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    Hi all ,

    Just did a small trip to Valpari along with two other Stringers . Must be wondering how come traveling with stringers . Well i was planing to go to some place near Coimbatore for a one day ride , the planing is been happening from some time . Last time i did a trip to Ooty from Coimbatore & it turned out to be a solo ride as no one to ride along . This time i tried to think out of the box . Searched in xBhp members list and found few people near my home town and i messaged them . Out of three people one replied and we started chatting and making calls to each other . I am from Coimbatore & he is from Pollachi which is 45 Km from Coimbatore . We where thinking of a trip as he also was interested . On Saturday got a message asking me if i would like to join for a small ride . " Yes" with out any second thoughts i jumped in . We planed a small trip to Valpari as i had to return home by evening . Well remember folks i have never seen this person before . ( Details of the stringers will be furnished in between Trip log )

    Coimbatore - Pollachi -Valparai - Sholaiyar Dam - Pollachi - Coimbatore-270 Km

    On Sunday morning (16th) i started by 5:20 am . Had my bath & other worldly stuff as usual . Took my camera and packed other necessary stuff as my RC book & papers in a small bag . Left home by around 5:40 am . Should say bit late from what was planned as a lazy bum i woke up late again . Was exited as usual , but this time the excitement was doubled as i was going to meet a stranger who himself was an xBhpian . That was a good feeling . Well i reached Pollachi by 6:30 am . Was looking around the location where he had asked me to wait . Called him and informed that i am there . With in five minutes there he was ..

    Keerthy( Thy as known in xBhp ) a graphic designer by profession .Rides an R15 blue

    About Thy : Friendly , calm , active , loves to ride & photography . Almost all the qualities that we bikers should have i found in him . It did not take much time for me to build a good wavelength with Thy . Was nice to know another xBhpian that to like minded . He was mentioning that he is also a lazy bum and got up late . Was really happy hearing that as we matched in almost all the characters .

    We started together & was amazed by his driving style . I really saw me 10 years before in him . The way he was doing the bends and cutting through vehicles . Gosh i was so dam happy see some one ride like that as i always used to rip the same way except for past few years that i have become a calm rider .(Lol) . Only problem i faced was to catch up with him as my sweet Honda Unicorn was not that fast enough . Pour Thy had to slow down & at times wait for me to catch up with him . Nice bike he has and amazing performance .

    Next stop point was AMBARAM PALAYAM . Situated around 10 Km in pollachi . There is this lake which is features in most of the Tamil film songs Where you can see all the dancers and hero heroin walking and dancing in water . The water flow's in steps allowing one to walk through those steps and enjoy the fauna of flowing water through their legs .

    We met Vignesh : A good friend of Keerthy & a graphic designer . Vignesh is working in Chennai and was back home for the week end . He owns a RTR . But unfortunately it was given for service . He joined with Keerty . He is not yet an xBhpian but can expect him soon there . A very nice chap Friendly as keerthy.

    The time was around 7:30 am odd and we started slowly to Valparai . On the way vignesh got some cut Mango's with chilly powder to eat . The actual journey started . We had to pay entrance fee for 3 people and for 2 cameras ( 95 total ) at the check post . The road started to wind and should say the hairpin curves are steep & had to concentrate more on my bending skills than enjoying the view . Was amazed to see the R 15 climbing with ease , that too carrying 2 people . Keerthy was a stunning rider . I was watching him corner each bend with ease as if he was riding on a plane road . Vignesh on the other had is not behind in riding skills at all as i had a chance to see him ride for some distance . Was really happy to accompany good riders . We stopped in few places and took some snaps

    We reached the Waterfalls Tea estates . A nice joint where one can relax and have a cup of tea . They have these tiny huts embarked by Tea plantations . Nice place for an evening hang out should say . Had chai . Nice taste . Fresh

    Aliyar Dam :- is on the way to valparai and sad to see not much water on the dam .Nothing much to talk about . One should see for them self .

    We reached Valparai town by around 10 : 15 . One thing i noticed that we took more time climbing those hairpin bends than usual hair pins ( around 50 odd Hairpins to reach Valparai from AMBARAM PALAYAM).

    We all where hungry . There is no much choice to have food according to Keethy as he is a regular visitor . He took me to a small Mess behind the town bus stop . Had some Dosa & Egg ambulate . Nice filling . Did not look for the taste as we all where hungry & was not in a mood to judge the tase . Not bad though .

    We started riding again towards Sholaiyar Dam (around 30 Km from Valparai ). A nice place , provided very less water at present . The road to Sholaiyar has some good scenery . All surrounded by green tea gardens . It was around 1:00 pm when we reached & trust me dam hot .

    Took some snaps and moved back to Valparai on the same route . It was around 2:30 Pm & we stopped in a KR bakes and refreshed our self's with some lime juse and some Puffs . Good filling . The journey back was on the same route which we climbed . Stopped in the same Waterfalls Tea joint and had some chai . Brought some tea packet for mum . Time was around 3: 15 Pm . Reached Ambaram palayam by 4:20Pm and dropped Vignesh .

    Went to Keerthi's home and got a nice welcome from his mother & father . Sorry forgot to mention his companion ( man's best friend - Dog ) Felt good . He transferred all the pictures to his comp . Accompanied me back till the main road . I started back home and reached Coimbatore by 6:30 Pm .

    The End of trip

    Thank You for xBhp again for i found some good riders and cant call him a stringer any more as he has become a friend of mine . We hope to make more trips together & are planing for an xBhp G2G in Coimbatore . Hope things work out smooth .

    Sorry to bug you all with such a long story . Please don't curse me , Just a humble person who likes to share his happiness with others .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryan View Post
    Topic Approved.
    Thank you bro for quick approval
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    The sunrise


    Anaimailai - Famous shooting spot


    Another side of the bridge


    On the way to Aaliyaar - this place is totally amazing


    Sun


    Turned 180degree and took this shot
    Last edited by thy; 02-17-2009 at 10:32 AM.

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    Cool Photos - 2

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    Aaliyaar dam






    Monkey falls - No monkeys, no water






    More to come!!!!!!
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    nice log there.. so somebody from coimbatore is still active here!
    A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel.

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    vaalparai still remains as one of my fav places and you are lucky to have the hills so close by.nice pics waiting for more+

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    Nice ride there!
    Valparai and top slip are always my favorites.

    PS: am from udumalpet
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    Nice log and pics.. Do u have more pics.. Roads are very inviting
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    Quote Originally Posted by razorBlades View Post
    nice log there.. so somebody from coimbatore is still active here!
    Yes dude, hoping a few more xbhpians will join in future trips !!


    Quote Originally Posted by prabhubravo View Post
    Nice ride there!
    Valparai and top slip are always my favorites.

    PS: am from udumalpet
    Great !! If u come to udumalpet contact me, we can meet !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by steveburnside2001 View Post
    vaalparai still remains as one of my fav places and you are lucky to have the hills so close by.nice pics waiting for more+
    Quote Originally Posted by mithun.08 View Post
    Nice log and pics.. Do u have more pics.. Roads are very inviting
    More pics will be uploaded soon

    Thanks for the replies

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