Canon 60D 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 57 mm
Aperture f/11
Shutter Speed 1/200s

Lifeguard Beach Tower

Lifeguard Beach Tower at South Beach in Miami, Florida.

Canon 60D 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 100 mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/250s


Cycling trip to Arnala

26th July 2009.

Participants – Anil, Diggaj, Harsh, Nilesh and Rakesh

All started on 25th evening at a local cycle service center in my area. Initially myself, Anil, Pawan, Diggaj, Harsh, Nilesh and Jatin had decided to leave next day early morning. Due to some unavoidable circumstances, Pawan and Jatin couldn’t make it up.

Since Diggaj had some test at 12:30 on the same day, we decided to return back well before the same. We all assembled downstairs at 6:45 in the morning and started our journey at 7:00 am. Arnala is around 17 kms away from Vasai. The road is very good with very less traffic. The road paves through villages with lots of vegetation on both sides. We stopped a couple of times in between to hydrate ourselves and even managed to click some photographs.

While riding, suddenly we heard a loud noise of a blast and was disappointed to know that Nilesh’s cycle’s back tyre went flat. Currently, we were at a place which was just before Arnala Village. A local woman said that the nearest shop is at Arnala village itself which was at a distance of around 1 km.

We all reached the village at 8:30 am. Since it was quite early in the morning, the shop was closed. A shopkeeper besides said that the cycle repairer will come by 9 in the morning. We left the cycle at the village itself and proceeded to Arnala beach which is around 4 kms.

Within 10 min we reached a place known as Arnala Naka. From there proceeded straight towards the beach. The route passes through a Kholi (Local Fisherman) Village. We all spent some time near the beach and decided to return as Diggaj had to reach home before 12 noon.

We returned back by the same route and reached Arnala Village. All of us had Vada Pav as breakfast at a local stall in the village itself while Nilesh got the cycle repaired. After having some rest, we all proceeded to return back. As we had already reached Kalam, Nilesh suggested that we can have a glimpse of the beach. As we reached the beach, the rain started pouring heavily which drenched us wet. Since the sand in the beach was wet and soft, it was very difficult for us to ride and had to get down from the cycle several times. We rode on the beach for some time and again got back on road. Since Diggaj was in a hurry, he was flying quite ahead of us and at one point he was not to be seen.

Since Diggaj had already left, and the rest of us were not in a hurry to return home, I suggested others to explore some dirt biking. Instead of following the actual route, we took a left turn from Gaasgaon. A very good dirt trail exists from Gaasgaon which is also a shortcut to reach Vasai.

Nilesh and Anil didn’t have a dirt bike so it was a bit uncomfortable for them to control it but managed very well. In between we reached a point where the trail was submerged in water. But fortunately the water depth was just waist deep and we all managed to cross the trail along with our bicycles.

At last we four of us completed the dirt trail and managed to reach home by 12 in the afternoon.