Riding to the West Coast of India – and then a hill station

Places: Konkan (Karde Beach) and Mahabaleshwar
Date: 22-24 Dec 2012
Total distance: 520km (as per my RTR’s speedo)
Starting point: Hotel Ambience, Wakad, Pune
1. Abhijit (Jeetley) – RTR160
2. Suraj – Pulsar 200
3. Mayur – CBF Stunner
4. Myself – RTR180

NH4-Bhor-Poladpur-Khed-Dapoli-Karde Beach (Day 1) – 252km on odo
Karde-Dapoli-Poladpur-Mahabaleshwar (Day 2) – 383km on odo
Mahabaleshwar-Pune (Day 3) – 520km on odo

Accomodation and nutrition:
Konkan – Were surprised to see most (all) hotel booked to the capacity at Karde. Finally found a (not great) room for a night, for Rs. 800, almost attached to the beach. You could smell the beach there. Food was sub-par, anyone riding to anywhere close to Dapoli take along a few packets of Maggi.
Mahabaleshwar – Jeetley has been here tonnes of times, knows this place in and out. Tried at Soonder Villa, but was packed to its capacity. A middleman took us to Apsarra hotel, got a superb room for 1000 for 24 hours. The place was amazing and recommended to anyone, will post the contact soon. Got some amazing tea, talked to the owner about his 1971 RE which he kickstarted for us. Woah! Food wasn’t a problem there, lunch was ordered from Domino’s and ate a little in the market at night as no one was really hungry. Breakfast was at the awesome Mapro’s on the way back.

Everything else:
Getting permission from Mom was checkpoint #1. Dad had a near fatal accident 10 years back, she was apprehensive. But agreed nonetheless.

The roads after Bhor were simply awesome. Rode at good speeds for long times. Felt great! You don’t get to do that everyday. Also the backwaters of the Nira-Deoghar dam served a superb view. Couldn’t help but stop multiple times. Very less traffic too, so it was really good. But there was a bad patch of about 10-12km till Bhor, and then a real bad patch of 10km exactly on the way to Mahabaleshwar from Poladpur ghat.

Okay. so here’s some pictures.

PS: They’re clicked on the UMI X1.



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