NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride

Tripoto
17th May 2019
Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
Day 1

Hi, I'm soundar. I'm working in pune for last 2 yrs, These 2 yrs my bike (Suzuki fixed sf) was in my hometown (near salem). I wanted my bike to be with me. I tried to get my bike through parcel service or train. Price vise private parcel service asking for Rs.7k & train around Rs.4k. I'm not convinced abt safety in train parcel service. So, I dropped my plans.
I don't have confidence to ride 1200 kms alone from my home. Up to march 2019 I'm in oscillation, then i decided to ride 1200 kms alone. I planed to ride 2 days (17 may & 18 may). I serviced my bike 1 week before  & i attached mobile charger to bike battery. All set everything is ready.
16th may night i got little fear, so I changed my plan to (18 may & 19 may). I not slept properly in 17th night also, only one thing going on my mind if I keep on changing my decisions i can't do anything in my life. I sticked with my plans this time.

Day 1:
18th may morning 3:45 am started my ride, i taken a few clicks on road & started riding. I stopped at 150kms (dharmapuri) for tea & shared my live location to 3 friends. At 8 am i reached electronic city (bangalore) & i started a map to catch NH48 Mumbai highway. Google map made me to roam hear & there in bangalore city. Finally i got NH48, Roads r gud, 3 lane, i started riding in 100+ km/hr. And I know this is going to be a long ride, it will test ur mental strength & patience. I planned for 600 kms per day. Climate is hot, I had covered my hand with full sleeve & gloves to avoid sun burn. Started to keep on riding, i hav not seen anything new, i got bored after reaching 300kms & stop in hotel sai palace for lunch. Nothing was there to eat, i eat 1 set poori & taken 1 hr for rest. I started feeling the pain in my hands & neck but still I have to go another 300kms to complete my per day task. At 1'o clock again started riding, so many take diversion , for few kms roads are not gud so I reduced my speed to 70 kms/hr. And where ever I'm seeing the petrol station i fill the tank for safety. I reached 600kms at evening 6'o clock, i stopped 100 kms before dharwad (karnataka) & started searching for hotel. I found 1 hotel near to NH48, went there taken a room & slept. I not even wake up for the dinner.

Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
Day 2

May 18 ( sunday ) I planned to start riding at 3'o clock so that I can reach my home in pune as early. I woke up around 6'o clock & started riding at  7 am. Around 10 am i reached dharwad & i saw the board ( Goa 100 kms turn left )😜. once I crossed the karnataka boarder every where u can see trees on both side. Kagal - kholapur - satara everywhere trees. And in satara there is a tunnel for 1.5 kms with artificial lights, u hav to turn ur lights on at afternoon 12 pm. Riding in tunnel was great experience & i know another 1 km tunnel going to come. 2nd tunnel also gud. I stopped 10 mins for every 50 kms & finally i reached my home in pune around evening 5:30. It was great experience but I didn't taken many photos. This 2 days tested my mental & physical ability. Important thing is my family don't know abt this ride. I told only to my friends they trusted me & given a confidence. It feels like, now i can ride even upto edge of hindustan, this ride given that confidence to me. This journey given me a new hobby ( to explore new places ). Over all it was great experience to share every one that I did this.

Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
Photo of NH47 to NH48 (Salem to Pune) Solo Ride by Soundar Subramaniam
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