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    Day 0 - Hectic



    I was somewhere between the nine days of holiday I had scraped off in this quarter. With such a long leave, people assume that you are going to your hometown to chill in the summer. But in our case, people knew differently. In a prep ride under the sun, some of the riders had already felt the brunt last Saturday, when we headed off to Dhabaleshwar (near Cuttack) and Bhattarika (near Athgarh). During return, I had actually felt my heartbeats slow down in the heat, covered with all the riding gear I had been splurging on this year. Still, I returned back to Dhabaleshwar the next morning with another group of friends.

    Earlier this evening, we had a final meet-up outside the office gates to check on the preparations. Two members, names ABC and XYZ (to protect their identities and skins


    Back to present, I pondered about the long trip ahead, hoping to end it up without incident like the Vizag run. The packing session ended with a sunscreen and a chota-ac going in my bag, all the preparation needed to face the summer.

    Find other days' logs here:

    Day 1 - The Day of Losses More Pics

    Day 2 - Born to be Wild More Pics

    Day 3 - The Way of the Waterfalls More Pics

    Day 4 - Hunt for the Sword's Edge

    Day 5 - Some hits, and a miss
    Last edited by diffuser911; 08-11-2009, 09:19 PM. Reason: Adding links
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      Dude ur on a roll.....riding in the Orissa summer heat is something that can label you as crazy , but will hold that for the moment till you complete your log!!!
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        Originally posted by prafultripathy View Post
        Dude ur on a roll.....riding in the Orissa summer heat is something that can label you as crazy , but will hold that for the moment till you complete your log!!!
        And crazy we are Praful!!
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          From where we stopped for tea


          Crossing the gap


          Paradise on the other side


          Dude comes back for a second look


          The first of the accidents


          The riders, sans diffuser911

          After having a sumptuous breakfast of dosas and tea, we got back on the road around a quarter past nine, exactly an hour after landing here. Moving along the NH, the count of overturned trucks was growing. While we stopped for a cold drink on the roadside, XYZ zipped past us without noticing. And for the next hundred kilometers, it was a hard job catching up with him!! We stopped near a check gate for taking a break from the sun, about ten kilometers from a locality called Redakhol. On reaching Redakhol, we were about to get a lassi

          The nearest place we found some grub was a shack along the NH and ordered one of the humblest meals of our lives. The setback had made us all loose a bit of our calm, and we were trying hard to talk away the nerves. The temperature had soared as the clock approached midday. By the time we moved out, we were seriously hoping to find shaded roads ahead. As we climbed a few steeps turns, the NH had entered a semi-dense forest. Going through, we felt instant relief riding among the intermittent shadows. Taking a stop to discuss the route ahead, we contemplated how easy it is for the naxals to disappear in such jungles. Just one kilometer off the NH and you would be untraceable! The next locality we crossed was Jujomura, a place Soumya warned to ride together, owing to the bad repute of the place. Crossing the place without incident, we neared the city of Sambalpur. At around 320 km from where we had started off, we took a left instead of barging straight into the city. Covering some distance, we crossed the greenest fields that these eyes had seen. Perfect wallpaper material! Hopping off the bikes, we engaged ourselves in photography. The next stop was Huma, the leaning temple.


          Build a hut, live for the rest of your life

          Following the road, we found ourselves running alongside a partially dried-up and rocky riverbed. Roads were bad, but what else can one expect in the city outskirts? After some struggle, we reached the temple and parked outside the courtyard. Unloading our luggage at a shop, we headed inside and offered the prayers. The main temple seemed to be normal, while there was a smaller one that was inclined. Going on a passage that leads to the back of the temple, we found ourselves staring at a beautiful stream at the bottom of steps leading into it. Going near, we purchased a couple of packets of ladoos and deposited our belongings at the shop. As we came to the bottom of the stairs, we were blown away by what we saw. Innumerable fish swam in the stream, just below the steps. And not just ordinary fish; some were as long as two feet, and equally healthy. Sitting at the bottommost step, we started feeding the ladoos to the fishes. The legend goes that if someone tries to catch the fish, the person is turned to stone. XYZ wanted to try the idea, and Soumya was ready to film him turning slowly into stoneJ! While we exhausted the food we had with us on the fishes, a boat came nearby the bottom steps. It ferried the visitors to a small island about a couple of hundred meters ahead, where stood an enormous statue of Kali Ma, stepping over Lord Shiva. The boar weaved through the stony rivulet and brought us to the island, where we climbed the stairs to the top. The statue stood tall at 36 feet, as the boar owner had told us. Soumya climbed to the top of a tree to capture a full shot of the figurine. On the way down, we saw a stone bust of a girl trying to cut a fish; the statue must have been the source of the legends. Moving back to the shore, I noticed that the main temple on the opposite side was tilted as well. What a work of art! Legend attached with the temple says that Lord Viswakarma built the temple overnight; all efforts to correct the tilt have failed.


