Shifting base: Mumbai to 50 kms ahead of Udaipur

No, that was not the destination planned for this journey. It was supposed to end about 650 kms ahead, in New Delhi. I was shifting base and I was loaded to the hilt. And I came to a griding halt on one fine morning in the middle of the desert. Life just likes to have some fun.

The night before, I got my oil changed (and my oil fiter, now I know). And rode on through to Udaipur on the first day. Distance: About 850 kms. Time: 15 hours. Had the compnay of Mr. Sethi till Vapi. Then pulled on alone. The night at Udaipur was like any other night. Then morning came.

I rode in the morning into the desert with a slight noise coming from the engine. Then about an hour later, the engine started making noises like it was armageddon already. I stopped abruptly. The engine sounded like it has suddenly become a 100 years older. I wasn’t going anywhere. The crankshaft assembly was bust. The oil filter had jammed the oil and there was zero circulation. The crankshaft worked at full efficiency without any oil. I had murdered it. And I was in the desert and low battery on the phone.

I called up a friend in Delhi who told me of someone in Udaipur we knew. Man, I am lucky. Few phone calls later, there were two mechanics from two different places coming to check the bike. Two hours later, I was making plans of taking the bike on a truck to Delhi. Too painful, too long and too expensive, out. Four hours later, I am on the back of a Mahindra pick up truck going back to Udaipur. It was 12.30 in the afternoon. People on the highway finally find something on the horizon which can cheer them up – a fully loaded idiot wearing the helmet, sitting on a massive fully loaded motorcycle which is parked on a pick up truck. And acting like he is the king of the world. It was fun.

I meet my friend in Udaipur and his friend. Now this guy has actually gone out on his honeymoon on a Bullet. Just when I thought I had seen everything. I am to leave the bike with him, he will get it repaired and ride it to Delhi. I leaveon an afternoon bus to Delhi. Sounds good. Except the bus will reach the next morning. Can’t help now.

17 hours in a seat. Tool cold. Too long. Too painful. But I chilled out and woke up at 6 in the morning with a severe neck pain. I had made it. As I rode that early morning auto with my bald head feeling every atom of that chilly Delhi winter air, I thought back. Back at that guy I had met at one of the toll booths on the highway earlier. And I kept thinking, we actually belong to the same world!

Get out on the road guys, you haven’t seen so much in life. And those on it, ride on!

One Response to “Shifting base: Mumbai to 50 kms ahead of Udaipur”
  1. I agree my friend. I love roads for the things that you see on them. Its absolutely full of life.And I am happy to note that you didn’t go in complaining mode despite all irritations and neck pains. I truly respect your attitude man

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