Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Jammin Day 18 - Indore to Bhopal

The Indian Summer makes the road an oven, but Jay is suited up as a superhero is for a space flight. Arriving in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, he is served fresh, cool dahi vada

Slivered mangoes and red chillies drying on the terrace in Indore.

The temperatures started rising early in the day but I was ready for my battle with the heat. I got an early start from Indore and sipped ice-cold water as my body faced the oven of the Indian Summer. People ask if I don't feel hot wearing all my heavy gear and I do when I'm not moving, so as soon as I suit up, I have to get moving and get air flowing because my suit is all mesh and when air is moving, I feel comfortable. 
Fresh, cool drinking water available at all petrol pumps in the hot center of India.

My riding suit is bulky, but riding a motorcycle is dangerous and precautions need to be taken. I am surprised by the number of people that take to two wheels without wearing a helmet or any other safety gear and then say two-wheelers are dangerous when there's an accident. My mantra has been that if you're riding a two-wheeler, an accident is inevitable, so better to be prepared for the crash and walk out alive, rather than risk it and get seriously injured. I've fallen down from the bike about six or seven times on this journey but I've not had a single injury. Safety gear is worth its inconvenience.

The Moti Masjid in Bhopal, built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum.

 

Refreshing dahi vada on my arrival into Bhopal.

It was a short ride from Indore to Bhopal and I cruised into the city known for its two large lakes that were constructed by King Bhoj.  

Watch the GoPro helmet-cam video of Jay's ride across the hot highways of central India. 

 

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Celebrating with biker friends over champagne at Khan Market.
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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.