Tales of a Traveller

Exploring the unexplored.

Ladakh – The dream that eludes !!!!

This is one dream that has certainly been eluding me and a few close friends for a very longtime now. We had planned to get to Ladakh quite a few times and never even got close.
Now that i work in Bangalore and my friends are abroad, I had given up on Ladakh fr a few years until suddenly out of nowhere Praneet’s call lands on my cell and he begins with the customary superlatives and then mentions Ladakh and says that I have to get to Delhi by the weekend and we shall drive to Ladakh. These words were like music to my ears and I kinda felt the rush of a few thousand orgasms.
I had a different battle/ war to fight at home to get the necessary permissions to travel to Ladakh. I was allowed to go on one major condition, i.e I would not ride a 2 wheeler in the entire trip.
I reached Delhi and began calling Praneet, he was in some place with loud music and so he cut the call and sent me a message asking me to get to RSVP in JayPee Continental. I took a cab and reached the place only to be greeted by Praneet, Nishu, Divya, Silvia and a few more friends. We danced and partied all night and by the time we got back to the guest house, it was around 7 in the morning.
We slept, took rest and then in the evening we went to Red Fort, a place that I had not visited in my 2 years stay in Delhi. A nice place, but the heat was killing us ( Me, Praneet & Silvia ), we had to get to the airport to pick up Deniz and Rubina.
We picked them up, got to the guest house and then headed tp party. The evening was so much fun, dancing and chilling. Once done we headed back to the guest house to crash.
We began in the after to head towards Shimla. We took our first break to eat at a customary dhaba near Karnal. We had our shares of Lassi’s and Parathas. We also stopped en route at a place which was called Tiger Trails, we had to take a winch to get to the other side of the hill. It was a nice ride and we had a jollyful time. Then we started on our way to Shimla. We reached there quite late and managed to find the place designated for our night stay there. We drank, ate and had a joyful time. Deniz was at his dragoneous best, spitting out fire and made our evening worthwhile, while all this was happening, Rubina was busy removing her making up.
We got up and went our way to explore shimla, we checked out of the place too, we had our break fast in a very dingy place in the corner of a cross road, Deniz would vouch for the fast that the restroom probably had a better view than most places in shimla. We also walk to Mall Road, climbed up the small view point and clicked loads of pics everywhere.
Then we headed to Manali, the distance to Manali wasn’t too much but just that we had to encounter winding roads and the scary sound on the tingling waters of River Beas. We drove slowly and cautiously to get to Manali. We stopped at a few places where the view was amazing. We took our time to reach Manali. We had our difficulties in locating the place where we had to stay for the night.
We crashed in our respective rooms and drank, ate and made merry before we all crashed. In fact I slept much earlier than the rest.
Then we continued on our way to Leh, the drive was through Rohtang, we had an amazing time while the weather began to get more cooler and the winds began to get more chillier, we began to see the snow clad mountains and also snow covered on most parts of the roads, it was an amazing experience in itself. We were all clicking ourselves to glory with the DSLR’s. We stopped at a very nice point from where the view was breathtaking, all we could eat there was Maggi, Break Omelet and Chai Tea. While riding on our way to Rohtang just before we reached there the mountains had come crashing down thereby closing the roads. We were left with no option but to return back to Manali. Disgusted as we were, we wanted to still continue on the ride and see a few more places. So after much discussion and contemplation we decided to drive to Dharamshala/ McLeodganj.
We started the next day, the ride to Dharamshala was simply beyond the mind to even fathom, we were like the only souls in that part of the country driving through the mountains, it was so much fun, we reached dharamshala very late in the night. we couldn’t see much of the countryside in the night, but the view in morning from the balconies of our hotel rooms was simply awesome. We had sumptuous breakfast before we left to the Dalai Lama Monastry. That was another place that got ticked off the Bucket List. We also drove around the super tiny roads of the town in Mcleodganj. All that was so much fun. Once done with all this we decided to head to chandigarh.
The drive to chandigarh was very much a descent from the Himalayas to the plains. It was a long drive, praneet’s mother did not like the idea of us driving to get home in the middle of the night, so we kind of drove a little quicker to make it back to Chandigarh. We in fact got to Parwanooo. The town from where Praneet belonged. We slept well there after our customary celebrations.
Then the next day morning I took my Bus to Delhi and then a flight back home in Blore. the other continued on a tour around chandigarh and then Delhi before they headed to Thailand and other places.

