Friday, March 31, 2017

Day 3 - way back from Lonar

DAY 3, 0500 HOURS AFTER TOSSING AND TURNING FOR MOST PART OF NIGHT, the heat the mosquito the odomos and all combined we are up and might as well get a move on,
Rahul, akiki, rathore and me decide to make an exit, an early exit to ride in the shade and before the sun is too brutal on us.

We mange to all get ready and take off by 0600 hours.
OD: 05216, I fuelled up, loaded tank between my legs time to ride on.

Akiki riding lead, me and Rathore oscillating in between and Nitin Gaikwad to bring up the rear, Nitin is a fast rider, and the only way to make him stay with us is to give him the tail, so he does not do the usual and ride off at 120 kmph.

The morning ride was a pleasure it was cool, n we were riding west, the sunrise behind us, we were making good speed first hour we covered 65 km, 

we stopped for tea, for 10 minutes n we were away again, we reached Aurangabad at 0840, OD: 6357
As we were onwards towards shirdi

spirits high post a fulfilling meal

Paratha, Aloo Paratha

As we left Aurangabad behind us 30 km after Aurangabad, I felt the tyre wobbling and was thinking about a flat tyre as I pulled over to check, it was OK
As I got on the bike I saw Akiki checking his bike too, he too felt his tyre wobbling, maybe it was the cross wind that made the bikes go about wobbling, I also realized this was the same vicinity where I had a crash 2 years back while returning from RM 2015 Nagpur
Yes we did cross the speed breaker where the crash was and we stopped to have a drink of sugarcane juice to rehydrate our self and celebrate the fact that I did not go through a similar fate again, ( call me superstitious)

suger cane stop

As the day progressed so did the heat, we were beginning to feel our self in need of hydration and we were doing more stops, every 60 – 75 km to get a drink of water

We had a fairly smooth ride for rest of the way,

We reached shirdi by 1240 hours and decided to continue as none were too hungry, also we wee sure we had crossed most of the bad roads mostly 4 lane expressway greeted us and we made good speed as we rode on, we were almost home without any further ado

a final selfie stop was due before we split up on our own ways, 

4 riders, Akiki, Nitin, Jayesh and me

The OD read: 06629 time was 1810 hours I was home,

we were home, and waiting to hear from other riders who too hopefully reached home safe and God Speed.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 2 at gadda mania 2017

Day 2 was a early morning wake up call at 0600 hours n a short ride to the other side of the crater one got to see the amazing sunrise over the crater it was equinox, the sun rose at approx 0630 hours, (equal day and night hours)

Waiting for Sun to rise


The huge ball of fire majestically rising over the lake was a site to behold and savor

Lonar Crater lake

Crosssection of lake 

More on Lake

Magic of Reflections

After having my fill of sunrise and watching a huge flag flutter majestically in the wind, 

Just is 

we started a trek into the meteor created lake, rider: rathore and me philosophized about life as we walked into the meteor lake and was soon in vicinity of birds,


Walking sneakily, a Red wattled Lapwing 

Bird incoming 

 birds I knew not much about, except they were sure willing to give me an opportunity to make great images and then as we trekked along the lake

The lake 

 we were with Monkeys for company, they seemed to be having a great day out, playing and slamming the other, 


Monkeying around
Got u 

as we walked along the lake we reached a temple 

Temple Temple

The inside

The front towards the lake 

there were mom monkeys wo were keeping a look out on there kids, n was alert to us approaching 

MOm alert
My baby

We headed back letting the bird  and animals enjoy there day sans Human which I am sure is what they desire


temperature was almost 35 degree by 0930 hours and we thought it best to stay indoors and laze around as we waited out the warm portion of the day.
AFternoon chill

I took a portion of the eve to test a TB 500 , 

Thunderbird 500

Thanks to my buddy Punit Tripathy, aka P2P


 my next buy if all goes well,  am I excited about this, You bet I am 

 know it sounds stupid but I think this bike photographs well too along with being a great ride.

The sun solely descended as the day passed by ,
we all are photographers 

smokes, beer, Me time
the cool evening, the smokes and the beer by the lake side with friend s is what it was time for.

Live song session

as the nite rolls on

we will probably all meet for