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Thread: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

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    Default Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    There are times when you want to follow the down trodden path in life, and otherwise, and then there are time when you make your own way. Your own way to the land far off, places never seen, destinations less frequented and roads less taken. New cultures, new people, new cuisines and a new way of of life that you've never experiences ever before. An experience to count, a journey to remember, friends from an unknown land, the woes, the miseries, the fun, the pain, the loneliness, the sadness...all contributing to make you a better human being, a better traveler, a better rider, a better friend and a better family man!

    All this and more is what I experienced on the latest solo ride to "The Land Of Thunder Dragons", Bhutan. Hop on as a pillion as I jot down my experiences, both write and record (and post them) for the world to see a whole new world, a friendly neighbor, Bhutan - The Kingdom Of Happiness.

    Few images from the ride to keep you busy until I pen my thoughts.

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    And here you go with the trailer:



    Just for the lazy lot, day by day vlog will be embedded with every update.

    Hope you guys enjoy it!
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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    Day 1 | 21.06.2017 | Delhi-Khalilabad | 800+ km


    The last night was comfortable. Tired of all the hard work I had been putting to earn a livelihood for myself and the family usually puts me off to sleep as soon as I hit the bed. The wife and the kid had bid me a sad goodbye last evening as I dropped them to the peer's place to spend the rest of the days while I'm off to the foreign land. This could be contrary to the popular belief to the "sleepless night" before the ride, however, this is how I have grown as a biker over the years.



    The luggage was packed the previous night and what was to be worn for the day was out, kept just handy. 5 AM the alarm dared to wake me up from the sleep and jerk me up to the reality...the reality of the coming fortnight. Suddenly, I found the comfort of the bed and the cool air-conditioned atmosphere to be much captivating and wanted to doze off for another couple of hours. But finally managed to move my tired, lethargic body to freshen up as a bright day full of fun lay ahead. Quickly finished the morning chores, and began approaching my motorcycle which shall be the whole and sole companion for the next 15 days. There was someone else to keep company too, the rain gods! Right in the morning, still dark and it was drizzling. I was able to mount the saddle bags in about 15 minutes of time on the custom made rear luggage frame (thank you Soni Verghese)... I was perspiring already. Climbed up two floors to get the rest of the essentials and was out of breath already, I was sure Bhutan will be difficult. With such tight days working hard to meet the ends, one doesn't really have a choice than getting lethargic and be a slob. But days like this chuck you off the daily schedule and bring you to a self realization. Thinking all this, I was already beside the bike and suddenly, something caught my attention and I woke up from my day dream, it was now pouring. Quickly mounted the tank bag, this time with bungee chords as Dominar is blessed with a fiber tank, took me a while again as the droplets soaked me up and ensured I don't go off to sleep again. While I could have rushed, donning the rain gear was a better option. Did that for good as it seemed the rain will chase me for a good couple of hundred kilometers, maybe till Agra.


    The ride finally kicked off and I was flying already. Today's destination was planned as Gorakhpur, more like a mid point towards the Indo-Bhutan border at Jaigaon/Phuentsholing. Excitement and felicitation was now slowly owerpowering laziness and beautiful vistas and amazing roads were already swirling the grey cells. There was a constant touch by the rain gods and drizzling did not stop until 30 odd kilometres. Another half an hour and I was already on the Yamuna Expressway on my way towards Agra. Rain had subsided and I could now take my rain wear off. Must say, it did keep me dry. So a long way to go ahead, I decided to stop, click some random pictures and rest a while.

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    A short halt here on the expressway was enough for me to gather all the energy once again, no need for any energy drinks. A couple of pictures posted for the hungry souls connected by the digital world were already gaining appreciation and meanwhile, the machine looked ferocious...begging to be revved, a smart kid around the block! With the chiseled body and sculpted lines, I could not stop but admire the way it nicely complimented the open roads. Peacocks playing around, it was nice and peaceful. Sun was playing hide and seek, shying away as I looked up as if telling me to carry on...I got your back!



    Moving forward, I was immediately reminded of the materialistic chores as I approached towards the Jewar toll plaza, few of the places in the country where bikers have to shell out money to use the roads...although it’s been put to a good use. I had to catch up some speeds, else I would not make it. The next stop was planned only after hitting the Agra-Lucknow expressway, the longest expressway across the nation spanning more than 300km.



    Soon it was time to bid good bye to Agra city as I bypassed it and hopped on to the expressway for good. A point of realization; as I looked at the fuel gauge which came in as a contradiction to all the fun and pleasure that I had during the last 250 odd kilometres. I had to refuel, but no fuel station in sight! No one to ask either. Poor network reception, so no point looking at the maps for nearest fuel station. Stopped by a local passerby to ask for the nearest fuel station only to be informed no fuel station for the next 55 km. This would mean I would ride back for about 3 kilometres to detour to a small town and fetch fuel.




