It was raining heavily and i was not able to take my bike to work. Missed the bus that would take me to work too. And then car pooling helped me. Reached late to office though. It was usual routine for the rest of the day till i left office. I had to take a bus on different route to reach home. Met new people. Got to play cards with them. Took the next transit and had to walk a few kilometers after that. I was already hungry and couldn’t walk. Luckily a pack of biscuit which i got before boarding the bus came in handy. I was munching the buscuits under the drizzling rain and emptied as i walked past half shuttered shops. Then there was a soup shop. A hot bowl of peppered soup was rolling down my throat. Some barking dogs some chasing behind and at a flash of bright lit neon lamp on top of my head chasing all of them away from me. The day ended peacefully. It was a different day without bike. Sometimes a change from routine away from comfort zone may bring you experiences both in favour and not. It is not about a day without bike. Small things that you leave behind with courage. Breaking habits schedules and routines. It is to stretch and know the limits or go as far as you can until you break. You will not regret later for not even trying something out.
A photograph speaks a million words. The imaging technology has experienced the moore’s law and it is still living through it. I remember the mystic days of using negatives and wonder how the images would have come for 2 long days. It operated on a basic light and photo film technique. You could control only the ISO on most decent level models. Also one need to be good at judging the amount of light in a frame. But it used to be a good experience with it. There will be no one flaunting around with costly DSLRs or DSLTs. Time has witnessed the evolution from film cameras to SLR (Single lens reflection camera) to Digital SLRs to DSLTranslucent. Method of opration of a DSLR or T doesn’t differ much to the user except the later being a fixed mirror camera. With digital cameras there is no worry of a film wastage. Review and discard the ones that are no longer required. Happy shots 😉
Motorcycle travel is one of the finest teacher who takes you through endurance test and makes aware of your personal self. For those who were taking it lightly as one of the easiest of adventures i need to tell it is not. The difficultness depend on the time of the day and other climatic conditions.
Do not start your ride without basic gear. That is the foremost rule. A good quality Helmet is one for sure. Take short breaks every 50 km. Have some water and carry on. This prevents from dehydrating and reduces after ride fatigue. An advice i would suggest limit your first ride to a maximum of 500 km. This letsyou know your fitness level and also your bikes fitness. Needless to say how muchever distance you plan service your bike before starting and check the fuel and air pressure on tyres. If your way is too remote try to get the basic tools and know how to fix a flat tyre. Having said this i also did not know fixing it in my bike.
The ride also tests your mental stability and need to control restlessness that develops. You need to keep concentrating and restrict distractions and other backgrouond thoughts. But dont forget to enjoy the scenic view turning around you. Keep calm.
Try to provide meaning to your ride in your own way. One is getting to know the specialities of the places you travel and experiencing it. It could be food, art forms, nature and anything. Do not plan you trip amidst tight schedule or you will end up compromising on the above. Though i am not a great person to write motor cycle diaries (real life story of che guevera, ofcourse inspired), i am trying to set my own version atleast after a couple of fine rides. And i can cherish myself in the future. I cannot give up my bike in the process of travel as in story. I would say you become a modern partial yogi if you do long distance rides and exclaim a complete one if you decide to give up your bike and never return to your home land. Happy riding. Just enjoy!