this was our first century run at kanpur.
we planned it for august 5, thursday, when we had the morning free...
there were occasional drizzles, and bouts of fierce sun, but weather was ok, given the hot humid season.
the plan was to start at five in the morning, and get back in seven or eight hours (we had a thesis defence and other meetings in the afternoon). lavi joined us at the last minute and we couldn't provide him with a helmet. in the end, we started about 45 minutes late.
we were to go to akbarpur along the highway at dawn, and do the remaining 60km on rural roads...
the divided highway, smooth surface, and low-density traffic made for excellent speed and safety
route plan: kalyanpur-panki road to panki temple and straight to the rail crossing, joining the delhi highway (NH2) near SAIL. akbarpur is a 40km run via sachendi, raipur, barrah where a highway branches off to jhansi. then 10 km to rura, and 15km to the ramganga canal turnoff. follow the canal to maitha, and back via bairi siwai, baghpur and tikra.
past the temple on our way to the highway i was trying to eat a mango the chausa way when i didn't see a bump, and took a tumble. too bad i lost the mango :)
after reaching the highway (10km), we were zipping along the tarmac, with the occasional truck and tempo passing by.
joydeep, amit and lavi at the rura railway crossing,
the crossing was closed while two freight trains passed
lavi was riding a bsa mach, with his seat angled up at a weird angle.
it had been like this for five years; everytime the seat was straightened it would rotate back up.
he did nearly the entire run in this rather uncomfortable looking crouch.
of course, last sem he had run the marathon.
the rura-shiuli road is part of the pradhAn mantri grAm saDak yojanA and was finished in 2009, so the road surface was quite good.
clouds on the bridge over the dhind river.
10km from rura; about to reach the ramganga canal turnoff, which is 3km before siuli.
- joydeep dutta: schwinn frontera sport
- amit mukerjee: trek 3700
- lavi singhal: bsa mach
amitabha mukerjee Sat Aug 7 mukerjee [at] gmail