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    Smile [Solo] Chennai-Yercaud-Chennai - 853 kms

    Chennai is a unique place in summer. I agree that there are hotter places elsewhere in India, but Chennai deserves a special mention.
    Even the evening air is hot. Not to mention humid. It's assumed already.

    Hence, Yercaud; a hill station about 360 kms from Chennai where a person can expect cool evenings and peaceful nights.

    The route was decided after consulting Chennai XBHPians and it turned out to be ~740 kms round trip.



    I almost had 2 more xbhpians with me - gmagesh14 and Da1AndOnlyHermit; when their busy schedules didn't allow them to continue.
    Hence, a solo ride. (again. )

    The plan was to start early morning on Saturday and return by Sunday evening. But, on Friday night my colleague from office called me to inform that
    Ulundurpet-Attur stretch is under maintenance phase and is currently not in a good condition.

    So, I modify my itinerary in a jiffy. (Plz ignore the watermark.. )



    This route increased the overall distance by ~40 kms.

    Anyways, I packed my stuff after re-checking everything possible again and again. Not to mention, this was my first trip where I'd to stay overnight elsewhere.
    My bag became unusually heavy due to extra clothes, towel, 5 litres of water, glucose box, googles, camera, bike papers and what not!

    I tried sleeping early at around 10 P.M, but I simply couldn't. Somehow, I slept at 1 A.M and got up at 3 A.M. I completed all early morning chores and was ready by 3:45 A.M. Rechecked everything again and...... SLEPT!!!!

    Sometime later, I woke up and thought I'd slept for a long time. But I'd lost no time. It was 4:25 A.M. Washed my face an thanked god for not letting me sleep after so much preparation.

    I was off by 4:30 A.M and was enjoying the not-so-hot air in Chennai. It was in no means cold air, I swear!
    Taking the Poonamalee road, I hit Sriperumbudur in no time. Somewhere between Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram, I saw that the traffic ahead was moving very slowly. I creeped in through 4 wheelers to see the horrific sight; 3 trucks and a car - all mashed!!! It was a big accident.

    I thought that this was an indication from above to ride safe. I continued.
    I was kind of testing my endurance levels; i.e, how many kms can I ride before the first butt break? Previous best was 100 kms, this time, it was 145!
    My first break after crossing Vellore.

    I found a roadside dhaba to answer my growling stomach. Then continued.
    Next butt break at Krishnagiri. At this place, I began recalling my college days in Bangalore and thought of going there itself. But, later senses prevailed over imagination and I turned towards Dharmapuri.

    I simply stopped for 2 mins at Dharmapuri for drinking water and stopped for my last butt break only at the ghat section before Salem.
    The roads are very well laid and this would be my first time in the ghats. The roads towards Salem are on a downward incline, hence one must be careful.

    I happily hopped upon my bike and started taking corners at ~60 kmph. Man, the first corner was scary. It was a wide corner and the apex was well within sight, but the downhill was like . I almost fell of my bike!

    Then I realized I'm no Rossi and continued slowly. I reached Salem and asked the route towards Yercaud and in another 40 mins, I was searching for a hotel/motel/lounge/dorm atop the hill.

    Chennai to Yercaud done in 6 hours flat and no fuel stops in between. (Refilled 12 litres the previous night)

    Picture time.





    Now, I needed a place to stay overnight. I heard Yercaud is called 'Poor man's Ooty'. No sir, not anymore!

    Charges were exorbitant to the tune of Rs 4500 per night per person.
    I somehow managed to find a lodge for 600 rupees per person per night, dinner included! Wow....
    Details:-
    Jayamurugan Holiday Inn,
    139/1, Nagaloor Main Road, Yercaud - 636602 (Salem district)
    Ph - 04281-222133, 9688818620

    Paid the rent in advance and went to have a bath. Man, I loved it.
    Cold water bath! Reminded me of my village when the ground water from the tube-well used to be cold in all seasons....

    Thereafter, I paid a visit to the deer park and fish aquariums!





    Angry birds, lol!







    Aha, something interesting here... A girl!!!



    This is what she was taking pics of!





    This fish reminds me of a certain Mr. Bean movie...





    Are these sharks??? All aquariums were unnamed...



    Then, I thought of paying a visit to the waterfalls.



    Errr, poser...



    I was not alone...



    Descend starts here (the falls are accessible after you climb down for about 2 kms)











    What, where is the water in the falls????



    It'd dried up!



    This is what was remaining....



    Return journey - uphill... Needless to say, I was pissed and so were others.



