2013
    I was on a ride to Maharashtra to enjoy the monsoons, had a long ride through Kashedi, Mahabaleshwar, to Mumbai city. Was riding along with Surojit Sadhu to meet a few Naked Wolves Mumbai Members, felt little pain while sitting on the bike. A very sharp pointy pain. Adjusted on the seat a few times and ignored it. Rode to Igatpuri on 17th and back to Bangalore on 18th.
    I did not feel any pain for these two days, maybe because of the excitement of the ride. A few days later suddenly the pain worsened. I was not even able to comfortably sit on my office chair. It was becoming unbearable.

    Date: 26th August 2013
    Visited the doctor, got the X-ray done. According to doc it was an old tail bone injury (I guess the Chikmagalur one) which is giving me the trouble, due to excessive riding, sitting for long hours. Some medicines to kill the pain and a strict advice to not ride anywhere far for at least 2 months or till the pain completely vanishes.

    Me: I have to ride; will this injury have any long term impact?
    Doc: Take the meds and don’t ride for 2-3 months, it will all be fine, no long term problem.

    It was a mixed feeling, bad because could not ride for 2 months and good because no long term problems.

    I was bored sitting at home watching my friends going out for rides then one fine day I started writing this:


    DESIRE
    Need to pick up the helmet, get all geared up.
    To clear up my mind I am longing to ride.

    The push of the starter, which brings life to my bike.
    Is enough to excite me for the upcoming ride.

    Desire to commit to the open highways, state roads and broken patches.
    That feeling to travel across the beautiful landscape is what keeps me satisfied.

    I want to wander in that not so known village.
    So that under my helmet I can smile with all the pride.

    The roads are calling out to me.
    I,the biker, needs to ride ! I need to ride !!

    The crashes hurt physically, but more on a mental level,
    I won't be able to ride for long, and that's why I cried.

    Sitting inside a room, staring at the laptop,
    Seeing brothers going out for a trip, I do regret that slide.

    There is nothing better to do than going out for a ride.
    Take my words my friend , believe me I’ve tried.

    The moment when you get a green signal from the doc,
    That you are fit to sit on the saddle of your bike.

    That is the time you get committed again,
    And the road becomes your bride !!

    The roads are calling out to me.
    I,the biker, needs to ride ! I need to ride !!

    I became a keyboard biker for those months, commenting on FB groups, etc etc.

    I had not been home in 6 months and during Diwali holiday; project work did not allow me. I needed to desperately go on a ride as well; so thought of mixing up both. First it was just Bangalore – Lucknow - Bangalore, then google maps started to tempt me to add places, make it more interesting. But could not plan a ride for all 10-15 days; have to spend some quality time with the family as well.

    A good news I got in November that the whole family is gathering in Haridwar for a Mundan function of the first kid of the next generation. That opened a lot of doors for me. Added Dehradoon, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Nainital to my plan.

    This all was just my plan, and then started convincing my parents for this. A big task, but with a cool dad and mom it took me 2-3 days to get all the permissions for doing this solo.

    Next was the route planning and stops. For the road conditions and route detailing took the help of friends and also joined HVK forum. They are the HiVayKings. My route was all set and finalized in a matter of hours.

    Will post the Day 1 and 2 logs soon.
    ATGATT! There are many wonderful riders/drivers out there who would intrude in your riding space without any notice. Be prepared. Stay Safe.

    My True Wanderers Blog Entry :

    www.truewanderers.in/travelogues/entry/144.html

    True Wanderers Final Ride :

    http://http://truewanderers.in/trave...inalist/6.html

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    Superb, Serene and soothing pics there..Which camera and lens do you use? Congratulations for the successfull completion of this trip.
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    OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR OF MY BEAST DO NOT APPEAR CLOSE- THEY SIMPLY DISAPPEAR !!!

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    Quote Originally Posted by kaydee_bangalore View Post

    DESIRE
    ...
    ...
    The crashes hurt physically, but more on a mental level,
    I won't be able to ride for long, and that's why I cried.
    ...
    ...
    True true words...

    My first question to my Orthopedic surgeon was also the same as "Will i be able to ride again"? The state of affairs right after a fracture causing crash is just amazingly scary for that very reason.

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    Super stuff.. I'm hooked!!
    Eagerly waiting for the complete log..