We all have our itineraries booked for next year, this time around we hope to scale the peaks and cross the passes that will get us to Leh/ Ladakh.

Things to Note – You will need a Whole lot of guts, adversities are a way of life up there so the temperament to withstand them is also the key, all necessary medicines, Diamox should be treated as a compulsion, eat less but eat many no of times, keep smiling, enjoy everything you see and feel, beauty is in abundance, every nook and corner calls for a click and will keep you mesmerized. Take your time, switch off your mobile phones, no laptops and all other electronic goods, for you are as close as you can get with Nature.

Cost – Around 50k per head for a round trip including airfare, food and stay. Around 10 days.

Pack less and travel light. Carry camera with loads of extra memory cards and batteries.

As Ladakh has been one dream that has been eluding us for a long time. We are wanting to get to the top of the world and so We are already considering to book our air tickets for next year.

Praneet, Silvia, Rubina and Deniz have a special mention as they made this trip a memorable and fascinating one. I now know that I have friends in different parts of the globe.

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The Tales of – Orru Chaayaa…!!!

I have always been an ardent lover of that cuppa tea that always comes my way. Morning, afternoon, Evening, late night, early morning… never really matters… its always a yes.

This is like a few weeks before that i happened to get introduced a gang of mallu guys. As time would ave it, most of them happen to be fond of biking and travelling. We already have rode to the airport a few times at about 3 in the morning.

The tale of the chaaya gos like this….

Vijeesh and Rajeev has this peculiar way of asking to go out a cup of tea….. Goes like – Sharon bhai, orru cup chai adichaaaalo…. lets have one cuppa tea in mallu…

This at about 11.30-12 in the night.  We all – Harish, Vijeesh, Rajeev, Renju, Ramu, Joy, Kapra, Biku to name a few….

Our faourite destination is the St, Johns Signal where we somehow manage to find the cycle wala with the Tea and cigarettes.

The ride is fun with all the roads empty. In case the guy is missing, we definitely ride on to all known streets just to find that joint to have that Orru chhayaaa….!!!!

This is gonna be that continuing wish for ages to come.

Bhai…. Orru Chaayaaa Aadichaaallo ????

Weekend Ride – Lepakshi & Nandi Hills

This was a plan that was decided as soon as i got back from Chitradurga. 

The plan was very simple, enjoy the sunday in the best possible way we can and that is to ride merrily.

The Riders – Myself, Nabila, Hari, Nidheesh and Nitin

The Rides – 2 Classic 350, 1 Unicorn

Distance – 120 kms one way

Food – At the junction on Blore – HYD highway where we turn left to Lepakshi, there is an APSRTC Hotel, decent food.

The journey.

We started at about 10.30 from the starting point at Esteem Mall on Airport Road.The road was as straight as an arrow, we drove at a constant speed of about 90-100 kmph. The climate was a huge plus and the breezy wind made it even more memorable.

We stopped on the way for Petrol and then kind of thought we could maybe have breakfast but as the time was 11.30, they were preparing Lunch and so there wasn’t any food for break fast. Then we just had coffee/tea and proceeded to lepakshi.

The temple was just so mesmerizing, said to be built around 1568, around 600 odd years back. The place was simply a paradise for photographic freaks and yes thats exactly what happened. All the shutterbugs went crazy clicking in our own merry ways.

Then we headed to the Nandi that was there in the town and clicked around there too. Oncee done we heded to the same Hotel for Lunch and then headed to Nandi Hills for Sunset as pplanned, on the way he hit a mini cloud burst and continued on to the to of the hill. The place was very windy and cold. But ya the scenic views were simple amazing. Again clicked away to glory, capturing the rays of the sun trough the clouds as the Sun was playing Hide n seek.

Once done we rode back home safely.

