Thursday, December 14, 2006

Bangalore-Mangalore: The FISH-y Trip: Day 2 (final day)

Continued from the last post (Day 1)...


Sunday, 11th Dec, 2006:

Plan to wake up was 6:00 AM so that we could visit Naveen’s college at Surathkal. But all of us were very tired especially Ashu, who drove more than 400 km last day. So we chose to keep on sleeping. We woke up and got ready at 8:00 AM. The Fish-y trip continues :)

Tried contacting Shetty but in vain. His phone was not reachable and the landline at his place was dead. So all five of us hopped into Naveen’s car and left for Malpe Beach, Udupi. Again, Ashu was driving. Malpe is mere 6 km from Manipal. It is a small fishermen’s village hence as expected the air on the way to the beach was full of fishy smell. Gopal and Pandey both being pure vegetarians were having hard time keeping away from passing out :). Soon we could see the Arabian Sea. Beautiful blue sea! This was the first time I visited west coast of India.

We could see many fishing boats on the horizon coming back with night long catch. Also, the sea was dotted with many small islands and Naveen told us that we will be visiting one of them.

We kept ourselves from jumping into the water because of lack of time. We thought that we will enter the water only on the island’s beach thus saving some precious time. Remember, tomorrow is Monday :(

We tried contacting Shetty yet again but again “This number is not reachable!” We moved to the place from where we had to take the boat to island. We parked our car and had a quick breakfast. Idli, Dosa, Veg Pulao and KesariBath. We entered the gate to the area where boats are parked. Parked our car and proceeded towards the ticket counter. Again an unsuccessful try to call Shetty.


The ticket to St. Mary’s Island costs Rs.70/- per head. We boarded the boat at around 10:00 AM cursing Shetty for not coming on time. Actually we were a bit worried also because he left quite late last night and there was no news from him since then. Finally Shetty called few seconds after we boarded the boat. He was on the way. We told him to catch the next boat to the island.

The journey till St. Mary’s was amazing. The water was dotted with rocky islands and fishing boats. We were wondering which amongst them is the St. Mary’s Island.


After some time it became clear and we could see our destination. A serene island lined up with coconut trees, rocks and small beach. Wow! My first visit to an island!


We had to change the boat in between as the big boat cannot go till the coast so we boarded a smaller boat on the way! It took around 40 minutes to reach the place.

We just wanted to jump into the water. Naveen took us to farther end of the island where the rush of people won’t be there. And soon we were lying in the shallow water.


One thing that amazed me there was that there was no sand on the beach. The beach was full of sea shells. Quite interesting. Isn’t it? :)

By noon we were out of the water. There was a stall selling frsh fried fishesJ. We had Anjil and Bangra fishes there. By this time Shetty aslso arrived. Shetty, Gopal and Pandey roamed around the island and I, Ashu and Naveen devoured the fishes. :)

We took the 1:10 PM boat back to Malpe. Our initial plan was to leave Udupi by 1:00 PM but we were very late. By the time we reached hotel, washed and checked out, it was already 3:00 PM and our stomachs were grumbling of hunger.

Again, to continue our Fish-y trip, we dropped Gopal and Pandey in a veg restaurant and proceeded to Hotel Fishland. Again our host was there smiling as usual and hurrying into the kitchen to give special instructions for cooking. Shetty was amused to see that he did not bring any menu. We told him about our last visit.

We started off with fried masala prawns. Delicious! Then we were served with some delicious fish kebabs. The kebabs melted as soon as we put them in our mouth. One of the tastiest things I ever had! He didn’t tell us the name of fish. Later he told that it was baby Shark! After that we had Indian Salmon, one of the costliest fishes. I also tasted Neeru Dosa for the first time. Neeru dosa with prawn curry was amazing! Our tummies were full by 4:00 PM and this huge meal for four cost us only Rs 450/-! We are planning to go there once again :).

We left the place at around 4:10 PM. This time we did not want to climb the steep slope to Agumbe and the bad 20 km stretch between Aldur and Chikamanglur so we took different route. We moved to Karkala which would have been around 40 odd km from Manipal. Karkala is also well known on archeological map of India but we skipped because of lack of time and proceeded to Moodabidri which is around 16 km from Karkala. From there 60 km good stretch till Belathangdi. Next place enroute was Mudigere around 40 km from Belathangdi.


