Manjusagar, a passionate biker from Bengaluru is on his solo ride - 'Long Way Round' where he plans to ride a distance of 15000+ kms in 2 months on his KTM Duke 200. A Sales and Marketing guy by profession, he is the admin of Battalion Bikers Club in Bangalore.
He wants to cover the entire coast of India along with exploring Northern India. The motivation behind his ride is Long way round (TV series - 2000) starring Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman who inspired him to ride around the world and legendary bikers like Mr. Deepak Kamath, Mr. Bharadwaj Dayala, Che Guevara (The Motorcycle Diaries). His riding route is Bangalore - Goa - Mumbai - Rann Of Kutch - Jaipur - Amritsar - Chandigarh - Kasol - Varanasi - Gaya - Ranchi - Kolkata - Vishakhapatnam - Kanyakumari - Mangalore - Bangalore .
This is not his first ride and has ridden about 80000 kms in the last 4 years. He has done South India coastal ride from Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari to Mangalore (Oct 2015). In 2016, he did a coastal ride from Orissa to Vishakapatnam, covering a distance of 2500 kms. There was a gap from Mangalore up to Gujarat, and from Kolkata to Rameshwaram. He wanted to close this gap by riding all along the Indian coast in one shot, from Gujarat to Kanyakumari to Kolkata. This was the inception of his current ride.
Speaking about his experiences of Orissa ride he says that he started his journey from Bangalore and headed out to Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh for the first halt. Then to Hyderabad and Eturnagaram Forest (Telangana) for his second. The third day he got lost on his way in Bastar district of Chattisgarh on the way to Bhilai. The reason being, he wanted to navigate using people's help and not Google maps as it let's you soak in more of the place. It was one of the most beautiful places that he had ever seen in his life. A mud road passing alongside the life giving river - Mother Godavari, with light showers all through the day. It was cold, it was wet, it was green, it was unexplored, it was heaven.
The monsoons which began the previous day had enriched the Godavari with more water, which made it cross over the mud roads and thus ending his journey on that road. He had to return, sadly; back to his starting point. With all his clothes wet, thanks to the monsoons, he headed to Vishakapatnam via Badrachalam, again through scenic roads that had wonderful vistas throughout.
The road from Vishakapatnam to Orissa is like nothing you can see in India. The eastern ghats are long and short but are colored like those in Europe. It will truly make one feel like you're not in India any more. On reaching Bhubaneswar, he stayed over with his MMA coach in Utkal Karate school and got to see wonderful places like Chanda Ashoka temple and the Buddhist stupa there. So the end of that journey marked the idea to ride all along the Indian coast. And here he is today, having covered the coastal line from Rameshwaram to Gujarat - Gulf of Kutch, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab eager to hit the east coast at Kolkata to complete his Coastal Odyssey.
Recently he rode from Bangalore to Goa via Chorla, covering a distance of 1300 kms in 4 days for India Bike Week.
A message that he would be spreading during the course of his ride is Pursue your dreams, life is short, ride safe, know oneself better. He would like to explore Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka after this ride.
Throttle Team wishes him good luck for his remaining ride!