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Old 22nd November 2010, 16:19   #1
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Default Pune - Vadodara -- Gliding on my Bird (TBTS) this time

I am planning to go to Vadodara; but this time taking my Bird and planning to glide (read : ride on my new RE Thunderbird). I have done many trips from Pune to Vadodara and back in my car; first time on two-wheeler.

I am planning to start early - around 430 am from Wakad. Exp way is out this time since its a two-wheeler.
Planning to reach Khopoli around 5.45 and take break. After that planning to take break every 70-80 mins of riding. This would be my first long distance trip on two wheeler after close to 8 years and dont want to repeat what Saif said in Dil Chahta Hai after his Goa sojourn "Main aise roz thodehi baithata hoon" so planning to take more breaks this time.

I am planning to start from Pune on Friday (any friday as long as I am able to get leave ) and start from Vadodara back to Pune on Sunday early morning.

Please suggest good points to stop enroute considering this; mainly
1. where to stop to give rest to my lower back
2. good hotel is not a criterion any more since I will be alone. A chay-tapri will still be fine
3. I need to be in baroda latest by dusk. I dont want to ride for more than 13 hrs.
4. whether new highway from Manor till Vadodara is ok for two wheeler?

Thanks and not to mention; am all excited to take this trip.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 11:17   #2
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I have thought of following route and break-points enroute.

Home to Highway - 4 km
to Khopoli - 65 km
break (10 mins)
to Teen Haath Naka, Thane - 75 km
break (10 mins)
to Silver Miles, Manor - 72 km
breakfast (20 mins)
to Bhilad - 72 km
break (10 mins)
to Valsad - 48 km
brunch (20 mins)
to Sachin - 76 km
break (10 mins)
to Bharuch - 89 km
break (10 mins)
to Vadodara - 77 km
Home Sweet Home.

Its approx 578 km with this route and total of 740 mins with avg speed of 60 kms. I think this is doable considering I will be on a two-wheeler and jams wont affect me much. This would also take care that I am having break after every 70-80 mins of riding. All the stops would be on the highways at the city mentioned.

Planning to start from Home in Pune at 4.30 and reaching Vadodara around 5pm.

Will update this thread once I am prepared for the journey and after I come back to Pune. One major thing to do before I start - getting home ministry approval. tough to get I know, but persistence pays I heard.
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