This is what happens when you have some like minded guys not around , but in the same floor and in the office. After our FIRST 100+KM the same 3 guys started thinking of the next trip and this time we were planning something on the coastal route. As we started exploring google and followed the trace on the coast from Chennai beach we found a beautiful route till pulicat lake. As we spotted this we didn't have a 2nd thought to freeze this route.
The route was done and now the next was the date, we did not plan November 1st well in advance, but it was just couple of days before our schedule looked fine and now we posted to our group +Dinesh Pandy also planned to join this trip.
Nothing much to plan as Dinesh,Alwin and Vijay started from porur and i was getting ready to receive them in the midway near valluvar kottam as i was getting ready on the November 1st morning i get a call from unknown number introducing himself as Arun Mohit and wanted to join this trip.I rechecked if he is ok for the 100+ Kms he said he has not crossed more than 50 Kms but he will manage to do.
We all 5 joined Near valluvar kottam and started our trip.The heavy rain on the pprevious night gave a pleasant start, and we stopped near the Kasimedu bridge for our first photo shoot.
we were few kilometres away from our destination of pulicat lake and the route was awesome incase if you like to do any offroad biking.
The below photo will talk more on our looks after 60+ Km of cycling.
It was our time to build strategy and we decided that we will stop only in the next 10th KM that was minjur and no photo stops inbetween.In our whole ride i consider this was the challenging part but the route was scenic across with both sides having paddy fields and no or less traffic in most of the places. As planned we reached minjur for the pitstop and started moving across. After minju we were once again challenged by the heavy vehicles and we started taking the service road. We were now on the Highway route and were near to manali. we stopped here for our pitstop to load ourselves with few snacks and re fill our water bottles. As we started in next few minutes we felt there were some showers dropping down so we moved our gadgets into safezone and started pedalling. When me and dinesh stopped for the first rain our other friends were still pedalling continiously. As we were reaching the manali junction there was heavy down pour. When couple of us had a plan to stop,alwin pulled us to continue pedalling and it made complete sense. It was a very heavy downpour and actually were were moving between the parked trailer lorries. Many of us at the junction asked if it was a race , few were passing comments as crazy guys etc. But the these guys were enjoying the rain and wanted me to take the pics.
I guess the real fun of this trip was in this stretch , cycling in the heavy downpour and from here all our gadgets were running short of powers and also the rain god did not want us to use them back. We discussed our departure plans as me and Mohit took the route to home back through anna nagar. Vijay, Alwin and dinesh continued on the high way as they have to reach porur. Many saw us as mad people !! and i think they are right !! we are mad on these things !! See you soon on our heritage ride !!
Distance: 125 Kms minimum
Route - Highway / offroad
Places you can see: Pulicat lake, Ennore port,NTPL,Fishing,Beaches,Cashew Farm etc