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Weekend Ride to Yelu Suttina Kote – Chitradurga Fort – BMC

The excitement for the ride has been very high, in fact on Friday night at around 12 both me and Vasu Sir roamed around Bangalore to get print out’s of the Indemnity Bond for the Ride. We sorted that out around 2 and then slept off to get up at 5 and reach the starting point at the Parle Biscuit factory on Tumkur road.

We all gathered there at almost the times as agreed and began with the impromptu introductions with each other and then started off on the saddle to chitradurga. We kept a steady speed of aroun 70-80 kmph untill we reached tumkur, where we stopped for a sumptous break fast where everyone gobbled up the famous Tatte Idlies and Vada with Coffee/ Tea and the Ciggy’s for the Chimney people.

Once done with breakfast we began thumping, the roads were brilliant apart from a few small hitches here and there, it was otherwise a brilliant ride. So we guys kind of stopped in between for a leak and then gave the pilot guys a substantial lead so that we could like simply thump on and move at our leisurely speeds. We simply flew on the bikes cutting through the wind, I was in fact riding a pillion after a very long time, but ya Roshan never made it difficult at any time. He rode in a way that it just dint feel any worse that i was riding pillion.

We stopped at a deviation that was to take us to Vani Vilas Sagar Dam, one of the oldest dams in India. The road to the dam from the highway was simply amazing, it had loads of turns and bends. Again hitting the curves and bends was simply a refreshing experience. By this time I had saddled up o Ravi’s FZ. It was again brilliant.

The dam was brilliant, the windmills all around it was again a picturesque scene which was simply eenjoyed by one and all. There was a small hill to climb, but everyone wasn’t keen on any kind of trekking so we all simply stopped by the end of the walkway and took some rest before we trolled back to the bikes to begin towards Chitradurga.

As we reached for the highway we stopped as 2 bikes hadn’t come. As we din’t want the entire group to get late, we suggested the pilot group to keep moving forward and Me Roshan and ravi waited for the 2 bikes to arrive, they arrived after about 20 minutes, reason being Anil’s Bike Puncture. Then we began at the recovery time clocking amazing speeds, to caatch up with the lead pack.

That was a gud 30-40 km stretch where Roshan just zipped past and wasn’t to be seen after I kinda got held back behind a lorry. Then we reached Chitradurga, and checked into Hotel Aishwarya Fort. The place was decent and maintained well too. 

We all took some rest and had lunch and then rested for some more time before we decided to go to a Cave, about 1600 years old. The place was built so brilliantly that it was walking, crawling, bending across the caves. It just had so much history in it, that simply mesmerized one n all. The architecture, the thought process behind every work on the cave was brilliant.

Then we got back to our rooms and took more rest as we had to see the world famous Chitradurga Fort tomorrow. The night was well spend having fun, dancing, singing and enjoying. We all got ready at our own leisure times and then began towards the Fort. We reached the Kaamna Dwar entrance of the fort from where we got a guide to tell us more about the fort’s history. The fort was simply planned and built so well that the enemy could not entire through that by any means what so ever. There are close to 150 watchpoints all around this fort making it impossible to get into the fort.

There were temples, gardens, flag points, gymnasiums, we also saw a trail that lead to one of the top points in the fort which was supposedly used to select candidates into the army wherein these guys had to run to the top of that his and climb down as well that too while the hill and the trails is sprayed with GHEE making it slippery as hell. The we saw the ponds that were made only to collect Rain water, these had supposedly enough water in them to suffice for around 12 years. Then we got a point that is possibly the highlight of the Fort, called Onakke Obavva. This because a lady whose name is Obavva, killed a few hundred enemy soldiers who somehow found a way into the fort (a back door entry), she killed almost all of them with her Onakke (the wooden plank used to grind wheat, rice). The rocks and huge boulders all around the fort resembled many animal, like an elephant, a rhino, a frog etc. The was a water spring also in these where the water was like freezing cold. we clicked lots of photos and made merry. 

Then we descended back to the hotel to start for the return journey. It was again an awesome ride back. Everyone was advised to heavy break fast. This also made a few kinda sleepy too, but then riding back also was simply amazing.

There were a few first timers when it came to long rides in a group, all of them had fun and enjoyed the ride as much as the veterans did.

This was amazing, looking forward to many such brilliant experiences.

