Hi, Been lurking on this site for many years now, even before I registered. I have been vastly influenced to ride by this website. So here I offer you a ride report as a sacrifice. (oh god this is not going well). :huh The People Me - I am Varun and I work as a freelance cameraman/editor for television documentaries and news, currently based in Chennai - south of India. Although I work in Tamilnadu in the East coast, I am from Kerala, on the West coast. I am gonna hit 30 soon and have had my share of adventures on the bike. Just that I am lazy to write about it. Jacopo and Sheerja - My co riders, husband and wife, are also based in Chennai. Where as J is in between jobs right now, S is an architect. J also happens to be my Kayak guru. That is one point that binds us all, we are all kayakers at some degree of expertise. J being the most experienced. Here is Jacopo and Sheerja enjoying a day of flatwater kayaking near Chennai. and here is me. The Bikes Both me and Jacopo are fans of Royal Enfields. Chennai also happens to be the home of the Royal Enfield since 1956. I own a 2010 year 500cc model where as Jacopo has two - a 350cc and a 500cc. Both are at least a decade old. The main difference being mine is an aluminium engine with more efficiency whereas his is the good old Iron cast engine with a fun to ride feel. For this trip, J, would be using the 500 which is just running in after an engine re-build. So his speeds are restricted to 50 kmph. Here is my bike three years ago, clean and shiny. The Route Planning did'nt help. It never does. We initially planned to head north but then soon dropped that idea. The previous night to our weekend ride we decided to travel to the Eastern ghats. The plan was to scout rivers where we could possibly do a run during the rainy season. The plan was to get out Saturday morning, the Easter weekend and ride for four days and three nights. Route and rest stops would be decided along the way. My kind of travelling. As far as I was concerned, I was just looking forward to getting out of the city. Coincidentally, my best buddy who is in the army was coming to town on the west coast of Kerala, so I decided to continue my journey west to meet him. So our route was to be roughly, Chennai > Jamunamanthur > Yercaud > Pondicherry > Chennai I would ride with J&S till Yercaud and then travel south and west to Kerala over the Western Ghats, where as they returned to Chennai. Chennai > Jamunamanthur > Yercaud > Munnar > Cochin > Guruvayoor. Guruvayoor was my hometown, and I intended to park my bike there after the trip. I would see her a month later. 1 hot post coming up !!!