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This T'Log is dedicated for Michael & Etiainen

Here's the teaser, though the post will follow-up in few seconds :D
 

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May 1st was a holiday, combining the weekend & applying leave on Monday gives 4 days; good time to ride somewhere. Missing the Bekal fort last time (will start a thread as how it was missed), I thought this will help. This time, I'd a company too. I was in charge of the planning as the new rider was an expert in riding but still learning how to plan for the ride. So this was the map...


DAY ONE
We decided to meet at a mutually agreed location; when I started from home, this is what was on ODO



We kept riding & riding for over 200 Kms (125 mi) non stop while we were witnessing the beautiful Sunrise as how the sky turns from dark to red to pink & then finally we couldn't control the urge to stop & take pics...




And then we kept riding & riding. We crossed the TN (Tamilnadu) border & entered to KA (Karnataka) state & kept riding. Had good B'Fast & then kept proceeding until we couldn't help stopping for beautiful scenery of the Gulmohar flower filled roads, the green fields; seriously...pics can't do justice.


















And then we were delayed reaching Mysore; what we should've reached in 2 hours, we reached in 4 hours. We made up that time riding non stop from Mysore to Madikeri & here're some fun we'd at Madikeri hills


Its extremely difficult for anyone to differentiate between KL & KA; all the houses, scenery looks all the same everywhere


After Sulliya, we'd some hard time riding through the border; but soon the roads not only turned good, but also was made worth of riding through the blissed roads, this was right entering into the KL border.






We soon reached Bekal & called it a day

Route Map of Day 1
 

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ARRRRGGGH.

I'm so jealous of your trip. It just looks amazing.

I'm going to have to try to beat you this summer!:p

Of course the scenery here is very different.
 

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Beautiful, awesome scenery makes a trip even more awesomer:D
 

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DAY TWO
We'd a very nice accommodation from Nirvana @ Bekal- Bekal Resorts, Resorts in Bekal, Bekal Hotels, Cottages in Bekal. Extremely friendly people, offered good services & located right next to Bekal Fort. They also have attached restaurant (not tasted the food though). I'd highly recommend this place to anyone who visits Bekal. This place also has a beach in less than 500 foot. Though we decided to start the ride by 6:00 AM, we decided to check out the beach & leave in few minutes, but, little we knew what beauty awaited there!!!







The best part is that, the Bekal Fort is close to the beach






So what was planned as checkout turned out to be a time cruncher; we literally spent nearly 1.5 hours at the beach!!!

Customary pics of cottages at Hotel Nirvana :D


ODO at start of the day


Some shops enroute


These days I feel the beauty of the road lies in 2 lanes than on super dooper well laid 6 laned highways






And then finally we reached Kutta, the KA border


We lost a great deal of time riding through KA roads; we spent more than 3 hours only to cover hardly 120 Kms (80 mi). Here's the quality of road difference between KA & KL. Needless to say which is KL :D


The police check post at Kutta


When we entered into KL, we felt like we were riding through heaven!!! If you think these pics are great, I'll say this is crap!!! No pics or video can describe like being there. Absolutely heaven!!!


One of my friend gave an apt title "In the world obsessed with Green, the Red rides right through it"; isn't that true?


And the roads were fantastic to still keep riding


And the scenery even beautiful; yet hard to say which is KL or KA, which indeed is KL though



After crossing Meppadi, we'd 2 morons on a Yamaha YZF R15 trying to do street racing with us. Little they knew we'd been riding over 270 odd Kms & we're still doing over 80 Kmph (In India the speed limits are 40-50...thanks to corruption & lack of enforcement). We let them go on account of photography & most importantly...SAFETY


 

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Day Two Continued...

And we soon entered into TN (Tamilnadu) border once again






We crossed Mudumalai Wildlife Reserve, but didn't take a single pic on account of reaching Masinagudi soon & finding an accommodation, which was a big mistake Anyway, we found an accommodation & took some pics around, but these are very very less scenic compared to the actual Forest














Route map of Day 2
 

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Breath taking beauty. Thanks for sharing your experiences and sights.
Amazing thing is that our little CBR250R is truly a worldwide bike that
is used in so many divergent places on the earth. This really inspires
me to travel somewhere far away, purchase a CBR250R, tour the area
for a month or two off the beaten trails of tourism, and resell the motorcycle
before leaving. Bet it would be a unique way to see a new part of the world !!
 
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Aargee,


Thank you for sharing, once again... another great road trip thread.
thanks
 

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Another great set of photos which convey feeling, spiced up with a few well chosen words. Interesting to see a little "motorcycle porn" slipped in near the end of the second set!

I love the early morning start. I am a morning sort of a guy. It is great to see places wake up; sunrise (my apartment faces the east!), towns and villages, countryside. With the heat in India, and the distance traveled on the first day, the early start must have made for a more leisurely ride over the course the day......

