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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

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Day break and the alarm went off failing to get me out of bed, it was only when my fellow escapist called that I realized I was running late. Jumped out of the bed & got ready – all in 15mins and rushed out on hearing the patar – patar of my friends Jawa (it’s a 1970 model bike in excellent condition) handed down to my friend by his dad. Had to rush else would miss the group (IFMR India Chapter- International Federation for Motorcycling Rotarians). This Sunday there was only one other group member riding along unfortunately even he opted out, but we were greeted by Rtn. Zarryl on his Honda Steed. He wished us a pleasant ride and the both of us took off on a lone ride (not the way it usually works at IFMR). We headed towards the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli. We reached our destination of about 35km only to be disappointed that we would not be let in without prior permissions. We had to move on and continued our journey as planned to the Nandeeshwara Temple at the foothills of Nandi hills which is about 55kms from Bangalore. It’s a master piece of Dravidian architecture built in the 9th century, but unfortunately could not take pictures as photography is prohibited inside the temple premises. After savoring the architecture and feeling sad about the way this historic monument has been kept we got out to have a cuppa tea in one of the many stalls erected for the weekly fair. Wondering what to do with the additional time we had (considering we didn’t visit BIA) we decided to ride up to the top of Nandi hills which is about 14kms from the temple. Spent some time at the top savoring the morning breeze & fresh watermelons before checking out the Tippu Drop. Also discussed what could possibly done to avoid the use of plastic on top of the hill. A quick solution that stuck was something that my friend had earlier initiated as a part of a campaign at the Bannerghatta National Park (unpack the contents of the plastic packaging into paper bags before dispensing it to the customer, thus avoiding the litter of plastic bag). Some photographs here and there and we started our journey back to Bangalore. Overall, it was a crisp trip starting at 6.30am from home and back by 11.30am with a total distance of 160kms and an average mileage of 28kms/ltr. Until later

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