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August 2015

Avalabetta

Last weekend, I rode to Avalabetta with a bunch of superbikers. This is a group called Riders Republic, an amazing bunch of people to ride and to hang out with. This was my second ride with this group and it was great fun.

We were scheduled to go to a place called Avalabetta, this is a little north east of Bangalore towards AP. It is about 70 Kms north of the airport.

Map

The group met at 6:30 near UB City, this is a pretty popular meeting place in Bangalore next to the Cafe Coffee Day. As usual it took a little while to get everyone assembled. Once all were in we rode off.
Riding in a group like this is a real pleasure. They take care to have a designated pilot and a sweep. You feel secure that you know where you are going and that you will not be left behind. There were some huge bikes and some real beauties on the ride, the pictures will speak for them.

From UB City we rode about 70 Kms to get to a Kamat on the highway. As always, a hearty breakfast is a must for all bike rides. This is the only decent place to get breakfast on this route. It was the usual fare of idli-vada, chow chow bath and dosas that was ordered. There was food mayhem for a while as we all got hold of what we wanted and got down to polishing everything off. The food was decent nothing spectacular but good enough to keep us happy for a few hours.

The eating was followed by coffee and of course with coffee comes conversation. It was story time as some of the guys regaled us with interesting stories of happenings in Bangalore including a strong rumor that dance-bars are once more functioning in the city. This of course made the conversation a very engaging one.IMG_7846 (Large)

From here we all rode off in a tight group and were soon off the main highway and on to a small country road. This was a decently made road, few bad patches but largely a nice enough road. The best part was that this road passed through villages and there were a number of little kids in the villages who wanted to high-five us. This was great fun, it was fantastic to see the joy on the faces of the kids as the bikes rolled by. One of the kids was brave enough to ask for a ride and was promptly offered one by one of our guys who took him pillion for a bit. That kid has a great story to tell for some time now.

Avalabetta turned out to be in a tucked away little corner somewhere. With a short winding hairpin road to get to the top of the hill. It is quiet, serene and has beautiful views on all directions from the top.
The best part is that it is untouched by commerce. So no chips wrappers and other Plastic evidence left by human tourists. In the 45 minutes or so that we spent there we only saw a few other bikers. If you are planning a picnic then this is the perfect place except that you will have to carry everything with you.

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We hung around here talking bikes and components. There is a little guest house of sorts which has a terrace affording the best view. So that’s where we congregated.
Soon it was time to head back to the city and on with our normal lives.
Something about the road needs to be said here. It is a glorious road especially after the airport. Wide and free of traffic. The weather on the particular Sunday was perfect and it made the ride a complete pleasure. The route on the way back was still reasonably free of traffic up to the airport toll booth. It was great riding up to there, after which you got in to city traffic and it was the usual drudgery all the way home.
The highlight of the ride for me was riding with a brotherhood of fellow bikers and riding at good speeds on a lovely road in great weather. Signing off with a few photos from the ride.

Riders on a ride
On the small country roads through villages
Headgear
Line-up of lids !
Beauty
Some Really Beautiful Bikes were with us !
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Big Boy Bike !
Moi
Yours Truly !

Until next time !   Keep Riding and Stay Safe !

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Breakfast

Most of us riders like to ride out reasonably early in the morning. That’s when the roads are empty and the weather is nice and fresh. Bangalore is blessed with brilliant weather all year long and early mornings are usually crisp and cool. Even in the rainy season it is rare to find showers on a morning.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Therefore stands to reason that, one of the most important things of a morning ride is the need to have good breakfast.

Consequently most of the bike riders around have their favorite breakfast joints mapped out.

What makes an ideal breakfast joint?
It should be a reasonable riding distance from home. Not too far and not too close. Typically if you are on a big bike you want it to be between 50 or 100 km from home in the least. That gives you the opportunity to ride a little before reaching the breakfast joint.
Then of course the breakfast joint should open shop early. Since we ride quite early around 6 to 6-30 a.m. on most days we end up getting to the breakfast place by about 7-30 or so. No point going to a place that does not open till much later if you are hungry at 7-30 or even 8 in the morning.
The route to the breakfast joint should have good quality roads, preferably with very little morning traffic.
And finally, last but not least, they should serve good hot tasty breakfast.

Most importantly they should have very good coffee.

Thus with all these conditions if you cast your net around there are only a few breakfast places that emerge. In this post I will talk of a couple of them.

