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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Breakfast Ride to Malshej Ghat

Sunday, 27 Dec, 2015 (Winter Ride - 2)

It's always wonderful to explore new places and at the same time, the same place in a different season. Thinking in the same direction, our thought stuck to one place this time, that is "Malshej Ghat". This is also the place that we had visited in our first ride of TRC. Let’s become familiar with "Malshej Ghat" first.

Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats ranges in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. Malshej ghat, with average height of 700 meters is situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts and the nearest railhead is Kalyan in Thane District near Mumbai. A nice view of valleys is one of the major attraction here. The view from behind the MTDC resort is a must see. It is also famous for dark woods and the animals which include tigers, leopards, rabbits and peacocks. I think you must be knowing by now what the place is all about. It won't be wrong if I say place is heaven for bike riders who love cornering in ghats. Now let's talk about the ride.

It was the second winter ride of 2015 from TRC. A breakfast ride before our big blasting one day ride to Lavasa. I would say this was just a warm up ride ;). Me, Niranjan, and Prathamesh were in this breakfast ride to Malshej Ghat. I woke up by 5:00am in the morning, took 1 hour to get ready with all my all gears (specially with my new elbow and knee guard that I bought just yesterday). At 6:00am I had a talked with Niranjan before leaving my house in Chembur.

We all three were excited to explore the place in chilled environment. I left my place by 6:30am and met Niranjan and Prathmesh at Kalyan near Birla college. We greeted each other with brotherhood feelings, I met Prathamesh personally for the first time. I could define him after the ride as fun loving and joyful person. Niranjan aka "Niru baba" was ready with Mumbaikar breakfast snacks - Vada Pav hahaha. We decided to have vada pav in hill area after reaching up in the ghats. Just after greet without wasting much time we started our journey. We could feel the chilled environment just after leaving Kalyan and we were loving the cold weather. While in motion, suddenly Prathamesh blew horn and signalled for refuelling.

We stopped at petrol pump in Murbad just near to Murbad bus depot. Locals were covered with warm clothes and I could understand the reason why. My fingers were shivering in cold hehehe. I took off my gloves and rubbed my palms meanwhile our energetic riders were done with refuelling. We started again with the ride, enjoying the chilled environment and at the same time sun shine warming us. As we moved ahead, we saw people were walking on the road in a queue – it was Sai Palkhi. Well, we noticed them and keep moving slowly. People were watching us riding and waving their hands and at that moment feeling comes like people love riding and also watching the riders going :).

After going up the ghats, we took a short break near Prem Sagar Gallery - newly created by Maharashtra Government. It looked beautiful and gave us a nice view to the valley and mountain ranges. We rested there a while and took beautiful scenery snaps and yes, we ate our favourite Vada Pav. Open sky, chilled air, beautiful and eye catching scenery, and Vada Pav in hand ... wow ... we were enjoying everything and cracking jokes ... overall awesome and wonderful moments. After leaving from there we reached MTDC resort. We ordered breakfast of Poha and kadak chai. We did some chitchat, talked about personal lives, discussed about new bikes, strategy about upcoming rides and enjoyed ambiance of MTDC resort. At 12:00pm, we decided to leave back to Mumbai. We saw a group of old age riders at the resort, full of energy, enjoying their old age and having fun. That inspire and left us with the thought to live a healthy, joyful life and follow our dreams. All three of us having sweet and respectful smile on our face for such ever young riders. Finally, we left the resort and started riding back to our homes. Within three hours we all were at our home, remembering the awesome moments that we had spent which will never come back but, those moments will always try to make future more beautiful than past.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Ride To Igatpuri

22-November-2015......Winter Ride-1
It’s the excitement that never lets us sleep on night before the ride. In most of the rides it’s often seen that the total count reduces. (Riders back out and List gets shorter). This time we were working on believing “33 Bikes” OMG!!!, Just 3 riders didn’t make it.

Gathering & Flag off part in the morning is the sweetest moment that we always experience.  Everybody made it on time at Assembly Point Jupiter Hospital, (Thane), Couple of folks covered a huge distance just for this ride. One Rider “Amardeep” came all the way from Pune to Thane. Amrinder (Ninja) from Viraar escorted the Mira–Bhayander Riders. Bhiwandi by pass was our Briefing and Flagoff point. Breakdowns are unexpected, while coming to that point one of the rider’s tyre got punctured. He was coming along with 3 Riders. That consumed 30-40 mins, but it’s cool and gave chance others to charge themselves with Chaye-Sutta. Then we started with Briefing Session and commence the ride. FLAG OFF IS THE PERFECT WAY TO CAPTURE ALL THE BIKERS INFORMATION and greeting every rider without much delay. Meghan the official photographer of TRC & Murtaza of BAC club captured the footage.

