Tuesday, August 20, 2013

75) Devarayanadurga - Diamond Jubilee Ride: (11/4/2013)

Place: Devrayanadurga Hills.
Distance: 75 x 2 = 150kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Dobbaspete – Devarayanadurga.
Particiapants: Datta (Dattu) > Chethan (Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Avenger > Pulsar 150.

This had to be the perfect 75th chapter. A superb ride in all kinds of terrains followed by a small trek and finally ending the day remembering nothing.

Well, as it was the diamond jubilee of our club, a lot of discussion had taken place over the direction to head out. Finally we decided on D.D Hills as it was a new spot and pretty close-by as well.
Dattu&Zethu were the only two on the confirmed list.

Yeah I was up at 05:00, did a few push-ups & sit-ups, had a sip of coffee & was all set to go. Left my home at about 06:00 & met the other two on Outer Ring Road(ORR). After a formal greeting we decided to leave Bangalore.
TIME: 06:15


RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Dobbaspete – Devarayanadurga)
As we left Bangalore, we cruised along at a good pace to reach Dobbaspete. After which the roads changed from highway to interior roads with peaceful surroundings.
The twisty curves kept us well engaged, enjoying every second of the ride. After roughly 20mins from NH-4, we reached the deviation to D.D Hills.
Here Dattu wanted to try out his riding skills, but we insisted to do it on our way back. The last stretch to D.D hills is the best part of the ride, as it has clean cut curves to ascend the hillock. The curves are like a snake coiled up in a pit.
TIME: 08:00


Alright 08:00 was very early, as the temple would open only at 10:00. But we thought we would explore the place. The surroundings and welcoming was very pleasant as we were the only ones at the entire place. But then again it was a bummer that the doors to enter the fort was closed. So we sat nearby and discussed the future chapters of the club.
After about 30mins we tried to open the lock ourselves using my knife, but as other visitors arrived we had to stand ideally stating up at the sky ha-ha!!


We spotted another hillock opposite to one on which we were, so we decided to head over there. It was a 10mins ride to what seemed like an abandoned place.  As soon we tried entering a small haunted building we were driven out by some idiot who clearly didn’t want anybody to be around. So without causing any trouble we left the place.
Arriving back the D.D hills, we sat singing songs and chatting away our time. Finally the Poojari arrived and opened the gates to the temple and the fort to trek.
TIME: 10:30


As we entered we could spot a lot of carvings of Gods etc., then a lot monkeys swarmed around us, surprisingly they didn’t do us any harm as we had expected them to do. Finally we found the path to trek to the top. The path was brilliant, it was a narrow path which ran through shrubs which were totally dried up.
The first attempt to reach the top went in vain as ended up in a plain land on top and we could see the “Bell” still above us. We couldn’t find a route to it. Just as we were about to leave, we spotted another narrow path, following which we were successful in reaching the top.
TIME: 11:00
After about 30mins of rest we decided to trek back to the base and leave Devarayanadurga.


RIDE 2: (Devarayanadurga – Bangalore)
The ride back was an excellent one. Dattu took over my bike as we left the place. Rode down the hill with the engine switched off. After reaching the base, he continued through the interior twisty roads to reach Dobbaspete. After which I took over and 3 of us continued in search of a good Dhaba to settle down. But all of the good ones known to us were closed so we decided to continue to reach Malleswaram, where Deepu would join us for the final showdown.
TIME: 13:00


Woke up roughly at 18:00, took a walk around the streets of Malleswaram and rode back to drop Dattu& continued to reach home ha-ha!!
Until next time Cia \m/

I'd like to conclude this article by saying "It has been a wonderful ride throughout the 75 chapters, and i'm truly grateful to each and everyone one who has participated and supported the club's name during this first phase of the metamorphosis:P haha Cheers!"