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    Hey !! Very nice 2nd & 3rd day log. Its real pleasure to read all those accompanied with some nice pics.
    Waiting for 2 more days....... Did you try getting top end on RE anytime?? I mean how much can it go....
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Nice set of pics Ananth. Thanks for sharing, particularly the Nilgiri Tahr. Could not locate last time I visited.
    Thanks Ravi!

    Quote Originally Posted by Abhishek2433 View Post
    Hey !! Very nice 2nd & 3rd day log. Its real pleasure to read all those accompanied with some nice pics.
    Waiting for 2 more days....... Did you try getting top end on RE anytime?? I mean how much can it go....
    Thanks! Top end as in? The top speed? I dont ride fast, I just cruise around the 80's and 90's. Top speed i attained was '101' just for the sake of hitting triple digits on the open highway

    TBTS's top end should be around the 110 mark, as i hit 101 on 4.5k rpm and much more left and not to forget the vibratioonsss you have to encounter at those speeds..

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    @Ananth: Excellent trip log and pictures are just awesome! Had a great time reading your log and pics man! That's a great trip you've been through! Very inspiring! Btw regarding the TBTS top speed. One of my friend and xbhpian owns a TBTS and i've hit 122 on the speedo. The bike's very powerful and it can pretty easily get upto those speeds. The clutch plates were completely worn out so couldnt do more than that. But i loved my ride on the bike recently. Had a 100km trip on it couple of weeks ago. You have an excellent bike there too, take good care of her!

    Super stuff there man! hoping to see some more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwokFist View Post
    @Ananth: Excellent trip log and pictures are just awesome! Had a great time reading your log and pics man! That's a great trip you've been through! Very inspiring! Btw regarding the TBTS top speed. One of my friend and xbhpian owns a TBTS and i've hit 122 on the speedo. The bike's very powerful and it can pretty easily get upto those speeds. The clutch plates were completely worn out so couldnt do more than that. But i loved my ride on the bike recently. Had a 100km trip on it couple of weeks ago. You have an excellent bike there too, take good care of her!

    Super stuff there man! hoping to see some more!
    Thank you! Would take complete care of her!

    And w r t the top speeds, I know it could go past 120.. but don't want to ride her that hard and the vibrations past 5k rpm are so high. I take it easy and just cruise around the 80's and 90's

    Hoping to see some more? Wow! I have some one to read my blabbering text! By the way, Day 4s log is done. Just uploading the pics.

    The write up will be posted soon

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    Default Day 4: With good company..

    Staying in a low cost lodge has its own share of problems and tortures. Yet another night without much sleep. This time it was those drunkard neighbours, who lethargically switch off the fan or lock up the room from outside or wake you up in the middle of the night to ask if i stole their mobile! Ever since 'Thy' left my room , I had to live up with these disturbances. Woke up the next day morning, without an alarm at 5:30 AM. Brushed up, refreshed myself and packed up things. An hour passed by and i went out looking up for a tea shop., Only a few shops were opened and calmly waited for a tea shop to open up. Had some biscuits and a hot tea. Passed a beauty parlor or Saloon in our words, stepped in and had a clean shave., The twenty minutes i spent in the barber shop was real funny. With everyone except me speaking nothing other than POLITICS! Came back to the room, had bathe in cold water, dressed up and awaited Thy's call. No private cellphone network in Valparai, Only the BSNL networks function here and so i was waiting for the load landline ring tone. Thy called up at 7 30 and said he will reach around an hour. Meanwhile i again went out, cleaned up my ride and parcelled the breakfast in a near by hotel.



    My BlackBird



    En route to Sholayar..



    Thy arrived and we quikly finished our breakfast. Checked out the room, got a few water bottles and packed up the snacks i had bought in Kerala. A few snaps and we were ON. Checked our tire pressures at a near by puncture shop and we headed to Athirampalli. Our first stop for the day was at Sholayar dam. A huge dam, again with not much water., few snaps and we were back on road. Crossed the Tamil Nadu border and once again entered Kerala. The scenic forest route to athirampalli, had awesome twisties, bad roads, roads with just stones and some newly laid thar. We knew that for the next 60 kilometers its going to be just woods, woods and more woods and with no shops or towns inbetween! We were prepared for the worst or best to come in. Took the first few kilometers with care, let a few cars to overtake though total vehicles encountered on the whole stretch wouldnt have crossed two digits!





    Thats Thys Lid...



