Masinagudi – The Jungle Trail
I wasnt sure even one bit on whether I would be riding this trip alongwith mates from bangalore Motorcycle Club.
The organiser for the ride Niranjan, called me the night before the ride and i asked him to buzz me early morning for confirmation. After his call, I began completing all the pending assignments from Office, i finished them by 3 and den fell asleep not sure on the ride. Around 7.15 am I got a call from Niranjan and for some reason I couldnt muster the courage from within myself to say No for a Ride. All i told him was to continue riding and that I would catch them on the way and then fell asleep.
I got up around 9 and got ready by 9.30 and started riding. The group had crossed around 80 kms and also finished their Breakfast. I was around 85 kms behind them when i started from home. I kept a constant speed of 90-110 kmph and rode along with the ears plugged with David Guetta’s music. I just enjoyed the ride, overtaking most vehicles in my way and continued riding non stop, the crazy thing on this highway is the absolutely irritating Speed Breakers or in other words the walls they have built on the roads.
I was constantly in touch with our sweeper, Imran. I was catching them fast. I had infact got to them at Gundlupet, even before Bandipur Check post. There I met all the Fellow Riders, a few riders from the previous ride and club meetings and others were new faces for me. Met all of them with that cheeky smile on ma face.
We them rode towards the resort – Tiger Claw in Masinagudi. On the way Aiegar’s Bike got Punctured and so we all halted at masinagudi Check post and waited for them to arrive. The puncture was attended to swiftly by the sweeper cum mechanic Imran and there wasnt too much of a delay. We reached the resort, cooled ourselves and then began chit chatting and proceeding for lunch. After lunch we all took a small power nap and then went to the Check Post where we booked ourselves a ride in the Jungle – offered by the Tamil Nadu Govt in a Mini Bus. We saw Wild bisons, Deers, peacocks and then Monkeys and langurs.
Every time an Animal or Bird was spotted, the khichik sound was just clattering into our ears because of the shutterbugs. once we were through with the ride, on the way back i hopped on to Suren’s bike and sat reverse on his bike to capture all the others in their Bikes, so much so that everyone began showcasing their styles on the bikes. Clicking them all was absolute pleasure.
The JUNGLE Trail was just awesome.
Then it was all me, on the Reverse Photography in the literal sense, sitting on Suren’s Bike.
Then we rode back to the resort, preparing ourselves for the evening where we all sat by the bon fire and simply eased ourselves and chilled to the core. Time for some serious bonding, we had so much fun pulling crazy legs of eveeryone who spoke. Ravi, Akshit and Me literally minced everyone’s words and had the time of our lives just simply laughing our asses off.
The terrifying and embarrasing part of the Bon Fire for many was the introduction and the other details that followed. The ordeal was simple yet terrifying.
We then all headed to our beds to hit the sack, everybody collapsed on the nearest beds they could find.
Evrybody had a nice sound sleep. We all got ready leisurely and then had our break fast, before we began gearing up for the Ride. We started to drive back on the same route we had taken and without any major hiccups we reached Mysore and then drove for about 10 ks wehn we reached a Military Hotel where they served awesome non veg food, so my mates had a gala time feasting on the Mutton, fish and chicken they had in offer, while me and a few poor souls had to make life simpler by having just rasam rice. Then me and Nibala had Paaan to offer some solace to the poor soul.
Awesomely candid Pic of Santosha
Then we all began thumping our way back, jostling in the traffic and making lives miserable for many others on the roads also the unmaginable fun the roads can bring to ones life.
We all huddled for a final time before the Nice Road junction to have tea and to bid adieu to all the fellow bikers.
This trip has been sealed in my memmory for ever, indeed a memmorable time with crazy friends with unbelievable camaraderie. Just love being a part of this GANG.