If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found. I am lost. And the journey has begun to search self.. It all happened in the 48 hours that I planned my first road trip. Googled many options and finally the route was ride to Pune, Mumbai, Goa and back to Bangalore. Got the much needed permissions from my family and friends. Took my bike to the mechanic and told him to check the bike as I am going on long ride. The misunderstanding between us came as tension to me in middle of nowhere. My first and solo trip did not let me sleep and concentrate on anything. So finally the day arrived - 25th December. Took the blessings from God and Parents and left my home at 3:30 am. Took a shortcut and reached the Nelamangala flyover. I just covered a distance of 10 kms and there it was! the bike showed a warning of low engine oil. I was shocked, standing on the flyover and cursing the mechanic. I calmed myself down and went to the fuel station in Nelamangala.
The ride in the chilling morning was getting awesome, I had my first tea break in Tumkur. Plan was to reach Kolhapur till 7 pm for stay. Again started my journey on one of the best roads in India the Bangalore-Pune Highway (NH 4). Reached Davangere at around 9 am and went inside the city to have the famous Benne Dose. My next stop was in Hubli for lunch. Took many breaks in between and reached Hubli at 1 pm. Phew! I was already running two hours late. Went to meet our family friend and had my lunch there. Left Hubli at 4pm and reached the broad and beautiful – NH4. I was 200 kms far from my accommodation. So decided to up the speed but the heavy lunch did not allow me to do so. Reached Belgaum around 7pm and decided to halt there. On 26th Left Belgaum at 8:30 am to cover a distance of 100 kms. By the previous day’s experience I thought I will cover it in 90 mins but after crossing the border suddenly everything changed except the butter smooth road. At 9:30 am stopped for breakfast and felt the hatred from waiter. Was very much concerned by his behavior as I had to spend my next five days in Maharashtra. The oncoming traffic took a lot of time to reach Kolhapur. It took 2 hours for me to enter the temple as there was huge crowd. Had my lunch in Kolhapur and after some shopping left for Pune. Saw the warning light of low fuel and was very happy that I covered a distance of 754 kms with 15 liters of fuel.