The tarry black of the road ahead of me was shining with the wetness of the monsoons.A strong wind was howling against my bike and the helmet.It had so much power that the bike swayed a couple of times.The howl had turned into a roar now and I could feel myself enjoying the disco-like beats,the ones that sound like dhub-dhijik-dhub-dhub-dhijik,that the wind was creating inside the helmet.The path,as always,was long and curvy.I passed a lot many cars,trucks,two wheelers,villages and people.Whether I was passing them or I was still and it was in fact they,who were passing me in reverse,i can’t be sure!
So this is the romanticized version of my bike ride from Pune to Aurangabad that i undertook a few days back.I had done it once a couple of years ago.It had been my dream to make the ride again,alone,without anybody’s help.But powers that be ensured that the dream would only be half-fulfilled.So i settled for a ride without a pillion but with a friend following me in his car.
I left Pune(Vimannagar) at 1.30p.m. and drove continuously all the way to Aurangabad(239kms) with an hour-long break for lunch after 150km .I reached at 6.15 p.m.It was a really good ride since I was able to ride consistently at 80kmph for a large part of the journey.The feel of the bike was nice.Revving upto 110kmph at a few times felt great.My bike(Honda Unicorn-150cc) makes me proud.Her suspension is great.She did not break down.I had taken care of the tyres and tubes.So this time,they did not get punctured.The recently reconstructed/repaired roads were in a very good condition too.Luckily,traffic was less.I would have carried a break wire and a clutch wire in spares,but i had recently replaced them.
I had a ball of a time whenever the disco music started playing in my helmet.Its true.I am not exaggerating.
Unlike the last time,the body did not get sore.And i had the psychological benefit of having someone around in the car in case things went wrong.
No pictures to speak about my story.The road and the vegetation around would look beautiful after a few more showers but that day,it was still pretty dry.
The ride raised my confidence about long distance riding(in terms of endurance to sit in the same position and focus on riding for long hours together) so much that i almost decided to join the Chandigarh-KharDungLa-Chandigarh ride that my friends are going to undertake in a few days to come.
But i had to choose between biking and climbing.And so,climbing its going to be.My ambitious climbing plans have already got foiled about which i have no intention to speak.But to console myself,i have made some alternative arrangements.You will hear more on that once i finalize my travel plans.
Till then,take care and have a good time.