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Day2 Nite:
Tired souls with drooping shoulders some standing some lying on bed. It seemed like we had done some 6000 odd kms but to my disappointment the trip meter displayed 600 km. No idea why everyone seemed to be so tired. So two rooms & two groups. One room for the bewdas & one for the nons. For a sec it was I thought should I start to drink to be with the bewdas all night, I fall in the non drinker category .

Aman desperately wanted to be on the beach for sunset. In the mountains for sunrise on the beach for sunset. He was stalking everyone to go to the beach, it seeemed like he was supposed to drag our a** to see some naked chick there. Had a bath, all the dust was gone but skin color definitely was different. Anup was under the shower for hours, the clock was jst tickin & tickin. The clock was tickin, the sun was settin & aman was un settin, it was a scene. So finally everyone was ready to hit the beach, Bagha Beach.

Anjuna Beach - Goa

Anjuna Beach

Sunset on the beach - Goa

Sunset on the beach

Daru On The Beach - Goa

Daru On The Beach

I didnt mention the roads leading to this beach. This is one patch ill always remember. One side you have coconut trees and on the other side of the road a small stream gushing past yout to meet the sea. A small toy bridge acrosss the river leading you to a patch of black tarmac surrounded by lush green fields and fenced by two parallel lines of coconut trees. The blue sky above you and the black tarmac below and you are cuttin the air and moving forward with the horses underneath you. Thtz Goa. Ullelilala ulleoooo ullelilala aeeeooooo  (Sorrry I dont knw how to spell it).

Back to the beach. As alwayz Goa’s white sand was there to welcome us. Unlike wht i had expected, the beach was an open restaurant by the sea. Was a bit disappointed by it. The sun had already set but the orange glow had engulfed the whole beach. Found a table by the sand and everyone was set for first ound of drinks, to drown in the cheaply available ocean of alcohol as the sun went down in the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. I took my sony and headed to the sea took some snaps of the beach. Back to the tables orders some soft drinks. Anup & Shiva had finished a bottle i guess till then. Ordered some chicken and starters. Meanwhile I got a call from my bro who stays in goa. He is sort of page 3 stufff in Goa. So casually as a good small bro I asked him to arrange some party sharty enteries for tonight. So in 10 mins we were on th LoungeFly guest list. Didnt knw where it is so asked a waiter at the beach for direction. He said it is close by but there is a big party tonight & entry only by invitation. So the night was all set and ANUP, SHIVA, AMAN & ME were all set to rock. Jst I had to pay a small price for this setting had to go for dinner with my brother. He was @ Mira Mar Beach, Panjim. So discussed with Anup all the plans. I was goin to miss the blast at the dinner. Took my bike and headed to Panjim. There is onething bout this city, here life begins after dusk. The lounges by the river, the casino, the big bridge ligthend by einstiens invention & the river water engulfed in moonlight. You feel special. Meet my brother @ Mira Mar CCD. Had a big long family chat there. Wre tooo a coool restraunt had some lobsters. There is one thing good to be with a big brother, U dont have to pay the bill & the best part is you dont have to even pretend to do so . (Anup / Aman pls post wht ulll did @ the dhaba)

On the floor - Goa

On the floor

In the club - Goa

In the club

The Gang - Goa

The Gang

Cornering on Yamaha R15 - Goa

Cornering on Yamaha R15

Sunset by the Road - Goa

Sunset by the Road

Power Nap - Goa

Power Nap

Anup gave a call to chk on me & told me tht they had their dinner & were now bozzin at some cafe near titos . It was around 9.30 i headed back to Bagha. Reached the cafe by 10.30. Saw Anup, Shiva & Aman sittin at a corner table. Parke th bike & joined them on the table. Ashish, Shiva &
Winzeee were tooo tired & prefered to sleeep (Ull missed the action big time). Anup had found the best cafe, the best corner,, the best table, the beast place on tht table & the best angle for babe watching in goa. As it was saturday night & Titos around we had a eye one every type, firangi, desi, latino, asian………………… (Thtz enough). I was starnin my eye to catch a glimse as i didnt have my glasses. Shiva was tooo tired even tooo open his eyes. Paid the billl were out of there by 11.30.