There was very nice ghat road in between and Ashu was amazing at negotiating the curves without a power steering. It reminded me of the expertise which generally experienced drivers for hilly routes in Uttaranchal have. Everyone was impressed by him.

As soon as ghat section ended, we saw the worst road. You see it was not one of the worst roads but it was THE WORST road, I ever saw. We moved at a speed of 5 km/h and Shetty was far behind us. This will give you the idea what kind of road it was. Covering some 15 odd km on this road ate up a lot of time and it was well past darkness.

Finally we reached Mudigere. From there the road Belur was good. Nice estates (Could not identify whether tea or coffee in the darkness) on both sides of the road. Soon we were in Belur. Shetty filled his fuel tank and we moved towards Hassan. The highway which we took was fabulous. Soon Shetty was above 100 and out of sight. We reached Hassan at around 11 PM. We had dinner in a highway dhaba just after crossing Hassan. I guess the name was Gangotri Dhaba. The suggestion here is that do not eat there! It’s not good.

Oh, I forgot to tell that on return journey there were three people per car. From here, I went to the back seat of the car and Naveen came to the front and I had a nice sleep J. We came to know that Shetty was napping while driving so they stopped on the way to refresh. We reached Bangalore at around 3:15 AM while Shetty’s car arrived at around 4:40 AM. I had to sleep at Naveen’s place and Bhadra dropped me at my place in the morning enroute office.

The trip was fabulous with just my bike missing! We have to go there again on bikes. Highways, Hills, Sea Beach, Island, everything was there like a masala hindi movie! :)

Will be back soon with another trip. Till then Hasta La Vista !!!


Fast Facts:

Forward Journey Route:

Bangalore ----30---> Neelmangla ----150---> Hassan ----40---> Halebeedu ----17---> Belur ---24---> Chikamanglur ----89---> Sringeri ----56---> Agumbe ----56---> Manipal ----3 ---> Udupi


Hotels are easily available at Manipal. Great seafood at Hotel Fishland, Manipal.

Must visit: St. Mary’s Island from Udupi.

Return Journey Route:

Udupi ----3---> Manipal ----40---> Karkala ----16---> Moodabidri ----60---> Belathangdi ----36---> Mudigere ----32---> Belur ----34---> Hassan ----150---> Neelmangla ----30 ---> Bangalore

Will upload all the pics from the trip soon.



Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bangalore-Mangalore: The FISH-y Trip: Day 1

Continued from the last post (The Making)...

Saturday, 10th Dec 2006:

The plan was to meet at Citibank, MG Road at 4:00 AM sharp. Citibank at MG Road is one of the most popular places from where we start our trips J. There were some logistic problems in gathering there at an odd hour due to only 2 vehicles. So, the plan was slightly modified.

02:54 AM: My alarm rang. For the first time I pressed Stop instead of Snooze! Called Gopal and told him to reach my place by 3:30 AM.

02:56 AM: Called Ashutosh and told him to be ready. He was already awake :)

02:57 AM: Called Naveen. He was on a night out! Very nice, I complemented :)

03:35 AM: Gopal reached my place. I hopped on his bike and left for Naveen’s place in Koramangla.

04:00 AM: Naveen’s place. Jumped into the car and left for MG Road.

04:15 AM: Shetty reached MG Road after picking up his cousin and Pandey.

04:17 AM: We reached MG Road and moved towards Cooke’s Town to pick Ashu.

04:30 AM: All seven on board and we were leaving Bangalore.

Naveen and Shetty were driving.
For Naveen, his car is just like his old splendour without indicators and headlight. He doesn’t bother to use either indicators or dipper. He coolly drove till Neelmangla inspite of critically acclaimed remarks from three passengers to follow traffic rules. Road till Neelmangla was good four lane highway. We reached Neelmangla at around 5:30 AM and stopped for Chai session. Neelmangla is around 30 km from Bangalore and we have to take a left turn from there to Hassan. No offences for Naveen, but unanimous decision was taken and Ashu overtook as driver from there. :D. Poor Ashu didn't know at that time how much he had to drive .

Our next stop was Hassan which is around 150 km from Neelmangla. This road is a two lane highway. Road is very good but one has be extra cautious for incoming traffic while overtaking as there is no divider. We saw sunrise on the way.

