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    nice pictures and glad you returned safe.. ab zara shakal aur videos dikhao g2g pe aake..
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    Default Re: When all plans fail, just Ride it out - 11 days - Pune-Karnataka-Goa

    Beautiful pictures...
    Once I have donned my black helmet, I become anonymous. My face ceases to identify me. My black visor shields others from the rigours of my passing glance while shielding me from their attempts to peer into my soul. I am an anonymous rider shrouded in black. I am no longer a specific self. I am a passing Traveller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurobindo View Post
    I forgot to mention 3 problems which happened during the ride.

    1. Fog lamp screws came off while on ride from Badami to Hampi. Had to resort to jugaad to fix it up until Hampi came.

    2. My horn was custom welded on front and the bloody welding snapped off while going to Bisle Ghat on Coorg. So you can imagine the road conditions.

    3. Rear tire hugger welding cracked and the bolts thread came off and the whole thing became loose when I was on NH66 from Mangalore to Gokarna. Had to remove it enroute and Chuck it.

    Other than this nothing else came off, Thank God 😅😅
    Lol, nice pics, how good is the sj4000 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterminds View Post
    Lol, nice pics, how good is the sj4000 ?
    SJ4000 WiFi is good. When I got it 2 years back it was superb value for money. Now there are many others in the price bracket so you can choose accordingly. A short pros-cons for it.

    Pros:
    1. VFM - especially when you get it from outside of India. I got from US.
    2. Shoots at full HD. Note - No 4K available.
    3. Photos come out good. However the blues are more pronounced than other colours. So if you are near water bodies or mountains photos look awesome. If you want jungle scenery then colours look bland.
    4. Quite a few modes to try out.
    5. Works with all standard GoPro mounts and accessories.

    Cons:
    1. Horrible mobile app. If I had a negative rating then this app would get it. Worst designed app ever.
    2. No remote management other than phone app. So essentially you don't have a monopod with remote.
    3. WiFi transfer rate is so so slow. If you try and transfer videos you will wait an eternity for the transfer to go through.
    4. Battery burns out quickly with full HD. Need 2 batteries on standby atleast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurobindo View Post
    SJ4000 WiFi is good. When I got it 2 years back it was superb value for money. Now there are many others in the price bracket so you can choose accordingly. A short pros-cons for it.

    Pros:
    1. VFM - especially when you get it from outside of India. I got from US.
    2. Shoots at full HD. Note - No 4K available.
    3. Photos come out good. However the blues are more pronounced than other colours. So if you are near water bodies or mountains photos look awesome. If you want jungle scenery then colours look bland.
    4. Quite a few modes to try out.
    5. Works with all standard GoPro mounts and accessories.

    Cons:
    1. Horrible mobile app. If I had a negative rating then this app would get it. Worst designed app ever.
    2. No remote management other than phone app. So essentially you don't have a monopod with remote.
    3. WiFi transfer rate is so so slow. If you try and transfer videos you will wait an eternity for the transfer to go through.
    4. Battery burns out quickly with full HD. Need 2 batteries on standby atleast.
    Thanks for such a detailed review, could you suggest better alternatives.

    The gopro 5 black is good but at 37k approx is damn expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterminds View Post
    Thanks for such a detailed review, could you suggest better alternatives.

    The gopro 5 black is good but at 37k approx is damn expensive.
    All depends on your budget. If you are looking for a budget camera which won't burn a hole in your pocket then SJCam M20 is the best I found.

    One of the impartial reviews on internet from Akhil @ Riderzone on ActionCams:
    http://riderzone.in/category/reviews/gear/
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    When Google Maps gives you the finger

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    Morning came late for me, thanks to my laziness yet again. By this time, I had gradually come to the terms with my late waking up habit on solo trips. Since I was liable to no one, I had the enjoyment to go at my own pace with things. Bags were loaded, smiles were exchanged, goodbyes were said with Rocky, the person who accommodated me in his home. Rocky’s guesthouse is a boon for people going solo to Hampi, try it out once.


    The roads beckoning me

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    By 8:00 AM I was headed out of Hampi. The next stop being Chitradurga Fort a good 140kms. Unknown to poor me, Google maps was making me head out to NH 50 and man oh man, would I regret it. The Entire stretch of road till Chitradurga Fort was semi paved. Big Trucks kept on going one after another and there was hardly any place you could escape. This started just the moment you exit Hosapete and continues almost the entire way. A much better route is via NH 67 and NH150A. By the time I reached Chitradurga Fort, I was rattled to my bones. To make matters worse no security guard was willing to hold onto my saddlebags for money and so I was royally stuck. Finding no other means, I went up on a risk but kept on feeling worried so I had to turn around and rush back to the gates of the fort and straight on towards the windmill farm I had seen nearby on google maps.