Shivgange – Weekend Ride & Trek

As planned on the previous ride, I was all clear on where i was headed to this weekend. All I wasn’t sure was, who would partner me if at all someone would join in. This time it was Ravi who somehow managed to scrape some time off on a sunday from his busy schedule that he adheres to all week as vasu Sir was on some pre planned work at home.

We started at about 12.15 near Vasu Sir’s house. We both headed on to Tumkur highway and continued on our merry ways untill we realized that we both had to fill petrol. We stopped for Gas and then vroomed on.

The road was awesome, we reached Dabbaspet and took the left to Shivgange and reached there by around 1.30 pm. We parked our bikes and started the climb.

The climb has a few temples, Devi Temple and Shiva Temple to begin with before the actual climb to the Top begins. On the top there is a beautiful statue of Nandi carved out of single. The climb to the top is about two kilometers from the parking lot. But this is actually more of a steep climb that most trekking enthusiasts will enjoy. The climb was very steep, but was manageable.

The climate was very windy and cool yesterday and so we were able to cover the distance more easily. We enjoyed the trek, as it began drizzling on our way to the top, the camera wasn’t put to action. But once the rain stopped, we began clicking and manged to get a few decent snaps.

The descent downhill was as mush scary as the ascend. My legs began disco dancing (shaking) after a certain point of time, because of the jerks my knees had to encounter.

It was fun spending a sunday enjoying in a different way.

Shivganage – 65 kms from Blore

Time Taken – 1.5 hours

Route – Blore – Dabbaspet – left to Shivgange

Road – Decent roads.

PS : Photos will be uploaded soon.

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Devarayanadurga – Sunday Leisure Blues – Ride

This is was an absolutely unplanned ride, wherein me along with Vasu Sir and Prakash Sir just minutes before we left from home decided to go to a place called Devarayanadurga in Tumkur District. This place is roughly around 75 Kms from Bangalore.

We took the Tumkur highway and rode leisurely upto Dabbaspet from where we took a deviation towards the right and hit the road that lead us to Devarayanadurga. The road was fun to drive on, it had some nice curves and bends. On our way we had a group of Yamaha 350’s and Duke 200’s on their way back from some rideof their own.

We reached the Temple at Devarayanadurga after encountering some nice clean U Turns.

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We understood from a local that The place was originally known as Anebiddasari and Jadakana Durga after a chief named Jadaka and now known as Devarayana Durga after this land was captured by a King Devaraja Wodeyar.

The place was very serene and calm. Once we parked our bikes, it was a climb to the top of the hill where the temple was situated.

We climbed at our own pace, spotted a few monkeys on the way to the top.

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Then we had a good darshan. After which we lazed around near the temple, spotted 2 snakes and also took time to munch a few biscuits and kalle pori before we came down to head back home to Bangalore.

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We stopped at Kamat on our way back, had food and simply rode back home in a frenzy.

Little did we realize that it was Vasu Sir’s wedding Anniversary that day.

At least my parents were more happy for a change that I spent a day and a ride for a visit to a temple.

Time taken – about one & half hour to reach the temple.

Kms – Around 75 kms

Food – Cold Drinks, Bhajji, Bottled Water, Kalle Pori & Biscuits at the foot of the hill near Parking.

Looking forward to many many more such rides.

The next one looks like ShivGange in Tumkur District.

The Laid Back – Adventure

The Trip – Ooty, Mudumalai, Masinagudi, Mysore & Back.

The Riders – Sharoon, Ravi, Venkat, Venkatesh, Nithish, Abishek

The Rides – Classic 350, Yamaha FZ, Classic 500, KTM, KTM, Thunderbird

When we began scheduling for the trip, we had crazy ideas like Kodaikanal, Valparai, Coorg, Murudeshwara and so on and so forth.

Even untill the day we were scheduled to travel we werent sure as to where we are headed to. All we were sure is that we are gonna hit the road and do the necessary Miles and enjoy the adventure.

The day came, when the ride began from Chennai for 4 of the Riders. The started early in the day and rode till about Bhavani where they stopped for lunch, there a localite told them that Valparai would be very dry and to ride to Ooty instead.

