Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 175 - Aug 30 - Chennai to Home (Bangalore)

Aug30 at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail: GPS Community

333 KMs Tripmeter 25508 KMs

Its the home run today. Keeping fingers crossed. The final few steps is what can be tough and anxious. Feel bettor than yesterday morning. But the cold in me and the heat outside still interfearing with my thinking about the moment. The ride back home. with good road all the way would take like 5-6 hours to get to Bangalore. So i start a bit late. Kiran was kind enough to come to the hotel and guide me out till the highway. Bid byes and time to get moving.

Was a typical hot day and its just a leisure ride on the wide and great NH46. Its just 4 or 6 six lane all they with noting much to differentiate between a km and other. Stop for a food at a highway hotel. Having cold on a hot summers day is frustrating. Cant have cooldrinks, cant sit outside and have to sit in the AC section so that its cool and then sit away from the AC so it wont be too cold. And have coffee too.

Get to Krishnagiri in good time and take a right at NH7 and this very familiar road. The landscape or i say roadscape is actually pretty around here. So stop a few times to click the roadscapes. Reach Hosur and call up dad saying i am near and have to deal with some traffic now. The traffic after Electronics city had eased up due to roads done pretty done and saved me some slow go.

Reach home in no time and glad to see my relieved Dad waiting for me. We hug and catchup after a long time. He congradulated me on the achievement which need not have been achieved he says :) Dunno what to write ahead but that i am Home.

The trips come to an end. Though kinda miss the talking with wind the days to come. I must say that i was tired and guess made it back just before my back took a real bad beating. Back in the comforts of home and the trip is yet to hit me i guess.

My partner the Karizma went places with out a hitch till it broke down in Veralimalai. Thanks to friends all over the country, got the help and information needed and helped me complete the trip.

Kiran seeing me off at chennai...


The gates to home...


Getting nearer...


Just clicking away the roadscapes today...








A full meals for lunch...


At this nice highway hotel...


Never seen such green 4lane road!





Trying out Bokeh...


Some shallow mountains to cross. Then things will get cooler...





Thats quite a topple over...


Missed my train...





Food for thought...


Hit the NH 7 and take a right to Bangalore...








Almost there....


Would have been riding up on the 15 km long flyover if that machine had worked any faster...


Traffic has eased out here thanks to the done up road in these months. Else it would be painfully slow here.


Last hurdle before home...


Father and son united :)


Goes into the parking for some time i guess...


Thats the Odoreading at the end of the trip. Reduse 10034 and get the Tripmeter of 25508 KMs

49 comments:

Keerthi said...

Congrats Praveen. What an achievement!!! I'll miss your blog :(

Arun said...

Congrats!!
The best all-india + multi nation bike trip 'upto my knowledge'!
..the daily update & pictures beats almost any trip logs made ever! The writeup has almost no lag in enthusiasm & exploration till the last day!
In future, i can proudly say i used to do biking during pkm's era..!! :D

--xh-- said...

hats off to you man :) awesome trip.. was following every post... :)

Praveen said...

Thanks Keerthi. All good things come to an end.

Thanks Arun. Common man. It just turned out well i guess :)

Praveen said...

thanks xh :)

Guru said...

Great Lifetime Achievement...
Congrats

vibhu said...

Congrats man ! Stuff of ledgends ! Hope to hear your experiences ! :)

sriram said...

great.Congrats man.

Srividya said...

I have been following your blog for a while. Congratulations on your trip and I enjoyed the blog and the photographs very much

Dream Rider said...

"Wow !! Your Back" is what i said sitting in office with my manager ;)

Man, hats off to you and tons of congrats. have been following it since day 14 or sumthin...

Hope to meet you someday n ride together......

"The only journey is the journey within...."

Jagan Balireddy said...

So finally !!! I am glad our ways crossed.

Happy for all that you got and all that you have given.
Regards,
Jagan

SKS said...

Welcome back buddy :)

Srinidhi said...

Soopar man simply soopar...welcome home...BTW Bali wants to meet you..go meet him if you have time...and tell him that next time you go to him for something, he better does it for you :P

Abhay said...

I would say, the Indian Edition of Long Way Round has come to a happy Ending ;) . Nice write-up's and great pictures (as usual).

Diwakar said...

Awesome ride Praveen... was following ur blog off & on.
Now will have to go through all the posts at leisure ;)

Acid said...

Congrats Praveen Bhai.. What you have achieved cannot be described in words.. Just too good... Honored to know you..
Regards,
Asad Zaidi

Raghunandan Singh said...

