Wednesday, October 14, 2015

100) Kunti Betta Trek: (5/10/2014)

Place: Kunti betta Trek.
Distance:  150 x 2 = 300kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Ramnagara – Maddur – Mandya – Srirangapatna – Kunti Betta.
Particiapants: Ashok(Momz) > Madhu(k.) > Deepak(Deefu) >Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Zeus > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Markonahalli Dam.

IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:                                                  
Alright, the 100th chapter. Been a very long journey I must say. Taking a week off to write about all these, totally worth it. Anyway, this was one crazy trip, we’re proud to call it our 100th trip. An insane & intense trip, which shattered my right knee for the next few weeks. This trek, was a pure endurance tester. But it only reminded me of the nice 5 year journey on the roads.

Lot of talks had been going on about the one hundredth trip. Goa, Coorg, Chikmagalur, Pondicherry all were the few names flying up in the air. But we decided to stick onto what we do best -  “Explore the unknown or the less known places”.  So after quite some thinking it was decided Kuntibetta was the place. I still remember seeing the hillock on out trip to Melukote & Tonnur lake, I just caught my eye and I knew I would be coming back to explore. So it was frozen for the 100th trip. Trust me it did not disappoint! Well regarding the krew, Deefu, Ashok & Madhu were on the confirmed list.
TIME: 22:00 (4/10/2014)

Yeah I was up at 05:00, did a few push ups & situps, had a cup of coffee and was all set to go. It was decided we meet up at the bakery as it would be a perfect kick off for this trip. As Madhu wasn’t getting his bike, we came over to my place at about 06:30, we took off and waited at the bakery for the other two. At about 07:45 Deefu & Momz arrived, like always scolding each other for the delay :P
After a quick tea we decided to leave. Just before we left, we turned towards Momz & asked where we were heading too?:P (and he was like “ Oi don’t confuse me it’s still 08:00 in the morning haha!! that’s Ashok alright:P)
TIME: 08:00


RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Bidadi – Maddur – Mandya – Srirangpatna - KuntiBetta)
Okay, this was about a 150kms stretch, mostly on the butter smooth SH-17. As we took off from Bangalore, the air was pretty cold & nice and made riding comfortable. We cruised alongside each other at a decent pace to reach Bidadi. Here we decided to pull over for breakfast. (Yes, stopping over at Maddur tiffany’s would have been even special, as it would have reminded us of out 1st trip. But try explaining that to our tummies :P)
TIME: 08:30

After munching on some yummy breakfast, we took off Bidadi. It was not long before I spotted “HOTEL VISION”, shit that made me kinda shaky! First hotel, foirst trip we had stopped for tea that too getting tired after 35kms ride (Memories that will forever live!).


The riding was smooth and with only a couple of breaks here and there. We cruised past Ramnagar, Channpatna, Maddur & Mandya without least bit of worries. And as we approached Srirangpatna, we slowed down. Asking for the right direction, we zoomed ahead again. As we deviated from the highway, the temperatures dropped and it was a joy to ride in the country roads. 

Few kilometres into the ride we could spot the magnificient hillock and it was quite huge. It was way bigger as we approached it  and we were wondering whether we had bitten off a little more than we can chew!
TIME: 11:15


Well, as we reached the base we spotted a few steps. Deefu & turned to each other and wondered if this is going to be the start.. hmm! We refilled out water bottles in a small water tank nearby. With the awakening of the astral goat’s spirit within us we were all set for the trek.

Well, the ascension took us 45mins. Yes, one might say it is pretty short, but we did push ourselves a little. Most of the terrain of this mountain is very similar to that of Skandagiri. It is basically a long walk of jumping here & there on boulders and lot of grass & shrubs. So I would say it is about 1-1.5h trek (incase you plan to this place!)  Like always I have divided the trek into the following categories:
i) Initial Stretch
ii) Outpost
iii) Wastelands
iv) Uphill Run
Sooo, these were the stretches, let me run you through each one. Keep up with me here all!

i) Initial Stretch:

To start things off, we had to ascend few boulders. Then the terrain turned into a small pathway. Since we, were the only four around we had to design out own pathway and made sure held through. The initial stretch was about the basically navigating our way up the mountain in slow fashion. Lot of emphasis was laid on actually finding the routes.

ii) Outpost:

After a lot of trial & error, we did make it the top of the first mountain (oh yes, the phrase you catch here is “first mountain” :P) Once we were on top, we crashed down for a sip of water. I looked around & spotted something that shook me completely out of my boots alright. There was this second hillock that stood might tall and I could spot the pillar like a small stick on top which was supposed to mark the end of this trek. I looked at others and said  “Guys, take all break you want, we still have a long way to go, that’s where we have to go” Looking to the place where is was poining, Deefu geared up immediately, Madhu as usual complained and said “k.”, and momz as usual scratched his head looking confused.


iii) Wastelands:

