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Biking to Ooty

08 May 2008

It all started on Monday last week when Lakshman tweeted if anybody was game for a weekend trip. Ashwin tweeted back saying yes.

Later they asked me over email. My reply was "Why Ooty!?". They replied saying "It doesn't matter. We're going for the drive." Two days later, we three were driving to Ooty on bikes at night.

My descriptions below are in twitter style as an ode to how the trip happened. ( But of course, my usual writing style will resume after this post :) )

We started off at 8 at night. First stop was some lip-smacking food at Kamat Lokaruchi:

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9.10 pm : We're on the way! 3 twitterers on bikes.

9.25 pm : Getting out of Bangalore is the toughest thing.

9.30 pm : @scorpion032 says 2020 will also be the year of the linux desktop.

10.32 pm : @cruisemaniac and @scorpion032 are tweeting away...

1.40 am : Taking a break.

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2.33 am : Admiring the mysore palace...

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3.16 am : Sleep getting to me... But we're taking breaks and having fun. In Nanjangud.

3.20 am : Another break.

3.34 am : Listening to My Sacrifice at 330 am at 70 kmph on bike with the wind in your hair is something to be experienced.

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4.10 am : We find a freakin' coffee day in the middle of nowhere. Waiting for capuccino.

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6.15 am : Mudumulai forest.

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6.20 am : Animals! Elephant, deer, peacock, mongoose, eagle, woodpecker, ... All right there next to us... Thank heavens the elephant didn't think we were pesky...

6.45 am : Exiting Mudumulai forest.

My favorite photo from this trip (notice the clouds and the bike):

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The killer part of the trip was the 36 hair pin bends required to scale Ooty for more than a kilometre of altitude. The bikes started choking. Even the Pulsar bike had issues with the climb!

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7.31 am : Ooty has nice scenery.

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Rest of the trip was simply crashing for sleep, waking up for food, and sitting in the patio in the cold night discussing everything from Steve Jobs to big company goofups to...

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... the guy who was taking a snap with the lens in the opposite direction and never realized it.

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The ride back to Bangalore was equally tiring but faster (9 hours vs 11 hours):

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It was a picture-perfect trip throughout. Probably because the wavelength of the three guys matched - we were ready for anything and enjoying the ride was the main thing for us. We didn't have any planning except for the start times of the to and fro journeys leading to doing things on-the-fly.

And I totally cracked up at the geeky humor we shared. For example, not many people would laugh at statements like "Q: What do clinic allclear shampoo and KDE4 have in common??? A: both are bad 'gooey'/gui things!!!"

The stay was comfortable mainly thanks to Shammi's Rooms and Cottages for being such hospitable people. Maybe its because they opened just a week before we got there and they're fresh at these things, but it was totally worth being there. I highly recommend them if you ever happen to go to Ooty.

Bottom line: Twitter is "social networking done right". Because people get to know each other by their thoughts and not their profiles. The fact that three people got together for a road trip and had awesome fun is a testament that twitter (or if you're from the Web 1.0 days, IRC) as a network works!

Second bottom line: As Ashwin reminded us, if you want to really understand why people like biking, you have to understand why dogs stick their heads out of the car.

Comments

TheCruisemaniac says:

Awesome post dude...

I definitely loved the trip!!!

Thanx for making it!!!

Chao...

Mrinal Wadhwa says:

Dude !! .. I wish I would have joined you guys :(

vigneshwaran says:

How did you manage to get accomodation in the peak season without prior planning?

Swaroop says:

@Mrinal Hope we plan a trip after a couple of months when you can join us :)

@Vigneshwaran Yes, it's peak season, but maybe we got accommodation because it's a new hotel...

@CruiseManiac Yep, we should do more :)

Dilip M says:

Can u please give the contact no. and address of Shammi’s Rooms and Cottages? will be travelling to ooty this weekend..

Swaroop says:

Sorry Dilip, tried looking for it, we seem to have lost the number.

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