Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Day 146 - Aug 1 - Manali to Delhi

Aug01 at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail: GPS Trip Sharing with Google Maps

572 KMs Trip Meter 19407 KMs

The room was pretty cozy and kinda felt like staying for one more day. But had decided to move on. Started by 9.30 am thinking Delhi should be reached by late evening. The first thing i noticed in the morning was the increased power of the bike and felt like i got a super bike! Had been used to the low power for a month now. If not the scenery the riding fun was good. Going is slow as there is still lot of hills to cover. Looked like i wont get to the capital any time soon in the evening. Lot of ride of nostalgic remembering my previous ride back to Delhi on my old faithful steed and following the same path on my new one. Remember have a great time at the mandi to ropar twisties on the cbz but have to be cautious on the zma with all heavy load and panniers....

Was already like 4pm when the reached the plains near Roper. Could feel the heat increase as i ride. It was getting pretty late but the going got slow due to the bad roads and roads under construction. Get a call from Prem inviting me to stay at his place. If things weren't late enough i missed bypass to chandighar and it was a lot of time crossing the city. Was tempted to stay over at panchkula. It would only be tougher to ride to delhi in the heat the next day. Just as i geared to ride out the rest of the distance, i feel the wobble riding at 100. Yes it was puncture! Cant even put the bike on stand without help. What luck the puncture shop is just near by! So my bike gets attended and made use of the forced break by have a couple of somasa and Jalebi from a nearby Dhaba. Puncture is done and it was 7pm and 250 kms to still go. Should be like 3-4 hours atleast. 580 kms turning out to be quite tiring.

Take a last break and stretch myself and get on the saddle with the fading sunlight. Quite some time since i rode post dusk and bike in its full power in plains and it was just play with throttle after that. Back to the highway fun taking on cars. Yogesh and Salil informed me that they would be waiting at the entrance of the capital as i ride in. That was such a relief. Finding any place in the metropolis with all the heat would have been very very troublesome. Kinda hard to believe seeing the speedo run so fast. Felt nice at using the 5th gear after a long time.

10.30 as i approached Delhi and asked my around to the said bypass and found Yogesh and Salil waiting for me there. It was great meeting them after couple of years. But the journey for the day was not over as Delhi is a big place! Had to ride out some 40 more kms accompanied by the Delhi tourers. Settled at Prem's place by like 11.30 PM. Great to be in a comfortable place to stay. This was the second longest clocking of kms in a day in this trip. Kinda dazed as the last four days were tire some rides.

The big spacious room at Manali...


The Hotel Devlok...


One last look at Manali town...


Pretty hill sides...





Glad there was a bridge over it ;)


Some great looking mountain scenery before i get down to the plains...











I was wondering shouldn't i be on the high below?


The Kullu town...


The bike and nice road...


Inside Auit Tunnel..


Head out of darkness...


road along the mountains...





There were hundreds of these Piligrim bikers towards and from Manikaran. Boy were they riding to the max of what their bikes can do!


At the dam after Auit


Guess what we do here?


The Mandi town...


Lot of road pix as i am seeing them after long time :D


Took a food break here...


Hazy mountains getting down to the plains...


Ab Dilli door nahi...


Pretty roads again..


Have landed on to the plains...


Again a nostalgic shot remembering taking a similar pic with my old steed cbz at the same canal just before hitting the ropar chandighar highway....


Full throttle roads...


Elephant and the bike...


International looking toll plaza...


Then i have a puncture right near a puncture shop!


Tube being heat patched on...


Hit the Grand trunk road...


Colorful toll plaza nearing delhi...


Vertical travel for some time as the gps app crashed after hitting the plains....

3 comments:

Shashi Kiran said...

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Praveen said...

hehe hangennilla saar :)

kaushal said...

Thanks for giving useful information about this nice place in shimla