After riding for a few Kms the next scary thing happened and it was a close shave as I was overtaking a long truck on a climb (my mistake) and suddenly saw a SUV coming full throttle from the other side as if somebody has given “supari” to the driver to kill me. There was just no way to go; I had to jump off the road and had to have faith in God and my riding skill to save me from a deadly fall. I was able to manage without a fall or doing any damage to anyone, but it was an eye-opener to be careful and to stop doing daring acts while riding.
While I was nearing Udupi I saw a very pleasing site which really made me happy after all that what had happened. Long from a distance, I saw another Royal Enfield probably bikers traveling on the same route, I went closure and realized that it was a couple traveling from Pune on a motorcycle. It was amazing to see both of them enjoying the ride together, I went by and spoke to them, and we rode together for some time after which I moved ahead.
Reached Mangalore at 7:00 pm, completely exhausted and my back still in bad shape. The only thing which I wanted at that time was a bed and some pain relief medicine. I unloaded my saddle from the bike and straight went into my room, took a hot water bath before applying taking some medication and then was off to sleep. A very eventful day of my solo ride came to an end, tough times but glad I was out of all this and was able to enjoy the comfort of a hotel room. Such experiences keep the bikers life kicking and keeps us wanting for more.
Next day when I got up it was difficult to move due to the sprain but it was better, I decided to take a days break to ensure I give adequate rest to my back before moving ahead with my journey.