“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
5 vagabond, 4 days, 3 Rides, 1630km is what we made. This journey is a special one ,I clocked 10K km totally on my ride too. I am super excited to share this story, I hope this weblog will incite the travel bug in you. We have failed many a times in the past with our executions but not this time. Yes, we made it to the southern tip of India.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Yes, Logistics. I took the drudgery that was bestowed upon me, Suddenly Google became my best friend. It had a tool for everything you throw at it. We calculated almost everything (En-route, Expenses) and didn’t want anything to go wrong. We thought we were prepared for the worst case scenario (do we?).
“Don’t think that just because you made it to the next level that the haters and naysayers disappear. Remember, new levels bring new devils.” ― Steve Maraboli.
This was probably the hardest the road we crossed in this trip. Not one but two, There were a bunch to intimidate us with their 负(Fù)notions.
We were searching for a spark, That day I read a man drove all the way from Mumbai to Kanyakumari in a moped averaging 450km per day, Plus he also took his wife in that and have made 6400 Km somewhere in the north. That was the (WTF) moment which made us do this!.
RED letter day:
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
The dawn arose, The one we were waiting for. Five in total, all set and geared up for an epic journey that was about to unfold. Even with so much meticulous planning we stumbled initially. Fortunately they were just hiccups.
Expedition (19th-22nd Dec 2013)
7:00 – The journey started as we moved away from the city.
8:30 – We started of from the filling station and moving out of the city, limiting ourselves (60kmph) until we crossed the threshold (City limits).
14:30 – We reached the city of Trichy where we had our high tea & headed our way to Rameshwaram.
20:00 – We reached the Pamban Palam which was 2.5km in length above the ocean with a railway track alongside & also saw 3 KTM Duke(390) riders from Karnataka.
22:00-We did a pit stop and also decided to halt for the day. Fortunately we managed to find a motel, which fitted in our pockets.
9:00 – After a good night’s sleep, we found a place worth visiting called Dhanushkodi. We were the only folks with bikes in that town. The town was buzzing with cars and vans which was the regular mode of transport. We did a 4×4 drive along the ocean beds & managed to see a submerged island which was once a working city & had trains to Srilanka before the tragic tsunami blew the city.
11:30 – We started to Kanyakumari , the destination for our trip after our lunch in Rameshwaram. Travelling toward our goal on the muddy sections & sometime just gravel, haunted us in the middle of nowhere .It was pitch black until we reached Kanyakumari at 22:55.
23:00 – we were surprised to find many people (agents) who were prepared to show us rooms for the price we could afford & information about the sunrise & stuffs. At last we earned a well deserved place to lay our saddle sore . We were totally exhausted but we were still dreaming of all that we came through and also about the glorious sunrise that we were set to rise.
6:20 – We saw the sun-god rise to the occasion where a massive number of people gathered to witness it. We took a solitude path and managed to capture some of the best memories we had .This was perhaps the best possible way in which we could affront the nay sayers a lesson.
8.00- We had our brunch and visited Gandhi Mandapam , Thiruvalluvar statue & Vivekanandar house.
9.00- Journey back home-We headed our way to reach Trichy, It was a Herculean task for us to cover 700kms to Chennai on a single day.
21:00 –We reached Trichy covering 400kms on that day in 10hrs from Kanyakumari.
22:00 – Did a late night pit stop, Found out one of our ride has had a puncture. Thanks to the technology we needn’t change tires, We filled in air and decided to fix it early in the morning.
23:00 – We found a place to stay.
8:00 – Went to a mechanic fixed it in just about 30 minutes.
10:30 – With 300kms to reach home, we started & knew we would make it before dusk, as we traveled on highways & we gathered rhythm and were moving on a good pace.
16:30 – As we reached the city limits we fed ourselves and our rides. That moment we realized we just had 50km to go.
17:30- We had a photo session to end our trip & congratulate ourselves on making this EPIC journey.
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin
Story Credit – This is a guest post made by one of our ardent readers Vignesh sundaram.
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