Sunday, 23 September 2012

An unsuccessful trip to malshej ghat

I was planning for a trip to the malshej ghat for a long time. And it happened not out of any plan. love it when things do not happen as per plans and we do things just instantly. Just as this happened. i had a weekly off and i asked my brother (Vinod) if we can go for a trip to malsjeh, yes was the answer and we were off to the trip to malshej. It was a bit late for such a trip, we started at 12 in the noon. with a drizzle of rain we started our journey. it was a usual ride from home till the highway, loved the stretch from chinchoti to bhiwandi. Nice lush green picturesque location and nice roads above all. not much vehicle seen on this strecth which makes it even better for cruising. Take a left corner of the road and go along.

Next up was bhiwandi, it is famous for cotton handloom industries. its a small town. not well managed, typical indian town with bad roads and with the monsoon season it makes it even worse. but still its not a long drive till you reach kalyan city. and further more take a left to murbad. that is the road that takes you to malshej ghat.

We went on to that highway NH222. it was amazing feeling of freedom. It makes you forget all your worries. Every one needs to have that feeling out of your daily life. Well then as we kept on going, out of no where the most un expected thing happened. We had a flat tyre. A biker is always ready for such things to happen. And i was excited that it happened, but my brother was not. He started getting frustrated and annoyed. I told him such things happens and we have to enjoy this. We are stuck on a not so crowded highway. with 8-10 vehicles passing by every minute. Thats just an estimate to show how busy that place was. So next thing in my mind was to calm down vinod which i succeed in doing and even he started enjoying with what we were going through. Well what we were going through was burn lots of calories on the way through NH222. turn by turn. Vinod had a kinda funnily dressed for a country side place. he was wearing a shorts with bright colors and a printed T-Shirt and a nike ankle lenght boots and a elastic goggles used as a hair band. Well if he had weared those goggles on his eyes, definetely he would have been the eye candy. We managed to reach a tyre puncture place afer about 1 KM of walk... But to our dismay, the owner of the tyre repair shop just left for a namaz prayer. we enquired to local people we manage to find on the way about the next tyre puncture shop and it was one more KM away. We decided to keep the motorcycle there and walk or get a lift to the next tyre puncture shop.

We started off with a hope that we will get a lift from some one. We made many attempt to get a lift, but unsuccessfull. finally got one from a truck. he dropped us to the destination. he charged us 10 bucks, which under the circumstances was too less. but he was happy to charge us 10 bucks. i had 400 and some 20-30 rupees change in my wallet. and i wanted to make sure i have enough money cause i was not sure what was coming from the tyre puncture shop for fixing the tyre.

Well there he was, the tyre shopkeeper (Abdul) agreed to help us after we explained him our situation. We had few country side people surrounding us. To listen to our story and to give some of their feedback. Loved that attitude people have. Always wanted to help people. So Abdul and me set off to the place we had parked our motorcycle with his toolkits. while vinod decided to stay at the shop and talk to the local people puffing a cigrette.

we reached the location, i was delighted to see the motorcycle safely parked as it was left. we removed the rear tyre and went back to the shop to fix it. Me and abdul did the Damage Analysis, there was a nail pearsed into the tyre and entered the tube and a major damage was that there was a crack on the mac wheel and it was bend. I was badly hoping that the fix should be enough to reach us till the city kalyan atleast. Abdul said we need to replace the tube as it had many fixes and he said it would be really risky to go double seat on it. Another major concern for me was the cost of the tube, i just had 400 bucks with me. and replacing the tube and Abdul's labour charge should not exceed 400 rupees. and when he said about the final amount it was 410 rupees. 360 for the tube and 50 rupees for labour. Good that we were not short of money, otherwise i would have got angry on vinod for not allowing me to go to an ATM to get cash. Anyways all's well that ends well. Me and Abdul went back to the place where we had parked the motorcycle after replacing the tube. Tyre was fixed and i kickstarted and off we went to pick vinod from the shop. Abdul advised to ride slow between 40-50 KMPH and aviod riding through the rough roads.

We started the return journey, there was no way we could have thought of going to malshej since we were in a risk of damaging the mac wheel. with the damage of the mac wheel in our mind we were comng back home. but we enjoyed the ride. while coming back we decided to have some photo session and we took a halt to have some photos clicked. we did some photography parking the motorcycle besides the highway. While we were still doing some photography, heard a bullet sound. saw there was one bullet coming with 3 people sitting on it. we asked them if there was any bullet garage near by. That guy turned out to be a bullet mechanic himself and he said there wont be any problem going till vasai. Also he suggested us some good macwheel that may last till 10 years, the brand RADO mac wheels are very good he said. need to find these mac wheels in mumbai. May be i can get  it at grant road.

Moving on with no money left in the pocket, kept on asking where the next ATM is. finally reached to the suburb of Kalyan city and managed to find a citi bank atm , withdraw some cash and went to have something to eat at the next dhaba. Thats how the unsuccessfull journey to malshej ends. Was a fun ride. But Malshej has to be invaded by me and my motorcycle. Not now but some where in the future and there will be a blog post for that.

This road takes you to the malshej........

The rider is Vinod. And myself Pillion. I know we should be wearing the helmet. Helmet was taken off for this photo.

Came across this eye candy building structure.. Is a temple from the looks of it.....

Motorcycle was riding us till it had a flat tyre and i had to ride her till the next tyre puncture shop.... was a good work out.... On NH222.

Vinod's turn to ride the motorcycle.....Vinod racing with a villager...

Thats a tired vinod after we reached the tyre puncture shop

After the tyre puncture fixed.

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