I still remember 4th of August 2013. It was friendship day when I had my last ride to the beach of Junput with my xKmph buddies. A day well spent and we all returned with wonderful memories.
Right after it was 15th August our Independence Day and we all xKmphians spent the day with the kids of Mother's Nest Society (an orphanage). We didn't rode much that day but it was the best Independence Day of our lives and the quality time that we spent with the kids gave us new vision to see this world. On that day Atanu da (a.k.a. Iron Man) told me ("Rahul ready theko pujo r por berobo 5-6 din er trip, jaiga por e thik korbo
") Rahul be ready as after Durga puja we will go for a 5-6 days trip, destination will be decided later. At that moment I went numb and I didn't knew how to respond, I stayed calm looked up in the sky and said "Thank you god for making my day".
It was still 1 ½ months to go to puja and with the trip in my mind I engaged myself with work and used to count number of days to pass. Time passed by and just a week before puja a g2g was scheduled on maha sashti (the first night of puja). On that night footfall was very poor as myself, arijit (a.k.a. Thaibaba), Sayan (a.k.a. Wingrider) with his friend, Atanu da (our iron man) and tarun (a.k.a. Ninja chacha) gathered. Atanu da gave 50:50 assurance for the trip as he had some family issues, but arijit told that if Atanu da's couldn't make it then we will go to purulia right after puja for 2 days trip. It was not bad at all for me so I kept my hopes high for the forthcoming. We concluded that night with a dinner ride till Hindustan Dhaba at Ghurap and returned home around 2am in the morning. (At last a ride, though short but after a long time and I enjoyed every bit of it.)
Eventually Atanu da didn't called up so I was left with only 1 option and that would be the Purulia trip. An event page was created by Arijit for the purulia trip in Facebook and I joined the event impromptu. Lastly it was only me, Arijit and Sayan with his friend as his pillion was all set to roll. Atanu da listed himself as maybe in the event page and others were nowhere to be found and had their own hiding place.
The countdown had already started and we all were excited and I infact was day dreaming about it. Suddenly Arijit called up and pulled himself out of the trip so I and Sayan were all left for the Purulia trip.
There is a saying that everything happens for a reason, so just a couple of days before the trip it started raining heavily but still we didn't gave up, our bags were packed the night before the trip and I was praying for the rain to stop in the morning but it didn't in fact it was even pouring heavily and non-stop for the last 14 hrs. It was 4 am in the morning, I called up Sayan and he told (Rahul da ekhane khub brishti hochhe
) that it's raining heavily in Konnagar also, so ultimately we had to cancel it. I whispered "so much for nothing" and crashed.
Two days later Arijit called and asked (ki Korcho?
) what's up? I replied nothing much just lazing off. He then asked (Friday ki Korcho?
)What's my schedule for Friday? I replied nothing special I guess I am free. He then asked (Maithon Jabe? For an ODT?
) are u up for Maithon ride? an ODT. Impromptu I replied "hell yeah".
The rain was over and the sky was clear so we had no worries about the weather and we decided to roll on Friday morning. The starting point was Dakhineshwar and i reached there around 5:20am and found Arijit and Sayan already waiting. Sayan didn’t had his bike that day so he was my pillion for the trip. Saurav Mishra (a.k.a. the little guy), Saurav Sarkar (debut rider with us) and Arony da (a.k.a. Hungry Hippo) joined us momentarily for the ride. Now why Arony da is called "Hungry Hippo"? To know u have to see him for the justified name he has as seeing is believing and after reading this log one would have a fair idea. Arony da was bit late the reason for that was only 2 hrs of sleep last night and he dumped thrice before starting. Arony da asked Arijit "so whats the plan?" Arijit told that we will take our 1st break in Saktigarh for breakfast, just then Arony da interrupted Arijit and said (“ki bolchis na na na bad idea, amra aage ghurap e breakfast korbo pet bhor e karon maithon e kichu paoa jai na”
) no no bad idea we will do heavy breakfast in Ghurap and then we will move forward as in Maithon u won’t get shit. While saying (“pet bhor e breakfast korbo”
) i noticed a unique happiness in Arony da's face and it ain't strange after all it's "hungry hippo". We all agreed and started for Maithon.
