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Old 5th April 2013, 17:06   #136
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Man, literally you are taking me through a kayak ride. I was totally glued to my seat and in one stretch I reached here reading your post. Now I can feel the breeze, the wind, the salty water and even the taste of the food at Kashid beach!!!
By far the best travelogue Iíve ever come across in my life. Hats off to your dedication and passion, you truly inspire me! This thread is much more than a travelogue, truly inspirational and I learnt a lot. If not from your thread I donít think Iíll ever come to (or rather try to) know about different kayaks, kayaking techniques, Oscar Speck, Sandy and everything youíve mentioned.
I bow before you with respect, you really deserve it.
I can feel the effort and pain you had gone through during your journey, more than that I respect the pain you take in enlightening us with which is a ďTrue Inspirational StoryĒ. Canít wait to see the rest.
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Old 5th April 2013, 17:22   #137
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This has to be the most hardcore thing I have ever read. Just reading this gives goose bumps. I admire and respect (from the bottom of my heart) the passion and commitment you have to pursue your dream. I have never seem a more passionate person in my life.
Milind soman ran Delhi-Mumbai few months back. That was my biggest benchmark before i read this. And now that seems like a cakewalk.

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Old 5th April 2013, 19:20   #138
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quick question, I think if you enter international waters, you have to return thru a port of entry. Did you keep your passport for emergencies if coastguard got involved?
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Hi Kamen_rider, you have left me speechless.

I can only say, I'm lovin' it and waiting eagerly for day7.
Hats off to you.

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quick question, I think if you enter international waters, you have to return thru a port of entry. Did you keep your passport for emergencies if coastguard got involved?
Hi vivekiny2k, the Indian waters extend upto 12 nautical miles( around 22km) from the coast that includes Lakshadweep and A&N islands and Kamen_rider went into the sea for only 3-4km at the max.

But yes!! I agree with you completely that keeping the passport could come in handy in tricky situations but at the same time, wouldn't it be a risky affair to carry such an important document safe from the waters if you're travelling in a small kayak which is highly prone to capsizing.

Hey Kamen, is there a safe compartment in the kayak to keep your documents or are dry bags the only solution?
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Old 7th April 2013, 19:48   #140
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First of all hats off to Kamen_rider. I must admit i have become a big fan of yours. I was always interested in road trips. Before reading this i never had an idea that one can cover Mumbai to Goa at the pace of 5 Km/hr that too solo in a kayak! When i first read the heading with no second thought i opened the topic and from the first line i am totally glued to this topic. I cant really express by words how thrilled i am reading this topic. Eagerly waiting for your next write up. Am becoming impatient now to read the whole story!
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I think the collective GDP of TBHPians were to go up if someone were to lock Kamen-rider in a room till he finishes the triplog in one go. You have no idea of the F5s we are all doing. Look at the viewer count - 46k already!
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Old 7th April 2013, 23:55   #142
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Default Day 4: Rest day for my thumb, and a walk around town!

The night before, I decided to peel off the bandages and let the wound heal on its own. Natural scabs do a far better job of waterproofing than any man made covering, and I knew that a day and two nights of leaving the injury open would do the trick. The human body's immune cells are serious workers, making the Japanese look like beach bums.

I woke up very early on day 4, because I wanted to check whether I could ride the high tide the next day instead of dragging my luggage to the waterline. It was 4.45 am, and I slowly tiptoed towards the main entrance, stepping around the bodies of the sleeping hotel staff. The door was locked, so I undid the latches without making any noise. I am very good at this kind of thing. Many years ago, when I was in a boarding school, I used to steal chocolates and other snacks from other selfish kids who refused to share with the rest. I stole a lot of food in those wonder years, so after a few heists, I knew which materials made what kind of noise in the dark. How much pressure to apply on latches. How to handle crinkly potato chips packets without making a racket. What the heck, I even could open locks with nothing more than a metal compass. Ever seen one of those big, brass Harrison locks with small keyholes? Give me a geometry box today, and I can open these locks within five minutes. This skill is not mentioned on my Linkedin profile, but now you know.

After the Ninja style exit from the main building, I walked towards the main gate, which was also locked. So I slid myself skillfully through one of the gaps and crossed the road to head over the beach. And when I looked at the beach, my fears had come true. The high tide had already gone. I switched on my powerful Maglite, bathing a portion of the beach in white light. Some dogs started barking in the distance. I shone the light at them, and the howls went up. Ha ha.

