Lansdowne bike trip
After a long wait, it was time for my first long ride. It wasn't very long to be honest, just 682kms round trip, but for me, this was the longest I've ever ridden a bike. The date we finalized was 9th-10th November'19 and the destination was Lansdowne. It is a nice quiet place in the middle of nowhere on a hilltop. Where there is a hill, we must take bikes.
Driving on hills is always fun. Although it was my first time driving on hills, I was confident I'll enjoy it a lot. Like all rides, we were scheduled to depart around 6 am and ended up getting delayed by almost an hour. To my surprise, Kartik didn't leave anyone behind this time, even when they were late. It seemed like leaving behind the rule was only applicable for short rides. Anyways, we started around 7 and I was too excited. I learned how to tie my luggage on a bike using some youtube videos and it worked out decent enough. It was hard to get on or get off the bike because of the tail luggage so I decided to not get down from my bike at all(I was teased a lot about this later).
We crossed multiple cities, took a couple of small pee breaks along with a lunch break. The food was nice and the weather was just perfect for a ride. I was following almost all the rules of the group(I can't believe I was). I wasn't very disciplined at that time(still working on it) but somewhere biking was making me patient and disciplined. I started working out a bit, eating less junk and started following a somewhat healthy lifestyle. Well, I am digressing, so where was I, yes, the ride. It all went perfect until we reached the base of the mountains.
Remember I said I was pretty confident about driving on hills, I had over-estimated myself a lot. It was horrifying, and I started falling behind. Before I knew, I went from tailing lead to the last position in the group. I started having pains and wasn't able to keep up with the group. I was genuinely scared, the roads were too steep and the hairpins looked very dangerous. To my relief, Kartik came help and stayed on my tail to ensure I reach the destination safely.
The group took a small break but I was too uncomfortable to get down from the bike. Everyone spent some time taking good pictures and we were on our way. We reached our destination by 4 PM and it was almost dusk. When I got down from my bike, I felt so relieved and my butt was numb. Everyone retired to their rooms to freshen up followed by light snacks and some quality pictures.
The Group had planned a bonfire in the evening which was fun. It was my first ever bonfire in a group on a hilltop. It felt just like the movies. We had snacks, drinks and a lot of music. Some people sang others told their stories of older bike rides, travel, office jokes, and whatnot. I was mostly quiet during the bonfire, but I was enjoying the evening a lot. It felt so peaceful. The weather was cold, so the heat went very soothing and none of us wanted to stay too far from the fire. We had an amazing evening followed by dinner. After dinner, we went to bed, being tired from all day's journey and knowing we had another full day of a ride ahead of us.
The never ending photo session
We woke up pretty early the next morning(at least most of us did). There's something about the mountains, whenever I go there, I sleep better, wake up early and feel refreshed all day. After tea and a heavy breakfast, it was time for a quick(not so quick) photo session.
Someone said, "let's do a quick photo session for 10 minutes". It went on for around an hour. There were people taking test rides of other's bikes, people clicking selfies, revving the bikes, group pictures and all sorts of pictures. There were people taking videos, suggesting places to stand and some of them asking us to hurry so that we can leave on time(like that's even remotely possible). I sought out for help from others regarding tips on how to drive downhill and my journey back was way better.
On our way back, we followed the same route, had lunch at the same place and reached home around 9 o'clock safely after a 682km ride.
It was my first long ride, I felt so relaxed and as always was looking forward to our next ride. We did many small rides and started planning for our next long ride from thevery next day.
That's it for this one guys, stay tuned and I'll see you around in the next one.