Monday, December 7, 2015

Start 7am Kashipur
Biker Gang of Kashipur: Bike trip to Kausani November 14-15, 2015
Breakfast at Kaladhungi
Midway break
The long-planned bike trip started early on Saturday November 14 from Kashipur. There were Rajgopal, Rizwan, Nishant all from PGP 2015 and me; two Bullets and two Pulsars. We started at 7 am from Kashipur and stopped first before Kaladhungi (of Jim Corbett fame) because Nishant's bag slipped and dropped on to the exhaust. The bag was burnt and not salvageable. It involved scraping off toothpaste from the exhaust and redistribution of all items. And then we stopped for tea and breakfast at Kaladhungi. We made good time up the steep rise to Nainital, to Bhawali onwards to Almora. Just before Almora we had another round of tea and then took the road to Kausani. No major incidents except I took a spill- reasons un-fathomed! No harm done except a slightly twisted left knee. We reached Kausani around 3pm. The view of the afternoon sun on the range with Trishul on the left to Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Nanda Khat was enough to compensate for nearly 8 hours and 240km of driving on mountain roads. By evening the PGP2014 bikers Davinder, Rishank, Amitav and Rinesh joined us. They had started after their weekend class at 1pm.
The vista unfolded next morning from 6am at sunrise. The changing face of the peaks with golden sunlight shining is unforgettable.  Davinder, Rishank, and Rinesh left early to join a special class in the afternoon. Rest of the gang started after breakfast. The return journey was largely uneventful but we decided to take a different route- Kausani, Almora, Bhimtal, Haldwani, Kaladhungi. Relaxed ride,  we took a wrong turn and ended up crossing entire Haldwani and lost an hour. We were back at Kashipur 8pm on Sunday, November 15. Total distance 476km, by my odometer,and riding time 16 hours.

Evening view of the Himalayan range
Midway stop and photo-op


Return trip, stop
Evening stroll Kausani; Nishant, Rizwan and me

L -R: Rajgopal, Rizwan, Nishant, Davinder, me, Rishank & Rinesh

Morning view, Trishul peak on the left