"You did the biggest mistake of your life coming on a bike, in this season" this is one common sentence we heard through our trip from people in most of the cities we visited.
We (wife&me) have always been avid nature lovers, for us visiting a country side is nirvana, place does not matter, it’s the journey which counts. Having been to a lot of rides in our Bull there were no second thoughts on how we wanted to do this trip. So, Bull it was going to be, now the trouble is we have just about 10 days on hand and taking my Bull all the way up north was ruled out.
What is the next best option then? Rent it. Rent an unknown Bull for such a long journey? Crazy.
Doesn’t it sound like “aa Bull mujhe maar”?
When I was planning this trip it did actually sound that way. I do know a lot of people have explored this side of India on a rented Bull, but for us most of the odds are against, first it’s the weather since we are starting off in November, secondly it’s just 2 of us so safety factor is the biggest concern, and third would be reliability of the unknown Bull.
Decisions, decisions and decisions… that was one thing I have always been vary of, I just cannot make up my mind, and since it’s about vehicle, destination and route my wife has this blind faith in me that I will take care of it. So she does not like to give her suggestions much on this, ‘if it’s a Yes for me then it’s a Yes for her’ says she.
Finally, we said ‘jo hoga dekha jayeega’!!! I called a reputed bike dealer in Karol Bagh to book the Bull, I initially wanted to take old gold CI 350 engine Bull, but then I saw a pic of Thunder Bird (will refer as TB from here on) with a big back rest and thought it will be more comfortable for wife, as a pillion she needs to be comfortable otherwise journey gets very taxing, so made the decision it’s going to be a TB with the big back rest.
We always have our riding gear ready so the bags and knickknacks etc.. were packed the night before journey. Said our prayers and went to bed around 2AM on 30th Oct, for a 6AM flight
Woke up late and were way behind schedule, picked whatever was packed and ran down to the cab, once in cab had this usual feeling of we are forgetting something (you know what I am talking about).
We just about managed to reach airport on time, ran to the counter with BIG trekking bags clinging on our back, a pretty lady @ the counter smiles and said ‘you’re late’ my heart sank, no, not looking at her, but at what she said. She took a millisecond long pause. Within those milliseconds there were a billion thoughts running in my mind, silently cursing self and murmured what a blunder, I mean the entire trip could jeopardize were we not allowed to board that flight...
OK, lots of milliseconds later she says ‘we will let you board, please place your’... looking at our bags ‘hmm… bags, here’ said the lady.
We smiled said thank you and placed our bags on the counter for security clearance, that’s done. Boarded the flight, now, interestingly both do not remember what happened after the flight took off, since we dozed off, royally (remember we just had 2 hours sleep previous night).
Woke up with a loud noise from seat ahead of us, it was a 7 year old boy, shouting ‘LOOK IT’S THE BUDDH CIRCUIT’ yes, he was heading to see that race, lucky kid. That’s when I too got excited and peeped out of the window, it did look super cool from the distance.
We managed to get solid 2 hour's sleep during flight and woke up fresh. Got out of the airport called the Karol Bagh dealer and hired a taxi to his place. Once at his shop I took the TB for a good 15min's ride before accepting it, came back pretty satisfied with the condition it was in. Completed formalities paid advance packed our bags on the carrier and zoomed off to the nearest hotel for lunch, yes, we dint eat anything since morning remember?
Its 3PM by the time we finish lunch, from here we begin our actual journey…