It was 9PM when we reached the Ahmedabad Bypass. We still had about 70 kms to go for our destination. We were all exhausted and hungry. About 30 kms before Himmatnagar, we came across a decent looking hotel and decided to shed there for the day. We had a large Gujarati Thali for dinner, completely satiated. We then unloaded the bags and went on to our respective rooms. The room was huge but to our utter dismay, the bed was filled with bed bugs. I couldn’t imagine anything worse. We contemplated leaving for Himmatnagar, but it was already 11:30PM by now, and we had no option. We asked for another room (Thankfully didn’t have any bugs) and all 5 of us bunked on one bed that night. After such a long and tiring day, we didn’t even have the energy to argue with the owner.
Day 3 Stay: Hotel Maharaja, Chandrala, Himmatnagar.
Pros: Absolutely Nothing.
Cons: Everything! Seriously? Bed Bugs? Are you kidding me?
Few Pointers: There a lot of tolls on this highway. Keep this expenditure in mind if you are taking a 4 wheeler. 2 wheelers are exempted.
Himmatnagar – Udaipur (220 kms):
We couldn’t wait to get out of that hotel and so we were all up and ready by 7AM. It was a pleasant day and a cool breeze cheered us all up. But as luck would have it, we had just crossed Himmatnagar when one of the bikes, a Royal Enfield Bullet, broke down. Apparently the bearing of the rear wheel had worn out and hence the rear wheel was wobbling out of control. Now we were stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no one around to help. Some of us went further to get a mechanic from the next town while some of us stayed back with the bike. Out of nowhere, this gentleman on a Himalayan, comes and stops in front of us. He introduces himself as the Manager of Royal Enfield Showroom in Himmatnagar. We were like ‘Oh god! Thank you!’ It so happened that he was on his way to one of the camps set up by RE with his team and he happened to see that we were in trouble. Mr. Solanki and his men helped us completely after that. Towed the vehicle till the next town, removed the rear wheel, fixed the bearing and made sure the bike was running smoothly. They didn’t even charge us a penny for this kind service. He just said, I love passionate bikers like you all and I’m just glad I could help in some way. Massive respect for this man and for Royal Enfield. Customer service taken to another level. <3
After the bike was fixed and we bid adieu to Mr. Solanki and the hundreds of villagers that had gathered, we were on our way to Rajasthan, our fourth state in this epic journey! Udaipur has been a dream since ever and I couldn’t believe we were going to be there tonight!