Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Part 1

First half of this year was all about work with a couple of obligatory trips home. The only blocked slot in my travel calendar was a week long trek to Stok Kangri in mid-June. More on that here. By end of March, my travel itch had peaked and I started contemplating taking longer time off. Couple of weeks later, my wife and I were planning a month long break for the month of June.

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Goa - Last ride of '17

The second half of the last year flew by faster than I expected. The last couple of months were packed with travel plans. Started off with annual friends trip to Taipei in early November, Ezhimala later that month and finally a couple of weeks in Philippines till mid December. It was going to be a great end to the year. Didn’t mean it couldn’t get even better. Getting last week off from work ensured I could squeeze in one last thing that was on my mind since I moved back to India six months ago: a long road trip.

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Riding across the Thar

After about two years of ‘situational procrastination’ , I finally managed to embark on the journey through Rajasthan on my trusted RE with my friend Karan (@grasskode). This was in no way an easy decision, especially this time around as my trip was short with a lot on the agenda but it had to be done for the sake of my sanity. This was a short four day trip with both of us on our bikes, mine RE Thunderbird Silver, 350 and his RE Thunderbird Black, 500.

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Ride to Chitradurga Fort

I had spent too much time since my last bike trip and last weekend decided to finally do it. This time I wanted it to be a bit different in some way or the other and after much mulling, I went for making this one a longer ride than usual. The destination was around 220Km so that would make a round trip of 440KM, which if done correctly, could be accomplished before lunchtime.

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Ride to Krishnagiri Dam

Taking lessons from my previous experience and reading up a bit about to-do-and-donts before embarking upon any bike rides, I prepared myself for this one. Although it was still a small one(210 Kms) but I wanted to be as prepared as I could. So the day before, I got some spares like accelerator and clutch cables and an extra tube. Also added to the inventory was a first-aid box and some clothing that makes sitting for a long periods of time on a bike much much comfortable.

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Ride to Anchetty

I was craving a good bike ride for a week and looked over a whole bunch of places which ended up getting into the ‘list’ but it was hard to shortlist on one thing to do this weekend. I had to be somewhere, that was for sure. So while scouring old posts on a biking forum, I came across the following ride which was around 200KM with some nice roads through forests and villages.

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Trip to Savandurga Hill

So this was the first non-bike trip I decided to take, mostly because of the proposition by my good friend, Mitesh to use his car instead. The plan was finalized late Saturday night, as we did manage to wake up at 4:00 AM sharp. Not that we had to be far off, the destination was just about 60 KM from my house. Mitesh lost his way when picking me up and we hit the highway about 20 minutes late than expected.

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Ride to Madhugiri Fort

It was after about one and half year I got a chance to venture out on a long ride on my bike. I’ve been wanting to do so for a long time but something or the other became a hurdle(yep, that DOES sound like the most common cliche). The distance from my place, as given by google maps was about 125 kms. There were a couple of options on which route to take, and I(randomly) chose the following one.

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First Trip

So after about four months of getting my bike, today I took it for its much needed spin(read long drive). The decision to do so was pretty much made in 5 minutes and hence there was no question of when to do it. Hence at 2.45 am today(sunday), I geared up, set the odometer reading to zero and just left. Obviously Gurgaon wouldn’t let me go so easily without a bit of scare.

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