The problem with that was, we had to descend the first small hillock into flat lands and then climb up the second one. So we found ourselves in a cave kind of place, where we rested for few minutes and then  we were figuring out the way down. Deefu & myself kind of started jumping down the boulders like knights on a chess board, Ashok joined us shortly. Madhu went round about and made to the wastelands faster taking the roundabout but the less risky route. At the wastelands we spotted the pathway immediately and we were well on our way.


iv) The Uphill Run:

This was the final stretch. But quite challenging & fun. All we had to was walk cautiously through the tall grasses making sure we don’t slip. As were slipping in between boulders Madhu & Momz started cracking us up picking on each other. It was a laughter marathon even though our energies were low. Finally last part was a clear pathway and we began running, dancing and what not. On we spotted the pillar whew! A sigh of relief we had to find a neat shelter where we could take some well-deserved rest.
TIME: 12:15



Once we reached the pillar, Momz danced his way to it and hugged it tight. And well Madhu tried dancing his way up but collapsed flat right in front of it hehe (Same as in Huthridurga trek) . Deefu & myself had a good laugh and went around the place and finally found a nice cave to crash in. We all enjoyed the aerial view & the winds for some time. 


Then went inside the cave and sat down speaking. The review of the 100th trip was taken & about what next was still a big question mark. Whether to continue doing these trips or putting a full stop proudly. After a few more minutes of talk, we decided it is best for us take a short nap as we were pretty low on energies and I could feel my right knee giving way.
Once done with the nap, we woke up afresh. We did try to find a new route down, but decided with the trek itself being tricky enough it was best for us to stick to route we came in.


The descension took us about 45mins. It was basically finding our way back. And this time as we made it through the rocky terrain at a much faster pace and downhill my right knee took a severe beating. The trek down was a fun filled one. Momz & Madhu kept us well entertained throughout this stretch. As we approached the last section Madhu was so exhausted that he said he will slide down the final boulder section, and guess what he did do it. Haha! It was like a boulder rolling over a boulder :P


RIDE 2: (Kunti Betta – Srirangapatna - Maddur - Bangalore)
This was a 150kms ride back to Bangalore. As we reached the base of the hill our bodies were burning up. So we went to the water tank nearby opened the tap and just let the water crash on our heads to cool it down. We drank the water slowly and rested there for quite a while. Then we decided its best we head back fearing that we would doze off :P


We rode back at a slow pace on the country roads as the ambience was much cooler. Once we reached the highway we kept up a decent pace until our tummies started swearing at us. So we pulled over at a dhaba on the highway itself.
TIME: 15:15

Munching & Drinking we spent the next 1.5-2hrs at the dhaba, recollecting some of the best chapters till date. Once the food was done ,we left the dhaba, we rode at a decent pace, not too fast, not too slow just cruising beside each other. Deefu & Ashok decided to split off from Kengeri, so we pulled over thanked each other for making it and left towards our respective homes.
TIME: 19:00

Well what can I say about this one? This was just the trip that would fit into the profile. A less heard and more importantly a first time for us. Plus nevertheless it wasn’t that easy a trek huh. I spent the next couple of weeks limping and treating my right knee hehe:P  It was more of an endurance test!! ”

Well, take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you for the constant support and spreading the word across among your circles. It has been a great journey until now, hopefully it will remain being so in years to come. I would like to end this article my listing a few of the most cherished (most insane ones actually) chapters of the first 100 trips. Here goes:

[1] Maddur – The Origin. (First ride to maddur at 40km/hr)
[3] Mekedatu – Destination danger.(has to be one of the best unplanned trips)
[17] Skandagiri night trek – Misty death trek.
[22] Talakadu – Come one, come all. (11bikes, 21 participants)
[26] BR hills – Foggy forest cruise test. (Coldest ride since 117 years)
[37] Chitradurga fort & Vani Vilas Dam – Time travel into ancient heaven.
[38] MM hills, BR hills, Gaganchukki,Barachukki – Twin hills and falls ride.(600kms one day)
[44] Mahadevpura – Explore that sanctuary.
[45] Hogenekkal – Blood filled memories on road. (Blood filled  road-memories)
[47] Mekedatu & Sangama – Adventure? hell yeah !! (15kms forest walk)
[48] Coorg(Madikeri) – Big finish to ‘11.
[53] Pondicherry & Gingee fort - Benchmarking.
[58] Makalidurga Railway trek - Dehydrating our souls. (insane draining trek)
[59] Madhugiri & Nandi hills - Lost in wild fort.
[61] Savandurga(Billiguda) trek - Beauty trek.
[62] Kabbaladurga trek - Rush of Presence.
[67] Channarayanaddurga - Unearthing ourselves from the ancient fort.
[71] Nijagal Trek - Awakening of the Astral Goats.
[77] Lepakshi - Inscribing Pureness.
[80] Chikmagalur Ride - Jibe In The Clouds.
[84] Narayanagiri Trek - Crack that Old Skull
[85] Huthridurga Trek - Lost Fort Re-conquered
[92] Medigeshi Fort Trek - Crashing back ablaze!!