Shetty zoomed passed 100 kmph and was soon out of sight. We did not have the privilege of that as Naveen’s car was making all sort of noises on crossing 100.

Shetty reached Hassan at around 7:30 AM. We followed and reached at around 7:50 AM. We took few wrong turns and instead of going via bypass, we entered the city. There was some confusion in locating Shetty in the city which ate up a good 45 minutes. Finally we met near the main Bus Stand and left for our first sightseeing enroute, Halebeedu.

Halebeedu is a small town around 40 km from Hassan with an ancient carved temple. The place is prominent in the archeological map of India. We had our breakfast there, masala dosas, idlis and chai.
The temple was magnificent and was a real feast for eyes. After a long long time, I was visiting a place of mythological and archeological importance. I guess the last one visited by me was Sarnath in 1999.


Halebeedu is the kind of place where you can spend a long time talking to local guide, identifying all the details of the place and the carvings. But because of a tight schedule, we could not hire a guide and quickly roamed around and clicked some snaps.

There was a huge rush in Halebeedu because of two groups from some school visiting. We thought of leaving quickly to reach our next destination, Belur before the huge groups. It was very obvious that they too would be visiting the place.


Drive till Belur was scenic with narrow but nice road. We reached Belur soon as it was only 17 km from Halebeedu.


Belur again was quite similar to Halebeedu with another nicely hand carved temple.

Here also we quickly took snaps, roamed around and zoomed to next target, Chikamanglur.

Chikamanglur is 30 odd km away from Belur. Road was again narrow but good with a beautiful view of Western Ghats. We found few good lakes in between and took snaps from car itself.

Soon we were in Chikamanglur city. We followed Shetty into a one-way and were busted by a traffic policeman! Shetty however managed to get away but the policeman noted down his number. Conversation was difficult with the policeman and we called Shetty. Shetty came back and negotiated with the policeman in Kannada. The matter was resolved with 100 bucks.

Now we had to cover one of the most heard about routes. Chikamanglur to Sringeri. This route is considered to be biker’s paradise. One of the most scenic routes in South India. Sringeri is 89 km from Chikamanglur. We left Chikamanglur at around 12 PM. The road was bad real bad. Although the landscapes around us were good but the road was pathetic. We were thinking how to cover arduous 89 km on such a road! But to our pleasant surprise, that bad patch lasted only around 20 km till a place called Aldur. From there it was like a butter coated road till Sringeri. We stopped at a few places in between to take photographs. The route was really very very scenic.

We had our lunch on entering Sringeri. After that we visited Shankaracharya Math in Sringeri. It was again an old carved temple with nice serene premises. We fed some catfishes in the lake within the compound.

There is a nice waterfall also near Sringeri but we had to drop the idea to visit as it was getting late and Udupi was still far.

From Sringeri we left for Agumbe. Agumbe is the last point uphill on this route. From there we had to start our descent from Western Ghats. Agumbe is famous for its beautiful sunset view also. We reached Agumbe at around 5:30 PM. It was still around 40-45 mins for sunset and already there was a huge crowd at the view point. Seeing the steep descending road from there, we thought of forgetting sunset view as it will be really difficult to cross Ghat section after dark. So we left immediately after clicking some snaps.

Our next stop was Udupi. Or may be not. On the way, Shetty had a Flat Tire !!! It was already dark and changing the tire in the forest in dark took an hour ! We were back on road at around 7:15 PM.

We reached Manipal at around 8:15 PM. We decided to stay there only for night. Udupi is just 6 km from there. Shetty and his cousin went to their home and five of us hired a hotel in Manipal.

Manipal is a small town famous for its medical college and engineering institute. The crowd in Manipal seemed more metrosexual than in Bangalore ! We had a tank up in Manipal and had a nice bath. And from here, starts our Fish-y trip. :)

I had seen a signboard of a place called Hotel Fishland on our way just 200 m before our hotel. I being a seafood fan suggested the place. Gopal and Pandey had to go to a veg restaurant for dinner. Rest three of us (myself, Ashu and Naveen) proceeded to Fishland J Ah, what a tasty fishes! The owner of Fishland was too enthusiastic to make us taste his choice of fishes. We gathered a lot of funda also about fishes. We had Melu (Average size of fish is 2 m!), Baracuda (Only fish with green bone) and all time favourite prawns. The preparation was too good. We finished the meal with Rice and Fish curry. Yummy! :)

At 11:30 PM, we were dozing on our beds.


