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Cycling trip to Nagaon beach

October 2nd, 2014 was the day I completed my first ever century ride but no  need to wax eloquent about that.
 
A few days ago, on October 2, 2018, we went to Nagaon beach just for the heck of it. I had never been there on my bicycle so was all pumped up and it was worth the effort.
 
We started at 0530 from Ruia College Signal and reached Gateway of India by 0615. Rony and Shivkumar accompanied me as we pedaled away without the traffic or such save and except for that black dog who came running behind me 😞 Everyone seems to be aware of my fear of the canine species.
 
As luck would have it, the first launch was cancelled so we had time to watch the sun come up and take some pictures.
 
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We then left by the ferry at 7 am which put us at Mandwa jetty by 0830.
 
Going to Mandwa
 
Started cycling in the roads laced with greenery and trees so it was enjoyable. Rony had his music system playing and with Panchamda playing, what more could a Pancham Paagal ask for? We rode almost non stop to Nagaon beach (only halt we had been to grab a pav vada for breakfast) and were there by 10 am. Good weather.
 
Ride from Mandwa to Nagaon
 
Rony and his selfie abilities even when riding
 
Shivkumar and I went wading into the water. Despite being a public holiday, the beach wasn’t so crowded.
 
Left from there around 11 and just as we got out, heard a huge whissssshhh. Rony’s rear wheel had a flat. We first tried to fix the puncture but it turned out that the rear tyre was damaged so decided to put him into an auto rickshaw and send him to the jetty.
 
As we were walking ahead looking, for an auto, someone asked, Puncture? And we nodded yes. So he directed us to this gentleman barely 500 metres away who had his cycle repair shop in his cottage itself. He was God sent honestly. Fixed the puncture and the tire but the air again leaked so decided to replace the tube. Rony being Rony was fully geared up with spare tubes despite this being his foldie and not his regular bicycle. We finally started off at 1220 from there.
 
Decided to skip Alibag and proceeded straight to Mandwa Jetty. On the way had sugar cane juice, a banana and water. The heat was seriously getting to us. We made it to the jetty by 2 pm just about the time when the catamaran was leaving. Hurriedly picked up bottles of water with some chips and rushed to the catamaran.
 
Return leg
 
Came back to Gateway of India by 3.30 pm. The catamaran was faster than the morning ferry. Guzzled water and started once again to reach home by 4.30 pm.
 
It was a fun ride even if hot. Ended up with 85.8 kms which was short of the century done 4 years ago but it was truly a memorable ride.
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The Pagoda ride and then coastal ride

I was longing to go to the Global Vipassana Pagoda near Gorai. Had missed a ride earlier when friends had gone there. Finally, we decided to go there on February 4, 2018.

As is typical of me, I announced it to my friends and family and of course my accountability partners just so that I had no means to chicken out. And it worked. The previous night I slept past midnight and when the alarm went off at 0444, I was two minds whether to go or skip. But I jumped out of bed rather than listen to my silly sleepy mind and left home at 0600.

Reached the meeting point at Dadar TT and met Rony. He had got my tail light so he fixed that. We finally took off at 0615 just the two of us for what was to be a superb ride. The weather was pleasant so no complaining.

We rode over all the bridges starting from Andheri as the Metro construction work has made the roads below a living hell. Turned left at Kashimira and went in towards Mira Road and Bhayandar and other spots. The road does get a little uphill but it wasn’t so bad.

We reached Gorai beach around 0930 and clicked photos to preserve the memory of my first ride to Gorai beach on the bicycle.

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After the photo session, we left from there and found a simple restaurant which served us some lovely egg bhurji with paav. It was filling and kept us going through the sunny ride.

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We started around 10 am and rode to the Pagoda. The grandeur of the Pagoda is breathtaking indeed. They have a nice, clean restaurant which serves pure vegetarian food. Since we had already finished our breakfast, we had delicious buttermilk there and boy was it delicious!! Had another round as well. We decided that the next time we ride here, we would have our breakfast at this restaurant. They have a swing opposite the Buddha statue and I have a fetish for swings so enjoyed that as well.

Left from there and rode to Manori jetty. It is a short ride of about 9 kms. On the way, we spotted this house with bougainvilleas in full bloom. It was an amazing sight.

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We then took the ferry from Manori Jetty to Marve which is a short ride across so it would hardly take 10 minutes.

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From Marve we cycled again this time to Madh jetty via The Resort and The Retreat hotels as also Aksa Beach. This was another 9 kms but it was fun. You suddenly felt the traffic of the city though not as much as the normal Mumbai traffic.

We took a short trip on the ferry across the waters to reach Versova. Honestly, it was shouting distance so to say as the ferry took us to the other side in less than 5 minutes. It was tough manoeuvring the bicycle through the sand. No, I wasn’t even riding but just dragging it in itself was tough. Don’t expect any pristine beach or such as we landed on to the fishing village and it WAS DIRTY. What followed was an ordeal as the road leading out was extremely narrow and two trucks came face to face. Even a cyclist couldn’t get through. Finally, they managed to move from there and so we could move. We hit Yari Road and we spotted a Subway so had a filling meal there.

We took off from there and then continued the journey back home trying to avoid traffic as much as possible. We took the road via Juhu beach just so that we could be near the coast as much as possible. After all, we wanted to do the coastal ride.

Took the usual route thereafter and we returned home. There was less than usual traffic honestly. Maybe it was a Sunday so people were enjoying their siesta. I made it home at 3.26 pm having done 94.7 kms. All in all, it was an exhilarating ride and the view of the Pagoda was breathtaking.

A big thank you to Rony who always motivates me to complete the ride (especially during the uphill climbs). Without him, I would be the king of DNFs. (Did not finish). The two of us will definitely be riding there once again and maybe after reading this, we will have more cyclists joining us.

Here is the map of my ride from Strava.