When captain told me about a new road that he has discovered, how can we miss the oportunity to ride on it. After discussing with Captain we found its the one that comes out near Mutha (one I looked curiously during my last ride to Mutha). Now just riding on it to reach Mutha was a bit less than normal plan, so we extended it to ride to Lonawala via Pawana. So the ride was planned for Sunday, 4th Nov 2007, early morning and invitations to Nomads were send. In the end it was me on CBZ, Captain on his Pulsar220 and Nehal on her RX100 who started the ride.
As usual we grouped at Chandani Chowk by 6:30 and after tanking up our bikes we headed towards NDA. Yes, Captain has taken the permission so that we can ride through NDA to reach the new route.
After doing the paperwork at NDA entrance we headed towards Peacock Bay end to exit NDA. 10km into the ride and at Peacock bay we were now coming out on a road, I’m riding for the first time. Its a narrow and scenic road. With hills on one side and farms with Khadakwasala dam’s water beyond them. Will be at its best during monsoon for sure.
Though the road condition is not the best with some broken patches in middle, its still worth riding on. After some 21km’s from Peacock Bay we reached the point where it joins Mutha ghat.
After a small break, we all ripped up the Ghat, which was as good as always. After coming down Mutha ghat, we headed towards Pirangut. The road is wide with great tarmac and some free flowing twisties.
At Pirangut, we took the left turn towards Paud, a destination which is some 20odd km’s, we reached after riding for almost 50km’s. From Paud we got off the SH and turned right towards Pawana. The road is back to a narrow one with some bad stretches in between.
The first view of Pawana was very different from last time. There is a lot more brownish-green grass on the road side, due to which we missed the trail that would have taken us to a better view point. Also there is plenty of more water right now. Due to lots of haze, the camera’s were not able to capture a good view of the scenery.
After a small break we headed towards the Boat club as we all were hungry by now. As we crossed the Pawana dam, I wrongly took the right turn at a ‘T’ junction, which I realised after we have ridden for few km’s. Once we asked the locals about the destination of this road as Kamshet, there was no turning back. After all it will still take us to our homes . So we carried on the second discovery of the ride. This road is a typical village road, with lots of bad patches in between. Enroute, we gave the turnoff to Kamshet a miss as we realised that the road will still take us to Pune.
Since we were all very hungry by now, so we pulled over to a small road side hotel to feast of hot tea and hot bhajis. Home is not too far now, so once we were done munching, we kick started the last part of the ride.
By the time we came out back on NH4, we have already covered 97km’s and now it was time to twist the wrist and gobble km’s at faster pace. By 11:15 we all split at Wakad, having covered 113km’s into the ride.
So couple of roads were discovered to ride on during rains, as thats the best time to enjoy this part of country. Ofcourse, we can always ride to Pawana to view what would be some breath taking sunrise and sunset views.