...to be continued to conclusion...


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bangalore-Mangalore Trip: The Making

People do not like long posts. Hence, I am writing this travelogue in three parts. Here is the first one, The Making... :)


Did you ever have a backlog in any subject in college? If yes, then you can understand the joy of clearing one.

I had three backlogs. Ooty, Mangalore(Udupi) and Munnar. I missed these three trips due to several reasons in the past and it is difficult to persuade everyone for going again on the same trip. I completed the first backlog last weekend by visiting Ooty with Ashu.

This was another pleasant weekend which took away second backlog i.e. Mangalore/Udupi.

This was the first time I traveled in a car for such trip. The trip was joyous but not as satisfactory as a bike ride would have been. I will try to capture whole route and incidents here but I won’t be able to do that as successfully as in the case of Ooty trip; the reason being I was not riding this time and sadly, I don’t know how to drive a car. :(

We (I and Ashu) had planned for this trip last weekend during the Ooty Ride. We were again ready to go on two bikes riding solo. As the week passed, many people added to the trip most enthusiastic being Shetty who wanted to go in his new car, Maruti Suzuki Alto LXi. It was easy to get people for a road trip in car.

When Naveen joined in with his car again an Alto but LX edition (without power steering), we had two cars and two bikes (Mine and Ashu’s). Shetty kept on pouring with all the technical details (like route maps, alternative routes, places to visit enroute, etc) whole week. Just one day before the trip, we got the final number of participants and I and Ashu had to shift to cars for the economy of the trip.

Finally seven people in two cars left Bangalore. I, Ashu, Naveen and Gopal in Naveen’s Alto and Shetty, his cousin and Prashant Pandey in the other one.

Note: Four people cannot sit in the car with Prashant Pandey because of sheer magnitude of his body in Y-axis! He is over 6’ and needs so much leg space that practically no one can sit in the back seat behind him :)

to be continued...



Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bangalore - Ooty : The Ride

Day 1 ( Friday, 1st Dec 2006)
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Continued from the last post...


2:00 PM:
Where there is a will there is a way :). Takel and Rapi planned to go to Iruppu Falls via Mysore. So we had company till Mysore. Some discussions and negotiations with them and we decided that we will go till Mysore together and then the final destination will be decided there.


6:00 PM: Off from office. Dying to use my new Cramster Stallion saddle bag :).

6:25 PM: Packing useless stuff in the saddle bag just to make it look full stuffed and alsobetter fit on the bike :)

6:35 PM: Off to MG Road. Plan was to meet at the Symphony Theatre at 7:00 PM.

7:00 PM: Weekend rush :(

7:15 PM : weekend rush :((

7:30 PM : finally Symphony !!!

So finally we were 5 people to leave bangalore on 4 bikes : My Avenger, Ashu's TB, Rapi's Karizma and Takel's P180. Rapi had a pillion, Ashok.

We managed to get out of city by 8:30 PM. Full tank at Shell's petrol bunk just before leaving city. I always feel adrenaline rush when I go for a full tank. It always means a good trip ahead.

It was almost dark. Takel proposed that we should follow some truck at a speed of 50 kmph. Then came the figure of 60 and finally everyone agreed on 70 for SH-17 (Bangalore-Mysore fundoo highway). Ultimately, everyone rode at 80.

I was so happy being back on highway after a long break. It was around 5 km from the Shell petrol pump that I felt some disbalancing in the bike. I stopped and found a flat rear tyre. Shit !!! Mine was the fourth bike so no one was behind me. Tried calling all three of them but no one picked up the phone. Guess they were too busy with the highway to hear their phones ringing ! At last Takel called after 5 mins. Ashu came back and we examined the tyre. As expected the culprit was a nail. We tried to take it out but in vain. Then for the first time in life I rode the bike sitting on the fuel tank!! I rode for 2 kms and found a pancher shop (yes it is always PANCHER and not puncture on these highway shacky shops).

10:10 PM : Back on the road ! Reached Kamat after around 20 km ride and found Rapi, Takel and Ashok devouring on oil filled puris, rice and sambhar cursing the person who told them that Kamat is the best place to eat on highways !!!! We also had some puris and were back on road after around half an hour.

2 chai stops in between and we reached Mysore at around 1 AM.


