Tuesday, 24 October 2017

My First Bike Trip Experience: Hyderabad-Amrabad Tiger Reserve-Nagarjuna Sagar Dam-Hyderabad - Day 2

Sunday, October 22, 2017
After a long tiring day, we slept until 10 am next morning. We were fresh again for our next adventure towards Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. We had our breakfast in a tiffin centre and started our journey. The journey started at 12:15 pm and mostly we covered many agricultural lands in our journey, we saw Kashful in the paddy fields. I thought this grows in West Bengal and Bangladesh only but had no clue that it grows in Andhra Pradesh as well. We stopped at one point where we could see hills behind these Kashful. They were beautiful indeed. If you see your familiar thing out of your native place, you know how the feeling is. The same feeling happened to us.

Again, the roads were super smooth except some 5/10 kilometres. So, we had no issue driving through the roads and like the last day, it was a pleasing journey for us. But the weather was not so great, it was warm rather, so, we were getting tired a little bit while riding our bikes. The journey was not long, that was the only driving force for us. At road we came across a place from where we could see a part of the Dam. When we were in upper position of the place, the view was beautiful, we stopped there.

By 9984 in odometer and 1:20 on watch we reached the Telengana Toruism Launch Station. We bought the launch ride tickets and entered into the queue, then the ticket checker told us that, the launch will halt in an island, where a museum is located. We had to take ticket to enter into the island as well. Again one of us had to get to the ticket counter to collect the tickets for the island and museum.

Then we got into the launch, we had some soft drinks and chips while onboard. The launch started at 2:15 pm. The launch trip was good and refreshing. The trip was a time to rest. The complete two and half hours was rest for us, when we don't have to ride bike. Almost everyone dozed this time. The view from the launch was good as well, the launch was passing through a hill and finally it arrived at Nandikonda Island at 3 pm. As we had to go to Ettipottala Waterfalls as well, we did not go to the island. We waited in the same launch and at 3:45 pm it started again back to the Launch Station. We again had soft drinks and chips. In the return trip of the launch we had the view of sun reflecting in the water. It seemed to me as if we were travelling through waves of light. After crossing the waves of light, we reached the launch station at 4:30.

Then we started for Ettipottala Water Falls at 4:45 and reached Ettipottala Waterfalls and reached there by 5:05 pm. We visited the Water Falls. Frankly speaking, nothing great was there, it was meant to be park where family can go and play games, have something to eat etc. At one, point, I personally felt that, we would have gone to the island and could have missed this water falls. Anyways, we had our lunch there at 5:30 pm and completed our lunch by 6 and started again for Hyderabad. 

When we started again, we found that one bike has completed its 10K km journey. Well, with our journey, the bike also achieved something.

While returning the roads were smooth and all we had to do is to follow Highway, so no confusion took place. We stopped at Devorakonda at 7:15 and 100065 odometer reading, had tea and some sweets. It was a great experience altogether. So, a little sweet is not bad idea too !!!
After refuelling ourselves, we started for Hyderabad, we stopped in the highway twice and we were again driving like crazy, sometimes 105 kmph, sometimes 95 kmph, mostly more than 70kmph for sure. We completed 60 km ride within an hour including breaks. Then after driving about 10 kilometres, we crossed Outer Ring Road at 10 pm, it was clear indication for us that home is not far. All of us eagerly to come back to home. But alas, god had other plans for us indeed. After riding for another 20 kilometres, we had to stop as it was raining heavily. We stopped on the road and decided that, we should have our dinner and by the time dinner is over, rain will also stop. As per the decision, we entered nearby Pebbles Restaurant at 10:45 pm. When we entered the waiter told that it was the last order. So, we hurried on our food decision, had Kebabs and Biriyani. Then we left the restaurant at 11:45 with odometer reading 10159.

The roads were wet, so had to slow down. We checked Google Maps and it was almost 27 km left to reach our home but none of us hurried and safely drove through the last piece of journey and by 12:45 we reached home. When I checked the odometer, it was 10186. That concludes a total of 605 km journey had been completed.

Now, the journey completed. The journey was strenuous but I have gained from this trip as well. I had some idea on capability of my bike ride, some  idea how long you can endure a bike trip, how to have a long drive on bike, how to survive a failure and have the enthusiasm to ride again and above all some beautiful moments in the lap of nature. It was a new experience altogether which I never had earlier.

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