Of course on the particular day where you decide to go depends entirely on how much time you have before returning to domestic duties. Weekends as we all know are full of domestic stuff and rides are the small islands of pleasure we get to enjoy between the immersion in domesticity.
I live in South Bangalore, J P Nagar. Therefore it is easiest for me to head out of the city to the south.
For most of us heading out of the city to the south, Kanakapura road is typically the road to take.

Going south on Kanakapura road, you hit Harohalli in about 40 KMs from JP Nagar. Here is a simple basic small restaurant “Upahara Darshini” – it is right on the main road and is open by 6:30. Though he doesn’t have a full menu ready to serve till about 7 a.m. His stuff is quite nice, always freshly made. The place might not be spectacular but he makes a very good cup of coffee. It is a place where plenty of motorcyclists and cyclists both hang out to have a bite. There are plenty of locals around too. It is always a nice pleasant coffee pit stop. Not only do our very short rides end up here for breakfast, we often stop here when we are driving out on a holiday. Undoubtedly one of my favorites for a quick pitstop. You might have seen this place mentioned in some of my other posts.

Upahara Darshini 3
You would see this on most weekends, a number of motorcycles lined up for a cuppa ~
Upahara Darshini 2
Nothing like some good coffee and conversation
Upahara Darshini 1
Even on weekends when we don’t have much time on our hands we will make the trip up to here 🙂

Further down Kanakapura road you come to the town after which the road is named, Kanakapura. Here there is a little stand and eat joint tucked away in a corner of the main street. This place serves a very nice Dosa and also good coffee. While it gives us an opportunity to ride a little further it has a couple of drawbacks, stand & eat, there is no seating, and it is always quite crowded. This is a good thing of course, it means he makes good stuff and it is always freshly made. But this is a rare stop on our trips not one of our favorites. But the quality of the dosa and coffee draws us there once in a while.

Next up, a bit further out, turn right in Kanakapura town (there is a board showing directions to Ramanagara) you can get to the Silk town in about 20 – 25 minutes from here.
This is a lovely picturesque road with fields, villages and rocky hillocks. A place made for taking photos on the bike or off it. This is not a road where you can speed though, it is a road meant to be savoured. There are plenty of sweeping turns on the road and you do need to keep an eye out for village traffic. But none of this takes away from the fact that it is a pretty ride.

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Lovely back-road between Kanakapura and Ramanagara

After 25 minutes of this you get to Mysore road where on turning left you will see Kamat Lokaruchi in a few minutes on your right hand side. Bikes get to park right up to the entrance just next to the jalebi stall.

Lokaruchi 1
Harleys and Jalebis

Lokaruchi 2

With the discovery of this inside route of getting to Lokaruchi it is becoming a firm favorite. Going by Mysore road is a chore even at 7 a.m. that road is busy with a number of 4-wheelers jockeying around for position and overtaking from left & right. Completely avoidable for those out to enjoy a bike ride.

Lokaruchi has two options, a full spread breakfast buffet very reasonably priced and of course the a la carte menu. We typically go and order the stuff we want. We typically avoid the buffet since one does tend to over-eat at a buffet, especially if it is as tasty as they make it.

My favorite dish at this place is the ‘chow-chow’ – a small serving of upma (khara bath) and sheera (kesari bath /halwa). They do a brilliant job of both. I would absolutely recommend it the next time you are there. There is also hot-jalebi being made there all the time in case you have a sweet tooth. Their coffee is excellent too.
I have heard good things about their Jowar roti meal but since I am usually there at breakfast time and not had occasion to try it.

One heads up about this place though, it is immensely popular so if you are not there by 8 latest you can expect to wait for a table. The buffet section takes a little longer to fill up but after 9 there is a long line of people waiting to be seated. So if you want to hit this joint get there early.

The way back from Lokaruchi we can take Mysore road, since at that hour there are not too many people heading to Bangalore.

Once you cross the traffic signal in Ramanagara it is straight through till you get to NICE expressway. at 8 or 8-30 in the morning Mysore road in this direction is a pleasure to ride on. The other direction is a total pain and best avoided. You can make it from lokaruchi to Konankunte cross in about 35-40 minutes on the way back. So that works out very nicely for the domestic types.

I do believe this will be my favorite breakfast destination for the near future. ride about 100 kms get a good breakfast and ride back about 50 kms with a nice warm feeling in the tummy. The best way to start a weekend morning.

Shortly, I will post about some of our favorite joints further afield.

Until then…..

Keep riding & stay safe….

Bike & me
Keep Riding !

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