Unlike Bangalore, Mysore looked very different. Different in positive side with wide roads and cleanliness.

We stayed at Takel's friend's place.


Day 2 ( Saturday, 2nd Dec 2006)
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We woke up at 7. At 8:45 AM, we all were at Green Leaf Restaurant having our breakfast and discussing further plans. No one was willing to change his/her (Disclaimer: Keyword :her" is added for making this blog as diplomatic as possible. This is purely fictional and I am sure there is no resemblence with anyone dead or alive) plan so finally me and Ashu broke off for Ooty and other people to Iruppu Falls.

The first stretch of Mysore - Gundlupet was awesome. Beautiful highway and we kept a steady 70 on that. Only 1 stop in between for loo and we covered Mysore-Gundlupet 60 km stretch in an hour.

Bandipur National Forest starts at around 20 km from Gundlupet. This stretch of road was mix of good, patchy and broken road. We had the first view of Nilgiris before entering Bandipur. I had heard so much about in Bandipur in the past that I couldn't wait to enter the forest. Anecdotes from so many people about their encounters with wild elephants, deers were pulling me towards Bandipur.


There was a small shop and few cottages, guest house in the Reserve Forest. We bought some Chips, namkeens, chewing gums and water. Saw some pet elephants crossing the roads. Clicked few snaps and went off to Gudalur, our next landmark.


The road in Bandipur was mostly very good except for few bad patches. We crossed the state border and entered Mudumalai WildLife Sanctuary, Tamilnadu. I was surprised that police did not stop us at state border for inspecting bike papers, driving license etc and of course to search our bags for illeagal transport of liquor. In Mudumalai Sanctuary, there is a diversion. One road leading straight to Ooty with 36 hair pin bends and the other going to Ooty via Gudalur and Pykara. We took latter which is double the former one and thought of returning back via the short cut with 36 hair pin bends.

We stopped for a chai at a small stall and Ashu reminded me that these are the same jungles which were famous for Veeru dada aka Veerappan !


We reached Gudalur at Noon time which is around 55 km from Gundlupet. Now Ooty was just 40 km with Pykara enroute. But this was the most difficult part. The road was completely washed away because of recent rains. We took a coffee break near tea plantations.


Before hitting Pykara, we saw a very beautiful unnamed lake amidst lush green hills. We named it Switzerland :D as it was no way less beautiful in any aspect except for some special effects of snow and YashRaj Film's shooting. Clicked few snaps and inched towards Pykara on very very bad roads.


Pykara lake and falls are not very big but the location and beautiful blue colour of water was amazing. Few more snaps, 2 packets of fresh cherry, one water bottle and we were again on road. Next stop was Ooty.


Ooty is a small town in Nilgiris and is famous for green hills full of tea plantations and Mithun Da's hotels :). We reached Ooty at around 3:00 PM. Since it was an off season, there was no problem finding a hotel to stay. We got a decent hotel room with two beds, TV and hot water supply for 300 bucks. Took a bath, saw final two overs of India-SA twenty-20 and went in search of good food. After breakfast we had only few chips and cherries and it was already 4:30 PM. We roamed in the town on Ashu's bike and found Tandoori Mahal. Had lots and lots of food. It was already 6 PM so we could not go to Dodabetta or Botanical Garden. Roamed around in the town, had some really delicious home made chocolates and returned to the hotel.

10:30 PM : Doze off !!


Day 3 ( Sunday, 3rd Dec 2006)
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We woke up at 7:00 AM. Waited till 7:30 AM for hot water supply to start. We were ready by 8:30 AM. Had hot coffee and checked out from the hotel. It was freezing cold and I didn't have gloves !!! Then came the saviour, a vendor selling low quality gloves for Rs 25/- each. Something is better than nothing so I bought a pair. We started off for Dodabetta after 15 mins. Yes it took almost 15 mins to remove dust off our bikes and start them in cold.

Dodabetta is the highest peak in South India with temperature touching zero in winters. Only 9 Kms from Ooty. Road was not good but twists and curves were too good and proved to be good warmup for us. There were some stunning views of the Nilgiris from the top. By 10:15 AM we were moving towards Coonoor.


Coonoor is a small place around 20 km south from Ooty famous for its beautiful tea estates. Also the famous "Chaiyya Chaiyya" toy train runs from Ooty to Coonoor. This was the first good road we encountered since Gudalur. Had chai and cake in Coonoor and were back in Ooty before noon.


