First day of the journey and the ride was smooth. I met up with a few riders from the Madras Bulls Motorcycle Club and we rode down the East Coast Road to Mahabalipuram. After being sent off by the Bulls, I enjoyed the twisting road along the coast till Pondicherry.
The Indian Summer is in full swing with temperatures around 42 degrees Celsius and the Tamil Nadu coast is very humid. I stayed hydrated by drinking 5 liters of water and having some coconut water and Sugar Palm (Borassus) fruit.
I reached Trichy and met up with Simrit, a biker who's been following my trip for a while. He put me up for the night and we got some dinner from his favorite pushcart vendor who was making fresh barrotas that came with a spicy kurma and fried goat brain and livers; a hearty meal after a good first day back in the saddle.
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Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, is a town in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu about 60 km south of Chennai on the Coromandel Coast. Mahabalipuram's many ancient monuments are rich in historical and architectural value and together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Pondicherry, officially renamed Puducherry, is a former French colony and a Union Territory on the East Coast of India about 160 km south of Chennai.
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Trichy, short for Tiruchirapalli, is a city in Tamil Nadu about 300 km from Chennai.