18th March 2012, Grand Indian Road Trip Riders was Visiting Pune. All riding group from Pune – Mumbai were coming at Bigwheels Motoring Café to encourage them. Few to name are COPS (Club of Pune Superbike’s), Team RSA, Road Shakers, and many more... So Utsav Chs and myself decided to visit there. Utsav was waiting for me at Dehu Road Toll Naka. I was riding solo from Pune till Dehu Road then we started riding towards BWMC Lonavala.
When we reached there, we felt as if we were in heaven; all super bikes were already parked there, we had great time over there. Later on Pankaj also joined us. Had breakfast and decided to return to Pune. Being a Sunday so we are free, thus we decided to go via Tamhini Ghat. The root is like Lonavala-Khopoli-Pali-Tamhini Ghat-Pune. Assumed it to be will be around 100 kms.
We started riding towards Khopoli... My bike was not in good condition. So I was riding at 60-70 kmph speed…. Pankaj and Utsav were far away from me and were waiting for me at khopoli. I reached there after 5 min. then we started riding towards Pali.
Reached Pali had darshan of lord Ganesha. Also had lunch and cold-drinks at Pali. By then It was already 5:30 PM, and we wanted to cross Tamhini Ghat before Sun set which was next to impossible. But still started riding towards tamhini, road was clear not even a single person on road except 3 of us riding our bikes at 80-90KMPH.
Somewhere we missed the route and no one to guide us …. Finally we found a old age man who told us about we being on wrong way you… we had to ride back 10KMS... ahhhh that was real irritating. We went back and we and headed towards Tamhini Ghat.
We reached Vile Bhagad MIDC… MIDC Road is really good 3KMS straight way http://goo.gl/maps/oxic we dragged over bike there that was real fun of, it was around 6:30 PM. It was getting dark slowly.
We started riding towards Tamhini. Clicked photographs had fun over there. And it was dark no lights on roads. Tamhini Roads are very bad to ride fast. We just three riders on road and the dark road. We slowly started heading towards Pune. We found one tracking group who were searching for bus there at night, may be they got late. Had tea and glucose biscuits and moved towards Pune. We reached at Pirangut at 9:30 Fueled petrol. Then started riding towards Pune very fast, and reached Pune around 10 PM. That was really awesome ride. We had heard about Tamhini it’s dangerous in nights but we haven’t felt like that.
Road map:- http://goo.gl/maps/dqdN
Riders: - Pankaj Kulkarni, Utsav Chs, Myself (Rohit Mule)Photos: By Rohit Mule