Destination Agumbe was decided sometime last year, to be explored with my mate Ranjith. The adjectives ‘Cherrapunji of the South‘ and ‘The land of the King Cobra‘ made us excited about riding to this place. The initial plan was to ride during the winter, as the ride would be most comfortable. Well, health issues and other personal stuffs made sure we miss those burning rubber for a while. It took one’s VISA approval and the other’s rejection, that we decided to just go for it and forget everything else for a while.
The ride preps began a month ago. A big shopper list – Riding jackets, gloves, knee guards, luggage carriers, a new up-swept exhaust, accelerator and clutch cables, front and rear break pads, chain lubes, roped crash guard, titanium-wrapped exhaust for lesser engine heat, etc – cant say it didn’t put a small hole in my wallet, it did…
Sept 23rd evening [by 4 pm]: Leave TVM to Chalakudy. Stay at Anamala Jn, Chalakudy [cheapest that we could find, Rs 500 for a double bed]
Sept 24th Morning [by 8 am]: Ride to Valparai – Pollachi – Coimbatore – Kotagiri. Accommodation at Kotagiri [Couldn’t find anything online. Hope there are rooms available there]
Sept 25th Morning: Ride to Ooty – Massinagudi – Bandipur to Mysore. Reach Mysore by evening. Find accommodation on reaching there
Sept 26th Early Morning: Ride to Agumbe via Shettihalli Church, Hasan and Chikkamagaluru. Stay at Agumbe. Find accommodation on reaching there
Sept 27th Late Morning: Ride to Kozhikode via Udupi, Mangalore, Kasarkode, Kannur
Sept 28th: Lunch at Hotel Zains, Kozhikode and ride back to TVM B-)
Total distance: 1700 kms approx [Initial plan as per the google map]
Days passed with two blank screens at office, Nights with four open eyes, dreaming about that day we ride at last
Way before ‘THE DAY’, we were all packed and charged. Clothes, towels, buffs, extra socks in case the ride gets rainy, rain liners, document proof for vehicle ownership, duplicate keys for the bike, laptop to backup the action camera videos, chargers, water bottles and sun glasses went in the tail bag, and the ride essential money, camera with backup lenses, selfie stick, glass cleaner towel, etc went in the tank bag.
And that day did come….