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    Nice, finally I get to see the log behind all the pics in FB

    Superb ride man, unplanned rides are always the best.

    Waiting for pics of Palolem, I've heard so much about it!
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    Nice teasers there.. Bring on the rest..

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    Default Day 1: The Mad Thrash

    Day 1, Thursday 2/7/09

    Got up at 5:00 AM, loaded the cramsters on to Avy & started the engine while i was getting ready.
    5:30 AM
    All set to ride, had a final look at the road map & decided to head to Hubli, as it will serve as a gateway to the west coast.Weather was good, Avy was warmed up & we were of to hubli.

    Route
    Hyd>Jadcherla>Mehboob Nagar>Raichur>Gangawati>Bodugumpa>Kopal>Gadag>Hubl i.

    Distance
    550 km.

    From Hydeabad to my breakfast stop at jadcherla was a breeze, reached jadcherla at 6:45 am,averaged about 80km/h.After a quick stop for tea & breakfast i headed upto mehboob nagar prepared to take the mad traffic of this chaotic town head on.Fortunately for me the traffic was not that bad & managed to get out of that town in about 15 odd minutes & then hit the Fantastic Raichur road.awesome black top, very scarce traffic & Psy trance pumping in my ears i had little to think about anything but ride as fast as i can.

    9:15
    Reached the AP-K'taka border, stopped over for a couple of pics & water,
    and then headed for raichur which is about 10 minutes from the border.
    While going through Raichur, it seemed Avy's chain tenssion needed to be adjusted as it was very tight.pulled in to the Bajaj service center in raichur & 5 minutes later i was on the road again.

    From Raichur to Bodugumpa was a familliar road for me, had done this part thrice earlier en route to hampi, beautiful roads & rocks. This place always reminded me of "Nappa Valley" from the computer game "Road Rash". Tharsed through the scenic roads & around 10:45 stopped at the middle of the road to take a couple of pics..

    Crossed Bodugumpa at around 11:30 en route to Kopal and suddenly the good roads vanished.And i was off the SH-23 and on the NH - 63 I felt what bad roads theese are,still then could have been worse, after riding about 15 km on the bad roads i see the road works are going on in full swing & the roads are great again,(the ride back home will be easy).

    From here on there was just the black top , no traffic no one else just me & clouds playing hide & seek with the sun, no signs of rain.

    I did about 400 kms & Avy went into reserve, and i pulled over for a fuel stop at Gadag,about 150 from Hubli.Fuelled up left Gadag & roads start worsenning again.Roadworks have caused the roada to virtually shrink to a single lane road, could have been worse,,Moved off the road & rode on the borders of the road for another 10-15 kms & i felt the need to refill my stomach & get some rest for both me & Avy.

    2:30 PM Lunch Break at annigeri, & 1 hour rest, started for Hubli at 3:30
    This time the roads were good but were lined with thin layer of slush..all the way..I knew i had to take on the monsoon now head on..& it started raining..being over confident i had just brought the Upper half of my Army Rain coat so , wore that & soldiered on..Finally at 5:00 i reached outskirts of Hubli..took a minute to look at my self, my cargos were no longer the Light Brown color they used to be..they were black & felt like 20 kgs.

    Any ways checked a couple of hotels, every body said they dont have a room. Finally checked in to the "Ashoka Towers", the room i got was a 5 Room Pent house for 700 bucks..

    Dried up my gear, changed into sorts & went to the nearest bar...

    Old monk, Egg bhurji and drizzle..

    Day 1 comes to an end..

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    I forgot to add the drastic change in landscape.from hyderabd till Nh-63 Junction in Bodugumpa all i could see was lush green fields & rocks..after that the lush green fields gave way to black soil.(Cotton Corp was ready to be sown )and rocks gave away to plains..the plains were immenese & stretched all the way to horizon..


    Enuff talks.. here are the pics..


    Breakfast at Jadcharla

    Jadcharla > Mehboob Nagar

    Karnatka..

    The fine folks at Bajaj Service Center Raichur

    Raichur>Bodugumpa (Nappa Valley Road)



    The bedroom at my Pent house in Hubli..

    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
    Nice, finally I get to see the log behind all the pics in FB

    Superb ride man, unplanned rides are always the best.

    Waiting for pics of Palolem, I've heard so much about it!
    Sir it was the Lone Wolf who inspired the Bull to ride solo to Western Ghats
    Never ride faster than your gurdian angel can fly
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Kaza Dreams

    Solitude on western Ghats

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    Default Day 2: The Clash with the elements

    04:00 AM, I am awake & hungry, walked up to the railway station had Tea & Idli for breakfast.bought some bananas for my snack during the ride & signs tell me that it is going to be very cold & wet day.

    06:00,Look out of my window


    I knew It will be long cold day, packed up & rolled from Hubli.

    Route taken

    Hubli>Mansur>Haliyal>Dandeli>Joida>kumbharwada>Aus hi>kadra>Karwar>Palolem
    Distance 260 kms
    Time taken 9 hrs


    While going out of the city it started to drizzle & that was my last chance to click a couple of pics while i was dry..I will not bore you with words this time hence in short..A wild & wet ride, countless switchbacks on the mountain roads beyond Dandeli.At the top of the mountain about 20 km of the roads were horrible,(it changed my defination of bad roads)The only way out was to ride on the shoulders of the road & ride straight through potholes(the size of truck tyres, filled with water)

    1st stop at Dandeli for a Tea & Smoke
    2nd Stop at the view point for pics, the initial point of the waterfall
    3rd Stop at the base of the waterfall
    4th Stop Sadashivgarh, out skirts of Karwar next to the Arabian Sea(sorry no pics, due to the rains)

    Enuff talking here are the pics




    Just Outside hubli



    The Ninja part of me tries to surface sometimes

    Just after Haliyal




    Somewhere enroute


    This road actually is a connecting road to a small village,took a diversion for the pic


    At the view point , end of bad roads


    From the view point






    Bad roads end & the Descent Begins through the clouds

    The bottom of the mountains finally



    My room in Palolem Beach Goa
    Never ride faster than your gurdian angel can fly
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    Solitude on western Ghats

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    Lovely Pics there...

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    dude can i have ur mobile no.......the pics r so nice, i want to do this trip....
    RIDE FAST, PLAY SAFE !!!

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    Nice photos dude. waiting for more!
    Highways gives me a H.I.G.H., Roads the Rhythm of L.I.F.E.

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