Bike Ride: Bangalore Backroads – North East of Bangalore

Ride Map.

A ride after a long time. Just wanted to hit the roads, going no where and just enjoying the countryside.

Confident Aamoon on Kolar Road
Light trials at Confident Aamoon

Left around 0530 and took the 1st short break at Confident Aamoon. Sun was just rising in front and I was hoping for a good sunrise over the Narsapura lake.

The sunrise at Narsapura was a disappointment. Horizon was mostly clouds. Having no particular destination in mind I decided to head towards H Cross.

To my surprise the road has completely transformed. The narrow rural road is now a divided highway meant for trucks for going to and fro from the industrial area they are building at Bheemapura. I had some great memories of this road with a few great pictures. Ahh the cost of progress.

At H Cross, I stopped for a cup of tea and then turned towards Chintamani. Few Km down the Chintamani road, took another break in the fields. The sun had cleared the horizon and was now rising above the morning fog. It was time to take some pictures.

Took the Chintamani bypass towards Madanpalli. The road from Chintamani to Madanpalli is another one I have always enjoyed. The curved roads are flanked by fields, forests and a spattering of water.

Near a water body, couple of young guys were bathing their buffaloes. Took another break, chatted with them and took some pictures.

At Madanpalli, I was quite hungry. But first I had to refuel the bike. Having done that, I stopped at an idly truck for breakfast. Dosa, Omlette and fresh orange juice was sufficient to keep me going.

From Madanpalle, I turned north towards Kadiri, planning to cut west somewhere in between and join the Hyderabad -Bangalore highway.

That opportunity to turn west came at Balasamudram. Here I took a rural road which would eventually join the NH44 at Kodur.

The road went through several village and several road blocks where the locals were asking for money for upcoming Holi festival.

This was going to be the best part of the ride.

The landscape was mostly barren and shrubs with occasional tree breaking the ground to rise above the rest of the terrain.

I started looking for one such tree which would stand in contrast to the surroundings. Having found one such location, I stopped again to take some pictures.

The lone tree standing tall amidst a barren field, with a spattering of hillocks in the backdrop was a beautiful sites. Few clouds in the sky broke the monotonicity of blue.

Having joined the Hyderabad-Bangalore highway, I felt it was time for lunch. Spying a Rajasthani dhabha, I stopped for food. Chana masala was the day’s special and I ordered it along with roti and curd.

A hearty meal and I started on the last leg of the ride.

10 hrs and 375 Km later I was home with a good day’s ride under my belt.

Ride Month: Feb 2020
Distance: ~380Km

2019 – Monthly Photo Recap

Back in 2008, towards the end of the year, I spent some time looking at the pictures taken during the year and picked my favorite.

Felt like doing the same this year in a slightly different way. One favorite from every month of the year. Just thinking that it would push me to be more consistent thought out the year to keep taking more pictures.

Jan was a slow month for personal time off. Hardly any photographic activity. I was mostly busy with work at home. Fortunately the morning views from my terrace was beautiful. The picture above was taken in the middle of Jan as the sun was about to rise above the horizon.
Feb was even more hectic. Hardly any breaks or time for personal entertainment. The view from the terrace came to the rescue once again. The rising sun lighting up the cumulus clouds early in the morning.
Towards the end of Feb we moved to a new house. No more sunrise views from the terrace. So Mar had a little more personal time. Played around with my dog and 85/1.4 manual lens
Apr’s highlight was a work trip to San Francisco bay area. Used the weekend to drive down the Route 88 for some beautiful Vistas. Above is a log cabin buried under snow at Silver Lake, California. Pictures from that trip: California – Apr 2019
Ramzan came early in 2019. So in May, off I went for my annual pilgrimage to the Ramzan food stalls. More pictures at: Ramzan Delicacies.
In May, I also did the first bike ride of the year. It was a short ride and got some excellent sunrise pictures. See: Bike Ride: Narsapura Sunrise – Pictures

June was a bummer. Absolutely no pictures.

In July I did a new kind of trip. A car camping ride with my Lily. I folded our Ertiga’s back seats and put a mattress there. For four days and three nights we explored the hills and beaches of Northern Karnataka. Canine Adventures – Driving with Lily: Pictures and Travelog
Towards the end of Aug, I went to Nainital. Spent some time there during monsoons after many years. Wild flowers were a plenty and I got some good pictures.
Another picture taken on Sep 2nd when I did a small ride through the Kumaon backroads towards Bhatrojkhan – Pictures and Travelog
Oct was the highlight of the year. I went again to Nainital to pick up my parents. Combined that with a bike ride to the Darma valley – Pictures and Travelog
In Nov had the opportunity to visit the temples of Belur and Halebidu with my cousin. The light was hard and pictures weren’t great.
Towards the end of the year did a family trip to Hampi. The place was quite hot and also very crowded. With the kids and all, there was little opportunity to find good photo opportunities.