The roads in West Bengal are good enough to ride a motor cycle, said Arunabha Mazumdar, an IT professional who is on a one month tour from Bangalore to Bangkok.
“Roads in West Bengal are excellent and are ideal to ride a motor cycles,” said Mazumdar.
From December 25, 2015 to January 23, Mazumdar will have to cover a distance of around 7,000 km.
Mazumdar said he found some really bad stretches in Odisha. “Some roads are even unmemorable and I had a trying time negotiating the road,” he said.
Mazumdar, who came to Kolkata from Banglaore after covering a distance of 1,900 km said that his purpose was to prove that a 110cc commuter bike could be used for long distance biking.
Mazumdar, an avid biker, completed his MTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Mumbai and is now working in Cognizant.
He started using his father’s scooter when he was very young and slowly developed the passion for long distance biking.
“I have covered all the difficult areas including Leh on lighter motor cycles,” he said.
In this tour, he is riding a TVS Star which is mainly a city bike.
“I drive during day time from 6 am and 6pm and avoid using the highways at night. I take rest for an hour in the afternoon and then start for the next destination. Though I drive alone, I never feel bore as it is my passion to travel in new areas,” Mazumdar said.
From Kolkata, his next destination is siliguri from where h will go to Guwahati. From Guwahati he will move to Dimapur and via Imphal wil go to Myanmar where he proposes to stay for 10 days. From Myanmar, he will go to Thailand and spend three days there.
Mazumdar is carrying tools, an extra petrol can and medicines.
His favourite books are Robert Prisig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle and PG Tenzing’s Don’t ask any old bloke for direction.