Cycling 455kms....pUNe 2 gOa

Tripoto
9th Nov 2017
Day 1

Pune To Kolhapur: 205kms
It is rightly said for "pursual of any sport leaving the bed early.....is the battle half won" So continuing this discipline & with a strong mental determination we started our cycling Conquest-de-goa at 3:30 am from Pune
As I was joined by my fellow rider "Jayant" on The Pune - Bangalore highway, the destination looked far off, but not impossible. My odometer said 0 km & had to clock 455 km by the end of this epic road trip. So we had broken the journey into 3 phases & stepped on the saddle locked in the peddles & headed for Kolhapur.
As we caught the highway & left Pune the morning breeze, the fresh air the quietness of this beautiful morning all before we realised made us an integral part of ourselves. all we could hear was the rolling of the chain in sprockets & the shifting of our derailleurs with the varying terrain
Soon we could realise, we had clocked 30kms & I halted for catching up with my fellow rider who had taken up this mammoth challenge without giving a second thought.

"Best part of cycling is that riders always keep each other back"- this is the fundamental mantra followed by the cycling community. No matter what your identity is once on the saddle you are a cyclist & belong the same community.

After giving a short break to our legs & relaxing from the steady climb we again hopped on our bikes & headed further the next stop lay before the Khambatki climb where we had planned to have breakfast & reload ourselves before the tough ghat section.
Also by now, the dead weight of our supplies in our backpacks had started to give a toll on us. as the temperature raised & traffic started increasing we reached the base of ghat by 8:00 am clocking 65kms, had breakfast & planned ahead for the next layover which would be Satara at 100kms which would be our midway milestone of the day.

By now the day was up & the temperature too had begun to rise & the endless patch of highways now started challenging our planning, Kolhapur seemed pretty far forget about conquering goa. By 11:00 am we had touched the outskirts of Satara & it was time for another meal & to re-draft the strategy.

It was 12 noon by the time we were done with 100kms & had completed the midway mark of the day and the temperature had reached 42°C. this had made riding quite a challenge, not only we were a probe to dehydration but also to sunstrokes, so we agreed upon to ride for half-hour & rest 15 minutes & this strategy worked. We were able to clock additional 60 km by evening crossing Umbraj, Karad.
As we stopped 45 km before Kolhapur for the evening tea, we were content that we had made good progress despite the harsh weather conditions. Our midway target was almost achieved & all we needed was the last push & couple of hour more riding for the day.

The sun had set, we climbed on the saddle & headed into the darkness on AH47. As we kept on paddling the traffic rushed past us at great speeds. Now we all know that Indian roads are one of the most dangerous in the world & we were riding on these roads and that too in darkness. Constantly we were pushed off the highway by the private tourism operators & it was hard to maintain the speed so as to reach Kolhapur.

By 9:00pm we were 10km short of Kolhapur & found a decent hotel to spend the night & draft strategy for next day. We checked in had dinner & after a refreshing bath crashed straight into bed.

The first halt-Entering Katraj Tunnel

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

At the base of Khambatki Climb

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

On the outskirts of Satara

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Evening Lunch break at Karad

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Hydration break midway

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Even the fields catching up the heat

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Evening coffee with blazing action

Photo of Audi Pune, Mohan Nagar Co-Op Society, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand
Day 2

Kolhapur to Ajra: 145kms
As we started in the morning from Kolhapur we made a quick break for morning breakfast to load up the calories for another tiring day ahead.
We paddled string crossed Kolhapur & in 3 hours made it to Maharashtra - Karnatka border. The first milestone to come into sight after entering Karnatka was Bangalore -591 km. This gave immense joy & encouragement as we entered into another state, now Goa looked quiet close........but really, was it??

My fellow rider experienced the first puncture of the ride just in the scorching heat, but we were saved by our breakdown kit & roadside truck puncture repair shops, who were quite quick in locating the damaged patch and mending it. This breakdown had cost us more than 1 hour & we had to quickly make it to Nippani where we had planned to stop for lunch.

After searching for numerous food joints & getting disappointment from closed restaurants we finally found a Restaurant by name of Orange County.
It was a very nice place & very reasonably priced place a must-visit on the way to Goa.
As we finished lunch & were about to head back on the road, we experienced another flat tyre, the same one in the same place. After inspecting the tube it was a surprise that the temperature had caused the previous patch to come off, now we were left with no other option than to change the tube & head back on the road without wasting any more time.

We crossed nipani & left the highway and turned for Ajra our final destination for Day 2. Darkness had fallen & the state highway roads were in pretty bad shape, here enters our saviour Dr.Subodhan from a village ahead who seeing 2 cyclists on the bad road gave us back up with his car headlights till our hotel.
After having dinner with our new friend we headed for bed.

Day2 Breakfast

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Day2 Breakfast

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

The outskirts of Kolhapur

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Change of State to Karnatka-Bangalore 591 km

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Fighting the heat & going Strong

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Checking in at Nippani, Karnatka

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Day2 Lunch at Orange County, Nippani

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Day2 Dinner with a friend on the way

Photo of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand
Day 3

Ajra To Candolim: 105 km
Day 3 started with another unfortunate puncture in my fellow riders bike which cost our precious time & energy in the morning. Quiet a lot of energy which we could have used to ride up till Goa wAs utilised in mending the broken-down bike.
Quickly we saddled up the repairs & rode for straight Goa border rolling down the Ajra ghat to Sawantwadi & finally by evening we were 50km from Candolim.

Now the spirits were high & the final destination before us we were determined more than any time before to clock the Candolim beach by sunset.
We had evening lunch after entering Goa & headed straight for our final destination. We came across numerous climbs, but the joy of accomplishment made us ride through them with immense excitement.
Finally at 6:15 pm we reached Candolim beach, drenched in sweat & pain, headed straight into the water to make our body cool down from the tiring journey & enjoy the scenic sunset.
This was the third consecutive day when we had seen sunrise & sunset from the saddle of our bikes which had taken us on one of the most memorable journeys of our lifetime.

Day3 First Breakdown

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Day3 Ajra Ghat

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Day3 Ajra Ghat

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Entering Goa

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Finally Checking in to Candolim Beach

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

The riders

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Me....target accomplished

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand

Total Distance.....455kms

Photo of Ajra, Maharashtra, India by Nakul Anand
Day 4

Panjim Cycle Tour
The next day started with a run on the beach, laying around Panjim & exploring the city on the bike and never the less clicking some great pictures of the beautiful streets of the Portuguese architecture.....hope you enjoy!!!

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Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
Photo of Panaji, Goa, India by Nakul Anand
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