I'd been itching to get off the beaten path, and do something different from my daily routine, which had settled into a Bandra - Gateway - Bandra, or alternatively a Bandra centric ride: Pali Road - Carter Road - Pali Hill - Bandstand - Mount Marys. Finally today, Bharath and I decided to head out and do something different. I rode from Hill Road Bandra to Bharat who is a Professor of Mathematics from California, teaching at IIT Powai for a few months. From IIT Powai we were to take the Pipe Line Road into Aarey Colony and then try t find the trail that leads from Aarey into Borivali Nat'l Park. See, there are a couple of internal roads, but they've been shut to the public. All gates and barricades and plenty of guards. Several years ago, I had found this small path / trail from Aarey deep into Borivali Nat'l Park, and I was adamant to find it again. After riding around in Aarey for an hour or so, I finally found it! It was worth it! Completely deserted, and a fantastic off-road trail. As I said, not for the faint at heart! Steel inclines, all of 20+ kms each way, known to have Cheeta / Leopard spottings a couple of times a week! We also stumbled upon the Bombay Natural History Society premises, which is spread over 33 acres. They organize guides to take you on excursions into the forest, to spot the wild life. The next time, I'm doing s day long trip just to explore all of Borivali National Park. Perhaps next Sunday. To view pics go to my profile and look through my Cycling pictures.