There are times when you may feel irresolute before starting something new. There is nothing bad in having confusion. In fact, it’s good in my opinion. It encourages you to research more and empowers you to take a decision.
Gathering all the courage I had and being informed that the wind speed till my destination is not going to uproot trees or roofs around, I decided to start my ride. With in the city, although heavy pours, I saw a decent traffic movement. That helped. That really helped to uphold the confidence. The roads were flooded. Just like the roads of Bangalore after a 5 min shower. And, how can you forget the secret potholes hiding under water? This is majorly because Vijayawada is undergoing infrastructural change with flyovers being constructed at Benz Circle. Accessing many facilities around that area is quite a task. Google maps fails. I tired. The level of water was almost touching my shoes. May be 180mm of depth (Avenger has a ground clearance of 165mm). Somehow my ride managed to swim through the temporary river on the road. I wanted to capture this, but my camera wasn’t mounted. I was a little hesitant to put it on.
Things started looking more difficult when I came out of city and was on the highway. It was the side wind I must face. Though expected, it wasn’t easy to keep the momentum. If you don’t know what side wind is, it’s basically the wind flow that hits the rider perpendicular to its direction of movement. On road, it is categorized to be of 3 types, head wind, tail wind and side wind. Head wind will slow you down and exhausting. Tail wind is like your birthday wish coming true. It pushes you further from back and increase your speed with very less effort. For cyclists it becomes a joy ride if they get tail wind on their way. My personal best is 86kmph on a downhill with tail wind. While that wind pushed the speedometer of my bicycle, the one currently I am facing is trying to throw me out of my saddle. I stopped at a place and readjusted all my mounts. Finally, the GoPro was out as well. It’s proven to be robust, but I wanted to test it in my way on the highway. How stupid was that. Check out some clicks and reels.
The roads were almost empty. Only few cars and few heavily loaded trucks. They weren’t friendly either. All I was doing is eating their spray when they zap pass me. Yeah, I was that damn slow, but I was good. No stops on the way today. There wasn’t any place to stop. As announced the day before by the patrolling police, all eateries and food joints were closed on the highway. May be around 20 km before Rajahmundry, it stopped raining. The sky was getting clear (in the process of getting blue again). Today, my so-called waterproof, rain proof, xyz proof, Royal Enfield riding shoes gave up. If my feet weren’t inside the shoes, it could have easily turned into a high ankle designer aquarium. (I will review that separately). I sopped in NH16, swapped my shoes and gloves with the dry one (that’s ride preparation) and cruised again. It was relaxing. Music was back. Stopped sharing my live location to friend and family. I coved 160 KM. It was okey with me. At least some part of the total distance was covered. An workday was saved. It was time to check in to a cozy hotel with good Wi-Fi bandwidth and work from home hotel. Oh, If you were thinking I was on leave for this ride, No I wasn’t.