Sometimes if I am up early to do something here in Phuket, after I'm done I'll pop over the Patong on the west coast of the island. It is a nightlife sort of a place, and it is kind of interesting to see it winding up about the time I normally get up, between 5.00 and 6.00 AM.

I empathise with lingering at the beach at the start of the second day. It has been similar for me at different places on my travels. For instance, a short morning walk at Chamonix (in France) turned into a four hour hike to the base of a glacier. Memories such as these are etched into my memory. I do have the odd photo, on film, but pictures cannot always do justice..... Sorry I cannot post them. They are stashed 11,000 km away!

I don't have a camera right now, but must make my delayed entry into the digital era soon!!

You will surely inspire a few others Aargee; motorcycles are for motorcycling.
 

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Breath taking beauty...Bet it would be a unique way to see a new part of the world !!
Thanks for your kind words :)

Mate, I’m loving the read!
Thanks a heap for sharing your epic journey
Aah!!! I don't know if its epic or not, but, this is just another ride. Tks for your post :)

Thank you for sharing, once again... another great road trip thread
Thanks for reading

Aargee, do you have your own site that you post trip reports on?

If not, you should make one.
Aah!!! I'm just an ordinary guy compared to several professional bikers + photographers who go with gorilla pod, 3 cameras that are nothing less than DSLR, remote control & couple of tripods. I guess I'm happy with the forum ;) Thanks for your encouragement.

Beautiful photos. Must be the other bike had the luggage?
Thanks sendler; means a lot coming from you :)

Thank you
 

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I love the early morning start...more leisurely ride over the course the day......
Quite true & absolutely right; and by the time the world wakes up, we would've covered anywhere between 25 to 50% of the distance to our destination :) That also gives us a peace of mind to ride slow during the broad daylight.

Sometimes if I am up early to do something here in Phuket
Please...some pictures

I empathise with lingering at the beach
Are you not a beach person then? What would you then tell looking at my coastal trip that was done prior to this ride? Dislike ;)?

You will surely inspire a few others Aargee; motorcycles are for motorcycling.
Aah!!! Glad if I were able to; but, I consider myself as a late starter; though I'd interest in motorcycling, I was almost giving it up. But then I educated a lot in last 2 years that bought me back into motorcycling. CBR 250R is another reason, never get tired, both myself & the bike. An awesome piece of engineering I'd say.
 

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Aah!!! I'm just an ordinary guy compared to several professional bikers + photographers who go with gorilla pod, 3 cameras that are nothing less than DSLR, remote control & couple of tripods. I guess I'm happy with the forum ;) Thanks for your encouragement.
Maybe a bit more than ordinary?:) Ordinary people are boring.:rolleyes:

Doing something like a photoblog is pretty easy. If you ever want some help, I can always provide(I'm a computer geek).

Blog sites, such as wordpress.com(I'm currently still building mine, however I don't nearly have content as cool as yours), blogspot, etc, make it very very easy to upload galleries. Literally, click upload, and drag the photos you want.

You just have to batch upload them, maybe with some small descriptions of the batch. Would be a great way to organize things around.

Signups are free and you usually get quite a large amount of space.

I hosted my own for a while then moved it to wordpress.com.
 

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Please...some pictures


Are you not a beach person then? What would you then tell looking at my coastal trip that was done prior to this ride? Dislike ;)?
Oh, I like beaches alright, but I like other places too. I am an "outdoors" person. By empathise meant that I know the feeling of expecting to be a few minutes but being delighted for much longer. I just chose an example that is far from the coast to illustrate it.

Pictures..... You, I, and others will have to be a bit patient. It is a decade or more since I took a photo, and those prints are not with me here. With affordable decent digital cameras now coming available, I guess it won't be long before I have a camera again.

I used to enjoy photography, and would like to get back into it, especially now we have forums like this where people can share experiences.
 

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Day Three
It was a seasonal time at Masinagudi & Ooty; we'd hard time previous day getting an accommodation with most importantly safety of parking. So we decided to skip staying at Ooty & reach home rather than finding impossible accommodation at sky rocketing prices!!!

ODO captured previous night, start of the day


Sunrise at Masinagudi


Sunrise at Ooty


By the time we reached Mettupalayam, we thought to break in for B'Fast; so we found this little place


We asked for Idly & Vada, but the owner politely said, they only had Aapam & told us that we could find Vada for BFast at a place 1Km ahead. This could be quite unsurprising answer for anyone in the West, but here in India, people look only into their business & this is something quite a surprise at the politeness of them. So we decided to eat Aapam; we now understand we would be fools to miss his Aapam. Such a heavenly food at a very low low price!!!


And then we continued from Mettupalayam towards Lower Bhavani; enroute this happened




The roads were inviting, superb, fantastic (did I loose any word :D)








And we'd some fun...


 
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