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    Day 0: When I forgot to submit the Annual Appraisal workflow in office

    Reached office early, went out in between to get some tools which were missing from my kit. I had to leave early from office, around 3pm so that I can get some sound sleep before starting my ride at around 1am.

    I forgot about keeping an extra fuse with me, but did not have any time left to get one from the SVC. Called up Shreyansh, he assured me that he will get it for me, and meet me on the road after I start the ride from my place.

    In a hurry burry after the lunch, I left the office without submitting my annual appraisal. Totally unaware of this came home and crashed on bed. Saw a random ping from a teammate on the office Whatsapp group and realized that I am missing something. Alas, it hit me, picked up the helmet, went to office, submitted the appraisal workflow and was back home in an hour. Slept peacefully from 5pm to 11pm.

    Day 1: The day of self doubt


    Route Taken: Bangalore – Kurnool – Hyderabad – Adilabad – Hinganghat – Nagpur

    *The detailed road conditions of this route at the end of Day1.



    Jai Bajrang Bali !


    It was 12:01am when I went down, looked at my bike parked and told her with a smile: we are going home
    So, the day had finally come, all the things were set and planned. Now the most important aspect was execution part. I am a number freak, so I decided to start the ride at 12:21am as it was 21st Dec (21/12), also I had started my first long solo ride on Dec 21,2012 at 12:21pm.

    First stop was to meet Shreyansh(@Shreyance) near KR Puram to get that extra fuse. Thanks to him I did not have to run from office for that. Next up was a meet with another solo tourer, Amaresh. He wished me luck, after a little chit chat I sat on the saddle, looked up for a moment and from there at around 1:30am it was just me and my bike for next three days.




    Riding Gear :

    A SOL SF1-Acme helmet,
    Spartan Helios mesh jacket,
    Spartan Odysseus pants(were very very useful in the cold up north)
    DSG Primal ( not very useful in the cold up north)
    Army boots(Rs 600/- for a pair, totally worth it)


    Resting on the Claw


    Luggage Details:

    ViaTerra Claw: Kept 4 pairs of pant-shirt, 2 t shirts, towels, shoes , tripod, first aid kit, tool kit(with puncture kit), coolant bottle, 1l engine oil bottle, accelerator/clutch cables, chain cleaner + chain lube(400ml each), bike papers, packing tape, double sided tape, and 2 ,1 litre bottles for petrol were kept inside side pockets, and a tripod tied on top of Claw, which managed everything flawlessly for 5500+kms. Amazing product.

    ViaTerra Fly: A canon EOS 1100D with 18-55 kit lens, a 55-250mm telephoto and a 50mm prime. Also some chargers, 1TB HDD, extra keys, face wipes, disc lock, 1 sweatshirt, hand towel, spare mobile, and snickers.

    ViaTerra Marine: 2 litres of water to cater my hydration needs for the day.




    Stuff to be loaded in Claw.



    In the Fly.



    Marine Hydration Pack



    Everything Packed !


    As I started the ride, I had some questions in my mind. Will I be able to do it? Will I successfully convince my parents for the second part ( Lucknow – Haridwar – Mussoorie – Nainital – Lucknow)? Will that tail bone injury haunt me again?

    While I was busy answering all these questions I took a flight from a few speed breakers after the Airport toll gate. Shook my head in disappointment, and decided to concentrate on roads and enjoy the ride, rest all can be thought upon later.

    Just as when I cleared up my mind from all these queries, I felt a sudden pain.

    “OH I recognize this pain.”

    “OH shit, the tail bone, but I want to ride now.”

    “I don’t want to stop.”

    “Would it be foolish to continue in this condition?”

    The doubt was getting into me seriously, the decision making and rest in the next part of log.
    Last edited by kaydee_bangalore; 01-17-2014 at 04:02 AM.
    ATGATT! There are many wonderful riders/drivers out there who would intrude in your riding space without any notice. Be prepared. Stay Safe.

    My True Wanderers Blog Entry :

    www.truewanderers.in/travelogues/entry/144.html

    True Wanderers Final Ride :

    http://http://truewanderers.in/trave...inalist/6.html

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    Default Re: Ride of my Dreams, Winter Ride to Uttarakhand !

    awsome bro!! hooked.
    Waiting for more.
    Last edited by dichkaun; 01-17-2014 at 08:25 AM. Reason: typo

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