    Badly constructed stairs didn't help either... Reached atop somehow.... Was panting like a dog...





    I needed something to eat. Gorged on 3 dosas and 2 litres of water.

    Came back to the lodge and slept, dejected.

    Got up at 5 P.M for sight seeing, and sights I saw!







    Ummm....









    The famous Yercaud lake...



    People boating in the lake.



    By the time I returned, it was night already...



    It was then I realized that I was too tired and I needed to sleep.
    Got 3 egg rolls parceled and returned back to the lodge.
    As soon as I reached the lodge, I changed into my night wear and finished all egg rolls. Gosh, I was hungry...
    Slept like a baby thereafter.... Got up on time... Damn IT industry. 5 A.M without an alarm. Anyways, got fresh and took bath.

    Checked out from the lodge at about 6 A.M.
    [I had to reach Chennai by 3 P.M at any cost, else I'd have preferred checking out at 10 A.M to avoid the Chennai heat. Damn office commitments]

    Some more pics. (Return leg of the journey)











    Here's a video I took of the downhill twisties...
    Camera mount - My neck.
    Do check it out...

    Yercaud_twistiesHD.MTS - YouTube

    In case bandwidth is a problem, here's a compressed format of the same video.

    Yercaud_twisties(compressed).mp4

    Then, the same route back home. Refilled the tank near Vellore.



    Total travel - 853.0 kms, exact! Mileage - ~47 kmpl.



    Reached home by 1 P.M when the sun was at its scorching best...
    Reached office at 3 to submit my file for Monday presentation and came back home by 5...

    Then what???? Good night!

    Cheers....
    Last edited by Divya Sharan; 06-05-2012 at 02:29 PM.
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    @Divya sharan:- Looks like you enjoyed the entire trip and the pics says the story itself. I hope you had good understanding on the road trips, butt breaks, fuel stops and food stops. This is very essential while doing a road trip. There are no ways to learn better than doing it yourself. Similarly couple of trips and you'll have better understanding on road trips while doing >1000kms in future. Go step by step and you'll be in better postion physically and mentally for longer road trips. Remember safety comes first than speed. All the best for your future endevours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SriramEfunds View Post
    @Divya sharan:- Looks like you enjoyed the entire trip and the pics says the story itself. I hope you had good understanding on the road trips, butt breaks, fuel stops and food stops. This is very essential while doing a road trip. There are no ways to learn better than doing it yourself. Similarly couple of trips and you'll have better understanding on road trips while doing >1000kms in future. Go step by step and you'll be in better postion physically and mentally for longer road trips. Remember safety comes first than speed. All the best for your future endevours.
    Ya Sriram sir, it was a very enjoyable ride. But all credits to you and xbhpians. All the t'logs I read in the past helped me a lot.
    I hope to do a 1000 km + trip soon.
    Last edited by Divya Sharan; 06-04-2012 at 09:52 PM. Reason: typo error...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Ya Sriram sir, it was a very enjoyable ride. But all credits to you and xbhpians. All the t'logs I read in the past helped me a lot.
    I hope to do a 1000 km + trip soon.
    If you are not having a sports tailbag or saddle bag, try getting one. It helps you to ride with ease. I'm not comfortable riding with backpack on my shoulder weighing over a period of time like I did during my first ISGTG in 2010.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SriramEfunds View Post
    If you are not having a sports tailbag or saddle bag, try getting one. It helps you to ride with ease. I'm not comfortable riding with backpack on my shoulder weighing over a period of time like I did during my first ISGTG in 2010.
    Point noted. Even I have felt that carrying a bag on shoulders increases back pain. I'll source one soon!

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    Nice trip log. Me too gonna post my first ever trip Chennai-Bang here soon.
    Again all credits goes to chennai tbhpians Sriram, aagree, Avinash, jafffer etc. They were all my inspirations.

    BTW how did you managed to ride while in the return.??heat???
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    Quote Originally Posted by gauthamkss View Post
    Nice trip log. Me too gonna post my first ever trip Chennai-Bang here soon.
    Again all credits goes to chennai tbhpians Sriram, aagree, Avinash, jafffer etc. They were all my inspirations.

    BTW how did you managed to ride while in the return.??heat???
    Thnx. Glad u liked it.
    Yup, riding in the heat was problematic but slowly I'm getting used to it.
    Just ensure that you keep taking fluids all the time.

    And all the best for your trip bro. Ride safe.
    Last edited by Divya Sharan; 06-05-2012 at 02:30 PM.

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    Another great t'log DivyaSharan.... Badly missed it...

    Just sharing the video link..


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