Jammin Day 18 - Indore to Bhopal

The Indian Summer makes the road an oven, but Jay is suited up as a superhero is for a space flight. Arriving in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, he is served fresh, cool dahi vada

Moti Masjid in Bhopal
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The Moti Masjid in Bhopal, built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum.

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Slivered mangoes and red chillies drying on the terrace in Indore.


The temperatures started rising early in the day but I was ready for my battle with the heat. I got an early start from Indore and sipped ice-cold water as my body faced the oven of the Indian Summer. People ask if I don't feel hot wearing all my heavy gear and I do when I'm not moving, so as soon as I suit up, I have to get moving and get air flowing because my suit is all mesh and when air is moving, I feel comfortable. 

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Fresh, cool drinking water available at all petrol pumps in the hot center of India.


My riding suit is bulky, but riding a motorcycle is dangerous and precautions need to be taken. I am surprised by the number of people that take to two wheels without wearing a helmet or any other safety gear and then say two-wheelers are dangerous when there's an accident. My mantra has been that if you're riding a two-wheeler, an accident is inevitable, so better to be prepared for the crash and walk out alive, rather than risk it and get seriously injured. I've fallen down from the bike about six or seven times on this journey but I've not had a single injury. Safety gear is worth its inconvenience.

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The Moti Masjid in Bhopal, built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum.


 

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Refreshing dahi vada on my arrival into Bhopal.

It was a short ride from Indore to Bhopal and I cruised into the city known for its two large lakes that were constructed by King Bhoj.  

Watch the GoPro helmet-cam video of Jay's ride across the hot highways of central India. 

 

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