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    Default Re: K2K | Because i love to ride.

    Good narration till now. Please carry on.

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    Default Re: K2K | Because i love to ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by joshi.varun91 View Post
    Hey Vijay. Glad to hear it. Bro, its after about 6 months that I am writing this travelog, so the enthusiasm, the energy, the excitement I had when doing this is beyond comparison. After the trip was done and i came back to Mysore, i faced some hard events in life which kind of killed all my joy and energy which thus led to this delay in writing this travel log. IF someone asks me now, whats the best moment from your life, I can easily count this roadtrip, as THE BEST time of my life. Period.

    There will always be some obligations , some hurdles, some problems which might make you postpone your plans , be it a roadtrip or anything else. What i suggest is, if it is something you really aspire to do, you dream about it, the best time to do it, is NOW. And trust me, when you put your heart and soul into something, other things WILL fall into place. !!!

    I read in " The Alchemist ", When you want something truly and deeply, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.



    I'm extremely sorry for missing out on that detail. Dont know how it slipped out of my mind.

    For butt-ache:
    1) All the way from Mysore- Chandigarh, I didn't do anything except take the hourly breaks in between to give rest.
    2) Kept shifting my weight here and there just to let the blood flow.

    Pain would creep in after covering about 500kms. and the last 100 kms would be the worst. SO after reaching Chandigarh, i thought i had enough.
    I read various threads online.

    Few folks suggested to get a innerwear especially meant for bicycle riding. Those have paddings inside. I got one from the Decathalon store in Chandigarh.
    I wore that too, but even that didnt help much.

    In the end, i just kept a bed sheet which was the best solution ever!

    Ride to bhutan seems awesome !!! Travelog please. I too wanna do it soon !
    Cool! How about using gel seat pad or air pads. Even I never tried... But heard about it that these products reducing the heat and helps riders to go up to 1000kms (gel) and 2000kms (air) at a stretch.

    If anyone tried using this please share your valuable suggestions on these products.
    I never really questioned why I ride,Because for me its as basic as breathing.

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    Bangalore - Pune ( 850 kms )

    I don't know if it was the excitement, or was it the cold weather in Bangalore or maybe to answer the call of nature, but i was wide awake around 3am, much before the scheduled 3 30am. I had just under 4 hrs of sleep, and was a bit worried as it was going to be a mammoth ride today. Got ready quickly, had a cup of tea and some biscuits. My sister was kind enough to pack few parathas for me for the journey. By 4am i was out on the NICE highway to get to the Tumkur highway which goes till Pune.

    NICE highway which used to be a bliss for riders disappointed me at a few places. After you cross the exit for Mysore highway, i felt the NICE roads weren't NICE enough. I mean firstly, at many places the roads weren't level enough. Bike kept jerking and i even found few potholes. Nothing major but then you know
    Anyways, while riding on curves, i felt a bit off, like something is wrong. I felt like my bike is leaning a bit towards the right. Imputing it to the uneven roads of the NICE, i took the exit for Tumkur. Still up till Tumkur, that odd feeling still loomed in my head. So when the Tumkur toll plaza came, i thought its best i checked , and since it was pitch dark at all the places and the Toll plaza was well lit. So i got down to check and to my horror, my utmost horror, i had not fastened the bag using the D locks properly. In all the morning haste, i had passed the strap through the D ring, but didn't loop it. Just passed it and stuck the velcro, and because of that it was moving here and there. While cursing myself, i locked the bag firmly, double checking each D lock, put on the rain cover (since i could see the overcast sky ).

    I finally started on the Tumkur-Chitradurga stretch. That stretch is a bliss. Beautiful roads, smooth tarmac and so even. My bike could easily do 100-120kmph. The sun finally came up and i was kinda skeptical about the weather. As far as i could see, i could see dark clouds looming overhead. Stopped for a break where i had the parathas and some juice. There was a kid nearby who came over to check my bike, and talked to me for a while.


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    I started again, this time deciding to take the next break after crossing Chitradurga, since that was a stretch i had never done before. After a while after crossing Chitradurga, i felt a bit sleepy and bored. Had slept for just 3 hours the previous night, i was afraid of feeling drowsy while riding. So stopped and decided to do something i had never done before. I put on my earphones with my iPod. Put the volume in low just so it acts as a background noise. That helped immensely. Though its not advisable i took a lot of precautions, kept checking my rear view mirror every few mins and rode mostly in the left most side of the road.

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    After sometime, i saw that i was running low on fuel. Luckily i spotted a Kamath next to a fuel pump. Tanked up the bike as well as my stomach, Again started on the journey. Not much to tell, i just went on an on an on. Stopped a few times for ass breaks.


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    While entering Maharashtra, I stopped to click a picture. The overcast sky was making room for the sun, and the temperature was increasing steadily.

    Eventually i was about 150 kms from pune where the real ass pain started. I hadn't had lunch , so was kinda hungry, hot and sweaty. Maharashtra roads, sorry to say, weren't helping either. The traffic , oh god, nobody cares about bikes. You have to move away from cars or they are gonna do it for you. LOL.


