Friend - “Deb…… hey deb!”
Friend - “Let’s see Bahubali, its releasing this Friday”
“Why? What’s so great about the movie?”
Friend - “The movie looks great with all the action sequences, and protagonist doing some breath-taking gravity defying stunts pounding all the bad guys”
Friend - “Doesn’t it sound exciting?”
My friend asked me this question, and I went into a pause. I started thinking what could ‘being excited’ actually mean? I went into some thoughts, flashed some visuals, did that little self-talk in my head and exactly after 20 seconds I was more than ever clear of what could 'excitement' mean for me.
The answer was very loud and clear – “Try become a Bahubali, rather than just seeing one on a movie screen”
In my context, being a Bahubali would mean –
“A Bike Road Trip”
It has been 3 years since I have embarked on back to back bike trips, and the love has only grown stronger making it part of my DNA. I have had my share of problems, frustrations and difficult situations, but bike road trips have transcended me to new dimensions making me realize enormity of life and forget the mediocrity of our worldly chores
I have felt it, many have felt it!
So there was not an iota of doubt that I was going to do one.
It was a month that I had quit my day job, and was getting this sense of freedom which every human being on this planet is striving to feel. Those happy jitters, those butterflies in my stomach post quitting my firm where I worked for 5 years were an indication that what I did was right.
And now the time had come to get onto the act for which I surrendered my luxurious comfortable life.
3000 kms solo bike ride on a Royal Enfield Classic 500cc through the landscapes of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coastal belt. It was an impromptu plan for 10 days.
I had my route in place,
Bangalore – Bylakuppe - Madikeri – Mangalore – Udupi - Goa – Malwan – Ratnagiri – Mahabaleshwar - Pune
Time to complete this journey was uncertain, because I wasn’t in a rush to get back and report to office. I am glad that I took all the time in the world, stopping at places which were unusual and rustic to the core. One of the most fascinating road trips I have had.
Part 1 - Bangalore to Coorg and Tibet Settlement in Bylakuppe
The plan was to head directly Mangalore, and from there to Goa and Pune. But just one day prior, Coorg got introduced in the proposal. My friend Santo and his wife Shweta pulled me into their plan of day long trip to Coorg. They wanted to see the Buddhist settlement at Bylakuppe and check out several other monasteries there. Wanting to see Bylakuppe for a very long time myself, I was convinced of this slight alteration in my plan. The next day at 6 am, Santo and Shweta pulled their car and started off for Coorg, while I took my own sweet time to wake up, pack my bags and then finally get ready for the road trip that had reached excitement levels sky high.