I was still in my Office finishing up most of my work, when i got a call from Venkat that they have taken the detour and have began moving towards Ooty. I informed my Partner Ravi Bhai, that we are travelling to Ooty and not Valparai. He was like, who cares a damn as long as we are doing the Miles on the Saddle.

We began from Bangalore at about 8 PM, we were already tired after a long day’s work in the Office, the only shining light in the evening was being on the saddle and kicking on. We stopped at a McD’s outlet and sipped Iced Tea and munched  Burger’s. Then we continued on and while we almost reached Mysore, I began to feel drowsy and sleepy. So we decided to have stop for Dinner in Mysore at some dhaba and then decide what to do after that.

We had a sumptous meal and then decided to drive until Gundulpet and rest there for the night. Once in Gundulpet we parked ourselves in a dingy lodge at about 500 for the night. We took rest sleeping in proper place unlike our last trip to Wayanad where our adventure began when we had to sleep on the roads in those chilly nights in the forest without the priviledge of a Camp Fire.

At Dawan we had already got ready and packed our backpacks and loaded our machines towards Ooty. I had a quick chat with Abishek and informed him that we would reach in about 2 hours. We drove to Ooty through Masinagudi and Hit all the U Turns and enjoyed the Brief stint that the roads gave us. We reached Ooty and learnt that the guys had parked themselves in a Hotel. We joined them, formally introduced ourselves and got the bags in the room and then we proceeded for BreakFast at Arya’s. Once done, The itinery for the day was to visit Avalanchi, so we began in pursuit of the place and we reached there, it was a dam. A nice place away from the hustle n bustle in the town of Ooty. It was very secluded, but ya was fun though. Then we drove to Emerald Dam, this is where we simply rode almost into the water and took some breathtaking pictures, this was fun. Then we decided to head back to Ooty as it looked like as is there was a slim chance of Rains.

We had Dinner again in some place there and just chilled in our rooms, before Venkat came up with the crazy idea to take pictures in the slow shutter speed with absolutely no Light. Then we rode to one of the highways and stopped at a place where it was pitch dark and then began clicking pics, posing as statues for almost 3 secs for each and every click. It was a different experience altogether. The Pics look stunning and awesome, full on attitude.

Then we headed back to our rooms where we again chilled. The best part in all this was that when ever we rode on any road in ooty we would end up coming back to the same road on which we have the ICICI Bank and CCD. Even the Cops on those roads began to recognize our faces and Bikes.

We in between all this had Cofffee and sandwiches and Pathetic Samosas in CCD. In fact as the samosas were stale for which we even got a refund for the amount.

Then we had a lazy morning wherein everyone took their own leisurely time to get sorted and ready before we moved our asses, we had by then decided that we would travel to the forest area in Masinagudi and park ourselves inside the Forest for the Night. We drove to Masinagudi via Gudalur after having Break Fast again in Arya’s. En Route we clicked lots of pics and in fact i clicked pics of the riders while they were hitting curves at speeds. It was fun, most pics were simply awesome.

Then we reached the Mudumalai Reception Office, where we parked Venkat with one of the Officers to get a room, after a long struggle he managed to get a room for all of us at 1900 for the night for all of us put together. It was fun again, staying in the forest area in a small cottage like guest house, where only we were the guests. It was awesome fun. We in fact did not have money to pay for the food that we would otherwise eat so we infact drove back to gudalur and withdrew money from the ATM, about 30 kms. We parked 4 guys on the Check Post so that the Forest Officials allow us to go once we are back.

The food that we had in the night was simply awesome after a long day’s ride. It was delicious and we all eat in our own merry ways. Nithish simply feasted on the food alongwith me and Venkat, Venkatesh just nibbled someting while the latecomers luckily got something to eat.

Sunday Morning we decided to leave for the Forest safari, on reaching the site we realised that we hadnt got the camera so we went beack to get the same, then we had fun in the Safari, after which we rode back to the rooms and decided to leave for back home. Got all this packed and saddled on the Bike, we started for Mysore, where we decided to have lunch around 3.30. We had a tough time locating a AC Hotel in Mysore. Then once we found one we realised that Ravi and Venkatesh got lost and they had a pretty tough time locating the Restaurant GUFA.

