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    Kickass pics bro!!!!

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    Default Days 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

    Day 8: Udupi-Mangalore: 60km

    This day was originally meant to be spent in Udupi visiting the famous St. Mary's Island. But to our dismay, we got to know that the ferry to the island was stopped for the rainy season. With no other purpose to staying in Udupi, we packed our bags, and headed to the coastal town of Mangalore. The highway was under renovation for most part, and we had to take frequent detours. Also, some rev happy fools on a Bajaj pulsar tried to trigger our racing instinct which we calmly held under restraint.

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    After dumping our luggage, we visited a nearby mall, and for lack of options (aka boredom) we spent roaming around the mall for almost 2 hours. Lunch at KFC and more looking around later, we headed back to our room, and after a power nap of 2 hours, we came back to the mall again by 8pm to watch the night show of 'The Amazing Spider Man'. 12.30am, and we were outside our hotel, knocking on the front door which didn't open. 20 minutes later, the door opened, and we headed back to our room and slept the sleep of the dead.

    Day 9: Mangalore-Madikeri: 150km

    Starting early by around 7am, we had what we thought was supposed to be a easy ride ahead of us. However, nature had other plans. Exiting Mangalore, we had to go via two small villages Puttur and Sulya. Hardly 15-20km from Mangalore, the sky grew overcast, and we had to make a quick stop to get the rain cover on the bags, and as we started, a drizzle started. And added to that, the roads grew worse, and there were quite a few water logged pothole stretches. We did all that, and more, and then the rain came. A bit of soaking in the rain, we got a bus shelter and we took shelter from the elements. The bikes got as wet as they possibly could in the half hour that we waited for the rain to abate.

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    The rains reduced, but the road condition just went from bad to worse. Potholes, bumps, water logged stretches and what not, it was a slow ride till the Coorg border. Once Coorg started, there is a really good 2 lane state highway, and we made a good, but slow pace. After the rains, the road was fully wet, and as we ascended, the fog set in, and progress was relatively slow. Also, a sharp cold set in, and fingers pained every time the clutch or the brake had to be operated.

    Riding slow for the last 60km, we reached Madikeri by around 1 in the afternoon, checked into a room, and kept all our gear for drying, and grabbed a quick lunch. Madikeri was cold, as cold as it could get in the rainy season, and there was always a continuous drizzle. By 3.30 pm, we set out to visit Abby falls and Mandalpatti hill station.

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    Abby falls done, and a quick ride up the hills, we arrived at the road to Mandalpatti. It was a narrow stone track, water track, and a bit of tarmac thrown here and there. After a while, the road was just a heap of slush criss-crossed by jeep tyre tracks. We got thru two of these things, but the third was all but impenetrable. Or we probably could have done that stretch, but as we didn't want to get our shoes wet or muddy (drying them would have been a pain later), we didn't attempt to negotiate that stretch. Leaving the bikes there, we walked, till the peak, in dense fog. Not another soul did we meet.

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    By 6, we started walking back to our rides, and then, we made our way back to town. The rest of the evening was spent sitting in the bus station over some chips and banter.



    Day 10: In and around Madikeri: 100km

    A leisure start marked the start of the ride. We visited the Tibetan colony at Kushalnagar, made a quick run to Dubare Elephant Camp, where we unwinded ourselves and had fun with river rafting over the rapids. At one point, the raft stopped, and we dived into the water. I had a sensation of going really deep into the water, and just floating back up. The life jacket was the bonus

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    Swimming in the water alongside the raft, we had lots of fun. More rafting later, we headed back from Dubare, and back to our room. About 3 km from town, the FZ ran out of petrol. Again!... Parking it well off the highway, we got back to our room, where we took the spare petrol container and refuelled the FZ.

    The entire day was fully bright and sunny, and not a drop of rain did we encounter. The evening was spent at Raja seat overlooking the entire area of Madikeri. The road which we had taken the previous day seemed like a huge snake as it twisted and turned around the hills. The peace was shattered by a noisy group of 10 or so boys who started putting loud music and shouted and danced like maniacs. Tourists. Disgusting ones at that. :x

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    Day 11: Madikeri-Mysore: 150km

    We opted to take the route via Nagarhole forest to Mysore, and visit Irupu falls on the way. The day started with rain delaying our start by almost 30 minutes, and bad roads and puddles and potholes made our ride a little tiring. We didn't visit Irupu falls, as there was no place to keep our load, and hiking the 2 odd km to the falls with the huge backpacks was not something we wanted to do.

    A huge gate stopped us at the entrance to Nagarhole reserve, and i found out that two wheelers were not allowed on that route. We had to take a detour and that cost us another 30km or riding. A very bad, and i mean really bad route that skirted across the forest and on its fringes led us to Hunsur. Also, buses on that road threw up butt loads of dust and pebbles flying across the road and finding their target in us. A painful endurance stretch later, the highway appeared again, and we made good time to Mysore, reaching by 2pm. A quick stop at a Shell petrol bunk was done to get an engine oil change for the FZ.

    Checking in to a nice room, we set out to find a multiplex. The last movie of the Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises had been released on that day, and we booked tickets for the late night show. Also, picked up a Xbhp magazine, featuring the GIR, and headed back to the hotel, making a quick stop at the Mysore Palace. A quick nap, and some food later, we were back at the multiplex, and after watching the movie from one of the best seats in the house, we returned back to our room. The GKR was going to end tomorow, and that was all we could think and speak of.

    Day 12: Mysore-Bangalore: 180km

    Starting by 8am, it was an uneventful ride back to Bangalore, and after saying our goodbyes, we parted ways to our respective homes.

    11am, I was home, 12 days, and 2200km later, mush wiser, much enlightened, and more respectful of my bike than ever. She's a fighter, no matter the obstacle, and all the trust I had in her stood justified.

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    20 km from Gokarna, on the highway, stood this board which has directions and distances, and on top of those, is one board which says Karnataka: One State, Many Worlds. So true. So many more places to see, visit, and explore. Well, that's for the next ride.
    Signing off,
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    Done with the travelogue! Thanks for reading, and wish you a great year ahead. Make time to ride, ride safe, ride hard, and be fool proof. Cheers!
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    It was really nice going through the whole Photo Log Suhas. Inspiring too.

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    Thanks Abhi! Will post a travelogue about my western ghats road trip and the 3 states road trip soon

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    Nice ride done there buddy Rains truly brings a place to full glory. Keep riding.

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    They truly do! The whole place looks totally different in the rainy season than in summer or winter!

    Cheers!

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