Expressway…speed… biking …symphony

A road through an Indian village where we can not do an average more than 50kmph

I was on the Mumbai-Pune expressway last week. Its not permitted for 2 wheelers to ride on this road. But sitting on the seat beside the bus driver and with the whole windscreen to myself is a delight, and I cant have enough of it. I wish I could ride on this road on my motorbike.

Speeds of 90kmph or more on a motorbike on well paved roads gives an adrenaline rush, only a biker can understand. With all the four wheelers crossing you at 120kmph or more, it makes me feel vulnerable, highly alert  to everything happening around me- left right, front, behind , below , across the road, on the bylanes 100meters ahead and 100 meter behind. With helmet, jacket and gloves on the vulnerability is partly shielded, none the less its hardly near complete safe. The wind that slaps you from the front and from the right when a mammoth of a truck passes you is the music that I ride the bike to.  Its been more than six moths since I rode long distance. But the very thought of being on the road, make my eyes go wider, and every cell of my body gets excited about it.  Indian roads do not give enough opportunity to do such speeds for long distances. One highway where in certain stretches this experience is possible is NH4.

The experience is about speed, but a lot more about the realisation of how vulnerable and transient is life. This realisation stays on for sometime after a ride and it changes the ways one goes about life. It translates into  gentler mannerisms, care for things and people and humbler attitudes.

These speeds are dangerous, until one does enough distances on lesser speeds, one should not attempt these speeds; especially not on Indian roads. I would not suggest even a adept biker to do something like this. I only do this on very short streches that are  scantily populated and less trafficked.