First, I am thankful to each one of you and your various inputs and suggestions you provided. As some of you know, I will be touring from Bangalore to Jaipur this very April.
The planning process is ready to be put in the pedal stage. My this semester exams will be done by 12th April, 2013 therefore, I wish to start my journey a day after on Sunday - 14th April, 2013.
The tour plan is as follows:
Day 1 : Bangalore - Chitradurga ( 212KM )
Day 2 : Chitradurga - Mundgod Tibetan Settlement (192KM)
Day 3: Mundgod - Sankeshwar (179KM)
Errr.. Already having doubts about whether I will be able to do 190-200KM+ rides for consecutive 3 days with 15-20KG luggage and April heat?
Yes, I can manage well. Luggage will bring down the speed but the elevation is quite flattish, 3rd day it climbs up a little though.
Still, it is not a sound plan. As touring must be a leisure ride, a chilled out 100-120KM ride where you wish to witness the majesty of the country and enjoy every moment.
I agree, but the motive of the ride is to witness the Incredible India with increasing numbers in the speedometer as fast as I can. I want to reach home ASAP and that is something I find beautiful too. It has been an year and my college also expects me to do a 21 day compulsorily internship *sigh*
You will be exhausted and also build up a lot of fatigue which will make upcoming days harder.
I have backup plans where I can crash at a number of 100-120 too :)
April 17th/Day 4 : Sankeshwar - Karad (126KM)
April 18th/Day 5: Karad - Pune ( 168KM)
April 19th/Day 6 : Pune - Powai (Mumbai/ 147KM)
April 20th/Day 7 : Mumbai - Vapi (162KM)
April 21st/Day 8 : Vapi - Surat (113 KM)
April 22nd/Day 9 - REST
April 23rd/Day 10 : Surat - Vadodara (156KM)
April 24th/Day 11 : Vadodara - Ahmedabad (124KM)
April 25th/Day 12 : Ahmedabad - Karvada (157KM)
April 26th/Day 13 : Karvada - Dungala (145KM)
April 27th/Day 14 : Dungla - Bhilwara (115KM)
April 28th/Day 15 : Bhilwara - Kishangarh (150KM)
April 29th/Day 16 : Kishangarh - Jaipur HOME (100KM)
Phase 2 of the tour will be lil more difficult as I enter in Rajasthan on Day 12. Heat + Lonely long stretches of roads + Less eateries + Very less places to stay !
Hmmm.. So are you doing it 'A.L.O.N.E' ?
Well, Yes. I wish I have company of people to come and ride along.
How long have you been biking? Do you know anything about bike maintenance?
-My cycle Diary (If you are interested, please take a look at my 111 days of biking)
- I am looking to learn the basic/extreme bike maintenance. Will be really really grateful if anyone from here can guide on that a little bit.
Having read all this, I believe that I may be able to find a companion rider for the tour or atleast from Point A to Point B.
Whatsoever I believe that I will see most of you on the 14th April, 2013 Sunday as the first pedal towards home sets the wheels in motion. Try to ride till ANY distance and make it more memorable! So I believe that there is no other ride scheduled for April 14th :)
I have attached the logo of the tour, hope you will like it. I made it using the alphabets of the tour itself "R.I.D.I.N.G. O.N. E.M.O.T.I.O.N.S."