Again we had so much fun having Lunch, picking on each other and Venkatesh was the Bunny of all Jokes. This can be illustrated better by Venkat & Nithish.

Then we began towards, Bangalore. In between we stopped for Tea and then we also stopped to cover our baggages in case of the rain, we also clikced a few pics here n there. And then we parted ways as we reached Nice Road on Mysore Road. From there me and Ravi took the shorter route home, while these guys had to ride on for another 390 kms t rch Chennai. Their adventure was more intense from there on, to be riding half asleep and dead tired.

Bikes, Bikers n Coffees

This was a ride that was long due. Jaiswal n Me were gettin royally bugged and so we wanted to simply hit the roads to enjoy the wind on our face. We were chatting over the phone tryin to figure out a way to begin the day tomorrow. Outta no where he said shall we have coffee at mahabalipuram tomorrow, me as usual said Yes. And then we began frantically calling everyone and found out who all would join us. Siva & Prabhu along with Venkat and venkat’s friend, Lalith Sir, Jaiswal and Me. We all simply met up near Madhya Kailash and drove to Mahabs. We had a gala time bonding mopre with Riders and enjoin the day. It was simply awesome.

Bikes, Bikers and Coffees make a great bond.

Re-Union — Royal Style — V11 — Ooty

The ride was something that we had planning for a while. We all decided to start early so that we are able to reach ooty in time. We kind of started from our Departure Point – i.e Sri Velavan Motors at about 5.30 am. We all drove and reached Motel Highway where we waited for all the other bikers to arrive so that we may click a few pictures and leave, all this was being done by Venkat whose motive we weren’t able to understand. People began gettin irritated and agitated. Then we all began from there and started clocking in the range of 90-110 kmph. After we crossed the first toll and a few more kms our first break down happened where a bike stalled and got over heated. For some reason we figured out that it happened because of improper flow of oil. Got that rectified and then moved on. Then we kept on thumping before we stopped for lunch on that highway after vellore and before the next toll plaza. Then after break fast when we started thumping Hari’s bike started giving loads of trouble. His bike’s coils wasn’t responding well and so his bike took its toll on us by delaying the journey further. Most of us bikers had reached Krishnagiri and waited for close to 1 Hr, by taking rest below the fly over there. Then once Hari arrived we were to understand that he had kind of managed to get a parking spot somewhere and that he parked his bike there in order to avoid further delay so that we could be on schedule. He then took over Prabhu’s bike and began thumping all over again. Then we started from there, even before we drove another 25 kms on a diversion, Aaditya’s bike got punctured and so we had to wait for him, so this time we asked all the other bikers to carry on, before only me, Jaiswal, and lalith sir decided to stay back. Then once these guys arrived after sorting out the puncture, we continued towards ooty. These guys were to stop for lunch, they took a deviation off the road and stopped for lunch, which we werent aware, cos normally we have atleast one person or the bike atleast to show us the way in case of any deviation, we infact drove about another 60 kms ahead and then stopped for lunch at GRT Grand, this kind of dint go well with the other guys who had stopped for lunch on a roadside stall. So then, we dint really create too much of a hue n cry. It was kind of taken in the right spirit and so we continued on from there.

Then we continued on untill the rain gods began the thunderous downpour. We dint have too much time to even think of changing into our raincoats. we were all dripping wet within no time, drenched in the heavy downpour. But then we continued on and at a certain point of time Jaiswal drove past me splashing water all over me. Then we kind of thumped the highway and continued on untill we stopped near a tea stall to get the body going. By this time our clothes also got dry and so the wet feeling remained in the most interior places of our body. Else it was dry. Then we kind of started climbing the hill to ooty from the base point at about 7.30 – 8. After driving for a fe kms the downpour started again will absolute chilly wiinds on ur face. We still continued on untill i found a coffe shop for my soul to find some solace. We all gulped a few cups of coffe and then thumped on to ooty. Even after reaching ooty we almost had to wait for about 30 mins for all the fellow riders to arrive before we marched onto Sterling Resorts. Onece we reached there, it was an awesome feeling wherein we met loads of fellow riders from most parts of the country. It was an awesome evening, chilling and partying. The weather was also supa cold and chilly making the bon fire and the drinks and even more special feeling. We had a wonderful gala time there enjoying in all the competitions and then dancing to the tunes played by the DJ.

