Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 1 - Chennai to Trichy: Riding smooth, riding cool in 42 degrees

The Indian Summer is in full swing with temperatures around 42 degrees Celsius and the Tamil Nadu coast is very humid. Rehydrating constantly kept Jay cool on the road.

At Mahabalipuram with the Madras Bulls Motorcycle Club.

First day of the journey and the ride was smooth. I met up with a few riders from the Madras Bulls Motorcycle Club and we rode down the East Coast Road to Mahabalipuram. After being sent off by the Bulls, I enjoyed the twisting road along the coast till Pondicherry. 

Saying hello to Gandhi at Pondicherry.

The Indian Summer is in full swing with temperatures around 42 degrees Celsius and the Tamil Nadu coast is very humid. I stayed hydrated by drinking 5 liters of water and having some coconut water and Sugar Palm (Borassus) fruit.

Lunching on Borassus (sugar palm) fruit in Villupuram. Good for rehydration.

I reached Trichy and met up with Simrit, a biker who's been following my trip for a while. He put me up for the night and we got some dinner from his favorite pushcart vendor who was making fresh barrotas that came with a spicy kurma and fried goat brain and livers; a hearty meal after a good first day back in the saddle.


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TRAVEL NOTES:

Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, is a town in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu about 60 km south of Chennai on the Coromandel Coast. Mahabalipuram's many ancient monuments are rich in historical and architectural value and together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Read more: Mahabalipuram's gods of stone >

Pondicherry, officially renamed Puducherry, is a former French colony and a Union Territory on the East Coast of India about 160 km south of Chennai.
Read more: Coromandel Trail: Along the salt pans to Pondicherry

Trichy, short for Tiruchirapalli, is a city in Tamil Nadu about 300 km from Chennai.

The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.