Lounge fly party was supposed to start at 11.30 so asumming that as in mumbai the action will start late we decided to reach there by 12.15. Went to the rooms, used some deos tht the bulls were carrin with them. THe tired trio was fast alseep. Checked ourselfs & vrooooooooooom to the club. To the ZMA & R15 instead of 4 bike, the reson behind this was Shiva was too tired & drunk to drive & i opted not to wear my broken glasses to the club. So I & Shiva were pillions. Found LoungeFly, parked the bike on the sand (thtz the parkin lot , cool). Some girls present there were gosssipin how could we get a entry wen they r not allowed to go in (We were tooo underdressed, Anup was wearin shorts ). Tht was enough for Anup to get charged “Ab tooo mujhe kuch bhi karke jaaan hain”. So as we were late & our assumtion of goa being like mumbai with all lazy ppl around was wrong, the dance floor was full & they were not abllowin nyone in. Called up my bro, anup did some talkin & they let us in. So the late thing cost us a phone call & RS 700 (who gave the idea to be late ). The party was rockin with Nikhi Chinnapa in the house & hot desi & firangi chics on the floor. The trio had some alcohol, showed some moves, stared at some girls & were out of the disc by 2.00pm. Had to get up early in the mornin to start riddin back home so we straing went to the room & offf to bed, batti band.

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 1)

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 2)

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 3)

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Day 2

After riding on Kashedi ghats we took a break ahead of a bridge. The motains were tooo foggy & the mist around us was troublesome. The visors & the glasses were foggin, so couldnt see through it. Took a break to clean those. The dark night was slowly vanishin into the light & the sun was ready to say goood morning. Ther sunlight trying to penetrate the fog was an awesome sight. Then as always we had an XBHP Dog headin towards us (No ride is complete without a dog). He stared at us posed for some snaps & was back on his way .
Discussion by the road

Discussion by the road

Above the sky

Above the sky

Had some red bull + water & back on the horses. Then from somewhere the Cow Killer emerged. Im not witness to the incident as me & nikil had taken a photo break. As Anup recounts the events, there was beautiful curve and anup & shiva were crussin around 70+. Anup entered the corner saw some cowz & bullz on the road, luckily everyone was eatin grass on the road sides or yawnin on the other lane. Anup dodged them on the ambition and crusised ahead. He was so sure tht somethin was goin to happen tht he breaked some 100mts from the curve. So ShivaZMA follows anup on the curve, till the time shiva entered the corner the cow yawnin on the other lane had strted crosssin the road. Seein this shiva pressed the break lever, the ZMA strated to skid on the tarmat thx to the zappers (There are some heavy discounts on zappers i guesss. All bikes have them.) So using some brain & keepin some trust in God, shiva opened the breaks & BANG, straight into the cowz stomach. Now heres the interesting part Shiva was standing & balancing his ZMA & the cow fell . (Thz ZMA power, thtz why itz the most reliable & best tourer avaiable in India. HH waitin for the FI version). There is a big list of wht brok in the ZMA, nothin visual. Anup was waitin ahead and watchin the whole drama. According to a cospirasy theory thts goin on in my mind. Anup was felling sleepy, so for some action in life he pushed the cow in the other lane went ahead and waited for the stunt .
The Wild Flower
The Wild Flower
Anup The Celeb

Anup The Celeb

Parked in shade

Parked in shade

Every one took a break after this. Anup was laughin & narrating wht jst happened. As the cow fell & Shiva was standing we changed ShivaZMA to Shiva- The Cow Killer. Took some photos. Ashish & Shiva were busy acessing the damage . Shiva also had a problem with his clutch, he was not able to rip the ZMA at alll. So we strated our journey again. We were supposed to reached Goa by 12 but we had not even reached Ratnagiri & the clock said 7.00.
10-15 km off Ganpatipule Anup stopped. He was feelin sleepy. Found some shade & grass went to sleep. Till we reached there he was fast asleep. After his Bhutan trip he is famous for sleepin nywhere. We too followed him on the grasss. I was sleepin while ridddin. The bike was jst drifitin to the side. The Banglore-Kolkatta-Mumbai was showin itz effects (Aboard a Flight). Whenever i used to drift ashish & nikil used to horn loudly, back on track. I was almost about to hit a man after fallin asleep. Soo I tooo hit the grasss. Slept for 1hr got up at 9.00. Ashish & Shiva were not sleeping but fixin the ZMA. Removed the spedo as it was shakin tooo much & put it the saddle bags & zooom we were back on the highway. A bit freash this time.
The Fog