Until next time Cia \m/



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

99) Markonahalli Dam: (31/8/2014)

Place: Markonahalli Dam.
Distance:  100 x 2 = 200kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Nelamangala – Kunigal - Markonahalli.
Particiapants: Ashok(Momz) > Datta(Dattu) > Deepak(Deefu) >Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Zeus > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Channarayanadurga Trek.

IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:                                                  
Alright, this was a straightforward simple chapter. A decent ride of 200kms on a weekend with some great games & great food. More importantly an excellent meet up with friends after a month or so. A very well spent Sunday I must say. !!

It had been about a month since our last ride to Channarayanadurga. And it was nearing the month end, so we had to push a chapter through. All the plans for the previous weeks had flopped so we had to give in some thought carefully on this run. We decided to settle in for something short & sweet. Markonahalli it was! And about the krew, well not many changes we stuck on to the core on this one as well.
TIME: 22:00 (30/8/2014)

Yeah I was up at 05:00, did a few puh ups & situps, had a cup of coffee and was all set to go. It was decided that we meet at Dattu’s place (Oh yeah, another Police Story :P) So left my home at about 06:30, cruised along at a very slow pace and reached Dattu’s place. In about 30mins the other two arrived & we left Bangalore.
TIME: 07:30


RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Nelamangala – Kunigal - Markonahalli)
Okay, this was about a 100kms stretch, mostly on the huge but smooth Mangalore highway. As we left Bangalore, the initial ride was on the NH4 (Tumkur road) and the day being a Sunday saw some traffic. So we jibbed across the vehicles and made our way until Nelamangala. From here we took a left turn towards Hassan. Well, as we entered we were sweared at pretty severely. It was not the by people but by our tummies which were growling in hunger. So we thought we ride for another 30mins and pull over at some nice hotel & so we did. 
TIME: 08:30

After some yum breakfast, Dattu decided he wanted to ride my bike. So I sat behind looking here and there. Both the bikes stuck right next to each other and we went on chatting for next 50 or so kilometres. After about 20-30mins we reached the deviation on the highway which would lead us to the dam. We took the deviation, on our way we bought a few water bottles to keep ourselves hydrated until the we hit back the highway. About 30mins into the calm country roads we could the spot the blue shiny reservoir glittering far away.
TIME: 09:45



First things first, found a nice cool place to park our bikes. Only after which, we decided to take a stroll on the bunds of the reservoir. We fooled around a lot these bunds,. The waters of the reservoir were sparkling and the winds were blowing with some good force. Wed did walk until the dam gates, but decided to return to the shore and play a few games. But trust me, if you do go this place I would recommend you guys to take a dam tour and see the construction from inside, it’s totally worth it. (And if you just want to read though what is there here’s the link – Markonahalli Fog Ride)

After walking back, we entered the fields and walked to the shores of the reservoir. The winds were pretty crazy trust me. The waters kept crashing on the stones and we just stood there enjoying it. Okay, after letting go our bags and jackets we sat on the shore for some time enjoying the breeze the sight of the waters. After which the games began!


The games included skipping stones, boulder throw & head crusher. I’m pretty sure you guys must be familiar with the firsts throuw. Well, basically the second one is just a slight modification of the first one, but the one who throws a big stone (acceptable by all) the farthest wins. And well, the third one, I’m not sure how to put this, but here goes. You choose a stone, a big one, think of the one person who’s been pissing you off the most and imagine the stone is him (or his face!) And then you take big, I mean real big huh, boulders and shatter the stone until it cracks into pieces. (Talk about anger management, we’re all a little jejamma’s inside :P)


Anyway, the games continued for about 2hrs after which our arms felt sore (Guess we had enough people to think about :P) So taking rest for a few minutes we decided to leave the place as we were hungry.

RIDE 2: (Markonahalli – Kunigal – Nelamangala - Bangalore)
This was a 100kms ride back to Bangalore. We decided to stop back Chandu Dhaba for lunch. But as we took off, we realized that we more hungry than we thought we were. So we decided to pull over on the Hassan Highway itself. As we rode on the dark clouds begin to cover up the sky, so yeah the rains were expected and we didn’t want to miss the ride in rain. So we pulled over at a dhaba after Kunigal. And trust me this was one of the best ones till date (atleast the time we had gone) The food was awesome I must say.
TIME: 13:00

After spending 1.5 hrs drinking & munching nicely, we left the dhaba afloat. As soon as we left the curtains of the sky opened and down came the rain. We were so happy, even though it was pouring we just go on our bikes and started riding slowly enjoying the rains. After reaching Nelamaganla, we took a break for some hot tea.
TIME: 15:00

After which the last 30kms was covered at a smooth pace to reach back Dattu’s place. Here we thanked each other for coming and departed to our respective homes.
TIME: 16:15


Ah, a well spent Sunday is all I can say. Instead of lazily sitting back home (sometimes it might be just the thing required, but not most of the times), did have nice day with school friends, guess growing up is never meant for people like us:P  ”
NEXT UP the " 100th TRIP" \m/, Stay Tuned!

Until next time Cia \m/