In no time we were cruising on the butter smooth NH2, Arony da was leading the ride as he had been to Maithon several times. Saurav sarkar (new guy) was tailing him, Sayan (wingrider) with me as my pillion, in my rear view on the left was the little guy (Saurav Mishra) and on my right was our thaibaba (Arijit). We all felt the first chill of winter while we were crossing Palasit, the weather was foggy and the clouds were scattered everywhere creating a view which was picturesque. Sayan got busy with his mobile camera capturing the moment and in my rear view mirror i saw Arijit with his arms wide open trying to embrace all of it whatever we were experiencing. It was hard to resist I twisted my throttle a bit the speed crossed the 90 mark, the thump of my goldie (goldstar silencer) was the music that filled my heart with immense joy and pleasure and i realized a thirst has been quenched after a while.
Hotel Hindustan Dhaba in Gurap was our first stop for breakfast and we were there. Arony Da offered that breakfast is on him and we gladly accept it. After this whatever happened was epic at least for me. The waiter arrived and asked what we would like to have? Arony da called him and asked (“ei sono oi tele bhaja chicken ta ache?”
) excuse me! do you have that fried chicken? Hearing it we were kind of taken by surprise, there was a pause for a moment, as usually people don’t order for fried chicken @6:30 in the morning for breakfast. The waiter replied, 'No sir, not so early in the morning, but we can serve tandoori chicken', Arony da took a moment and then gave it a go with a masala dosa for him and told us to order whatever we desire. Saurav Sarkar ordered same masala dosa for him and the rest of us settled for aloo paratha. Minutes later tandoori chicken was served in 2 large plates follwed by dosas and partathas, Arony da took one plate of the chicken and asked us to share the other plate among us. While eating we found Saurav Sarkar who was sitting just opposite to the Hungry Hippo was staring at him in awe, and Arony Da was busy finishing his plate. Unable to resist himself Saurav spoke a piece of advice to the Hungry Hippo that he should be concerned about his health with a regular workout followed by a healthy diet. Arony Da said nothing, finished his chicken called up the waiter and ordered for a ice cream and coffee with extra sugar, we also ordered for coffee and then he gave a loud belch and then replied to Saurav, 'dude do you know that due to my eating habit and health millions are earning their bread and butter' and then he pointed to Sayan and said 'ask him' as Sayan is a medicine shop owner and medicines sells due to people like Hungry Hippo as well as doctors who earns their fees due to people like him. We all cracked up in a laughter and agreed as if we had any choice.
We were finishing our coffee as well as Hungry Hippo but he did it in style, he poured 2 scoops of ice cream in his coffee stirred it and had it at once as if he was having a tequila shot and we stared at him in awe. This is not just the end after this we were outside doing some photo shoots, Arony da was not there so we were staring around for him, minutes later we found him marching towards us straight from the toilet completing his 4th dump of the day, as he came closer he didn’t say anything but the look he gave said it all 'what r u looking at?, what’s so funny about it? Huh?
