Bangalore to Pune bike ride- Day 3 of Kanyakumari to Kashmir ride
Bangalore to Pune bike ride – An easy ride till Hubli
I was not just chasing India along its length, I was chasing my dreams. It was my first attempt in doing so. Having covered 1500Kms in 2 days, next on the itinerary was a hard ride of 900Kms from Bangalore to Pune. The very famous Bangalore to Pune stretch for all Saddle Sore riders.
It was an early rise with two friends and my dad to help me out in rigging up the luggage. An hour later I was ready to start my ride on NH4. A sense of easy going prevailed until I hit the highway to be greeted by a bill board which reminded me that I was atleast 780Kms away from Pune. I had a long hard distance to cover and the Bangalore to Pune highway was carpeted with tarmac but was not smooth. It was a rough terrain with patchy tarmac.
One small advice to all the long distance riders and travelers, kindly refrain from using jute cords. Jute cords may snap out anytime which will give you nightmares, always use Bungee cords. I faced a similar situation almost 150kms into the ride. The rope loosened and was tangled at the rear wheel. Fifteen minutes of my precious time went into fixing it tentatively which then went on to cause more issues later in the ride.
Fixing the bike and entering Chitradurga was amazing, I was greeted by windmills all around. This time windmills were at fair distance from highway unlike windmills of Kanyakumari. With a pleasant sight all around, I went on to ride hard till Haveri, roughly around 300 odd Kms from home. This part of the ride was dangerous considering the density of population along the highway. Huge number of pot holes also pose a great danger , please beware!!
Bangalore to Pune: Hard ride of 450Kms till Pune
6 hours in to the ride I reached Hubli, 400Kms done and 450 odd more to go. A broad 4 lane highway now turned drastically into a narrow 2 lane highway to Belgaum. I didn regret, the country side changed to a more rustic one. 500Kms into the ride I reached Belgaum, it started raining. My affair with rains started here which went on till Kashmir.
Bangalore to Pune Highway from Hubli to Belgaum has many scenic landscapes and will be a pleasant ride. With a hint of rain it was just what the doctor prescribed. One concern was I was running late. I had to reach Pune but was still inside Karnataka at 5 PM. I then went on to cross the last village of Karnataka state Nippani and entered Maharastra. The Resurgent Maharastra welcomed me.
I could feel it, in India people say culture, language and tradition change every 40Kms. I had just crossed the state border and to me the effect was more rampant. A strong punch of Maharastrian flavor was felt and it was exciting.
Just to remind you I was running empty stomach right from the word go that day. I had to stop and fill my hunger with food. I was fortunate enough to find Mc Donalds at Kolhapur. It was still raining and the rope started loosening again.
Petrol tank to the brim and stomach full my challenge was clear cut visible to me by now. Pune will be my next stop I decided and moved on!!!!!. Maharashtrian highways are narrow and traffic is heavy in this part of India. It was almost dark and the rains started pouring aggressively now. Adding pain to misery was the demanding concentration which was very essential to keep myself alive.
It was traffic all around, I don’t think I deviated one bit from a straight lane ride. Incessant rains made it worse to concentrate. With great deal of effort I made through Satara and Kolhapur. In the last phase as I approached Pune, the under construction roads and tunnels posed a fatal challenge. My energy was already sapped out and the luggage loosened to a worse extent now.
I was literally riding with one hand and the other hand was used to hold the luggage together. The roads sometimes went from bad to worst. It was a horrible state to ride with given the extreme conditions that prevailed in the last stretch.
Finally after 18 hours of which 12 hours was taken for 450Kms, I reached Pune in a terrible state. On the other end I was relieved to know my goal for the day was reached irrespective of the challenges faced.
What Next??? I will take you around Pune on Day 4. Watch out this space !!!