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    A freak fall, sweltering hot climate, insane off-roads and curves could not stop the battered beast and the rider from conquering western ghats
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    RETROSPECTION:

    Let me first just blurt out whatever is coming to mind now before I kick start the trip-log. I hope this would be fine with everyone.

    In a matter of seconds, a freaky fall, bruised body, battered beast (bike), in a dilemma whether to continue with the ride, bent handle-bar, missing foot-rest near the gear lever, scratches on the fender and the wind-shield, and to top it all quite a few stretches of insane roads ! were they roads ! Surmounting the pain and being at the top of a worth-the hype-peak ! Climbing up was easy. Riding down was nasty! Did I really need this? I could have been on the couch watching a movie; what the hell, would I have experienced all this if I were on the couch. Would I have known that I am also part of a so-called-mad guys if I were on the couch. Hell no! An unbelievable view Soothed my disturbed system. Nice friendly folks and conversation with them put me back in my groove.Riding in the pitch-dark in a Naxal affected region, Cheers, Thumbs-ups, surprised faces, curious queries from college-students-on-a-trip, appreciation from absolute strangers, lodge-receptionist providing accommodation even without ID proof, Medical-store owner taking interest in providing me with the right pain-killer confirmed that I too belong to a special one-of-a-kind breed called Bikers or is it tourer or is it...what the hell, it is people who move their butt off the couch and do the stuff, be it on a motor cycle or a bicycle or a car or just travel with backpacks.
    Totally disconnected from what was happening in the world, slept like a dead man and was rejuvenated next morning. Body was still hurting, but mind had found energy. Found peace in temples and the ambiance of holy places. Few more thumbs-ups while riding back. Surprised by thunderstorms! Exasperated with eternal-under-construction highways, waterlogged Bangalore roads, reached home totally drenched. and I was at peace again, which time and again proves my mom right 'No matter where you go, what you do, you find peace only at home. Come back home'. I am happy I returned to where I belong after discovering another side of me and western ghats. Home sweet home
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    bring it on buddy
    a very nice trailer....kinda a long awaited avatar to come out

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    FOREWORD:

    Last year visited Kudremukh and Mullayanagiri, and was mesmerized by the beauty of western ghats. Been to western ghats before last year's ride. But never on a bike. The breeze in the face, being in the middle of nature and in open air was such a different feeling. The feeling was so different from that of being inside a car. I was by then totally bitten by the bike-riding bug. This pushed me to do Saddle-Sore. I started reading travelogues voraciously. Leh-Ladakh, Rides in Kerala, Rides to Kanyakumari caught my attention. In the mean time started thinking about IBA Bun-Burner. However, for one or the other reason, that's getting postponed. Guess, that's happening for a good reason. Post saddle sore, I did not ride to anywhere for quite sometime. During this time came across many trip logs about Kodachadri and Agumbe, and I was fascinated by the beauty of the places and daredevilry needed to tame tough terrains of Kodachadri, especially on bikes. I discussed with few of my biker friends about Kodachadri and a plan was made to ride to Kodachadri in September 2012. However, due to personal commitments could not join the ride. Narration by my friends about their ride to Kodachadri and Agumbe left me burning with regret for not making it to that trip. The itch to ride was getting stronger as days passed by. Biker in me was beginning to get frustrated. For the first time I was beginning to experience about what it's like when-you-want-to-do-something-but-not-able-to. My younger brother came to my rescue. Even though he is younger to me by age, he has a more matured and calmer head on his shoulders. He enlightened me about joy-of-riding and it does not have to do with a particular destination or the length or duration of the ride. It opened my eyes and my delusion was shattered, and I started riding to some nearby destinations, some really beautiful destinations. I felt that I became a true motorcycle tourer as I was enjoying the ride, the journey more than the destination. I stopped worrying about how long I rode. A beautiful phase in my tourer-life as I spent few weekends just enjoying short and sweet One-Day-Rides. I was at peace as a tourer as I was enjoying the leisurely pace the rides were happening which was so refreshing compared to Saddle-sore madness. Slowly I was getting back to riding habit. During this phase I also followed Wrangler True Wanderer contest closely. I was just awestruck after reading few travelogues. I doff my hat as a token of respect to all those riders and the rides which were truly inspiring regardless of the fact whether they made it to top ten or top three. I seriously feel that format of the contest should be changed. And again there was a long gap in my rides. Again, the name Kodachadri started buzzing in my head. Kanyakumari too started making rounds in my brain. The itch was growing stronger. I also wanted to go to Kalasa and Horanadu temples for a long time and that plan was also getting put off. Finally Kodachadri won. I was excited and read lot of blogs about kodachadri. Decided trip dates to be 30th & 31st March. Planned the route.



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    Waiting for the main course, bring it on...

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    DAY 0 | RESTLESSNESS :

    No matter how many rides one does, it's strange that one can not escape the feeling of restlessness. I just could not wait for my ride to begin. I worked my a** off and finished my tasks in advance and got permission to leave an hour before. Reached home. Even though I got my saddle bag last year, never got an opportunity to put it to good use. All my gear was stashed in the cupboard. I was all excited while taking my gear out. I wanted my luggage to be as light as possible and only important stuff to be carried. I like to travel light. Filled my beast's tank to the brim and I ate light. Checked the packing one more time to ensure I did not miss anything. Updated my Facebook status about my impending ride. Tried to sleep. I just could not get any sleep. I guess I have not come across a trip log till date mentioning that a bike-tourer slept well before the ride. I am waiting for that trip log!!! No matter how well I plan, and how well I keep up to my schedule, sleeplessness before ride has become an usual occurrence. I guess the excitement to embark upon an adventure does this to travelers. I managed to be on the bed for about four hours.


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    DAY 1 | UNFOLDING THE UNFOLDED

    2 AM: First unfold. I got up before alarm woke up. Got ready as if I had all the time in the world. Double check. All set. Ready to roll. Looked at myself in the mirror. All geared up I felt proud first, silly next, funny at last. My brother was ready to see me off. Street dogs had this curious look on them. They stared at me in surprise "How the hell on earth this moron turned himself into an alien in a matter of six hours!" My beast was ready and I started it slowly and smoothly. No roaring. Did not want to startle neighbors who in their half-sleep condition could stone me down. My brother clicked few snaps. And, the events slowly started unfolding at 3.45 AM

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    ha ha ha great read there mate.
    did it on ur avenger did u?
    thats commendable.
    ive not been able to take mine out due to unreasonably heavy clutch.
    about 50kms in a ride n my left shoulder aches as if nails were pierceing it.
    interesting trip urs :-)
    way to go...
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    I exactly did the same trip in 2008, of course from Hyderabad. In your map I joined at Chitradurga and exited at Tumkur. We took Belur-Hassan road in return. From Tumkur we took a route behind Nandi hills and joined Chikballapur and then to Hyderabad.

    The first picture is really nice. Waiting for the rest of the log, especially the Kodachadri; would like to see how the road is now. It was a jeep trail before and loose soil and stones. We climbed it at night and it was a scary but adventurous.
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