We resumed our journey towards our destination almost after an hour from the dhaba. Arony Da had already instructed my pillion (Sayan) for a photo shoot as he would do the thing. On finding himself in the clearing he signaled Sayan that its time, then he lifted both his hand and showed the mighty "X" which was a sheer delight. My pillion was pretty much bored as he wasn’t riding so he borrowed the little guy's (Saurav Mishra) Unicorn Dazzler and rode for a bit and killed his boredom. Next we stopped at (“darjeeling more”
) in Panagarh beside an ATM as Sourav Sarkar had to withdraw cash for petrol. Resuming from there it was decided that we won’t take any breaks and will stop at our destination. As planned we didn’t stop anywhere but right at the border of Bengal and Jharkhand there was a petrol pump and Arony Da stopped there told us that petrol is cheaper here in Jharkhand and we also found the difference is Rs. 8/ltr so if anyone wants to fill up, they can. Hearing this Saurav Sarkar got excited, opened his tank cap watched how much gas he had, not only that he emptied his mineral water bottle for filling up petrol and also requested us not to trash ours as he needed them too for petrol. Ultimately it was decided to gas up while returning since destination was just round the corner.
Then the moment arrived when we saw a direction board directed to take left for Maithon Dam, we turned left and after a while the view was right in front of us so picturesque and we were mesmerised by the beauty of it. We parked our bikes forming a straight line and got ourselves busy with our cameras trying to capture all of it. Arony Da shared with us that the view has changed from his last visit as the water level has raised and also showed us pictures from his previous visit. The sun was blazing on us hard, we were done taking pictures and it was time to move on, so we left. From there we took a detour towards left for fun as there was a road which was sloped downwards just like downhill and we all wanted to experience it going down and coming up, we went down parked beside a shop bought a bottle of sprite and some water and rode up one by one and enjoyed the pleasure of the riding on hill.
Hungry Hippo wanted to take a dip so he took us to beautiful location, a lake adjacent to the dam. We parked beneath a tree, Arony Da changed and was in his shorts top less, a sight not for weak hearts and marched towards the lake. Sourav sarkar was lazing off in the shade of the tree, Arijit was taken away by the beauty of the place was standing at the edge of the lake admiring the vista, Sayan was sitting in a squat position, our little guy (Saurav Mishra) was busy on phone and I was capturing the place in my camera. Just then Hungry Hippo who was half merged in water called me and asked (“rahul amar ekta pic tol ami surjo pronam krobo amar pet ta dhukiye”
) "pls shoot me while i will pray to god sun with my hands folded and will breathe in to push my belly in, just then click" I laughed and replied "no matter how much u push ur belly in it won’t make any difference" he gave me a smile and started the action. After the photo-shoot we all sat beneath the tree and chatted a while and when it was almost 1pm we started for our next destination Panchet Dam.
Panchet dam was not very far from there took almost an hour to reach as the road en route was off roading friendly, not all of it but few kilometres after which the road was fine. The place is even more scenic and beautiful than our previous destination. We passed the photography restricted area and parked our rides and got busy with our cameras. The view of the massive hill in the horizon and the river on our right with boats parked in a sequential manner was breath taking. On the left hand side we could see a nice fabricated garden down below but we could not capture it on camera since there was a fence blocking the view, so we rode down there and accomplished our mission even took a group pic with the help of a local.
The trip was a success and we all enjoyed every bit of it and it was time to roll back home.
While returning we stopped at the petrol pump as scheduled and filled up our tanks, Saurav Sarkar filled up 2 mineral water bottles and packed it in his backpack and we resumed our journey towards Kolkata.We stopped at Panagarh around 17:30 at a restaurant to eat as we didn’t had lunch that day and we all were hungry. We all ordered chicken and roti while Hungry Hippo ordered a mutton dish with coke. After filling our stomach we rolled almost after an hour. Next we stopped at Saktigarh for the famous Langchas (a sweet dish) some of us ate and also parcelled for home. Arony da had 2 langchas and a samosa there and also packed some for home.
That was our last stop before home but I and Arijit had to stop at Dankuni as Sayan (my pillion) would go to Dakhineshwar for his home got himself transferred on Arijit's bike as Arijit would go home via Dakhineshwar.
That was the end of the trip as we all rolled towards our respective homes, altogether we munched more than 500kms that day, a day well spent.
I reached home around 22:20, 541 kms on my odo, my soul was satisfied went to bed wondering...........Where Next.......