    The woods were scary, with a wierd noise all over. The roads were in a real bad shape, with Thy mentioning that the roads would be damaged of the possible encounters of elephants., i was just awaiting the same. We could barely maintain speeds above 30 as the roads were real bumpy and took a toll on the bike and our backs on speeding above 30. We decided not to stop anywhere unnecessaryly but stopped in every other curve for pics, pics and more pics. Infact we even took a 45 minute break in the middle of the forest, with no one else to care - we went on taking up random snaps, a few poses into the woods and finally we were on. Managed to stop by a river, finally there was some place with some decent water flowing in! I even thought of having a quick bath into the river, but there were already a gang bathing and another gand of drunkards going into it. Again., a few snaps and we were on. The woods were a good companion on our rides, we started enjoying the natural beauty., the creepy trees, wierd sounds of insects, tall woods, and a few monkeys to be played up with. We swapped rides, and the roads were getting better with the new thar being laid in between.

    Near the Sholayar Dam..



    Into the woods..



    Bad roads..



    Our next stop was was for our so called lunch. I had bought some snacks from Nedumkantam, kerala and the home made chocolates from Munnar. We shared it up , rested our butts for sometime and we went on. Riding the R15 , was a special and different experience. It just moved briskly and does what we say! Moving around the corners or the twisties were much easier. For another 50 kilometers, i didnt wish to go back to the bull., not untill we reached our destination for the day. As again, i was practising the cornering techniques or rather the bending and leaning aspect of it.. there comes a mad cage driver, just in front of me., completely in the wrong lane on the open roads. with nothing else left to do, i steered to the other side and breaked hard. With gods grace, nothing happened and i was on my limits. This happens and living in India, we just have to forget it move on.

    Caught snapping....



    And this was the pic i was taking....



    Time to pose :P



    Few kilometers down the road, another photo session, this time it was along side the wooden logs, and an empty road leading to a timber yard. The day had started good and riding with a good company is always for the better of the trip. Thy started taking out pics and i started posing :P The weather was getting hot and i removed my riding jacket and let the breeze cool me off. It was here we found that Thys jacket had fallen off somewhere, far from where we could even guess where we could have lost it. 30 minutes passed by, a long break indeed.. we quenched our thirsts and soon we ran out of water.

    Some hard fast riding got us to a town, near athirampalli. Seeing a shop after 60 kilometers!! Stopped for a juice break. We could hear the sound of the flowing water from there.. a bright smile that we almost did it.!



    Beautiful roads







    Crossed the Forest check post, and entered into the Athirampalli. The place was crowded too much and being a holiday, it was getting worser. Though., Seeing a huge crowd after spending hours in the lonely dense forests were somewhat different for the first few minutes ! We went ahead and parked the bikes. My ride's clutch wire went kaput exactly at the parking area. We were in two minds weather to deal with it once we come back or to attend it immediately. The forest officers had a mechanics number who resides some 5 kilometers from the Athirampalli falls. Called him, but no use. I pillioned Thy and went past the falls looking for a mechanic. Shi* ! My mistake, i should have had the spare cables, but for my lethargic mindset







    Many kilometers passed, only the roads are getting better, but no sign of mechanics. Finally stopped by a shop and asked directions to a mechanics garage. We were instead told that the mechanics house is just besides the shop, and he is not at the house currently. With no options left, we sailed further up.. and some 5 kilometers later, we saw a garage! Spoke to him in the bad crap malayalam that we could speak off and made him understand that the bike's clutch wire has blown off. He inturn gave a enfield mechanics number and asked us to meet him at his house after an hour.











    So we went back to the falls, with no mood to bath with hundreds of people fighting for place to bath., we just carried on. I washed my face, relaxed myself and came back to the shore meanwhile Thy went on to click a few snaps of the falls. The falls, no doubt was huge and wonderful. Just that we have to bath on the stream that leads to the falls, with hundreds of people nastying up the place was a bit sick for me. Soon it was 4:30 PM and we went back to the parking place. Called up Raju, the bullet mechanic from Chalakudy. Thank fully, he knew tamil and we explained the problems. Since the roads were down the hill from the falls ., to his house i calmly pushed up the bike and banded into the second gear after the ride sped past 20., the bike ame back to life but i knew for sure i was just damaging the engine. Chillarpatti came in sooner that expected and i rocketed past the place , where Thy was asking for directions.. he came back signalling that the place had already come., with much care i took a 'O' turn on the busy roads, without letting the bike struggle up for the clutch, i turned up and reached the place. Dropped the bike near a church when i went along with Thy to the mechanics house. He wasnt there at the house, and we tried reaching him on his mobile., he was already at the bike and had replaced the clutch wire. Came back, thanked him., paid him 200 for the wire and we started off to Chalakudy.







    So, a lot happened in between and so much waste of time. We seriously didnt wish to stop anywhere, but the roads were so scenic not to be missed out. We just oversped the emotions and rushed into the towns. Reached Chalakudy and took our dinner break! It was around 6 when we reached a smallish fast food / Bakery. We filled our stomachs and we went on. Our next stop was to be at trissur, enroute to pollachi, the destination for the end of the day. Thy's dad fixed up a room for me in Pollachi and we went ahead towards trissur. Traffic was getting higher and we had no clue what to do. Mad traffic, double of what i had seen on a busy morning at Electronic City, bangalore! We had no idea how to reach Pollachi before night, the traffic was just getting higher and we could only move at a snails pace!







