Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ride To Thiruthani - Trip Log !!

Not much time has passed since our last ride to Pondy, remember me writing in that trip log that we might do another ride in the week ? But then the plans didn't go right, and we were really stuck cos' Baga and Kicha weren't ready for another ride so soon and the plan never really took off after that. But Vijay and Me decided to go ahead and ride out on our own. Now, we're really sorry for leaving out the rest of the gang on this ride, but then had we waited for more riders we surely would have screwed this up. Cos this was really planned last minute,infact we made this plan only a few hours before we actually started.

Now, to the ride log. Started off by 2, met up with Vivek at Hot Puffs, Taylor's Road - he was letting me borrow his cam for the day. Filled up fuel for 100 bucks and took the usual college route to reach the highway, we also needed to disconnect the speedometer cable, cos there was no way we could explain the extra 160 Kms that came up on the trip meter in a single day, BTW did i mention we were riding Vijay's Caliber. This was our first ride on the NH 205 (Chennai - Anantpur highway) and we were not sure about the kind of roads we could expect, crossed city limits after Thiruninravur, open roads - so we immediately started upping the revs, only to brake hard at the first corner - Damn, Cattle!! When we learnt the road was a National Highway, we naturally assumed it was a highway for automobiles, but only later did we realise the highway actually was for cows, goats, buffaloes and dogs in the area and in the little space that was left behind the vehicles had to squeeze in. Seriously, the road was so full of cattle, that we had to battle(rhyme?) our way through. I had to concentrate hard to dodge all the non-homo sapien traffic that i even forgot about other vehicles ( there wasn't any traffic really ), i was also trying to take corners hard, but i was largely unsuccessful cos everytime i took a corner there would usually be a buffalo herd in my path, if not that the road would be screwed up. Made our first stop, and started clicking away immediately, only later we found that we drained the batteries, so no cam for the most of the remaining part of the ride. Vijay started riding from here and i was more than happy to ride pillion, next stop was after 30 Kms at the college i studied (?) in the first semester - LCR Engineering College. We really needed to take some pics of this architectural marvel(trust me!), and then the 'Low Battery' warning came on, we knew we were screwed, no more pics for us. Thiruthani was only 20 Kms from here, reached the outskirts of the place in no time, but we had to find our way through the town to get to the temple.

The Roads,



The fcuking cattle traffic on the highway,



For those of you who do not know about the temple i'm talking about here, check this. We had to ride up a small hillock to reach the temple, then there was this sudden drop in temperature and the view from here was really awesome, we really missed our camera now. Went on to the temple, nothing much to say here. Just the usual stuff (crap?). Got out of the place in less than 10 mins. Decided to roll the bike down in neutral (i know this is really risky, but i was extra careful.. So chill). We ate at a hotel, also fueled up for 50 bucks. It was around 5pm when we started riding back to Chennai. Back to the highway(?).

The same corner in 3 different avatars,



Misc. Pics,



This time on the ride back the road seemed to have gotten better, Vijay says it was cos we had a target now - home, but i think it was the absence of cattle on the road. Kept the throttle pinned at 6k rpm all the time, we needed to ride hard to try and reach Chennai before if got really dark, cos' night riding on these highways would be a real pain. Made a stop after 30 Kms, it was Vijay's turn to ride now cos' it was getting pretty dark. He was getting used to the roads and was cornering real hard, also his night riding skills are way better than mine, so we were done with the remaining distance in no time. Got back into the city at 6.30,reached home by 7 pm. So in 5 hours we had ridden around 160 Kms, we spent 100 bucks each for fuel and food, pretty nice ride experience.

I'll be posting the pics later in the day,i should find a mini-USB cable first.

Speaking of USB's, i bought a 4 USB hub yesterday, paid 60 bucks for that, now i don't have to crawl behind my CPU everytime i need to connect a USB device. yay !!

P.S: Also check the trip log on Vijay's Blog.

Cheers.

6 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

vijay said...

Awesome ride experience we had...
n a good post machan...but stop coming first in wriring up everything...
you are inspiring me to write my stuffs in your style...

for the other bikers who missed the ride (kitch,baga n srikanth)- GUYS ,YOU MISSED IT...

for kaksi- MACHAN VERY SORRY DA....WE HAD NO CHOICE..

*Sajith* said...

seems u guys had a good ride.. but macha.. how many rides will u go.? how many rides u went during these holidays.? anyway.. post the pics (with those cattles, if u took one.!) soon.. y did'nt u guys called vamsi.?

Balakrishnan R said...

mama how come u did not call me da .. . i was vetti the whole afternoon and evening yesterday at home

Guru said...

@Sajith: Eh, this is only the second ride, and i dunno whether this can be called a 'Ride' as such, cos it was just a 5 hour trip with 160 Kms.. And we couldn't take anyone else cos' the plan was totally last minute. We made plans in the morning and started off, just like that..

Pics coming up tonight ..


@Baga: Macha, we thought you wouldn't be interested. Damn.. I should have tried calling you still. But when you said weekdays ride is not possible i really thought you wouldn't be ok with the plan.

vamsi said...

hi macha....i think u both njoyed a lot .....
...the pics r so good ...
i missed that pondy trip...
...i'll try for the next trip...k.


....keep going dude....

Guru said...

Whoa !! A comment from Vamsi himself .. Thanks for all your support macha..

And better get that net connection fast and start blogging, we're starting a blogger network soon, and we need you too. So hop in real fast. Okie ?

 
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