We woke up little late in the morning as we were already tired and it was too cold too. We moved out for breakfast and sightseeing. First we went for breakfast at MTDC resort. MTDC has beautiful properties across Maharashtra for stay options but they are only for families. We had breakfast in the MTDC hotel, great view and hot and tasty breakfast made our cold and sad day happy. Tea and Poha along with Kanda bhajiya was like finding water in the middle of the desert. It wasa heavy breakfast on repeated orders from all. After breakfast we moved to visit Lonar Lake which is about 2kms from MTDC Resort. The Lonar lake is a major tourist attraction in Maharashtra famous for its more than 52000 years old lake, the Lonar Lake or Lonar Crater in the Deccan Plateau is a meteoric crater, created by a major meteoric impact. Its a saline water lake unlike other fresh water lakes.
After spending more than an hour at the lakeside and in photosession, we moved back to the hotel to put luggage back on the bike and we are ready to go to Nagpur. The road is through rural area and cities but after Amravati, the newly made highway is a delight. Just keep the wrist twisted. Its a straight highway. A day before we experienced harsh cold of this region and the next day as we reach Marathwada and move towards Vidharbha, the mornings are hot and dry with unbearable sun. In mumbai, climate is humid, even though its hot, its bearable but here its like piercing through the body. We had lunch in Amravati and started to go further but because of city traffic couple of us got lost in city because they missed a turn as they were far behind. We spent about an hour there for them to reach to us and then we could move in group as always. Sun is still harsh, blowing hot unbearable wind. as the time passes, it starts getting low. We had removed thermal lining from the riding jacket and kept in the bag because of heat and now its shivering cold. As the time passes the climate is getting very cold and unbearable. By 8PM we are near Nagpur, may ne 50-60kms more but by this time, the breaks increased to every half and hour for hot tea. As we are on the outskirts of Nagpur, tempature is about 10C now. It was really difficult to ride in these conditions, the joints were frozen. Making it difficult to ride even at the speed of 60kmph. Even super hot tea in the hand was feeling like holding a cold drink. We even touched bike engine, silencer to get some heat, which is otherwise so hot that it would burn your skin but now its just a heater for us. At about 10PM we reached Nagpur city. The host club had made arrangements for all riders. They had booked a multi- level marriage hall, big enough to accomodate more than 1000 people. They had made really good arrangements, providing bedding and blankets for all. Unlimited veg and non veg dinner for all and also unlimited Booze for all which included Whiskey and Rum which are very essential for such harsh cold weather.
There were many bikers who already reached and having a fun time around. Our other friends who couldn’t get leaves had also reached Nagpur station by the time as they came by train for this weekend event. Some of us went to pick them up from the station and here again we celebrated Francis’ birthday. One of our friend Ninad made a flex banner of his to wish him on birthday which was actually a surprise for all.
Before having the sumptuous lunch along with rum and chilling in the cold chilly winter night, we decided to visit the famous Zero Mile Stone in Nagpur. The Zero Mile Stone was built by British in about 1907 to mark geographical center of Colonial India.
After a short photo session, we moved by to our staying place, indulging in famous Nagpuri Saoji chicken and rum. After such a heavy dinner, we just sat down for couple of hours for digesting the food we ate like mad. We are now just sitting in the lobby chilling and gossiping. At about 2AM we all went to sleep.