I leaned down and touched the sand. It was wet, holding a lot of water. It squished like a sponge as I pressed down with my fingers. The high tide had recently passed, and I guessed the time was around 3.30 am. Damn. This was too early to launch tomorrow, so I would have to drag everything into the low tide. My finger better heal, I thought to myself. I decided to walk further down the beach, and into the town of Murud. It was pitch dark, and the whole beach was deserted. The sea breeze carried the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and in the distance, I could see lights from fishing boats bobbing up and down the water. They must have gone out at high tide.

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I walked a loop around the town, crossing the primary school and an interesting looking water tank with a spiral staircase. I also crossed a tree with a Rooster and a couple of hens perched majestically on the tree. I had seen them an hour ago and they were on the same tree then. Maybe a way to escape from cats. The Rooster with the regal plumes looked down at me, and let out a loud 'Ku ku ri kooo' a few times. I bet the hens were impressed.<br /> <br /> <img src=

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Old 8th April 2013, 09:26   #143
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My Monday started well with your day 4. Though it was not exciting as it would be in waters but you kept me hooked through the post. Eagerly waiting for day 5.
Keep the excitement flow
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Old 8th April 2013, 15:19   #144
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Kamen Rider, I read somewhere that god is no supernatural being. Its a human being thinking and doing supernatural things that makes a god. I'd reckon your feat puts you smack bang in the middle of god territory based on that definition. :-) Just kidding!

I admire your writing and enjoyed very much your description of your boarding school antics.
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Awesome stuff. Truly Epic. Iam sure you've got popeye's fore arm's at the end of this trip. Not to mention Arnolds's back.
A couple of us Bhpians recently went to palolem, goa. Hired kayaks and rode in a km or two. Man!!! Was it tough. To endure those rough sea's and crazy currents.

Ive been thinking for sometime now as to what i should get. ( Live bang on the beach) And iam definitely getting my self a single seater sea kayak.
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Old 11th April 2013, 19:28   #146
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Default Day 5: Murud to Shivardhan, tea on high sea, and lovely accommodations for the night!

Day 5: 50 kilometers of paddling, 10.5 hours. Total distance/time: 145 kilometers/30 hours

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After answering them, they wanted me to come aboard and have tea with them. I laughed and politely refused, saying that my kayak would most likely capsize if I stood in it. So I ended up having tea in my kayak compliments of the kind gentlemen of the blue boat. I still look back on that day, and think of the simple but rather extraordinary experience I had. After all, how many people can claim to have paddled to a sea fort in an inflatable kayak, and then have tea from a boat, while trying to steady your kayak and avoid spilling your drink at the same time?<br /> <br /> <img src=

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Excellent thread, and a lovely writing style. And I'm glad you addressed that question - been intending to ask it since ages

Btw Subhan Beach Resort seems to be the place that you just mentioned. Seems to be an extremely simple, laid-back place!
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Excellent thread, and a lovely writing style. And I'm glad you addressed that question - been intending to ask it since ages

Btw Subhan Beach Resort seems to be the place that you just mentioned. Seems to be an extremely simple, laid-back place!
Yes that is the one. It is an amazing place and we had the adventure of driving our Innovas through the sea to reach it last summer. The only place on Srivardhan to give that kind of experience for sure, alone in its neighborhood of the fishing village. Anybody going to Srivardhan, don't miss this place, just ask for Khalcha Jivana through parked fishing boats and then a nice drive on the shore to reach there middle of nowhere. However, thing to remember, it gets flooded till its gates and insides too at high tide. If one has to leave from there, watch the tide and drive out at low tide or before high tide is still atleast a hundred meters away. We had the pleasure of driving out our Innovas through the (lower) high tide with water nearly at the gate. Amazing experience.
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Hello Kamen,

Thans for your clarification on my question on how to keep your documents & wallet dry. Further even bigger thank for information on how did you attend nature's calls while kayaking.

The place - Subhan beach resort seems to be very basic but very inviting. I checked their website & found the pictures of place where you stayed:

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Being a reader of quite a few travelogues on the internet as and when I get time - but then once a while comes a travel story that is at the same time a brilliant narration as well as an adventure of a different dimension. This the fourth time I went through all and surely by the time you finish, would lose count.


One question: As you speak of tides - inexperienced or less prepared paddlers with no/less tide knowledge or in situations where you paddle further out and with less energy and endurance to travel in - how does one recover from such a situation?

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