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Thane Vagbill Off-Ride : 14th Dec'08

In the book - The Alchemist, the main character Santiago travels from the the Egyptian Pyramids to the deserts and finally finds the treasure in his own backyard.

Its surprising how even fiction-books can sometimes have coincidences in real life. Our ride on Sunday 14th Dec'08 was a shining example of this. In search of an authentic off-road for riding our "TREKS", me, Jo, Amitav and others had gone to as far as even Shivpur in search of an off-road.

However thanks to Jo, we discovered an awesome trail of about 4-5 Kms just a km from the Godhbunder road, Thane

On Sunday morning Jo, Amitav and me met near Suraj Water Park at around 7:30AM. A small lane opposite Godhbunder Road led us to a village - Wagbil.

From outside a small temple, a narrow road ran parallel to the scenic Thane creek and it brought us to the start of our amazing off-road. The initial patch was rocky and at a lot of places, the road ended abruptly and we had to literally lift our bikes to go ahead.


After the rocky patch, started the beautiful 3-4 kms off-road stretch which was actually a elevated route in between the fields & small water bodies. 80% of the this off-road was covered with bushes and stones which made it a little difficult and hence all the more interesting.

Jo had already covered a part of this road last week and the challenge we had was to see where it ended and how did it connect back to Godhbunder Road.

We were pleasantly surprised to see the off-road leading us to a small hilltop. The hilltop was an ideal one for small stunts - medium slopes scattered with small rocks and surrounded by large trees. One could had easily spent at least a couple of hours exploring this place.
The top of the hilltop offered an amazing view. It was almost impossible to believe that we were still in Thane city limits.



A small off-road from around the hill-top brought us back to Godhbunder. After a small break the group
departed, having thoroughly enjoyed the rendezvous and with the decision to discover such treasures which lie unnoticed in our own backyard.

(Photo-Courtesy : Jo)

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Comment by Anil Uchil on March 7, 2009 at 11:46pm
Excellent piece, Gaurav... really well-written; it was graphic enough to give me a fair feel of the ride!
Brilliant pix, Jo... especially loved the "First day of the rest of my life" one...! :)
Comment by Jo on December 24, 2008 at 2:59pm
Hey, Vikram u should take the plunge and invest.
Man, we r blessed.
Comment by Vikram Seth on December 15, 2008 at 4:35pm
Guys ...if you post such pic's of Thane I'm sure the property prices there will start going UP !
Comment by Jo on December 15, 2008 at 2:35pm
Summed it up very well. Nice
Lets do this one again but with a diff exit and with more time on our hands be prepared to do try out some stunts.
Comment by Renny Varghese on December 15, 2008 at 7:53am
Awesum place. Worth a a visit. Great write up Gaurav!

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