Shreyas More the BIRTHDAY BOY, carrying 1kg cake for him was a real challenge; however I some how managed to carry the Cake till Assembly Point. (With placing it on my laps and holding it from one hand, that’s where cruisers play important role :) Later it was handed over to other biker’s pillion. BIRTHAY BOY(Shreyas) cut the cake and the one of cherry in the picture was shining on his nose in the next moment :)

Launch of our CLUB’S FLAG…It was really a proud moment to ride with a flag, feels like a KING. SAMPLE OF T-SHIRT was disclosed after the lunch. Printing Club’s customized T-shirt is the most awaited task. Hopefully we are expecting to get it done before next ride.


“IGATPURI” we have been there 2 years ago but now lot has changed. (Taste & Paths). Climate was pleasant, overcast weather. Breakfast at Kasara Ghat was followed by Cake Cutting ceremony. Misal-Pav lovers waited for minutes because Pav’s stock was not enough, for meanwhile Hot Poya satisfied our tummy's hunger. Then we proceeded to our first destination “Vaitarna Dam”. We were delighted to see new riders in Ghats specially teenagers who made their first ride with our club.

So far we were riding under shadow thanks to clouds, and then suddenly it turned into sunny day.  Vaitarna dam was located at the exact distance that we had covered till breakfast point. We were aware that there are few patches but didn’t expect too much Off Roading. Sun was directly on to our heads and we encountered a miss communication which led us 30 riders to another dam and 3-4 riders made it to Vaitarna Dam. (It was like 2 sides of same coin). Dam is same just it was falling on other end. We were running 1.30 hrs behind from our schedule. Biker’s with Low ground clearance were pissed off and they got busy in their hot topic of cornering & leaning.


Temperature was rising & we were sweating, Dam’s water gave us relief. Putting Feet under water & relaxing is commonly seen. Being bit late, we could manage to do short and beautiful nature & scenery photography. Just after that without much delay we headed towards our FINAL DESTINATION “Myanmar Gate”.

Finally we made it to flat and smooth highways, Scorching Sun was Sucking our throat and were completely drowned in sweat so we took tiny halt to charge ourselves- Nashta time ;), few riders were having vada-pav, tea and some solely attacked on water bottle. After quick refreshment, when I follow GPS Call ….Destination was 9.2kms away…Dramas started for last 200 meters, 2 Years back path was simple, don’t know why sign board’s are not placed on streets can’t believe locals were playing with us, idhar jao udhar jao…yaha se nasdik hai…hardly it was located at less than 1 minute distance and villagers pointed us to wrong direction. Half of the Riders took zip zap route and others still trusted on directions given by little kids.  Finally we reached to GATE OF NO GATE…..aisa laga NEPAL AGAYE :P.


Few Folks were Drowned in Sweat

AMD was excited about Butter Naan which was named as Transformers Naan…hahahaha…Dhaba owner said “Yeh konsa naan hai”, we told him “naan tri cone shape jesa tha” We showed him the pic and he said acha yeh…Butter Naan ese hi shape meh banta hai yaha”…..Order was placed we waited for more than 20 minutes…Tummy was telling Mummy Bhukh lagi hai Maggie toh banado”…..To distract everybody’s mind from hunger, we unleashed our Club’s Sample of T-Shirt, Efforts behind the scene were shared and Final Output is expected before next ride. T-shirt’s design is unique and best as compared to other biking clubs, it felt like mehnat safal ho gyi :). Lunch was served and it was followed by Introduction & Feedback Session. 

We were really overwhelmed with the feedback and it inspires us to go long way and explore new places in future.

Special Thanks :-
* BAC Mumbai (Amjad, AMD & Murtaza for Coordination) & Reshma for raising count beyond 30
*Enfield Bulls (Arif bhai for Tailing)
*Darshan & Karan (for Patrolling)

Pic Courtesy:-
Meghan Bhise & Rahul Patil

NEXT TIME FOUNDER & ADMIN OF TRC WILL BE LURKING LOT OF ENERGY, BECAUSE THIS TIME HE WAS AWAKE FROM 38 Hrs and Sore Throat was the only reason for sounding soft on everyone’s ear.

Upcoming Events:-
>>>Breakfast Ride on 20th December, 2015 & 1 Day Ride to Lavasa on Mid of January 2016<<<

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