    With no other option, went back, made my way through a broken fence, yes with the bike and was able to find a fuel pump. Centre of attraction, all eyes were on me making me a bit uncomfortable and vulnerable to robbing as I didn’t want to get robbed at gun point being at a place infamous for the same. Well, nothing beats the fun of a full tank and empty roads. Although back of my mind I knew I would have to tank up again before I could reach Lucknow and thought of being cautious about the dropping fuel level. Rode happily for some time till my back, hind and mind could no longer sustain the pressure and finally stopped under the open skies.

    No sign of rain, sun shining bright and no shelter to stop. While the temperatures were forgiving, I could still feel the heat although mellowed down by strong winds. The view around was mesmerizing, arrow straight roads, apparently micro villages at a distance and then it was me, out on a journey of a lifetime.

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    The stomach soon started to grumble, I was hungry. It came as a funny feeling since I was hungry, thirsty and wanted to attend the call of nature at the same time. Nothing in sight, I moved on and finally spotted a “public convenience” board which was 40 odd kilometres ahead. In a hope to find clean public utilities and something to eat, found it to be a better idea to carry on for about half an hour more and rest there for a while, post getting the job done.


    A good half an hour spent! Though it was warm, not unbearably hot, I was able to rest my senses and the bum, not to forget, and it did need some rest for the next lap of a couple of hundred kilometres. Although the break left me refreshed, it left me famished too. Nothing to eat here except free wind blowing and ice cold water. The expressway continues for the next 80km from this place, good thing the bike was refueled, but not before taking another detour to a new city. People were crazy here, number of questions came swarming from all possible directions. I somehow escaped. Even the assistant at the petrol pump was surprised hearing the phrase “tank full” while the usual denominations range from Rs. 20 to Rs. 100.

    It was time for me to move on, no time for daydreaming anymore. While it could rain anytime, you never know, Lucknow was another 10 km from this place and Gorakhpur was nowhere to be seen, not even a sign board. I knew it already, it’ll be a long day. Mental preparations help!

    Soon I was on the vast expanse of the tarmac, Agra Lucknow Expressway, and in no time Lucknow was stamped! First time here and I was already in love with the city. A good Samaritan advised me not to enter the city and take the bypass through Dubagga, sounds amusing, right? Well, the roads were chaotic and what I had could be two shades less than a shock. All a part of travelling. It was getting hotter. A jacket clad human with a full face helmet with such luggage, riding a motorcycle with no brand name on it was a subject of amusement for most of the crowd. Some laughed, some were awestruck and some just shrugged it off with either their attitude (read: jealousy) or the usual witty remarks, mostly containing “healthy” abuses.

    Remember the stomach? It still needs to be fed and satiated. Stopped by a restaurant and had a leisurely lunch while the owner managed to drag me into political discussion which I wanted to avoid. A filling meal consisting of the staple dal-roti was washed down with a bout of pepsi and some pollution freshly brewed just for you right on the road. The clock struck 2 and I had to be back on the roads, Gorakhpur was still about 300 odd km from this place.







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    What lay ahead was an uneventful ride which majorly consisted or great roads and some serious mile munching, nothing much to talk about it anyway.

    By early evening, my back (and bum) were begging for mercy, so stopped by a run of the mill tuck shop for a Pepsi and some water, this place was Basti. Supplicated help in a couple of whatsapp groups about hotel recommendations in Gorakhpur. Finally Hotel Soni International was decided as a place for night halt. Good, convenient, clean and cheap! What else does anyone want?

    This brings about an end to Day 1 of Chronicles Of A Lone Biker while on The Big One.

    *Vlog for the day below:



    *Apologies for the crappy audio quality. It has now been taken care of for future videos.
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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    Great One bro.. Waiting for the rest..
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    Good stuff, waiting for the rest... Quick tip though, you can download your route offline on maps. You don't have to worry about network connectivity.

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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    Also, how was the bike? I bought a Dominar a month ago. Eager to hear your thoughts about riding long distance on it.

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    Fantastic travelogue. Waiting for more.
    By the way I live near Gorakhpur.
    I recommend you pay a small visit to Kushi Nagar en route your destination.

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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominar373 View Post
    Good stuff, waiting for the rest... Quick tip though, you can download your route offline on maps. You don't have to worry about network connectivity.

    Thanks for the appreciation. Well I have never been a fan of Google maps. Prefer to stop and ask around. On teh way back I trusted google maps, and has to spend about an hour just to get out of Lucknow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominar373 View Post
    Also, how was the bike? I bought a Dominar a month ago. Eager to hear your thoughts about riding long distance on it.

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    The bike performed flawlessly. Its a serious mile muncher. With all the luggage, I was doing 140-150 happily on Agra-Lucknow expressway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vishalkej View Post
    Fantastic travelogue. Waiting for more.
    By the way I live near Gorakhpur.
    I recommend you pay a small visit to Kushi Nagar en route your destination.
    Day 2 had a visit to the temple.
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    Default Re: Chronicles Of A Lone Biker | The Big One | Bhutan 2017 | Dominar 400 Adventures

    Wow. Good travelogue. Waiting for more

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    Nice read so far!
    Waiting for more!

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