    You can see the parking from here

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    If you are going to the Windmills near Chitraguda then be ready for extreme offroads and a very confused GPS on GoogleMaps. It took me a while but I managed to visit the place. Once done, I stopped for a tea break near the highway and started off again. My next in line destination was the Hoysaleshwara Temple near Hassan district. Roads improved exponentially and soon I was on triple digits. The lost time of morning was being made up for now. This time I mentally made up my mind not to take any breaks until I reach my destination.


    The Windmills

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    The slow whistle of wind seeping in stealthily into my helmet, the beats of Nucleya pumping through my head and the triple digit speeds bode well for me and by 3:00 P.M I was parking my bike outside Hoysaleshwara Temple. This is a Shiva Temple and is surrounded by numerous tanks and ponds. The temple is built in the vicinity of the large Dorasamudhra lake. If you go further you will have the Digambar Jain Temples, less crowd than the main temple but beautiful view nevertheless. I managed to squeeze in only 30 min here because I still had 2 destinations to go before I reached Coorg.

    Some pictures of the Temple Complex

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    Started around 3:45 P.M from this place and Thank God, the good roads continued with me although the Belur Road which I took was way narrower than the rest, but on the plus side the traffic was on the lower side. There is a point in the route where you briefly join – Bandadaka Bengaluru highway and take a turn to go in another narrow road. Now, be warned that this is a village area. The Road gets narrower still and you can expect cattle anytime at the road without any warning. Also when the google maps tells you, you have arrived at the destination, there is a offroad path which you can see. DO NOT take it. Go 300 meters more and there is a second off road path – This actually goes to the Church while the first one leads to a private property. Cars can go easily on this path too.

    One super-gravel road I encountered in between. Thank God it didn’t continue.

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    Another Random Road stop

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    The destination: Shettihalli Church – Built way back in 1860s and fallen prey to time. This place is perfect for a photoshoot - The backdrop is provided by Hemavathi reservoir; there is an awesome bridge nearby and the place looks fantastic with the setting sun. When I finally reached, it was around 5:30 PM. The funny thing is I tool almost 1.5 hrs. for 50kms and I don’t know how. There were 2 food breaks which I took, but still I don’t get it.


    There was a pre-wedding photo/video shoot going on when I reached. The photographers were armed with DJI Drones, Cannon Mark-V Cameras and all the other goodies you could imagine. They requested me to wait for some time until they finish shooting in the church so that I could take some pictures. I didn’t mind as the sunset was still 30 min away so I walked to the river bank and took some time off. Places like this are present, so that a man can ponder on the bigger things in life, take a step back see what’s going wrong with him, introspect and perhaps, just perhaps take a decision to steer his life back on track.


    My wandering thoughts were brought back to earth when the shoot shifted to the river banks and the church was fair game for photography. I had barely setup my bike and started with the shots when I could see a small pack of tourists coming in by the dirt road and that was the end of the peace. I managed to take some pictures before rushing out. I was in no mood to stay there with a horde of tourists cramming up the place. Looks like even isolated spots like these are coming under the radar of general tourists fast. Sigh.


    Some photos from this beautiful place

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    It was 6:30P.M when I left. There was no time left for my last place on the list so I decided to skip it and straightaway rush to Coorg and check in. I knew I was close when the roads started curving and the curve became sharper and roads even more smoother. It was 8:00 when I finally checked in.


    Another day , another sunset

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    I was unloading the bags from the bike when I suddenly realized – “I forgot to have lunch yet again”. Damn you straight roads!!!!

    P.S - Please forgive me for the image quality, my laptop has gone crazy and is not being able to upload properly. I had to use the sniping tool to reduce the image size and then upload them to the thread. Dunno what's going on.












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    Again, some pretty clicks!

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    Awesome ride. 👏. Funny how hunger for ride takes away the hunger for food.. 😉

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    Almost 6 months have passed since i stopped in the middle of my writing & my biking. All thanks to my over the head hectic schedule at office. But now hopefully i have a break of 2 weeks. Planning to resume the story from where i left off.
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