Great Trip Praveen!! Have been following your blog for a while now. Happy to see you home :)...What's next?? you must be too tired to even think about something like that right now...Has anyone given you a book offer yet?? Someone should if not already...
What next? must be the question on everyone's mind reading your blog...give it a thought in a few days...

Amit said...

Great piece of blog ... with this one even my virtual tour across India comes to an end ...

rahul said...

congrats praveen on such a great achievement and that too with a style started reading your blog when you were in bijapur wanted to meet but didn,t had your contact number.

it was really nice going through your blogs as it took me a whole day to read the whole of it till bijapur

do continue writing and please guide all of us about the preparations that went into it.

hope to see u publish this whole thing in form of a book or a memoir cd.

once again congrats i am looking forward to hear more from you

Praveen said...

Thanks Guru, it turned out well :)

Thanks Vibhu, would be glad to share my experiance :)

Thanks Sriram.

Srividya: Glad you liked the logs :)

Dream Rider: Glad to keep you interest since then. Thanks, we will catch up some time :)

Jagan: Thanks Jagan. It was great meeting you and your friend up there. Raised my spirits for the rest of the ride for the day :)

SKS: Thanks buddy :)

Srinidhi: Dhanyavadagalu saar. Hehe will meet him but boxes is the last thing he will work on :)

Abhay: Glad you liked the pix and logs. Like all good things come to and end.

Diwakar: Thanks man, things just turned out well :)

Amit: Its missing the central part of india :)

rahul: Thanks Rahul. do you stay in bijapur? I am yet to work on listing out the preparations.

Naijo said...

Congrats praveen, such a great trip. I bow before your strength & desire for this trip. Ur trip gave a new outlook for me to think the way i was living & hope to travel big soon... Wish you all the best

Unnikrishnan said...

saw this via xbhp forum.what an achievement!touring all India.You must sort the pics of the trip and write a proper book!I will be the first guy to buy that!Congratulations!Dhanyavad..

Alok G said...

Hi Praveen,

It had become a routine for me and couple of my collegues to read your blog and get inspired to travel. It has been a pleasure to see India through your blog and many parts of India which we may not even be able to see (particularly in and around Leh). I must say you are the "Charlie Boorman" of Bengaluru. Wish some news channel runs a story on you and you take on the next challenge. May be a tour around the world?? just know that we are there to cheer you on!!!

My friends want to know one thing --> how did u manage Finance for this trip? and Work ??

By the by where do you stay in Bangalore ?

Congratulations once again !

Alok and Collegues!

Ashvin said...

Welcome back man. Glad that you are in one piece :P

Partha Roy said...

Hats off man, you are the man.

Heards names of places in you trip log which I have never heard of. The pictures are treasure itself. And the journal you describe is so woderfully. I started reading you journal quite late, but what a experience you must have had all those months. You are a true inspiration. Thanks man.

Nitin Kidiyoor said...

Welcome Back Praveen.. Great to know that you successfully completed the trip..

I am very happy that at last you did something which you always liked to do... You are such a big inspiration for me... Lets meet sometime.. I want to know more things from you about this trip... You are one person i miss the most in mindtree... Keep travelling and Keep rocking..

Hrishikesh Burkule said...

Awesome ride man!
You are a hero with all my friends here! Been following your blog from long time and will miss it a lot man. BTW Could you summarize your trip in a post or something and write about your best places visited or just your experience of the whole trip.

Cheers!

manisha said...

I have been following your blog,
From day 1 i felt its inspiration from motor cycle diaries!
You have done something that most of us can just dream off.
:)
Thrilled and joyed to know you completed the entire stretch hale and hearty.
Congratulations on Indian version of motor cycle diaries

:)
Kudos,,,,, anything in words just can express my thoughts on your this marvelous adventure

manikandaanr said...

congrats praveen on completing ur tour....man "U ROCK"

Praveen said...

Thanks Naijo. Glad to be of positive influence :)

Alok: Thanks Alok. All good things come to an end. Not really in favor of involving media. World tour wont happen i guess. To answer your friends's curiocity, i have spent all my savings and left my previous job.
Stay at jayanagar. Thanks again Alok :)

Thanks Ashvin, me too glad on that :)

Partha: Just took things one step at a time planning on the way. Glad you liked the logs. Thanks :)

Nitin: Thanks man, things worked out well in the end i guess. Sure we will catchup soon. :)

Hrishikesh: Glad you and your friends liked the logs. Yeah the ride's come to an end. I have become very lazy after the trip and yet to work on some summery, statistic and all.

Manisha: Thanks manisha, glad you liked the travel. Must say i was lucky to make it back in one piece.

Mani: Thanks man :)

Hussey said...