The Fog

The Coconut Trees

The Coconut Trees

The fog now has started to become a bit anooying. You love it for 20-30 mins but for 3-4 hrs itz jst pain. The climate was jst awesome. Atop the mountain we could see the whole ground coverd by the fog. It felt like ur above the clouds. Then as u start the decent ur enter the dense fog & the only thing u can see is tail lights. Waited somewhere after ratnagiri the ambition needed some petrol. Took a small break. I took the oppoprtunity, grabed my sony & clicked some snaps. This was my worst trip considering photos. Was not patient enough to click snaps, clicked everythin in a bit hurry. Will surely improve nxt time. Had some snaks near the petrol pump & headed toward Goa. We were late, it was 12.00 & 200kms more to cover. So were started crusin, it was fun. Ridding non stop, cooly & calmly feeling & enjoin every bit of the ride. We lost Aman, Ashish & Nikhil after kankavli. Realised tht after 30kms. Waited for them to catch up near Kudal (150 kms frm goa). The R15 needed some petrol so they had stopped to refuel. Buckled up after a small break & rode non stop tilll Goa.
Finally around 3.00pm we had crossed Goa border. Waited near a Indian Oil petrol pump. My uni was thirsty. The petrol was 4rs cheaper than mumbai. Took a small b reak had some snaks & headed towards Anjuna Beach. Around 4.30pm we were at anjuna beach but to out dissapointment there were no rooms avaiable there. So we headed towards Baga beach. Got 2 rooms for 800 RS. Parked the bikes, took bath & crashed in the rooms.

Title: Goa – The Dream Destination
Destination: Goa, Maharashtra, India
Date: 28 Oct, 2008

Day 1
Finally after week long discussions and switchin between dozens of destination and almost canceling the trip we finally zeroed in on Goa, a weekend dream destination. Even after final plans were drafted i was a bit skeptical bout the ride (ppl have too many personal commitmentz these dayz ). As per planz I was to fly frm kolkatta to mumbai & meet Anup Shiva & Aman at Paavel mac @ 12 am . Reached mumbai @ 8.30 but cause the f**kin traffic reached home by 11.00 . Packed up got freash arranged cash & left home around 11.45. Reached panvel around 1.20 am (only 1.20 mins late, didnt break ny records).

Every thin was fine till the helmet was on. Broke my glasses wen tried to remove the helmet (A stupid action ). So with no spare lenses in the bag and almost no hopes for fixing the glasses the ride was almost over for me. Was depressed, ambaresed wen Sumit gave me some hopes as power of his glasses was close to mine. From nowhere Razor jumped in and bandaged those glasses (This ride wouldnt be possible without his support. I owe u Gopi).

Dumb ppl riding on NH17. Destination Goa

Dumb ppl riding on NH17. Destination Goa

If u can spot it the sun tooo comes for a small tea party with the mooon to laugh on us.

If u can spot it the sun tooo comes for a small tea party with the mooon to laugh on us.

XBHP stuff

XBHP stuff

Around 1.40, with darkness as the companion and broken glasses on 7 riders were ready to burn petrol on NH17 frm Dusk to Dawn .

40 KM’s from panvel had a halt for petrol, Ambition was a bit thirsty. Suddenly after panvel the temp as dropped an the air was chilllin. We could see the cold weather effects on Aman as he was riddin without gloves and the wind was cutting though his jacket. We had spare gloves with us, Shiva wore those cramsters & gave his gloves to Aman. It helped a lot. So back on the road crusin on the highway in a formation. Took a break again around 20 KMs away @ a tea stall. Anup was feelin tooo cold (Everyone else was also frozen). Had a glass of tea (No cups) and moved on. Tea breaks help a lot.

Round bout 3.30 we reached Mahabaleshwar Turn, Polhadpur. Had a small break rather a Warning Break 2 kms off Polhadpur. Anup warned everyone of the dangerous Kashedi ghats ahead. Ive been on this road all my life & I knew wht he was talkin bout. The ghats are awesome during day but deadly during night. 7 – 8 km long ghatz were awesome.

Dhak dhal go..........

Yamaha

Yamaha

High Above the Clouds (Itz Fog)

High Above the Clouds (Itz Fog)

The Sun, The Fog, The Road

The Sun, The Fog, The Road

The roadz were goood most of the time but suddenly wen ur cornering or cruising on a slope the road abruptly ended and the signature red dust of the konkan region replaced the black tarmat. Was scary. The gravel on the curves slowed us down & I guess this is wht prevented us frm accidents. Anup and shiva were cruising ahead and pushing the ZMA & Ambition.

