Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ride to Tapola

           Monsoon is on we were searching for place to ride some were we never had visited before. Almost we had done with all places around Pune, Kolhapur, and Konkan.  We all were searching…. finally got one after few days… Pankaj Kulkarni suggested Tapola. We created event on Facebook, plan was like to start Riding on Saturday 9th June 2012 around 12PM. Overnight Camping plan in Ghats. Sunday early morning start riding towards Tapola reach Tapola and back to Pune by 1:30.
                Response was very poor but anyways we didn’t want to cancel this ride whatever it was. Till 8th June only 5 members were ready to ride on 9th June. So we decided to bring one car 3 Guys will be in car, Utsav Chs and I will ride till Tapola. Couples of changes in the plan till 8th night and finally decided to start riding on June 9th, Saturday at 4.00PM. Was all set for the ride to Tapola, after Aamby Valley Ride.
        We started riding from Chandani Chowk, Pune at dot 4.00 PM.  We both were very fast as we had to reach Mandhar Devi Ghat before sun set. Till Bhor we haven’t stoped bikes, were making noise all the way all were staring to us as if we are aliens. Pankaj was waiting for us in Bhor, had tea at his home. Then we started riding and Driving towards Mandhar Devi Ghat, Roads were really awesome, no traffic, single lane roads, and we both were at 100-120 KMPH. Pankaj was following us in his Alto, trying his best to overtake us… but no luck. We haven’t stopped anywhere for clicking Photos. Cornering all the way as my FZ Cant lean so much as foot peg starts scratching the roads. Pankaj was drifting all the way.
        Roads are getting dark. We haven’t slowed down till Waai. Shopped for necessary things which needed to keep our body warm. Discussed where to stay at night then finally decided to stay at Harrisons Folly. Started moving towards Harrisons Folly. Panchgani Ghat is really awesome but in nights it’s hell... People drive their vehicles on high beam lights. It’s almost invisible to view corners.  From 3 digits our speed directly dripped to 40-50KMPH speed which is half than normal.  
Reached Harrisons Folly it was too dark and windy so not possible to make camp fire. We just 5 members are there and the Darkness… had a diner, enjoyed a lot. Climate was very cold, no fogs no rains, cold wind was crossing very fast so we decided to start riding at 5:00AM and went to sleep at 3:00AM.
5:00 AM we geared up, I too pulled up a rain jacket. And started riding towards Tapola. Till Mahabaleshwar, Roads was clear, Gray and Misty… We were searching for a Chai Tapari (Tea Stall) to sip tea and get refreshed from last night hangover.. but our bad luck dint find anything.
Tapola was more 20-30KMS Away. So decided to have tea directly at Tapola. Started riding fast towards Tapola. Some misguided directions cost us odd 5-10KMS extra. Got the right direction - thanks to Google Maps. We started riding at correct directions Roads were real awesome mist both side jungle, Ghats awesome curves. Had a tea and moved towards Tapola and finally reached our destination - there it was real good as heard about Tapola
Awesome climate had some fun over there had breakfast, tea, clicked some snaps etc… relaxed for some time which I needed desperately. All village people were staring us. We geared up and decided to go to Panchgani - Waai fata NH4 - Pune. Our last sync point was Waai Fata NH4. Traffic was slow moving from Mahableshwar to Waai. Then we started riding very fast towards NH4. Had tea there Pankaj went back to home (Bhor) with other two. Me and Utsav started riding towards Pune.
The ride was good on highway we were riding at top speed at Khambatki Ghat there is path hole in middle I hitted there at high speed somehow I controlled my bike. Finally reached safely to Pune calculated total 480KMS in this weekend. That was real refreshing rides…

Road Map Pune To Tapola -
Riders:- Utsav Chs, Pankaj Kulkarni, and Me (Rohit Mule)

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