Road Trip 4 (2009)

While I still have to finish posting on my last Road Trip aka Monsoon Ride, I have mapped out my road trip during Christmas 2009 and New Year 2010. This is initial phase of planning.
Start Date: December 25th, 2009 from Chennai
End Date : January 10th, 2010 to Bangalore
Bangalore to Darjeeling or Gangtok and back. A circuit route. From Bangalore to Chennai and then thru East Coast till Kolkata. The return is through Nagpur.
Total distance could be around 6000kms.
Total duration around 15+days.

For the Google Maps link, click here.

Aadhavan (Tamil) – Movie Review

Aadhavan starring Surya, Nayantara and others would be easily forgotten if not for Vadivelu.
Surya is a paid assassin. In his attempt to assassinate head of CBI team commissioned for finding the death of children, finds his love and other long lost family members. Often repeated storyline.
Stunts though copied from various English movies is not an eyesore. Surya jumping from Howrah Bridge (Kolkatta) and helicopter are mentionable stunts.
Nayantara is for glamour quotient and front benchers. She disappoints slightly in this region though.
Vadivelu is the pick of the star in the movie. He dominates the first half of the movie and entire audience bursts into laughter time and again. After first half one can walk out of theater still laughing.

Kanva Reservoir Ride

18bikes, one man, one helmet, one bag
Its been quite some time since I did a group riding and with Royal Knights Motorcycle club. Today was the ride to Kanva Reservoir near Ramnagar and a day ride. About 70kms from Bangalore.
We all met up at Koramangala Sony World junction and started our journey by around 6:30am in the morning after a small briefing of group riding. We were 18bikes and 2 pillions.
After Ramnagar you need to take a turn to right from Mysore Road (SH17). They are laying the roads currently. In the past it was worse but a good off-roading place. The group was maintained and we had some fun, photo shoot, video shoot. A mix of all.
We decided to call it off a day after round of introductions. The day was very humid and hot after last nights rains.

Video 1 of the ride that I shot.
Video 2 of the ride.

There was another bullet bikers group in bangalore who had also joined. Just shows there are lot of fragmented groups. Its time all came together. The rides could be done in groups depending on ones interest. But a single banner with diversity is what should be looked forward to. The existing old groups should also accept others into their fold.

I would love to do more solo’s too…..
My bike

Monsoon ride – Road trip 3

It was “One hill of a ride” and a rainy one.

“Rain rain go away
come again, another day
Little Jhonny wants to play”

Re-writing the rhyme
“Rain rain come come
come again next day too
Little Jhonny is riding”

In TN Munnar to Kodai

Riding speed –
40km/hr to 50km/hr up and down mountains in the rains & mist. At this speed one can smell the greens and feel the surroundings.
20km/hr when there were only rocks and slush (SH17A).
70km/hr at all other roads.
100km/hr from Kodai Road to Bangalore.

Day 1: In Bangalore – vehicle needs service.
Babu Mechanic shed Marthahalli. Wire to feeder coil had got cut.

Day 2: Bangalore to Pollachi.
NH209 till Kollegal via Kannakapura
SH17A from Kollegal to Satyamangalam. No roads only rocks and potholes. Led by cattle also!
SH17A road

NH209 from Satyamangalam to Pollachi.
Early morning rains when leaving Bangalore.
Heavy rains from Satyamangalam till Anoor.

Day3: Top slip.
Aliyar dam.
View from Azhiyar dam
No rains.

Day 4: Pollachi to Valparai.
40 hairpin bends.
Hairpin bends

slight drizzle, heavy mist, amazing views.
Mist covered

Visit to Koozhangal river in valparai.
Koozhangal river

Day 5: Anamudi, Pooncholai (Amazing view), Chinnakallar (Recieves 2nd highest rainfall in India).

Chinnakallar road
slight drizzle, rocky paths.

Day 6: Valparai to Munnar
(via Annamalai Tiger Reserve & Chinnar wildlife sanctuary).
Heavy rains from Chinnar till Munnar about 50kms.

Day 7: Non-stop rains in Munnar from previous day.
Change of plans Munnar to Kodaikanal.
Rains, heavy mist, poor visibility.
Heavy mist & rain in Kerala (Munnar)

Day 8: Silent valley, Berijam lake, Pillar rock, Kodai lake.
Green valley

Day 9: Kodaikanal to Bangalore. (via dindugul, karur, salem, dharmapuri, krishnagiri, hosur)

For all photos click here.
Detailed posts follows soon.

In the end 1500kms totally.

Personal loss:
1. MP3 player which stopped after repeatedly getting wet in rains.
2. Shoe – which never saw the sunlight. was always wet.
3. Jeans pant – same as my shoe.
4. Gloves – which got torn due to rains and friction from hand.