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 1)

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 2)

Goa – The Dream Destination (Part 3)

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In nxt 15 mins we got of the highway and started riddin on the bad road which would lead us to Hubli. The patch of road was really bad and the dust around was makin it more difficult in the scorching sun. The road was being renovated so construction material’s were all around the place. It was a nightmare (Im goin to repeat this again & again from now on…..). For a moment I thought, I did the right thing by not takin the Uni. Potholes everywhere & wht not, I had a opinion tht Hubli was a important town & was not expecting such poor connectivity. Finally we reached Hubli around 11.30 and for much of relief to everyones wallet we found a ATM. After pouring some cash in we ready to hit the bad roads again, really bad ones. Vikram had shopped some sweets for his mom, I don’t knw how did he expect them to reach back home. We were now finding our way to Hampi on the by lanes of Hubli. The language barrier was persistent and very visible, an advise to all travlin to south plz learn a bit of the language or ………. Luckily Vikram knew a bit of malyali which came handy. From the looks Hubli is a small town with nothing much to talk about. This is the last town where one can find ny modern aminities like ATM etc. The nxt town on the route with a proper hotel or a ATM is Hospet which is around 150 km’s away, so keep cash handy in case of emergencies. No petrol pumps on this route accept plastic money (credit cards).

After an hour of struggle we were on the state highway which would take us to Hospet. The road was persistently bad and the hot and humid climate was dehydrating us faster than we thought. More than eighteen hours of continuous ridin was takin itz tool on the body. I was really very tired and sleepy. As my dad who’s a doc says “Human body can only work efficiently for 8 hrs continuously after tht it would not allow you to do you’re the task at hand with precision. Take a power nap of 2hrs after every 8 hrs.” Sometimes you need to listen to your parents, it helps. One thing I would like to repeat at this point is wht Anup keeps on sayin continuously “Drink as much water as you can. Keep on drinking.”, unless you are in a desert this would help. My FastTrack was showin 3 in afternoon and yet Hampi was a distant dream 100km’s away. We stopped at a small shack by the SH for food. I jst wanted to reach Hampi as soon as possible and was a bit annoyed by this halt. Jst settled for tea while the others had a proper mean, it took us half hour to settle the bill & get out meanwhile I had a 30 min powernap which helped a lot. Now I wanted to ride nonstop to Hampi. It was 3.30 and only 3hrs more left for photo everyone wanted to cover km’s as fast as possible.

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A Temple…

Itz not Goa itz Hampi

Itz not Goa itz Hampi

I snatched winzee’s bike keys from his hand and was riddin the pulsar now. The road was really bad not at all a state highway feel. Karnataka gov should do something bout this, itz a matter of prestige. Really bad experience on roads., the bike was jst bangin into pot holes. Not a good thing at all. After riddin some distance I realized I had lost all the others and was quiet ahead of them. So as it was already late instead of waitin for everyone I decided to go on & meet them at Hampi. Hampi was around a 2 hrs distance but the top speed on thos crappy roads was jst 50 – 60. Finally after an hour I could see a black ZMA on my RVM, atleast someone was able to catch up. Spidy & me took a break for 2 mins & then started riddin again. I wanted to reach Hampi as soon as possible before the sun sets. After the potholes it was time for the speed breakers, ohhhh it was hell down under. It was square of wht Mumbai was 2 years back, no no it was cube. My *** was pain like hell, we were standin & ridin the bikes.

Me & spidy we riddin together for about 30 mins wen we first saw the magnificent bolders of Vijaynagar, the lost kingdom. It was a stone quarry bout the big rocks on the mountains were jst magnificent. Took some snaps & moved on. It was around 4.30 now & Hospet was around 20kms distance. Now Hospet had something very unique in store for us tht we didn’t ever imagine & will not forget. Dedicated speed breakers for each house, a bit exaggerated. But in a 3-4 km stretch in the city there were around 25-30 speed breakers, my poor bike. The city like ny other city in India is fully chaotic, but the people were helpful enough to guide us en-route Hampi.

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The Pink Periwinkle

The Pink Periwinkle

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Filly after a long journey of more than 14 hours and 750+ kms we were finally standin in front of the gates to the capital of the Vijayanagar, Hampi. The huge white gates and jst too awesome & inviting, I bet they looked more royal back during the kings. We were at the gates but the city was more 4 kms from there. Spidy & me decided to reach Hampi rather than waitin for the rest. In 10 mins we were in Hampi & I yet remember the roads, beautiful ones. There is small slope uphill that leads you to Hampi & on the other side is heaven. Really the first thing that you see is a garden & in between there is a big idol of Ganpati. The scene was mesmerizing & we two poor souls were lost in the beauty of ruins around us which were once the pillar of the capital city. Without wasting ny time we parked the bikes and tried to contact Anup, but no one was pickin the call. It was around 5.30 now and the sun was ready to go to bed. Received a msg from anup tellin us to take as much snaps as we could as there we goin to miss the party.

