Since my ride from Goa with Road Kings team, I wanted try a ride with Royal Enfield, to know how it feels like. So I registered for One Ride, which is a ride hosted by RE dealers globally on the first Sunday of April.
Cochin RE brand showroom hosted the ride to Vagamon. Even though I visited Vagamon recently I decided to go for the ride. The registration is done online by Thursday and I paid the fee (Rs 500) at showroom on Saturday. They offered a One Ride T-shirt, stickers and lunch.
I reached the showroom at 6:30 AM on Sunday with my Bullet, gears and a full tank of fuel. Sadly the ride delayed around 1 and a half hours since we had to wait for some riders, which I obviously hate like all others. Around 60 Bullets gathered there and we started at 8. Reached Vagamon around 12:30 PM and we drove into the pine forest through the entrance via Mottakkunnu. Parked the Bullets under the pine trees and had some rest there. Spent an hour there and went to have lunch which they arranged at Holidays Vagamon Resort. Started the return ride at around 2:30 PM and reached home around 6:30 PM.
I enjoyed the ride as a usual ride. But when considering it as a team ride, and that is hosted by RE, I didn’t like it. There are too many issues to point out. The main issue is the ride wasn’t well planned and I could feel the missing of an experienced senior lead. I don’t want to list out all the issues here. But personally, I don’t want to go for another ride like this in future. I think Bullet clubs plans better rides. So next, I want to try one of those. Until then My plan, My ride, My life!! 🙂
It was an amazing experience to fly over the hills of Vagamon like a bird. I really enjoyed the glide. I registered for the paragliding event on the redrawlifewebsite along with 2 of my colleagues and confirmed the date and time over the phone. They told me to reach the suicide point(where the gliding happens!!) by 10 – 10:30 AM.
We started the ride by 5:30 AM from Vytila on 3 Bikes and reached Vagamon town by 8:30 AM. Had breakfast and headed to Suicide point. Since we had a lot of time till the gliding starts, we went to Mottakunnu. We enjoyed the view and the rope way, which was a “nano adventure” before the main course.
We reached suicide point on time. The event managers and gliders from Himachal Pradesh were waiting there for the wind to become strong. Compared to other gliding points, the specialty in here is, we jump from the hill, goes higher and lands at the same point since the wind here is that strong. So we waited there for a long time while one of the glider had a test ride to check the wind. He went higher and higher until we couldn’t see him because of the clouds. He came back after an hour and said the wind is not strong enough. Around 1:30 PM, they started the tandem jump when the wind became strong enough.
We waited till 3:00 PM for our turn since the manager promised us a good and long flight if it is at the end. It was an amazing experience we had. It’s beyond words, so I assume my pictures and videos will explain it. The Paragliding cost is Rs 3500 per head. They provided a GoPro cam on the flight to shoot the video and images for an additional cost of Rs 500. For that they will provide a 8GB micro SD card in which your photos and videos are recorded. It is optional though.