Wayanad – Venturing into the Wild

This was a ride that was due for long, the members at V11 Royal Enfield Riding Club decided to hit the roads to Wayanad, planning to park on the banks of the river Kabini. I had already shifted to Blore so I had to convince my mates who were starting from Chennai to take a route that would get them close to Blore from where i would join them for the remainder of the trip. I was to catch them in Hosur, but since my worload did not permit me to leave office early, i decided to join them at Kanapura junctrion of the thally Road. I reached there and to my surprise my mates hadn’t reached that place. So I drove back in the Opposite direction so that i could catch them in the onward journey. I then drove for about a good 15-20 kms before i caught up with them. Only after i caught up with tthem, did i get to know that one of the riders took a wrong deviation and rode for about 40 kms before he realised and began his way back, we lost a good 2 hrs because of this ordeal. Then we began the journey, after a few kms whhile negotiating a series of turns, Mr Prasad lost control of the ride and kinda lay flat on the ground. Touch wood, he wasnt hurt or injured badly. It wasnt a few bruises here n there alongwith a few swellings. It hurt more for the bike owner, Mr Suresh whose new bike lay there on the ground, not too much of a damage, a few dents and thats all.

We then continued driving on and stopped in exactly the same place where we had stopped a year before when we were travelling to  Bandipur. After this we continued thumping and we had a deadline to meet, 9 o clock or before at the check post. But in all this another nike’s tyre got punctured and then we got all this sorted and we marched on.

When we reached the Check Post it was 9.20 pm and the Guards there were hell bent on the law and so they did not let us pass through to the sanctuary. So after all the excuses that we came up with, the stupid and the brilliant ones. The Guards dint buy any of it and so we had to sleep over on the sides of the road and there began the actual unexpected adventure of the trip. Dinthave anything to eat, nothing to drink. No place to sleep. We were like actual homeless certified bikers, we didnt even have our respective sleeping bags to roll into. We had the most excrutiating time of our lives. Most of em driank to their merry and somehow managed to survive the painful shivering cold temperatures. After that eventful night we started to Wayanad once the Check post opened up in the morning. The fog n mist had completely gotten into our helmets, imparing any vague vision we had of the roads. That was when Hari our Lead Rider, got off the road to wipe his helmet’s visor. Once done he tried to zoom onto the road on his bike, when tragedy stuck as he could not complete the manoever and instead fell off the bike and hurt his right shoulder. We thought he might have just got hurt, but it was only later on that we realised that the pain was moreover because there were 3 fractures in the little bone from the neck to the shoulder.

Another fellow rider took over his bike and began riding untill we finally reached the resort. The place was an abslute peach, it was breathtakingly awesome. We had an amazing time there. The ambience, the food, everything was simply awesome. They hada nice snooker table too to simply chill and enjoy. the climate was also wonderful. All my friends enjoyed the place, their respective drinks and the short rides we had over there. Myself, Suresh Sir, Arun and venkat simply rode out into the Wild, takingg those unknown paths looking to discover the wild. We then also stopped by an old Forest Home to click loads of pictures. My FB Profile is one that was taken there. Then we had an awesome bon fire n evening after which we all had enough rest n sleep so that the jouney back would be as much fun as the onward journey. We all started late after a sumptous break fast and a sound sleep. We took the Mysore – bangalore highway this time instead of the Kanakpura Road. Me, jaiswal & venkat alongwith Lalith Sir rode in a pack upfront. We simply zoomed past every vehicle on the road. The Best part was that mine was the only 350 cc bike while the other 3 bikes were all 500 cc bikes. That was supa fun. We stopped in the middle of nowhere in a small dhaba to have a quick bite and then continued on. We reached Nice Road Junction on Mysore road and stopped there at the Toll Gate to grab a few pics and then continued on till Hosur Road near narayana Hrudayalaya where I picked up my back and drove back home inbangalore bidding adieu to all my fellow riders who were continuing on till chennai.

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