Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ride to RM- DAY2 Kundapur Calling , DAte: 26th Jan

26th Morning we were on the road and as planned by 0700 hours with a 0645 saddle up, and had hit the road, Looking for Bhagwati Yellapur highway, which involved riding through the jungles, lovely tree lined road, and a absolute pleasure to ride through, 

very invigorating for the soul and a pleasure to the eye, Some of the  boys who rode through this part at night and missed the sight.

We did a breakfast stop of Eggs and chips and water at a small village called KARKKATTA at 1030 is, with OD 4524
The villagers were curious about shyamal, speaking Marathi with his Green hair and Non Indian looks, the store owner was a old old man, who had a hard time understanding about double egg omelet, but sure whipped up a wonderful omelet finally, spicy and yummy.

  The day was 26th Jan, and some of the villages on the way had parades happening, which slowed us down and treated us to the march-past as school students celebrated the Republic day and many a smile on the way as we rode somehow we get mistaken for army commandoes (maybe it is the bike : bullet and protective gear we wear)

A wonderful day of riding, till suddenly my bike stalled, the bike spluttered and came to a stop, no power from the battery The older classic bikes will not operate if the battery is not giving power, and we feared the worst, in the middle of a jungle with lovely scenery but  no mechanics to help, ( so we thought) 

“ When God shows you the way, you don’t need to see the whole staircase, (but still get your bike checked dude) rang in my ears as I cursed my mechanic who had worked on the electrical last, at santacruz, while fitting the LED lights, was it his fault, did he screw up the connections? Or what was it?
We pulled over and started to check fuse and connections and inform the IT guys of the happening,
As we waited on the side of the road, some friendly riders headed to RM from Chandigarh, Bean Mandy , Gagan and TJ from Road Survivors

 stopped by and helped with tinkering and giving the battery a jump. The battery was plain Dead and Unfortunately they did not have a battery to spare. Shyamals bike too did not have a working battery we were 70 km short of Gokarna at this point
But my bike battery had totally died and there was no way out,

A bunch of riders to RM did cross us giving us a thumbs up, am not sure what that was for, but bless them, and there intellect “

And now luck struck us - A Good Samaritan, Mr. Mahesh rode up and offered to help.  As he tinkered with the bike, he had no idea what was on, but had information, about a Yamaha Garage 12 KM back at Gullapur, ( we were at village  Mulemane)  where a new battery could be purchased, he did make some calls, and found out the mechanic at the garage was getting to leave for lunch, so he had us hurry, he gave me a ride to the garage – buy the battery  
And back, (am sure shamal was cursing his luck to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with perfect roads beckoning him and his trailblazer bike) sorry dude and a Big thank you for waiting on.  

 Purchase made, battery installed but still the bike would not start up, no matter what we tried, Maybe while we were tinkering, we had managed to disconnect the wrong wires, as we struggled another bullet was riding by, n the rider was watching us, I did motion to him to stop, he obliged, he had purchased a fish and was headed home for lunch with his family, but like we find only in India, he spend time helping us, as luck would have it, he was a bullet mechanic, he did try and managed to sort out the trouble, n we were off again, a stop of around 75 minutes to get it all sorted,  once again bike fixed and we  were on our way. The mechanic wanted the dead battery don’t know why, but I was happy to give his that, he wanted no money, neither the good man Mahesh.  Maybe that’s why we ride a motorbike and experience these wonderful people along the way, who give us faith that the world is not all doomed.

OD: 4675 at 1625, we fuelled up at Gokarna outskirts and stopped for lunch a late lunch, 

at Shiralle at 1755 hours, OD 4714 we were famished for sure, Food in belly was need of the hour
More chicken, more rice and lime soda later we were ready to hit the road BUT
Post lunch it was dark, my bike had no working headlights and Shyamals bike had weak headlights,
There I was following his taillights, and we rode like this the last stretch with other bikes roaring by on the single lane highway, Adventure we came seeking and sure getting it in good measure.

 Finally we spotted the regroup point Hotel Sunrise, where me met Bilal, Prashant and a few others who had reached before us, time 1930 hours OD: 4749. Time for a wash and relaxation for the day as we waited for the other riders to catch up, seems Puneet  and Sanpada boys had lost some time looking for us after they started out at 1400 hours, J A big shout out of Thanks to them.

We had covered: 350 km this day.
And finally we rode to the final venue

A wonderful property Meredian hotel / resort huge and sprawling and looked relaxing, The mayhem of arriving followed with bikes revved and honking and cacophony of noise to mark the ARRIVAL OF THE BIKERS at the venue. The meet and greet with some friends after an year, some we had met at last RM in 2016 at Nagpur.
Food and registration and tagging later we trooped to our  AC dorm, 

where we would be camping for 2 days, the clean sheets and beds were a treat to the eye after last years accommodation at the RM 2016 – oh well that was another story the tents and cold nights the shitty accommodation that made us stay up all night and dance the nights away  you give a biker the worst of situation and he will turn it into a gift from the world    a film from last year of what  we had experienced last year,  (  RM2016 )   and you might ask where is the bad in this, Where it was all Good.