Again had a tank up at BP petrol bunk :). Petrol is around Rs 2.50 cheaper in Ooty than in Bangalore. :). We planned to have a good meal before leaving Ooty but morning starts at 12 PM in hill stations. We got only bread-omlette as it was breakfast time.

We started our return journey at 12:15 PM. We planned to take the shorter route (with 36 hair pin bends) to Bandipur. This road bifurcates from the Ooty-Gudalur route at a place called Thalaikundah which is around 7 km from Ooty. The shortcut was one of most beautiful roads. Steep and smooth. We descented in just half an hour and Entered Mudumalai Sanctuary. This time we saw herds of deers in Bandipur.


We reached Gundlupet at 2:10 PM. Called Takel from there. They were also around 60 km away from Mysore.

We parked our bikes in front gate of Mysore Palace at 3:15 PM. Ooty to Mysore in 3 hours flat! We had some good bhelpuri there and reached Takel's friend's place at around 4:30 PM.



At around 5:15 PM, we set off for Bangalore. We took a wrong route which meets SH-17 in Srirangapatna. Although road was good but obviously not as good as SH-17. Rapi zoomed his karizma on SH-17 and was soon touching 100-110 kmph. I was following at around 80 kmph followed by Ashu and Takel. After around 40 km, Rapi had a flat tyre! We have been to all sorts of roads in this trip but both the flat tyres were encountered on the best road SH-17 !! Luckily we were only 200 metres from a Pancher :) shop.

We left the place at around 8:00 PM and stopped directly at the Chandigarh Punjabi Dhaba, 55 km before Bangalore. Nice food on desi style khaats (beds made by weaving rope on an iron frame). We set off to Bangalore after a good food.


Finally I parked my bike in my Apartment's parking at 11:00 PM. This was one of the most memorable trips I had. First time my bike saw a puncture and for the first time I saw so many different types of roads in a single trip.


Here is the route summary:

Bangalore-----152--------> Mysore ------59--------> Gundlupet -----20------> Bandipur -----31------> Gudalur -----40-----> Ooty -----20------> Coonoor


Coonoor ------20------> Ooty -----35-------> Bandipur -----20------> Gundlupet ----59------> Mysore -------152-------> Bangalore


More pictures of the trip can be seen here.

So, till next ride, ciao !!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Bangalore - Ooty Trip : Prologue

T-4 days (Monday, 27th Nov 2006):
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Myself and Ashu have been planning a lot about weekend trips and many times these trips were cancelled due to professional commitments at SISO. (For the uninitiated: Samsung India Software Operations Pvt. Ltd., our workplace)

December being a lean month as far as work pressure is concerned, we thought of finishing off as many rides as possible. Mangalore and Ooty were topping the chart and were two of the long awaited rides. We proposed the Mangalore ride to our BangaloreBikers group. We came to know from discussions that followed that the roads are completely washed off due to heavy rains. The trip was cancelled!

Our retaliation was Ooty. I again proposed it in the group. I was ready for undesirable comments on the state of roads and Bandipur forest enroute but surprise and that too a pleasant one, people looked interested ! I am so happy :)


T-3 days (Tuesday, 28th Nov 2006):
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Vimal aka Takel and Atul (who Atul?? I mean Rapi :) ) declined. Finally 6 people ready for the ride. Me, Ashu, Kamlesh(Kam), Sid, Jayan(dada) and Parwez. All excited for weekend :)


T-1 day (Thursday, 30th Nov 2006):
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Me, Ashu and Sid bought spares for emergency situations like clutch cables, headlamp, spark plug, chain links, etc. Just 2 days left !!! :D


D-Day ( Friday, 1st Dec 2006):
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1030 HRS : Kam's status message on Gtalk : "Weekend Plans in trouble!" Shock !!!!
1200 HRS : Kam's Mail on group : "He can't go because of some URGENT work at office !!!" :O
1215 HRS : Sid's Mail on group : "He can't come because of fever !!!" Oh NO !!!
1300 HRS : I tried reaching Jayan and Parwez. As expected they too declined now !

Clank !!!! The dream of 6 bikes cruising on wavy roads winding around the Nilgiris overlooking lush green valleys shattered in a moment.

Now what ? Me and Ashu thought that we will go ahead !


to be continued...