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Some people say, a lot can change in a day, now think about what can change in a year, what repercussion these changes can cause.I hope, you have seen my last post to the blog, which was about my bicycle trip to India Gate. That was not my first ride, but was the first ride which I posted to the blog. Apart from India Gate ride, I also did rides to Yamuna Bank forest (30 kms), Raj Ghat (45 kms), Okhla Bird sanctuary (30 kms) and few smaller rides of 10-20 kms. It was during these rides, I felt the need to travel more and to much longer distances, like more than 100 kms, which is not possible to do on a bicycle and also, will take too much time. With a 9am-6pm job, you can’t expect to take leaves more often as there’s always a deadline to meet, as if that is end of the world. As a result, I started looking for motorcycles, my all-time favorite means of transport. And recently in the month of April, I brought home my new Bajaj Avenger 220 street (2017 model). Yes, bringing him home was not an easy task, had so many papers and innumerous signatures to do. But after a waiting time of almost 4 hrs, he was brought to me and the mechanic, after tuning the bike, handed over the keys with a smile. That adrenaline rush you get, when you are handed over your bike’s keys and the showroom personnel tells you “Sir, here is your bike, Congratulations!” is just something which can’t be captured in words, rather should be felt.
The day he came home, I started planning for bike tours, for which I was waiting for quite a long time. Unfortunate that I was, had no one to accompany me with the rides. And being a newbie to the world of Motorbike riding, I was in no case ready to go on a solo ride. So, the days just passed, got my first servicing done from Bajaj, clocked almost 1100 kms in a month. The day was Friday and I had just reached to my apartment from office. An hour later, my friends came to my place and we started doing usual Friday night activities. At around 10pm in the night, someone suggested (out of 3 people) that we should go on a bike ride to Rishikesh (~250 kms from Noida). Since, none of us were in the position to ride, we cancelled the plan. The next evening, out of guilt that I didn’t go anywhere this weekend, decided to go on a small ride to Garhmukteshwar (100 kms from Noida) along with my friends. So, after an hour of chit chatting, at around 7 pm we started our respective bikes and arrived at the Petrol station. One of us put forth an idea of riding to Rishikesh and without having any other thought, I said ‘Yes’. Everyone agreed for riding till Rishikesh, stay there for few hours and then return by next afternoon. For them it was just another ride, but for me it was going to be the first ride of my life, something for which I’ve been planning for months. The first 50 kms journey till Meerut was just hectic. Since, it was a Saturday evening, everyone was in the rush to their home and the road was overloaded. It took us around 3 hours to reach Meerut, further which the traffic density decreased.