NOW for RM2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Jan25th starting for Rider Mania 2017 at Kundapur

25th morning 230 am, am out of bed, no point trying to sleep, where there is no sleep, n more excitement for 2017 Rider Mania, a group of us will be going to KUNDAPURA, 114 Km before Mangalore, and 900 odd km from Mumbai to party and hang out for 2 day is the plan. RM is an event RE riders from all over the country come to meet friends, other fellow riders, network, drink and listen to music.

So was up and showered and ready to go on a 4 day ride, Messages on whattsapp group fly around as people are up and getting ready, n trying to make sure we were all ready to go on time

I head out at 357 am, saddled up n off to JVLR to meet 2 riders and then to Panvel where we plan to start our ride from, meeting time was 0500 hours,

En route as I start out n switch on the LED lights that I had gotten fixed the previous day, n was too lazy to test out, well the moment I switched it on, the bike stalled, tried it twice n realized it was not to be, I had goofed up


The Odometer read: 03824 time: 0357hrs
As I headed to JVPD, our first rendezvous point, I hit the highway, n as I took a right to head to JVLR, there was a object that landed on my left foot, it was a soft feel, looking down I say a large dog had gotten excited and was trying to eat my boot, I never do know why Dogs like to chase cars and wheels, what do they think I am curious, anyone knows what that is all about?

3 of us, Punit, Mihir and Me, we met at JVLR and headed to Panvel where we were meeting the other riders starting out on that day, I realized I had travelled a extra 20 Km for no reason, was on a bike ride, still,,, OH well, we took a longer route to Panvel along the famed Palm beach road, n I ran out of Gas, well the bike switched to reserve, I just hoped I would make it to Panvel, I have a paranoia, of running out of gas always, and mostly fill my tank when I think I should run out of gas, and not as it hits reserve.
Thankfully yes we did reach Panvel and tanked up, 12 lit of fuel ready to start out,
We met up at Panvel: Dutta vadapao place n headed out at approx. 0600 hours, approx. 12 of us,

The Sun just about peeping

Next stop we planned was at Lonavala, where 2 of the riders managed to get lost for a while, landing up on the expressway and getting challenged for riding on the expressway, Shyamal and me the slowest of the pack were the tails, or sweepers as we reached Lonavala, and then started again, the idea was to beat the Traffic in Pune and do a Breakfast stop, another 50 Km ahead of Pune,

Htl Anand for Bfast : pict Punit Tripathy.
OD: 4125 km
Time: 0930
We stopped for breakfast, all of the 12 were there, without getting lost any further and some more thumpers joined us from Pune.
The empty roads beckoned us; helps when the roads are smooth and not much potholed like Mumbai roads that we are used to.

OD: 4256
Time:1300 hrs. At Karad and lunch followed, a good hearty meal of Mutton thali, Kolapuri style food and it sure made us sleepy to ride, not that we did not try, but all were too sleepy, so we pulled over and took a nap on the bike itself .
 Some more time off n finally we started at: 1530 hours, following the nap.

After being entertained by some wonderful goat herders and their goats and bikers riding on wrong side of the road, 

the day was fairly uneventful
Made a fuel stop as we exited the ghats at Nippani,
OD 4356     we had another 60 km to go for the day, before darkness set in sunset time is when we stopped at 1821 hrs. At Belgaum.

A good meal of Appam, mutton and chicken ( keels style)   for the night and stay at RK hotel as we entered Belgaum city cost us Rs 1500/ head and was a good peaceful stay and chit chat session later , we retired early for the night, we planned to be out of the hotel as the daylight broke, so saddle up time at 0645 and on the road by 0700 hrs. hopefully.

It had been a good first days ride, we had covered:
480 km on day one, that left us approx. another 300 the next day, some of the other riders had continued onwards for another 100 km on 25th itself, around 2340 hours they had all reached for there night halt, good for them!  the night riders had made another 100 Km this day, something we had to cover the next day, they could start 2 hours later then us the next day.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A town in India with no motorized veichles

The other day found me at Matheran with my sis, what a wonderful drive and a trip that’s so good for the soul, No vehicles
 are allowed here but horses.

We started with a 100 km motorcycle ride to matheran, on the way the bike had a hard time climbing, giving up with a clutch problem and thus it was to Gupta garage in Neral, we rolled our way to the garage, No pushing of bike involved thankfully, so we took a cab all the way up and then a pony for my Sister to reach the top, n a good one hour walk for me, (Yes am getting ready to visit Tawang), and this view you can only see if you are walking

Once there we were at Byke group of hotel, which is a wonderful property and is told is the first Bungalow in Matheran ever,

No mention of Matheran is done without talking about the tree living residents that are all over and all around,

And some history