All of sudden we (LAN, Ram, Kannan and Me) planned for a ride on East Coast Road (ECR) on account of New Year. Driving at night won’t be a good idea so we planned at morning 7AM to kick off the drive. The sad part is I woke up at 7AM only, because I retired late the day before. Ram was punctual, at 7 he came to my room and he may be upset after seeing me, as I was late. Soon I geared up with my activities and got ready. Meantime Ram started to disturb Kannan’s dream and Kannan started getting ready. Lan, couldn’t make that day with us due to his illness, so we forgave him. At 8AM we started our drive and after completing our breakfast in Hotel Insuvai, Royal Enfield and Discover joined the ECR parade.
The road was unusual, full of traffic because of New Year. Bikes were dominating the road that day. We made ourselves to be more cautious on our drive. We maintained 40km speed and drove by chatting and taking photographs all the way. We stopped our journey in a park and took rest over there and had a good time in that park. Crocodile bank and Muttukaadu Lake had population scarcity in the early hours. The weather was promising and was favourable to our drive. Even at 10 it was cool and the beach nearby us added more beauty to our ride and it made even more pleasant drive.
We decided to change our drive from slow pace to fast pace as the road was free, and started cruising the machine. Oh my God, soon I realise, the speedometer needle crossed 100 and I reduced the speed. We were crossing Mahaballipuram, which was crowded.
Ram asked, wanna try Royal Enfield. With little fear, I agreed :-). I sat on it and felt the glory of Royal Enfield. Before drive, Ram gave me the instructions and tips, and I was keenly listening to him. After that I kick started by keeping the Amp needle in 90 degrees and after few failures, Bullet got started in its typical sound. The gear system is totally different and recollected Ram instructions and applied first gear. It was a great success and the mammoth started moving. I changed the Gear from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 and gradually increased the speed and felt like sailing in a ship. That much pleasure esteem and pride while driving it and started thinking, the bike to be owned :-)
We almost travelled 50km and decided to return back. On the way we visited Tiger cave, a cool place. Had fun over there and were chatting by having ilaneer, velri and ezhantha pazham. We left that place and started travelling toward point 0. On the way we happened to see few terrific accidents and it again remained us to maintain our speed to minimal and reached safely.
Kannan took control on the camera through out our journey but no usefull photographs :-)