    Missed out on the correct direction and we went on the other side. One hour of hard riding and roads started relaxing. Then there i see a board., COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT--- 5 KILOMETERS!! I was like aaw... Machi we have come to Cochin!! We both were puzzled what to do and what was really happpening! i knew for sure, Cochin wasnt so close to Chalakudy and that we didnt ride that fast, nor did the traffic let us to do so. Pulled up to the side of the road and asked for directions. Thankfully, It wasnt Cochin, but somewhere near aluvae, enroute to Ernakulam. Trissur was on the other way back. We again had to deal with the same mad traffic. Riding experience in bangalore came to some use and i sped up fast zipping (On my TBTS! :P) through the gaps. 50 kilometers to trissur and we both signalled on our minds that we will meet up in trissur if we lose track., and we really didnt signal each other. I zoomed past a signal ( I had to break that signal ) and went a head while Thy got locked up behind a huge truck. 100 minutes of hard, fast riding got me in Trissur. Called up thy and he was still 15 kilometers behind. I finished a light dinner, again! Still Thy didnt come, had a tea and calmly awaited him. Finally after 30 minutes Thy flew that junction and went a head. I was running out of balance and had just two rupees and 10 paise. Called Thy, No response. I started the bike and tried catching him. No use, no clue where he went. Again Thy called and said he is waiting at the trissur junction. Another 3 kilometers a head, i met him and a short butt break.





    The roads were awesome from here on, but the number trucks were huge! Stopped for a juice break, and it was around 9:30 PM. Some 90 kilometers to Pollachi i hoped. The traffic was getting dense, with oncoming traffic having high beam lights, it became a nightmare to ride with the scratched up visor. So started riding up with the visor lifted up, hitting up insects and dust into the eyes, i was literally crying for a way out! As again, Thy got fixed up behind a truck and i went a head and for long. No signs of Thy , and so stopped by some small town. Thy was on the other end of the town. Called up Thy and he asked me to meet him up on the other end, as we have to divert into another road towards pollachi. The roads were a bit bumpy, and lighting was poor. Though the roads became Ok after some 10
    kilometers. I was starting wondering about my last lank up , as the petrol indiator was showing near the 1/4th of the tank. I remembered that i last tanked up the previous day morning in Munnar and didnt fillin any more petrol after that. For the next 50 kilometers, there wernt any petrol bunks open and it was already past 10 PM.







    Managed to fillin petrol in some bunk , 10 kilometers before the Kerala Tamil nadu border. Stopped by for a butt break, i was growing tired and Thy's wrists started paining. Another juice break and we went on to Pollachi. Crossed into the Tamil nadu border and the roads were awesome!! The rear tires pressure went down and so i could only manage speeds around the 60's and 70's. Around 11 30 PM, we went into Pollachi., a Huge beautifuul town indeed! Seeing me with a backback, riding gear, helmets ON!, a poser on tvs victor signalled up for a race., Though i couldnt speed up past 70 or so, and once when i did around the 80's to overtake a truck, the poser mistook me that i am Calling up for a race and was going flat out at 90 and signalled that he won! I was having a lighter moment inspite of the tireful day, and was speaking to myself.. thats the way people are!

    Few diversions on and finally around 12 AM, we reached Pollacchi / Thys house. Thys dog was barking so happily seeing me wonder why it was. Expressed a sorry to Thys parents that i'm making their son ride hard and get him back home late in the night Later, Thy just took me to the hotel room , a few kilometers away. This time around the room was awesome with luzurious beds., told thy that i would leave to chennai a bit late, by around 6 in the morning and i crashed.

    A tiring day, with more than 300 kilometers., taking over 300 snaps for the day and Riding across twisties, forests, small rivers, woods were exceptional! Overall happy to have ridden with good company and a heartful thanks to Keerthy for accompanying a mad biker like me!

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    awesome log n pics...just luved it!!!!

    21 years n u r working??![:O]

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    Quote Originally Posted by VarunRTR View Post
    awesome log n pics...just luved it!!!!

    21 years n u r working??![:O]
    Thank you.

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    @ananth: Loved the day four log and the pics too !
    Its gonna be tough to keep up with you and your blackbird literally, as well as in terms of touring rep

    Btw, you ought to have given that victor jerk the universal sign of non-acceptance, demonstrated by elevating the middle finger of your dominant hand with the remaining fingers closed

    Need i explain more?
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    just went through the entire post man..

    Amazing snaps..!
    and nice detailed log..
    stuck up with college and exams.
    planning a long one myself to Munnar lots of memories attached to that place, did my schooling there..
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    Hi Anant, Saw ur triplog and its absolutly brilliant....loved the writeup and the pics are also very nice........

    Regards
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