Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 108 - June 24 - Lucknow to Nainital

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412 Kms Trip meter 14069KMs

Stayed at Lucknow for a day to get some consultation from doctor. Seems i have an infection and was given some antibiotics. Thats the reason i was so much troubled in Pokhara, where i thought it was a tummy disorder. Any way now that i have learnt the hard way, i decide to start from Lucknow by 5am. To cover as much distance before 10am. So that things will be cooler nearing the mountains. Nainital is the target for the day. Checkout from the room and collect my bike from Ashish's house. Thank you so much Ashish for being a great host, else would have been real tough to find a place with parking in bustling Lucknow. And also for helping me out with the stay. start out in the empty streets of Lucknow by 5.15 am. The same streets would be clogged with traffic in a couple of hours. I am out of the city and its comfortable riding in the early morning. So much contrast to the other day's ride. Still feel a bit week, so pour some GluconD between gulps of water. Helped a bit. By 8.45 had some cake and stuff i carried thinking i would not get any place to eat, but voila, there is fantastic drivin kinda restaurant. Wow! felt like heaven's sent. Had my fill. Guess this road is regularly used to visit Nainital so its commuter friendly and many places to eat on the way.

Its around noon and ofcourse hot but not as much. Plus there is less of wind and no dust. It helps. Try out a lemon and in a few mins i felt refreshed. The heat not so much bothering now. Wish i had known the trick the other day. Reached Haldwani by 1 pm and i get happy to see mountains ahead. And even find a Udupi restaurant. Yep more south Indian food :D. Get to the hills and its fantastic smooth twisties. I Gyrate my way to Nainital happily as its getting cooler. 30kms to Nainital the bike's Speedo cable konks off! This was frustrating, as i had seen a HH showroom just a couple of hours back and it happens now. This was disturbing as i will not be able to keep track of trip distances! But at the same time not in mood to ride back just for this. Just rode on hoping to find a solution in Nainital. Get there by 3PM and welcomed with a traffic jam. Seem there was some public address and the main circle was clogged with people. What nonsense, whats the point in the blocking the traffic! The mech found that the speedo cable's inner line was broken into three!! This is the second time happening on this bike. I was told i can get space at Bhawali 11 Kms from there. Since i had time decided to ride it out to get the spare. It was nice ride btw on the twisties. Find the shop, but he does not have originals and the cheap ones he got does not work! Frustrated i bought one any way thinking may be the mech at Nainital would fix it.

Get back and the mech fixes the cable in no time!! Ok the meter will roll again, but not sure how long this cheap cable will work. Lost 50 kms on the odo:( Now to the hard work of finding room in a hilly city with parking for the bike. Find one for like 1000 bux!! Cos its season here! All the trip i was riding off season and suddenly in one day i am in a 'season' place!! Well lot of people from plains comes here to escape from heat. I take it cos they had space for parking the bike. The room was really dingy and its sure that i will get out of here the next day. I get light and go for a stroll in the Mall road. I still feel the weakness while walking. Common i have been eating so much food! Suddenly its euphoric. The temperature very comfy and lot of things to eat by the street. I lost it and gave in for a couple or a couple of couple treats by the street side, hoping my tummy would be kind on me. There were millions of people on the Mall road. Heavy commercialized, hotels aplenty. The lake busy with boat traffic. It was like a big carnival. I get into some carnival mood and try my hand at some baloon shooting. It was nice for a change. Any way my target for the day was to get out of the heat. Feel tired now and head back to the room. Just lie down and its 9.40 by the time i wake up! Most hotels close and i had no energy to walk to the Mall road. Tried at nearby good looking hotel but the food was crap. And i have to now sleep in the smelly dingy room.

An empty street in Lucknow, one of the busiest by day...


Found this relic on the way but not sure what that is...


Empty lucknow streets early in the morning...





First butt break...


And a train goes by...


WOW! Nice food....


WOW! A drive in restaurant... cant believe it!!


Back to riding the scorching roads...


Try low tech hot country remedy. It works like magic!! Feel refreshed for the next couple of hours and heat not much bothering!! With i had a couple the other day...





See mountains ahead at Haldwani...


SET DOSA!! Yummy... it comes in a set of 3, no points for guess where the missing one went ;)


Was so happy to find this South Indian restaurant.... err thats where the dosa came from...


I hit the mountains....


Fantastic roads...


Relieved to be back on the mountains...


lovely isnt it?


Reached Nainital...


At the lake...


Very pretty at that...


Some public adress, main circle is blocked!!


Tempting boat...


Hotels stacked on top of each other...


View from a lil above...








My Junk food Chole being prepared :D


Walking in the Mall road...


Boating goes on till sun down...


A very pretty looking Hotel Alka...


Right by the street....


Just 10 bux eh? Deceptive cups they are, looks 10 cms tall but have a false bottom at 2 cm which you will notice when you have jay walked a bit finishing a couple and hitting the bottom. LOL.





people who have come escaping the heat...


Its a carnival out here...


Its like 7.45!!


The lake and the lights...

2 comments:

Satish said...

Nice Hill station..

Simran Preet said...

I am planing to move tomarrow for nainital from lucknow