Ahmedabad to Pune seems really easy on google maps.. Ah yes google maps the free ware that makes lions of mice..
Having got my bike cleaned and serviced the day before at 9 bridges I was set for the ride today..
A 5am call time at the showroom sees Inderjit (business head) and myself wait for 45 mins for 2 riders before we set out to meet another enroute. It is already 8.30am and we have just ridden 100 kms. By the time we congregate with the 4 riders from baroda its time for the 48s to refuel. It was well past 10 when 8 of us actually got going on the NH8 to bombay. And we still had over 550 Kms + traffic snarls + hot and humid weather to contend with..
The ride gets better after lunch. We pick up pace but not for long. With frequent stops for fuel, random incidents of riders loosing each other, the minutes fly by and we are barely into Maharashtra.
But there is always a silver lining. The Ghats are beautiful. And even sexier on a bike.
We make it to Hotel Fountain at the Ghodbunder junction by 5 pm where we meet 2 more riders from Gujrath who had left for Bombay the day before.
We leave for Pune at 6pm. But we have only 10 Kms of peak Bombay traffic to contend with.. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the Pune highway.. The bike was knocking, my joints started to creek and the road sucked the sweat from a dead mans balls. I know where evil bikers go after they die. They get stuck in a north Bombay traffic jam on a Harley in October.
A stark contrast to The 'juna' Bombay - Pune road,which is a bikers dream.. It's twisty. It's smooth and it's picturesque.
But when you're 14 hours in the saddle with only 4 hours of sleep the night before. It's cruel on your sensibilities. Akin to seeing Sunny Leone naked in your bed just after you ran a full marathon. And she's just got 30 minutes before she plane leaves. You want to do it. But your mind is signing checks your body just can't cash.
So I can proudly say that I ridden some twistys in the night. Even if only at 50 kmph and with a stop every half hour for a red bull.
We made it to our hotel which was on the expressway at 11 pm. Tired? Nah! just raped..
As I write this most of the riders would be almost reaching Belgaum. I could not leave with the rest as I was still slumbering out of bed. I will probably be the last to arrive. But after riding alone to Ahemdabad and what we experienced last night I could probably do the 350 kms to Belgaum with one eye shut and one hand tied behind my back.
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