Jaisalmer: “Country roads, take me home, To the place I belong…” one remembers lines of this famous John Denver song en route Jaisalmer from Bikaner, as the terrain leaves the passers—by spellbound with its beauty.
Indira Gandhi Canal, one of India’s largest canal project has cast its magic on the region and has transformed the region so much so that one forgets that they are in the middle of gigantic Thar Desert.
What adds to the scenery is the road constructed by Border Roads Organisation, which runs parallel to the canal.
The mighty nature has worked its magic on the region, as the canal and road are separated by merely 150 meters, that patch is lush green owning to its proximity to the water, and the other side of the road, a slight change in the colour of the sand dunes makes you realise why they say ‘Water is life.’
Driving through such a scenery, our media convoy remained dispersed but every single car was zooming through, hitting the tarmac flat out, and aiming to catch the action near village Bikampur.
Although our particular media car suffered a puncture and we lost precious time and missed out on a considerable action, the journey did not make us feel so. Just when our car was getting fixed, a small walk took us to on the banks of the canal and in the scorching heat, the splash of cold water on face refreshed our bodies and minds.
Stop and Go
The location from where the Rally was passing was just a few kilometres inside of the Bikampur village and the road has some footfall. The passers-by were also halting seeing the crowd waiting on the roadside.
The officials present at the spot had to ensure that no vehicle stopped in such a way that it would block the path of the participants. They had to shout every now and then and keep the track free.
But they had their limits as well, as the path of one of the bikers of Moto Category was almost blocked by a herd of goats, a young camel of a family which were witnessing the action, freaked out at the sound of revving engines and almost caused a moment of panic with its aimless run.
Then one of the videographers from a magazine had vanished somewhere in the desert and left his colleagues worried and frustrated—a very low signal of the telecom networks added to the woes.
A day on the road
It did not take very long for the remaining participants to pass the checkpoint where we were, and a once again we hit the road, along the canal, as setting Sun kept us a company for a while as we headed for Jaisalmer. It was a day on the road, where everyone was on the move. As I sat down to write, past midnight, an engine revved up, in the parking area next to our hotel, a mechanic was preparing the machine for tomorrow, the night was setting in.
TVS racing riders keep flag flying
- The second leg of Desert Storm 2018 began from Bikaner and saw the riders traverse through Noorsar and Bodana, before concluding in Jaisalmer after covering a stretch of 496 kilometers that included 2 special and 3 liaison stages.
- At the end of leg 2, TVS Racing’s Rajendra RE continued to lead in the Group B with Imran Pasha retaining his second position and improving his overall ranking.
- In the Group A TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer was fifth overall with Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team’s Lorenzo Santolino taking up No 4 position.