          The river behind Huma


          Trying to capture fishes


          Lone boat


          So we join him


          Serenity


          Greenery amongst rocks


          Ma Kali statue


          Deserted riverbed


          Monkey-man, aka Soumya


          Time to go back


          The leaning temple of Huma

          As dusk was setting off, we sped back to the city of Sambalpur and took a shortcut, which landed us right at the edge of the bustling town. Asking around, we found our way to the heart of the town where all the hotels were located. After running up and down the street twice, we set base in a nice hotel at around seven in the evening. Bike parking, to say the least, was minimal; just a space in front of the hotel door, hardly a few feet from the main road. Hardly had the luggage been laid on bed, two of us hogged the AC, while another went of to get fresh. Soon after, we were roaming the street for some snacking, looking for a city specialty. A little distance from the hotel, we skipped a heavily crowded stall and settled for gol-gappas.





          Last edited by diffuser911; 05-21-2009, 12:31 PM.
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          • #6
            Nice, keep it coming! Where do you find these places to go man!
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            • #7
              nice bro.once again your pic came out good. Waiting for the rest.
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              • #8
                Sunil, 'm really envy on you...

                let me check all your new thraeds...
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                • #9
                  Great trip bro.....

                  Ah home sweet home.........

                  nice trip bro, hats off to you that you dared to do this journey in such a great weather ......
                  the picture of paddy field made me go nostalgic........

                  great trip buddy..........
                  Last edited by trojan; 05-19-2009, 08:58 PM.

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                  • #10
                    very decent stuff in there. Again a K790i cam at play, eh?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by prafultripathy View Post
                      Nice, keep it coming! Where do you find these places to go man!
                      Well, I spend most of the time online looking for these.

                      Originally posted by nabendubasu View Post
                      nice bro.once again your pic came out good. Waiting for the rest.
                      Thanks Nabendu...a lot more to follow soon.

                      Originally posted by archistar View Post
                      Sunil, 'm really envy on you...

                      let me check all your new thraeds...
                      Seeku bhai, kidhar ho aap?? No activity for soooo many days??

                      Originally posted by trojan View Post
                      Ah home sweet home.........

                      nice trip bro, hats off to you that you dared to do this journey in such a great weather ......
                      the picture of paddy field made me go nostalgic........

                      great trip buddy..........
                      Trojan, where are you from?? Very less activity from our side, so need to make people aware of the potential.

                      Originally posted by hitanshu View Post
                      very decent stuff in there. Again a K790i cam at play, eh?
                      Thanks saar. Yes, the little maestro is still at work, until a bigger one can find a way in.
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                      • #12
                        Oops....
                        I thought new updates are here .now bring the rest.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nabendubasu View Post
                          Oops....
                          I thought new updates are here .now bring the rest.
                          They'll be up tomm morning...Here's a preview.
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                          Orissa 1302
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                          • #14
                            What could have been a ride which i was planning for so many months, turned out to be a disater. I lost my money bag, cell phone with so many stuffs in that bag which i dropped off while riding......

                            my fellow friends had definitely a terrific ride.....i will just satisfy myself with the pics

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by yatishankar View Post
                              What could have been a ride which i was planning for so many months, turned out to be a disater. I lost my money bag, cell phone with so many stuffs in that bag which i dropped off while riding......

                              my fellow friends had definitely a terrific ride.....i will just satisfy myself with the pics

                              so you are the victim,bad luck bro.
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