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    So i was really damn exhausted, and not able to decide for a place to stop when i spotted a RE classic, which was also saddled up. Punjab number (Pathankot). I went next to him and signalled for food to him, he gave me a thumbs up. I signalled to him to lead and stop wherever. So we stopped at a dhaba. He turned out to be an Army officer posted at Pune, who was returning from Goa. After exchanging stories, we had a good lunch ( Some famous daal of that region : Satara ). Now since i was also visiting my friend, who was also an army officer, my new friend asked me to follow him since he was also going to the same place. That really helped a lot, since he took me from a way where we encountered little to no traffic lights.

    Finally i reached CME (college of military engineering) where my friend was. Another awesome thing was that the entrance gate lies on the old Mumbai-Pune highway. so that was another cool thing since I had to hit the same highway the next day.

    I had a haircut first from an army barber after which i freshened up and me and my friends, along with other officers went to party. Pune, rocks when we talk about the crowd. Wow, it was amazing. We partied hard, a really awesome way to end the day. Came home and slept and woke up around 8am the next day. That was a good enough 7 hour sleep i had. Since Mumbai was not far, i thought to relax more an enjoy my friends company for sometime.....


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    Default Re: K2K | Because i love to ride.

    Kudos man...Nice ride

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    Default Re: K2K | Because i love to ride.

    awesome stuff man
    the narration is simple and clear, which make it interesting to read.

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Beautiful stuff.

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    Default Re: K2K | Because i love to ride.

    Great writeup mate ! Glued !
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    Epic man.... EPIC!!!!!!!

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    ​Pune - Mumbai (170kms)

    Another reason for embarking upon this trip was, besides seeing all the new places, i wanted to meet up with my friends and family with whom I had not met in a very long time. You are close to them, but for some reason or the other, you just don't get to meet them often. This was also an advantage as throughout the whole trip, I had to stay in a hotel only once ( in Udaipur, coming soon).



    My next pit stop was going to be Mumbai as one of my fav Uncle lives there and I hadn't met them in ages. Also Ive been in Mumbai only once before, so wanted to get a brief taste of the 'city that never sleeps'.


    So anyways coming back to the log, after the previous nights party, I was a bit hungover. Since it was going to be a low distance ride, i thought of leaving a bit late than usual and go easy on myself. So around 12 30pm, I finally bid farewell to my friend from Pune and the other officers. I had one of the most awesome times in Pune and surely not going to forget it ever. Tanked up my bike and started for Mumbai.


    I was aware that 2 wheelers are not allowed on the expressway so was kinda doubtful about the old highway. Also, since it was the onset of monsoons I was also worried about the rains. My first stop came when I reached Khandala. Oh the beauty !!! You might think I am exaggerating, but the sight I saw was so heavenly. Lush green hills accompanied by a slight drizzle, with a rainbow just at the corner of your eye, it was just gorgeous.

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    As i discovered, the old highway was really scenic and had good roads for the most part. So i didn't feel much bad for missing out on the expressway. Eventually I continued and decided not to stop until I reach Mumbai as I knew it was going to take me a long time to navigate through Mumbai. The Navi_Mumbai - Mumbai stretch, thought a 6-8 lane highway was very uneven. Bike kept jerking, and it became really hot and humid. Once i entered Mumbai, i asked for directions to Powai. Apparently i had missed a turn so it was gonna be a bit longer. Got directions to reach the Eastern Expressway, where i stopped and used google maps to reach my destination.


    Another funny thing. My relatives had no clue i was going to come. I knew the address, so after reaching their apartments, I called them to ask the exact flat number. When the lift door opened, my uncle was standing there to greet me, and Oh boy !!! The shock on his face when he saw me, all geared up, with a helmet on one side and a saddle bag on the other, partly drenched and muddy !!! I should've captured that moment. I too was so excited to meet them but before I could say anything, My aunt gave me some water and handed a jar of cold chocolate mouse to eat up
    Everybody was shell shocked to hear about my journey but they were really appreciative and very supportive. I took a quick shower then had some lunch.


    A bit of background about me. Since Im the son of an Army Officer, I have changed about 9 schools, all across India. So i have friends, in literally, all parts of the country.
    Now lets talk about coincidence. After lunch, I got a call from a friend of mine, who used to be my classmate in school, in Assam. We hadn't met in 15 years !!!( though were friends on FB ). Apparently she lived just a few blocks from where I was staying and so we decided to get together for dinner.
    Another bit of Info. I am from Chandigarh and have spent the last 3 years in Mysore. As you can imagine, both are very small cities, and everything closes by 10pm. So when my friend suggested, to meet for dinner around 11pm, I was so shocked !! I asked her, will anything be open by then ? And she's like, ye hai Mumbai merit jaan !!!

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    The next day was a total rest day. I took a lot of rest, had food, went to the local eateries and had some more food
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    PS: sorry not many pictures this time round.


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    Nicely put.

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