Scribbling on my journal I was sitting peacefully on the shore adoring the yellows, oranges and blues of the twilight as the mystery of sunset for children unwinding while parents try to justify the spectacle with an illogical fact of sun drowning in the sea to their curious little bundles of joy.
The radiant sun with glowing golden rays is fading out as it nears the horizon.The tranquil sea sparkling with tropical hues is mearly making ripples by the cool breeze sweeping the beach instead of waves and holding-up for the full moon to strike with high tides. Photograhers meandering around with their gears to capture the mesmerizing eventide,the candids of kids piloting kites and occasional yet strikingly beautiful silhouettes.Few young anglers in their dinghy struggling to catch fish in the upper shoreface as the sea remains calm.
The ripples transforming to waves as the dusk creeps in sending the cue for chirping birds to return and rest in their breeding ground.The splashing water cleansing the fine shingle on the beach letting it reflect the glow of colour spectrum .As time passes by , strong wind cleared the dense puffy clouds and sky was aglow as the moon starts to peek in with a blanket of stars shimmering from the distance that stretched to infinity while the opposite side of horizon is glimmered by the city lights. The gust from the sea turned to a zephyr that gently blew across my face offering a pleasantly intoxicated sense of freedom.
Peeking into a clear night sky itself is a mind-boggling sight . The more time your eyes are stuck on ,the more starry it became. It takes millions of light years for the light from some stars to reach us so that we can see the celestial bodies. Isn’t it possible that at least a few stars we see today on the sky are not even there now or could have exploded even before the evolution of humans? It just amazes me that we are witnessing something that existed well beyond the era of dinosers or the oldest fossils mankind has ever layed hands on or any archeological evidences that we have right now in our access. Looking at the vast endless mighty universe with billions of stars I feel genuinly humbled thinking how mere an existance we are “THE HUMANS” .
And we think of us as lordly. There could be millions of other habitable planets and billions of other human/higher form of intelligent entities with much advanced technologies who might be watching and studying earth and us right now from light years away while we are still trying to figure out how to send a space ship out of our own galaxy.
The books we read , the knowledge we aquire ,the things we see around us , the situations we have been ,the problems,the love, the travels, the happiness, the hate ,the crimes, the wars and the chaos all around are just happening in this teeny tiny planet “THE EARTH” in this majestic universe. And for those who still think we are superior,look below and THINK AGAIN.
It’s with great pleasure and pride I would like to tell the rest of the world that this country has done a great job in containing one of the deadliest pandemic in the recent decades or even the century .
I have been working here in UAE for the last 7 years and trust me when I say this ,for the past few months I have never ever seen the streets this empty. Almost every public places very closed . No entertainment facilities. Most of the offices were gone virtual. But still we managed to move forward in the right direction with the help of local authorities and ofcourse the front line warriors,the medical staffs . In Abu Dhabi the government has gone an extra mile to make sure things are in right side. A dedicated team was assigned to go to every single apartment and accommodation and test every resident in the country.
The country is still fighting this, but definitely it has the upper hand now. And officially Dubai is open for tourists and business. Streets are getting busy . Offices are open . Hope to travel somewhere soon .
A long road trip was a thriving experiment which I always wanted to experience to crack out of the nut shell.
I expected to have a slow ride on my Royal Enfield (which is the most popular cruising bike of recent decade in india) with so called classic thumping(even though the new RE versions are not up to the mark on thumping as earlier version were,still its a classic ride) and the whoosing sound of fresh air that blows through the side of my head gear.
The whole thought of road trip started months before we started rolling on 13th January 2018.
Me and Arul (colleague,cousin,friend) started planning about the trip from February 2017 and the initial plans were from Kottayam to Jaisalmer(Rajasthan) which is still lying in our bucket list.As usual when the time nears trip the destinations started dwarfing down the map from Jaisalmer to Ahmadabad, Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Gokarna, Murdeshwar, Uduppi, Mangalore and halted at Wayanad (ok… that is embarrassing) .
Finally with no clear decided destinations we started off from Chenganashery headed towards Wayanad with 6 days in hand.
To be very open we didnt had much preparations. Had a full regular service for the RE classic 350.The very basic amenities such as jacket,Gloves,helmet, sunglass, watch,gopro,dslr,bunge cords, carry bag.
Arul took an extra cluch cable.
Around 3:15 Am we started from chenganashery bypass road towards alappy and off to Wayanad via edapally,Chavakkad,Ponnani and tirur.
We had our first stop in alappy to buy a bottle of water as both of us forgot to take water and a few snaps just before we leave and straight to edapally.We halted opposite to the lulu mall Edapally for an early tea and on the bike again since we didnt want to waste much time as we have a long way to ride.
As we ride on, the road got narrowed to 2 lane and then regress to a single lane two way road ( still a National Highway in the mighty nation).Road conditions getting bad and traffic started putting hurdles on our plan.Had our breakfast near vadanapally in a decent restaurant and took a 45 minutes break to strech out and keep the body blood flow normal, then back to road again.
The first unexpected time bustler hit us at chavakkad when Arul felt his bike beacme heavy and found out that he has a flat tyre and totally out of pressure. Stopped the bikes and asked for a local tyre shop where we can fix this. A guy came out from nowhere and made some calls and said a workshop guy wil come and fix it up. Around 45 minutes later the guy came and fixed the puncture and we got late by 2 hours.
Even though we were late as per our plan we didnt want to hurry and later end up in some crappy situations. Road was much better after ponnani . Riding though ponnani and tirur we reached kozhikode where we met Arul’s collage junior princen who is from kozhikode itself. He took us to the a small restaurant which he claimed to have the best beef biriyani in town.Couldn’t complain anything on that. That was the best biriyani i ever had in my life.
Then we decided not go to wayanad since there was a chance for fog on the road and moreover we were too tired.We took a hotel room. Got fresh and princen was kind enough to get his car and came to pick us for a round in kozhikkode. We went to the amazing kozhikode beach. There are a lot of local foods available on beach and nearby beach roads which a south keralite have never tasted or even heard of.By around 11 PM princen dorpped us back in the room and left.