Weekend was here again and to keep ourselves busy we decided to ride with the rotarians of Dist 3190 to Dobaspet which is a small town just before Tumkur about 65kms from Bangalore. This wasn’t an execptional ride considering the distance but just a simple get-together of some biker fans who love to ride no matter the weather or the route.
So at 7.15am we met up at Jindal Naturopathy on Tumkur Rd outside the city limits and started off exactly at 7.25am. These guys are really puntual and if u’r 5 mins late u’r left behind. So all 13 bikes mostly single riders with a few pillions (wives) started towards tumkur negotiating the heavy traffic on one of the most popular route (NH4 which connects Mumbai) which forms a part of the golden quadrangle. Once we crossed Nelamangala junction it was smooth sailing rite until Dobaspet. Only during this ride did i realise that bikers don’t need to pay any toll.. so was quite thrilled to save on a few pennies ;o)
By 8.30am all the riders managed to reach our breakfast spot – Kamat. Yup, that’s the only decent place on this highway where almost every tourist halts. Now the task ahead was to find a table big enough to seat all 18 of us… with a few arrangements we were all seated and delicious food (kotte iddly, vadas, Rava masala dosas, shavigae uppmas, ragi dosas…) started to flow until we couldnt’ eat no more. After a small meeting it was time to click some pictures and boy did we did we click pictures ;o)
http://www.flickr. com/photos/ greatescapes/ sets/72157605637 941968/ (Check them out) We even had visitors taking pictures of us.. certainly felt like a celeb for a moment.
Started to head back by 9.45am and this time i decided to take the NICE road while entering the city since i’m based in South Bangalore and didn’t want to spoil my mood by getting into the heart of the city. This was one amazing ride with the weather being just perfect. NICE road is new and well maintained and the best part is that its empty and no traffic lights. So before u know it, i was home at exactly 11.05am which meant that i had covered a distance of 75kms in just 1hr 20mins which includes city traffic (kanakapura rd) and that too on my 37 yr old Jawa.
Some quick facts
Total Distance covered: 145kms
Total Time with breakfast: 4.5hrs
Average mileage on my bike: 31 kms/ltr
Top speed: 95kms/hr
Average speed: 70kms/hr