Congrats Praveen you hava achieved a great task and you are the one who inspired me to plan for such trips Miss u r blog buddy

Triple S said...

Hats off to u man!
An incredible journey and an incredible blog ;)Ur journey is the stuff legend is made off! I have always followed your blog and I hope u keep on posting. Please try to convert the whole blog into some kind od a journal or a book to which every rider can refer to

Praveen said...

Thanks Asad :)

Raghunandan: Thanks man and glad to keep your interest. Did enquire about the book and seems its like a lot of hard work. Dont have patience for that i guess :) Next? is cubicle hunting :)

Hussey: Glad to be of positive influence. Best of luck for your trips :)

Triple S: Glad to keep your interest in the logs for so long. Its quite some hard work for getting the book done. So i guess that wont happen :)

Roopesh said...

Praveen, Hats of to you buddy.
Proud of ya!
WOW, what an achievement!
Xcellent writeup with supporting pics.
This is a highly commendable job.

It doesnt surprise me that you have such a huge fan follow up.
A great achievement from you and your metal stallion :)

Very well done mate.
Wish you all best in all you future endeavours.
Talk to you soon.

-3 cheers
Roopesh

Ranjith said...

Hats Off to you Mate :-) U Rock!! Awesome trip and awesome writeups..Keep Going.

Arijit_09 said...

Just finished (catching late) the whole journey (ofcourse by reading :D)...wish I have such courage/stamina/plan/enthusiasm...etc etc don't know what else.

By reading your blog I feel like nonetheless I'm watching a blockbuster movie/opera which contain everything.

A Big thanks for gift us such nice episodes one after another.
And glad to see you reached home safely.

So congratulation for your legendary achievement.

Praveen said...

Roopesh: Thanks man. Lucky that things worked out well.

Thanks Ranjith.

Arijit: Just took it one step at a time and went ahead seeing that i am alright. Glad you liked the logs and Thanks for the words.

Mahek said...

Hey dude, your blog was an amazing one! I have been following it since last month and have read each and every page of it.

Amazing write ups and pictures! The best part is that you've done what you always wanted to do.

Will miss your blog and you're certainly the inspiration for my future bike trips.

Congratulations for that amazing journey!

gaja ravi said...

Hey Praveen, Congrats Dude. You lived a dream. U hav been the talk in our biking group for da past 5 mnths , U hav a lots of Guts dude ! Day by day updates is da best, i can visualise the whole trip.

Praveen said...

Mahek: Thanks and glad to be of positive influence. But the thing is i never thought i could, should or would do. Things just happened :)

Gaja Ravi: Thanks man. Glad you guys liked the logs. Actually i never dreamed of it. But, yes, Ladakh was my dream for sure :)

GaRy said...

well ...well.....its me...Oold Monk Gary from PANG....just got to know about ur blog from Ahinav...so havnt read much of it...but surely did land up at day 143-144 :)
Kudos man!! awsome re-collection of memories...

way 2 go bro...

Keep in Touch!!

Praveen said...

Hey GaRy, nice to see you here. Thanks man. How did your trip go?
That sure was a rocking evening we all had in the most un-happening place :) Must say your were a life saver that day hehe.

GaRy said...

trip was good, clocked like 6700kms in all....(no whr close to wht u accompalished thou ;))

i wasnt the life saver man....all hail the "old monk" :)

i lost your contact number somehow...mail me at garydutt@gmail.com

cheers!!

Praveen said...

No need to compare travels Gary, it all depends on ones feasibility and disposition. The trip you had is not a small one either. Will ping you on mail.

Madhukar Bhatia said...

Great trip and amazing photographs!

Susmita said...

Hi Praveen

Seen your blog today, from google search. Gone through the blog. I have no words to explain, that how I feel. Tears drop down when I saw the photographs of you and your dad reuniting. Its amazing. Keep it up man. Your achievement has less comparison. It's truly inspiring. Salute you.

Balu R said...

Got the link of your blog from a friend few days back and have read most of the days you covered. Have just one word to describe that - 'WOW' :)

Reminds me of Into the Wild movie with a positive ending ..happy travelling in future too (though dont know whats left in india for you to cover )

Herman said...

Parveen Dost Tuje salam yar
jo ap ne kar dia koi nahi kar payaga
tusi kamal ker ditta
Kabhi Amritsar aao jarur milna
you long live dear friend

ಚೆ೦ಬಾರ್ಪು said...

came to know about this trip of yours recently while i was searching for something. you have done an amazing job, which people like me would dream to do, but would never dare to do. kudos to you! thanks a million for logging every day.. i have read each day's log history!