Tuesday, November 20, 2012

64) Mavathur lake, Nelligudde kere, Manchinbele dam: (28/10/2012)

Place: Mavathur lake, Nelligudde kere & Manchinbele dam.
Distance: 150kms (full circuit).
Directions: Bengaluru – RRDC – Manchinbele – N.G lake – Bidadi - Mavathur.
Participants: Chethan(Zethu) > Deepak(Deefu/KBT) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Zeus > Avenger > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Maddur Ice breaker.

This was another short run to three or rather two reservoirs around the city. A triple reservoir ride turned into double as the third one had turned into a dried up grassland.

Initially the plan was to visit Mavathur lake. But thankfully we combined Manchinbele & Nelligudde lake along with it. Deepu & Zethu were the only ones on the confirmed list. After the plans were confirmed we crashed.
TIME: 23:00 (27/10/2012)

Yeah I was up about 05:00, did a few push-ups & sit-ups, had a cup of coffee and was all set to go. Left my home at about 06:45 and reached Rajarajeswari Nagar Arch to find Zethu already waiting. After about 30mins Deepu arrived & we left Bangalore.
TIME: 07:30


RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Manchinbele)
This was a good 30-35kms stretch. As we left Bangalore, we cruised along SH-17(Mysore road) to pass Kengeri & RRDC. Once we reached RRDC, took a right turn to reach Big Banyan and continued further to reach Manchinbele.
TIME: 08:00


This time the entire reservoir had a mist layer over it. And Savandurga which usually can be clearly seen from here was totally lost in the fog. Spent a good 15-20mins here and left.


This is not as famous as Manchinbele, but equally beautiful place. It is hardly a 10mins ride from Manchinbele. It had been more than a year since we visited this place. Like last time we rode on the top of the bund and stopped on it to enjoy the lake view. The water levels had gone down considerably due to the lack of rains or rather no rains this season. But the road which runs alongside the bund looked wonderful like always. We spent a few minutes at this place & decided to head further.


A 5mins ride from N.G Lake took us to Bidadi. We pulled over at our regular hotel for some Tatte Idly & Vada. Had some coffee & rode back to the Innovative film city Junction & Took a right deviation here.
TIME: 09:15

RIDE 2: (Bidadi-Mavathur)
The road which connected Bidadi to Harohalli had a right mixture of good, bad & no roads. Initially the roads looked very promising, wide and neatly laid. As we progressed it got messy. We spotted the ‘Vrishabhavati reservoir’ as well, trust me you better keep your distance from this one. 


Continuing further we joined Kanakpura road at Harohalli, rode till Jain international school then pulled over. We knew that the deviation to Mavathur was about 5-6kms from this point, so rode carefully for the next few kilometres. Once we found the right deviation a superb off-road ride with green fields around us took us to Mavathur.
TIME: 10:15


We parked our bikes a few meters from the dam and walked towards it. The canal looked completely dried out, if you think that disappointed us, the view beyond the bund completed shattered us.


The entire reservoir had completely dried up. The sun was up & it was scorching hot. We were pretty much down in spirit. But then once we spotted ‘Bananthi Mari betta’ afar we were back on track and scheduled a trek to these hills sometime next year.
TIME: 10:45


RIDE 3: (Mavathur – Bangalore)
This had to be one the worst stretches ever. The roads were decent but as it was a Sunday, the horrible traffic got on our nerves pretty bad. We usually give a lot of respect for the other vehicles on the road. We kept left and cruised at a slow pace until a shit-head in an Innova tried to run me over expecting me to go off the road & into the lake. We pulled over took a break, then things got pretty serious. We rode towards almost centre with our light switched on.  After a about an hour or so we reached back Bangalore at noon.
TIME: 12:00
Then we went to our regular Hoskerehalli Donne Biryani for some heavy lunch then headed home for some rest.

“Mavathur being dried up might have been disappointing. Some of you must have thought riding all the way there was a waste. But I feel these are the runs which bring out the best out of the future runs (hope it made sense, if not, it will). Cheers!!”
Until next time Cia \m/



Monday, November 12, 2012

63) Maddur – Welcoming the rains: (24/10/2012)

Place: Maddur tifany’s.
Distance: 80 x 2 = 160kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Ramnagar – Chenpatna - Maddur.
Particiapants: Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Pulsar.
Previous visit: Kabbaladurga trek.

This was another quick get away from the city for a coffee. I spent only about 10-15mins at Maddur as the main intention was to ride in the rain. Dark gloomy clouds early in the sky were the initiators of this wonderful trip.

Like last year I wanted a special Ayudh Pooja done to my bike. Last year we had visited NG Lake, Manchinbele &Kanva reservoirs. Instead of just staying back home & performing rituals, i decided to rather take my bike for a ride out of town.


So like always (or most of the times) this was unplanned. I was up at 06:00, did a few push ups & sit ups. After which I went outside & but a small bon fire. Then I observed the black gloomy clouds moving towards south-west. This meant only one thing “RAIN”. Riding in the rains is something I love, so went inside & said “Amma i’ll go have coffee & come back” & took off from Bangalore.
(Riding in the aftermath of Cyclone Nilam is a whole different story- Behind the music:P)
TIME: 07:00hrs

RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Maddur)
As I left Bangalore, initially thought of having tatte idly at our regular Bidadi hotel. But as I reached Bidadi, there were kilometers long taxi’s parked, so continued further. The weather was dark & gloomy, perfect for riding. But the downpour was something which was still missing. So stopped just before Ramnagar & sat on my bike for sometime, staring at the skies hoping for it to burst open. But then continued on... to cruise past Ramnagar & Chenpatna to reach Maddur.
TIME: 08:45


I tried passing Maddur too, by the time I was out of Maddur, bike hit reserve. That meant I had just enough fuel to hit back home. With about 40bucks for food & no extra cash in my wallet I turned back.
Entered Maddur Tiffany’s finished Idly-Vada in less than 5mins, took my coffee outside & sat sipping it slowly. After 10-15mins it started it started to drizzle, i did a clean bottoms-up on the coffee & took off from Maddur.
TIME: 09:15


RIDE 2: (Maddur – Bangalore)

As I left Maddur, the roads turned wet, cool breeze & light showers made riding bliss. Once I left Chenpatna, the clouds burst open & it started pouring cats. Ah yeah, finally worth sneaking out!! :D. Enjoyed every second of the riding in the rain. There was a point of time when I rode on the wrong way as the rains had begun to fade. After some smooth drifting I reached back home.
TIME: 10:45


Once I reached home, told my mom had gone to Maddur. She asked me as to why I didn’t ride till Mysore, that way I could have atleast seen the Dussera procession ha-ha. After which went to bakery with K-350(Ashok) for some tea, coffee etc., it was after all him who had pulled the same stunt of sneaking out during our 13th chapter.
Until next time Cia \m/