I took the camera & started shottin everything I could. We had one hour to shoot wht we could. Hampi is too big to be covered in a day in an hour it was really not possible. I would advise nyone planning to visit hampi to at least remove 3 days, thtz the minimum.
& also take a guide along you can find many in the city. All the photos that you see are of a place near the entrance of Hampi, jst imagine how beautiful Hampi is. Spidy dis a bit of poser stuff & we ended up wid some cool pics. There are a lot of monkeys around so one needs to be a bit careful. After about 30 mins the gang was there, regrouped and in 2 mins we were back on the bike. We decided to take a look around and pick up some spot to explore. Finally we found a place to hang out. Parked the bikes and shiva & spidy we jumpin from one rock to another & then the macho Anup also tried to pull some tricks. It was really funny. Then suddenly from somewhere the police came in and we had a tough time after that, lets not get into the details. But it was a bit shockin scene there. I would advice everyone visitin Hampi to get them registered with the local Hampi police sation & knw wht can be photographed & wht not. It was dark by the time the issue was sorted out & the other had missed Hampi. I promised myself there & then tht ill be back to explore Hampi with a better camera and lots of time on my hand.

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We clicked some snaps in dark & reached Hospet is search of food & shelter. Hospet has some deent hotels where one can stay for the night for some 1000 Rs. The food at the local restraint was also good. The nxt day morning we leaft for Mumbai & I was at home by 12.30 midnight.

Hampi – A Stone Dream……………………

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 1)

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 2)

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 3)

We took a break ahead of satara phata. It was chillin n my fingers were numb after ridin for 100 km in cold. Tried to contact Rossi & this time luck was with us, he answered the tring tring. He was not far away, so we decided to wait for him. In few mins we could hear the K&N roarin and the P180’s headlight in dark, rossi was here. Where we took 3 breaks Rossi had covered the distance non-stop jst to catch us, cheers to Rossi. He was cold & tired. I gave him the extra pair of gloves tht I had, bright yellow ones :-D. As rossi was too tired Anup volentired to ride the 180 with rossi as a pillion, he jst needs a reason to ride a higher cc bike :-D. Hopped on the bikes & started ridin again, I guess it was around 4 in the morn now. We reached Kolhapur around 6.00, 1 hr late frm our schedule. The ambition was thirsty for fule, so we parked by a BP pump on outskirts of kolhapur to refule it. I would recommed this pump as a pit stop for nyone on this route, its well equiped for ur needs from snacks to loo, if ur used to sleepin on grass ull love this place. Everyone was tired n exausted so we decided to have small at the pump, razor n anup were the first to lay on the grass:-D. Had a long nap for an hour, so now we were 2 hrs behind schedule. Nxt stop belgaum.

A cool lookin tool booth on GQ.

A cool lookin tool booth on GQ.

The GQ Moto GP Track

The GQ Moto GP Track

The Vision Of a Biker

The Vision Of a Biker

As we had lost time we decided to cover more ground by ridin non stop till Hubli. The roads were cherry on cream sort of thin, too good. Thx gov for thinkin out of box. If nyone wanted to stop for somethin instead of the whole group breakin we decided the individual would zoom past the lead cover some distance take a break n join the herd back. This trick worked n we were able to reach Hubli by 11.00, covered around 200 kms. The roads were jst too good after Kolhapur, the only obstacles were speed breakers of the Toll Plaza’s. Did some insane ridddin on the ZMA. Even with cross winds & a pillion shiva manages the pull the ZMA to 130+ (Saddle were there too filled with mineral water). For some distance I too tried the ZMA with Shiva as a pillion (I guess it feels a bit weired to sit on ur own bike as a pillion). Didn’t manage to achive those speeds but was not able to stop the Razor on his RTR zoom past me………. A bit embarrassing to see a 160cc overtaking a 225cc, sheer lack of experience. We stopped some place before Hubli and regrouped. There was a black hole in my stomach n was feeling a bit tried due to it. So we all decided to have breakfast, guess wht, Anup & Shiva had stocked bread butter jam in the saddlebags. The only problem was the spoon had been misplaced somewhere, so instead of using our fingers to apply the jam we dipped the bread in it and ate it like idli sambar, hehehe. Had some banana’s tooo.

A warrior on RTR (TVS Apache Rockzzz)

A warrior on RTR (TVS Apache Rockzzz)

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Industrialization....(Save Fuel. Ride Smart)

Industrialization....(Save Fuel. Ride Smart)

The Road by the Lake.

The Road by the Lake.

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A lonely yellow soul on the highway

A lonely yellow soul on the highway

A lonely yellow soul on the highway

A lonely yellow soul on the highway

Pink Green Blue

Pink Green Blue

Continue…………

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 1)

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 2)

Hampi – A Stone Dream (Part 3)