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Bike ride to Kakani in Yamaha Frazer

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The open roads, a few dudes and a couple of bikes. The perfect recipe to make any bike fanatic forget about Saturday night football or the pretty girl that just gave you her phone number. Every road trip is basically the same. No matter what the distance or the destination; it’s the rush of adrenaline one feels rooted in the spine that fuels the experience of a road trip. There is an unusually rhythmic continuity in the unexpected turns and bumps in a road trip. Maybe it is the feel of the road, the detachment from the routine activities or it could just be the uninterruptable concentration required to keep your vehicle safely on the road.

We were three friends. We decided to take a road trip. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s the guy code. Don’t ask questions and just start driving. Believe me it’s a good recipe for a married life. We decided to take a trip to Kakani. This decision took us a vigorous 8 seconds. Our primary reason was the short distance of about 50 kms from the city, secondly, the road leading to Kakani is smooth except for just a few rough patches, thirdly, the fish we get at rani powa, a 15 minute drive from Kakani is superb and finally it is a trip you can very comfortably complete in a days time. Amongst the given aspects, the idea of completing a road trip within a day steals the show.

 

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So off we went on two Yamaha FZ-S bikes, at around mid day from Kathmandu as we are all late bloomers and the bed just wouldn’t let us go until at least and literally the 11th hour. We rode and rode, we stopped and rode. Stopping periodically was essential for us as we specifically had taking pictures on our agenda and also because we have tremendous respect for the inevitable call of nature.

Our trip was short and simple. It normally takes about an hour and a half to reach Kakani but we drove slow and took a lot of breaks. Think about it. You don’t have to worry about overnight stays, your luggage is minimal, and the thought of being close to the city is always comforting. Other factors I noticed during the trip itself would be that cell reception was available all the time, there are many restaurants all the way to Kakani and also there are many restaurants all the way to Kakani (no I didn’t repeat that line by mistake, its just that I like food a lot). Lastly, I also noticed a few tyre puncture repair shops on the way (you might be thinking your tyres are tubeless huh? Well many people are still sticking to their beloved 8 year old bikes). In addition, to make things clear, there are a few hotels in Kakani if you ever plan to stay overnight. They usually charge between 1000 – 1500 rupees for the night, and the rooms are pretty decent. An overnight stay in Kakani is definitely a good idea. I bet the pollution free surrounding would help you really enjoy your morning coffee. You would really enjoy your morning coffee (guess why I repeated that line, hints above).

 

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Riding on a road trip is completely opposite to riding in the city. Yes, you guessed it right, much less traffic (we’re not handing out gifts for correct answers). The other difference in a road trip is that your bike, if in proper condition performs excellent. The handling is better as you mostly get to maintain a certain speed. With this, your gear shifting automatically becomes smoother; you brake less and also are more careful during turns. We have many need-for-speed inspired truckers in our country too. Overall, you evolve as a better driver. Same thing happened with us. We were driving cautious and smooth. The small instances always make road trips a memory, for example, you find a puddle of water and you use your bike to unleash the festival of Holi on your friend. You find a nice waterfall backgrounded with rocks, you start climbing it and well, slipping down embarrassingly too. You could get really tired and feel your muscles give out and a cup of hot tea from the smallest of shops can give you red-bull like wings. We rode, we played with puddles, we climbed rocks and we drank tea. This somehow felt better than any exotic travel package. Our final destination (no, not the movie) was this nice waterfall where we sat and talked about well, taking another road trip soon. It was around seven now and already dark. We decided to head back home and that’s exactly what we did. We stopped only once and were in Kathmandu by 9 pm.

The best out of the many good parts of a road trip is that the mostly monotonous quality in a road trip actually feels diverse. It could be the same type of road, the same nature of surroundings, the same dudes you have to keep looking at (always deeply wishing they were attractive females), or the same sound of the wind hitting your helmet, and believe me after a while even the songs on your iPod all feel the same.

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Despite all this, there is always a seemingly pleasant feeling while on the open roads. Why this happens is harder to answer than solving the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle or trying to figure out why we keep checking the time again and again when we know what time it is. From what I have gathered, it could basically be the connection with the road or the excitement of the final destination (still thinking about the movie?) or just thought of taking a break from the usual chaos of daily life.

So, there you go, that’s the short and sweet road trip for you. It’s basically short, smooth and lots and lots of paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearing aquatic vertebrate (or craniate) animals that lack limbs with digits. I could have just said fish but that just sounds too simple. And finally remember drive safe, live longer or maybe just eat lots of fish and at least live healthier.

 

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