With this latest 2900km trip, the total touring experience i now have is more than 12000kms!! and i am just 22yrs of age. Wanna add a '0' and make it 1,20,000kms soon..
coming back to the trip, i started from pune on the morning of 30th oct at 3:30am and reached delhi on the morning of 31st oct by around 11am. Did a total of 1690kms, including around 60kms detour to Surat to visit a friend. Total time for breaks was around 5hours, including 2 in surat and around 90mins in Ahmedabad. I always kept a constant 100-105km/h on the speedometer. My bike stood by me, not even a puncture!
Had many close calls but nothin major. The worst thing that happened was that I was constantly fighting against sleep and actually slept many a times and had to shake myself up (along with lines of abuses), so as to avoid crashes. I dont remember doing certain stretches of roads!! I was day dreaming (night dreaming) but somehow managed to keep riding.
It was very cold. very cold, specially thru Rajasthan at night. I was wearing 4 layers of clothing including a leather jacket, but it didnt help. Used to stop a lot for tea and eggs and butt breaks.
Had a frightning experience before chittor, where 3 guys tried to stop me in the middle of nowhere. they were either cops who wanted me to go in a convoy with other vehicles or were robbers.. I didnt stop and as soon as i passed them, total isolation. not a soul around. to be on the safe side, i kept the needle above 120km/h and covered around 25kms in 15mins flat and slowed down only when i was convinced that everything was ok!!
This is mins before starting from Pune
All loaded up
The highway after Mumbai
Me and Arnob, who came till Ahmedabad with me
Some of the breaks i took thru out the night