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Bandipur and its vicinity

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If peeled skin and a broken tooth for a cow … errr ox and the damages to the thunderbird were not enough, there were a couple of blown fuses leading to ignition problems and a minor issue of the key getting stuck in the toolbox.

And yes a stray dog doing a 360 turn in the air with an incessant ‘bow wow’, after being hit by the foot peg.

Well the (mis)adventure did not end there, as word has it … folks were in kissing distance of a wild tusker in the darkness of the night.

Just because all the above happened, concluding that the trip was jinxed and pitying the plight of the riders would be a mistake and far from the truth. The two days were quite wonderful and memorable.

If the need to derive conclusions out of a ride are too pressing, let them be as follows:-

#1 Never stop for a stray dog. Of course slow down but there is no point in jamming the brakes at the last moment if the creature comes out of nowhere. It would cause more harm than good.

#2 Proper Riding gear (a minimum of knee guards, gloves and a good jacket) saves life.

#3 Always carry spares (Fuse being the most basic of ’em)

Deadman Inc aka Vaas has saved me some time (Not that I would have minded) by doing this

I will therefore fill in with what happened while most of ‘The Others’ were leaning against the curves on the ghats to Ooty.

After having tried our(Vaibhav and myself) luck at the entry-prohibited waterfall at Masinagudi, we met fellow riders on our way back to Bandipur just as we spotted a herd of elephants. Since we had just done the route only minutes back, ways were parted which ended up in we going for the Safari. Although the most-wanted remained elusive, we did spot quite a few animals.

Sundown was nearing by the time we freshened up after having reached MC Resort. One cannot expect night-life in places like these and so we weren’t. Exploring unchartered territories was the best option to spend rest of the evening. My companion was darn zealous about this and it rubbed off on me too.

What followed was a tiring and adventurous 2 hour hike! It was slight deja vu for the both of us. Why … you may ask?

The lone tree in the far background at the begining of the hike – Feb ’08, Bandipur, Karnataka, India

The lone cypress in the 17 Mile Drive along the Pacific – Jan ’07, California, USA
LoneCypress, CA

We hiked till the tree only to find (as expected) no Pacific beyond that.

Ever heard of WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get!

Written by Sangfroid

March 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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  1. Whooo..another road trip!! Though it may have been a kinda misadventure instead of the opposite, atleast it broke the monotony of the regular life: something I’ve been craving for since a long, long time!! 😦
    But then, guess am a jealous soul.. 😛


    March 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

  2. Naish writeup ji 😛 Am glad that i saved some of your time 😛 Looking for a great writeup for the next ride too 🙂

    Deadman Inc

    March 18, 2008 at 1:33 am

  3. 😀 cheers maadi!


    March 18, 2008 at 11:40 am

  4. Sam, yep … rides are liberating 🙂 but please don’t burn 😛

    Vaas, brother … would love to do it!

    Ani, thankq 🙂


    March 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm

  5. lone cypress and the lone tree…nice pics!
    carry on wid ur misadventures….


    March 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

  6. lost ur link and now got it from anotehr page.. now will bookmark it 🙂


    March 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

  7. Mani, thanks buddy. The adventures will not stop 🙂

    Anoop, welcome back and thankq.


    March 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm

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