Distance: 50 km
The last day was pretty laidback. We took lots of stops to take in the scenery as we got out of the forests and back to civilization.
We passed through old goa and stopped by the churches. The last 10 kms from old goa to panaji was tougher than I expected. The road was very narrow and we had to cycle through strong head winds. All in all this was a wonderful trip. It wasn’t as tough as the ladakh cycle trip and it was lovely seeing goa for all its natural beauty (and not just for its beaches).
Distance : 50km
We were off-roading during the entire doodhsagar stretch. While the stretch from collem to doodhsagar was a challenge as we had to share the dirt road with jeeps, we took an alternate route to mollem. We had a few more bike breakdowns on that rocky road which significantly delayed our exit from doodhsagar for a second day.
The high point was visiting the doodhsagar falls though which I later found out was the same falls used in the movie chennai express.
Once we moved out of doodhsagar, the road to bondla forest was pretty easy. However the road inside bondla was steep uphill and I pushed my cycle most of the way.
Bondla camp was very nice with hostel style bunk beds and it was nice sleeping on a bed as opposed to the pebbled earth in doodhsagar.
Netravali to doodhsagar took us out of civilization and well into the forests. We had quite a few bike breakdowns but luckily my bicycle stayed didn’t have much problems.
We had to cross a few small rivers on foot avoiding jeeps which seemed to be in a tearing hurry.
We were scheduled to reach around 4pm but we reached well after 6pm. The doodhsagar tents were pitched on pebbled earth but our fatigue took over soon and the night passed without any problems.
Distance: 50 km
The bike ride from Assolna to Netravali was uneventful. The place we were staying in Netravali was beautiful. It was in a spice farm filled with Supari trees and other spices.
When we entered, the owner cut down some fresh coconuts and was wonderful way to cool down. The rest of the food was lacking in taste. The farm did have spices for sale but the prices were on the higher side
Damn Goa is hot. The first real day of cycling was fun.
We took a ferry from Donna Paula to Vasco.
We were going to bike on the beach for the next 25 kms but high tide scuppered that idea.
This is us stopping to get sugar cane juice while being surrounded by beautiful lagoon.
We continued on paved roads till mobor beach where we stopped for lunch. The others went for a swim while I laid on the sand behind the life guard station.
We reached assolna camp around 5 pm to be greeted with lychee drink, tea, French fries and pakoras.
The rest of the day passed by quickly and now we are ready to bike to netravali
Biking distance: 10km
Everyone seems to be a early riser in my tent. We have 1 guy each from chennai, Jaipur, Delhi, mumbai and Baroda and for some reason everyone gets up 5 am.
I finally woke up at 6, had tea and got ready for morning exercise. I haven’t run for ages and it showed. But since we were running on miramar beach, the wonderful scenery helped with the pain.
We capped off the morning with chole bhature and now getting ready for the first ride.