South India Coast to Coast ride - 1975 kms, 7 days, 3 states - Dec 2012

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  1. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Cool ride report . . . . .

    Last time i was in that area was 1985 . . . . . .

    Went through Pondicherry, and rested in Kovalam Beach with amoebic dysentery . . . . . . . .:puke1 . . . . . .:eek1 . . . . .:yikes

    Brings back memories . . . . . :)

    Last time to India was 1990 to visit Rajastan . . . . . . . :wink:

    Looking forward to another trip to India for a moto adventure.
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  2. naveenroy

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    Thanks for your kind words! Wow, your last trip to India has been a loong back. And the roads would be totally different from the time when you made the ride around to Pondicherry.
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  3. satz

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    i bet kovalum has changed a bit . my father was posted there for 3 yrs when he worked for BHEL and i had quite a few chance to visit.

    got to say , coming from chennai atleast the scenary was green :D.
    chennai was dry when it comes to weather and good lookinng women.
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  4. Pete_Tallahassee

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    Thanks for bringing back the memories. I did ship the VW bus to Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram, stayed there six weeks then shipped back. Drove up the east coast to Kathmandu and sold the van. Hitch hiked to Delhi and flew to Europe.

    Looks like your adventure is coming to an end. I'll keep an eye out for your next one.
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  5. naveenroy

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    Hahahaha, yes Chennai was dry - actually I thought the whole of TN was dry :evil

    We'd travel to Kovalam or Trivandrum for some eye candy. :D

    Wow, thanks for catching up on the trip again. Wow - so you did it through the ferry that existed between Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka? Its all washed out now.

    Yes, lets hope I can write up another trip soon - planning Leh Ladhakh.
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  6. naveenroy

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    Yes, Perundurai.

    You might ask me why. Here's why...

    My interim plan involved riding from Ernakulam to Valparai and then settle for the night at Pollachi. This didn't work out so I decided to ride on to Bangalore the same day. This would have been a distance of around 540 kms. Jijo and other friends had warned me that the Palakkad stretch was a little bad. Little is an understatement.

    I started off in the morning from Ernakulam - after a nice breakfast. Roads were decent - a little too much traffic though. Reaching near Palakkad - or was it just after that, there is road work going on. As in a 2-lane road is just one lane now. And everybody wants to speed up. In fact, I nearly got swiped out by a speeding car coming in the opposite direction. I don't remember how long this bad road went on - but it seemed to go on for a really long time. Ratlling the bones. I somehow decided at that time that I would break the journey somewhere past Coimbatore and then ride on to Bangalore only the next day.

    Adding to this - I got a bit of brake woes. I am not sure if it was my mind playing tricks on me or the real thing - I felt I was loosing some grip on the brakes. And this was also coupled with the bad sections of ghat road where I had to constantly hold on the brakes.

    Well, I can only say that I was glad once the roads became fine. This was just after the toll-booth past Coimbatore. There was a spot of rain and I'd actually stopped to see if I needed to put on my rain-cover.

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    P1010132 by Naveen Roy, on Flickr

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    P1010133 by Naveen Roy, on Flickr

    There was still road work going on but at least it became nice and smooth. I reached Avinashi around 1:30 or so in the afternoon. Very hungry and tired, I stopped off at some road side restaurant and had some awesome fried rice and chicken. I was just too tired to ride for at least an hour. But this at least energized me and I pushed on.

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    IMG_20121229_135253 by Naveen Roy, on Flickr

    Guess that was the only food pic of the whole ride - sadly :(

    I reached Perundurai at around 3:00 and going past it, I took an U-turn under the bridge and went into Perundurai town. Good that there is a nice new hotel at the service road - Chinnis. The rates were damn cheap and I was too tired anyways. Settled in and was out like a light.

    Woke up late in the evening and walked out for a nice dinner of Parottas with curry and a nice Omlette - made old style on a wood fire. Lovely, lipsmacking.

