Trio Magic rides to Mahabaleshwar

After Solo Mumbai ride, Mahabaleshwar was next on target! Mahableshwar ride was indeed a maha-ride in all sorts! Like I said before we commenced, it really doesn’t matter how the route might be or whatever time it takes, when we have ultra super biker Pankaj and Kaka biker alongwith, no matter whatever happens the ride is gonna be Rocking full of food and fun guaranteed !! And indeed, it was an epic ride of 2009, something I had really like to cherish about 09!  

We started over as – Biker Pankaj, Trilok, Salis and me. Got a little late, all thanks to the chilling winters ;) So, after meeting up at Rajaram bridge at 6.20, we flagged off our journey! Crossed over the from sinhgad road flyover, joined over Pune-Mumbai bypass and eventually to b'lore highway.

Going on further, we had loads of fun elements lined up- be it fueling yourself(read: food breaks) every now and then, great encounter with Khambatki Ghat, puncture just after traversing Ghat, or be it a 4 wheeler running off one of our cycles resulting in front rim turnout, or be it fun joyous longride up giant Pasarni Ghat(17kms ascend)! Finally reached over Panchagani by 7 after a ordeal of events, that kept us absorbed all day long! Well, finding a budget place in the midst of holiday season (i.e. 26th Dec) wasnt any easy! But when bikers are on for anything, they get it right anytime. So, did we! After a amazing dinner at Gokul, a round of icecreams and strawberry creams to top up...

Next day started off for Mahabaleshwar, but to make it all interesting, cycle punctured yet again. This time around, fixed it all quickly. Cycling through those green vadiyas that too early chilling mornings was simply very earthly feeling.. too freshening indeed! Reached Venna lake and further into the market area. Made some purchases and yet again started of with more strawberries, creams, icecreams..and not to forget mapros, made it all more of a foodie ride...a distinct flavor to the ride! All thanks to Pankaj for adding such a distinct flavor:)
Well, here are some factual data one must* know...

- How to budge Khambatki Ghat? -take a tunnel route & ride against the one way traffic...deadly dark cycling though you save a major climb..simply speaking go to Maut ka tunnel, as quoted by Pankaj! :D
- What are the after-effects* of beer and milk?...a ultra super biker becomes a ultra super hiker!:P
- What takes 120 mins to climb, takes hardly 9 mins to descend! (@Pasarni Ghat) thts the magic of cycling!!
- What makes a small journey big? Have loads of food breaks...:D
- When do Cycle Punctures? when you are planning for a it lunch or breakfast! wonder whether it understands when its master needs a break!:P
- Want a High? Go cycling with crazy hungry bikers...:)

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