Probably this is one of the most unplanned trips I have ever done since the days I was ever hooked up to motorcycles. Indeed a lovely experience it was to explore probably one of the wettest place on this planet.
Oh… I almost forgot being this my first blog I should be good enough to introduce myself.
Right so that’s me and my motorcycle whom the stories would be about. My name is Tanishq Chaudhuri, Indian and while I type in these lines I am fluttering in my age of 23. Got hooked to motorcycles while I was 15 but the real passion came up not until I was 18 and got my Pulsar 200NS. On a short note I am a motorcyclist enthusiast and life seems much more sorted to me on 2- wheels rather than anywhere else.
Getting back to “THE RAINY LAP”.
Any guesses why to name it so? It was probably one of quickest planned, executed , completed motorcycle tour for me to the wettest place on earth CHERAPUNJI.
It all started the previous evening when my mood was pissed of due to homesickness. It has almost been a couple of years that I had not been with my family and it was the festive season of Dusshera, all around there were drums beating chanting prayers and the chaotic DURGA PUJA crowd of WEST BENGAL all around eating me up with a sense of loneliness. It was 8th of October and I planned to visit Meghalaya, the land of clouds. I never knew what would be in store for me and nor had a single idea about what was I doing, but the only thing which pushed me was I wanted to stay aloof of a crowd.
It was almost 8 pm when a buddy of mine said that he would be going back home as well to BIRPARA, almost 120 kms odd from the base where I was supposed to start my trip from. It was a sleepless night of course due to excitement but also had the preparation to be done. We began at 4.30 am while it was dawn and sign of sunlight around we followed a route with a canal on on one side and forest on the other and then through forest again among dense forest. Not to forget the worry of a wild elephant to obstruct our way was always in my mind through those few kms. Around 7.30 in the morning we reached BIRPARA post a couple of stops. After this it was all me solo to continue this journey ahead.
This was my first stop 30-40 kms prior to BARABHISHA, the rain gods had already been showering there blessings on me. It was October, fall season and all I got was drenched in heavy monsoon like rains. Though this stop was pretty helpful. Got some hot tea, with a few biscuits and freshened up. All I was tot try was to keep my eyes wide open as I had already avoided some sleep and night and that was up for a revenge on me.
I started my ride post this stop and continued towards ASSAM, for the first day I had planned to reach Guwahati and hence tried minimum and short stops in my ride.
As I entered ASSAM the roads were wider and smoother finally my bad times on the road was indeed over as even the heavenly showers were on a pause. 250+ kms were left for Guwahati while the clock ticked to be around 11am. Probably this was the first time I realised that Guwahati might not be the stop for the day. I might be able to push a bit more and reach further. So now the final destination for the day moved on from being prefixed to a mobile one. I never knew when to stop and that was probably when the fun of this trip came into realization. It had no end to it.
I rode for approx 4 hours more when I finally reached Guwahati and stopped by at a road side shop for some water and refreshment. The rain gods were no where to be seen as of now as when I reached Guwahati the sun was shining bright on me and I had made my way I wanted to. Far away from the crowd with loads of known faces and identities.
I enquired about the route ahead from the shopkeeper. He said me the roads to SHILLONG were awesome and would approximately take me a couple of hours to be there. I started of from GUWAHATI after some light snack and continued further towards Shillong towards Meghalaya.
A road took a sharp bent towards the right with where the road into MEGHALAYA began and indeed I would say those roads were better than any I have seen over my years of riding, corners, stretches, awesome views and everything was with me over this period of time until I realized I was SUPPPPER DIZZZZY and my eyes had shut down a couple of times while I was right at the corners on this stretch. 80kms of these awesome roads ahead and all that I had to do was to stay awake while I was riding the motorcycle, but that did not sum up my problems. Once I started in Meghalaya the heavens made me realise why is known as the wettest place on earth. Probably for the next 30kms I fought with my sleep and the awful showers which reduced the visibility. Post this for the next 40-50 kms my issues with the rains decreased and my eyes had some relaxation as I continued watching some astonishing views of the UMAIM lake which is actually a water reservoir to a hydro electric project.
The day one of this ride ended as I reached SHILLONG’s Police Bazaar and checked into an hotel. The hotels in this area do not have any parking plot and hence I parked my motorcycle at a central parking place for the night which costed me a 100 bucks. All after this I remember is I had a Sub for dinner and the bed I slept on. Exhausted the bed seemed the best friend at that moment. I had to complete my sleep and regain energy for the next day.