    Settled down for the night with instructions to the manager that I would be leaving early in the morning. My only thought was that I missed the Pollachi - Valparai route. But I have decided to do that sometime soon.
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  7. naveenroy

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    Since today was the last stretch - I wasn't too crazy about starting off too early. I'd already tanked up the previous night too. But I'd still woken up at 05:30 and slowly packed up my stuff. It finally struck me that my ride was nearing completion - and that I would have to go back to my monotonous work life soon afterwards. Stark reality.

    Planned to have breakfast somewhere along the way and packed the bags on the bike. Thankfully the manager was awake since I had informed him the previous night. Settled the accounts and rode out of the hotel compound - great morning though. It had rained a bit during the night and the roads were clean and the sky looked great. Fresh morning air.

    Caught up to the NH and rode on towards Salem. Empty roads and I noticed a couple of long riding bikers - one on Enfield and another on a Pulsar. I let them overtake me as I was maintaining a speed of around 80 kmph. It is a wonderful feeling to ride without any pressure - you are riding alone, setting your own pace and the road is yours to ride. There is no friend who is pushing hard - trying to break the speed barrier, you are not forced to keep up with him. No one asking you why you have a powerful bike and are not pushing it. Inner peace.

    Heheh, philosophy aside - I really enjoyed this stretch between Perundurai and Salem. I haven't ridden on those roads before.

    I soon reached Salem and decided to stop for breakfast. It was already trafficky and was missing the open roads. Stopped at some small roadside restaurant and had idlis - my staple diet for breakfast on this ride. Started off again and it was a smooth ride until Krishnagiri - where the diversions (for road work) started. Aaaargh - this stretch has become a nightmare with cars and buses and bikes travelling fast, then breaking hard to miss the barriers. Scary.

    I reached Hosur and then Attibele - entering Karnataka. It was good to be back home.

    I guess I was back home by around 2 in the afternoon.

    Thankfully there were no breakdowns, no mishaps throughout the ride. Enjoyable - no incidents to leave a bad taste in the mouth and it all pretty well went to plan. Maybe there was a higher power watching over me.

    As promised, here is the final route of the ride - and the days/dates/distances.

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    RouteMap by Naveen Roy, on Flickr

    I screwed up on the numbering in the posts though
    Day 1 - 22nd Dec - 300 kms - Bangalore to Pondicherry
    Day 2 - 23rd Dec - 170 kms - Pondicherry to Velankanni
    Day 3 - 24th Dec - 300 kms - Velankanni to Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi
    Day 4 - 25th Dec - 300 kms - Rameshwaram to Nagercoil
    Day 5 - 26th Dec - 20 kms - Nagercoil to Kanyakumari
    Day 6 - 27th Dec - 0 kms - Nagercoil
    Day 7 - 28th Dec - 300 kms - Nagercoil to Kochi
    Day 8 - 29th Dec - 300 kms - Kochi to Perundurai
    Day 9 - 30th Dec - 280 kms - Perundurai to Bangalore

    All in all, a wonderful ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. Something that I wanted to do for a long time - and am glad that I could do it alone.

    This ride report is now complete. Thanks for your support, guys!
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  8. Pete_Tallahassee

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    I'm happy to hear that both you and the bike made the entire trip without a breakdown, mishap or incident. :freaky
    I look forward to your next adventure. Thanks for all the memories.
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  9. naveenroy

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    Thanks Pete! Great to have you post up soon after I finished the RR.

    Yup, I hope to write a "Round the World" report sometime! Maybe ride in the US sometime? My sis is there and let me see if I can get my bro-in-law to join up here - he rides a CBR 1000RR. :D
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  10. sprasad18

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    Good write up Roy
    Would love join you on the next long trip :)
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  11. naveenroy

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    Thanks dude!
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  12. roshanthomas

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    Enjoyed reading your trip log Naveen. Hope to be on these roads sometime later this year during my annual vacation.
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  13. naveenroy

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    Awesome stuff!! Do put up an RR when you're done! Good luck!!
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