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Bangalore Heritage Cycling

We covered a total distance of 57 Km.
Places we visited are Bull Temple, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Vidyarthi Bhavan, Bimba Art Hut, Ragigudda Temple, Masjid-e-Bilal, Madivala Lake

Bull Temple: 500 years old and legend says it is getting bigger and bigger. Long story short, farmer chased away nandi and when he came back next morning to the same place, he found a statue of nandi which was not there earlier. Hearing this story, Chieftain of Bangalore Kempegowda nuilt a Temple around it. Farmers started offering Kadale Kayi which became Kadale Kayi Parishe.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple: Sunlight falls on the idol through the arc of nandi horns only once a year during Makara Sankranthi. It also has four monolith pillars. one of Damaru, Thrishul. Built by Kempegowda after being released from prison of 5 years by Rama Raya.
Vidyarthi Bhavan: Famous Restaurant since 1943, visited by many VIPs. We found more crowd here than in temples 
Bimba Art Hut: Looked after by couple, 100 year old building, beautiful art on display and sale. I personally felt they are overly priced but yet worth visiting once. Awesome miniature art.

Tadiyandamol Trek & Rafting

Group: Sujeeth, Sharath, GautamSaroj, Roshan, Priyanka & Keerthana

This trek was a milestone for Adventure Junkie, being the first trek which we could pull off with all the participants being from out of Karnataka.

We reached Napoklu at 3:40. Being a single group, Itinerary was very flexible according to their convenience and we left our home stay at 07:30 in the morning after taking a good nap. We had appetizing neer dose, chutney and curry and took Puliyogare parcel for the lunch. We reached Nalaknad palace at 8AM but it was closed, may be because of TV serial shooting or may be we were too early to that place I guess. Instead of going by Jeep till check-post, we hiked along the road through coffee estates and few streams. Took necessary permission and started hiking. We were slow as there were many first time trekkers but they were as determined as seasoned trekkers to reach the peak.

We saw an ecstatic group who were making whoopee at a view-point which confused me (it was my third time to Tadiyandamol) whether we reached peak already. Saroj and his girl friend decided to stay there at the view-point until we return back from the peak. Saroj & Sharath were extremely helpful by motivating their friends. Sharath had forgotten to take few packets of Puliyogare but I was sure that would be sufficient for everyone along with plenty of snacks that we had provided. There was definitely dilemma in rest of the group whether to continue till the peak or not, which seemed like another half the effort considering the inclination. After little persuading, we started again taking little rest in between.

We spent good time at the peak, had lunch. I was clear that everybody was tired so I decided to run back to the vehicle & get it as near to check-post as possible. It was decided that the group descend 20 min after I start. I ran back as fast as I can, twisting my ankle and skidding countless times but it was indeed fun to reach back to Nalaknad palace  in 1 hr 40 min.

I reached check-post, drank water and fed few biscuits to a dog. Guess what, It started following me; sometimes went ahead of me & was turning back to see whether I’m following it or not!! No wonder why they call it the most faithful creäture on earth. I felt overwhelmed & without eating fed it three packets of biscuits & cake when I took little rest.

We drove for few kms from the palace and both of us, driver & myself realized it is not possible to drive uphill with the bad tyres we had. Tavera which we had hired had clocked 6.5 lakh Kms. Having said this, I must say it was seriously well maintained (except tyres) by owner who himself was the driver for us.

I waited but grew anxious about group’s safety and started hiking towards check-post. That is when I found my companion following me again!. I ascend, it followed; I descend, it follows. Checked it few times. We hiked together till last camping site where I met the group. It turned back for the last time and went jogging towards the check-post. I wondered if it was the same dog which followed us till the peak back in 2012.

Barbecue, Camping & Rafting:

As far we are concerned, we include Barbecue to bring different groups together. Everybody contributed in preparing it, from cutting veggies, starting coal fire, brushing the chicken with sauce, cleaning up the ground & pitching tents. Group was so friendly that I did not feel as an organizer. Dance, at least two steps after a decade was my achievement! :-p

Had a wonderful dinner after the party. Food was home cooked by the owner of the home-stay.

Next day, We visited Chelvara Waterfalls, Kaveri Nisargadhama & indulged in Class 2 River rafting near to Dubare Elephant camp.

 

Cycling to Kelavarapalli Dam

Team Size: 11
Arun Muthu KumarSujeeth MonuSuneeth SonuSatish SatsAbhinav GanachariGanesh GangotriRaju V SVarun Verma N and Bharath AmbatiMadhushree Dasgupta
Total distance – 72 kms
It was Bharath Ambati and Madhushree’s first +50km ride after many years.
Congrats guys for making it at a much speed and pushing your limits.

Bangalore Rock Climbing

After waiting many days to avoid getting drenched in afternoon rain which was Bangalore’s signature weather for long time, at least we felt that way…. We finally decided to head to Ramnagar to do some Rock Climbing, without bothering about rain. We were a team of 4 – Sujeeth, Suneeth, Vaibhav & Praveen.

We reached the crag at 12:30PM, took our own time to set up anchors and it started raining again and we had to wait till rock got dried. we started climbing at 1:30 & climbed till 5:30PM. We covered 4 routes out of 12 routes which are at Senapathy. Climbing after a long gap made us tired but also it was so refreshing that we decided to climb more often. We climbed the following routes:

  • Malgudi days : Grade 5.6 : Height 90 feet
  • Life Begins at 40! : Grade 5.7 : Height 90 feet
  • VRS : Grade 5.7 : Height 90 feet
  • You Kan : Grade 5.7+ : 90 feet

We cleaned up the routes and immediately started our journey to Bangalore expecting rain. It started raining heavily by the time we reached Ramnagar but as we had been by bike, there was no option other than ride & get drenched completely or wait whole night for the rain to stop! Finally, we came home with wet ropes and dangled it everywhere inside the home for two days to let the ropes dry :-). Felt like I’m tying new kind of “Thorana” for the upcoming festivals.

Watch our space for upcoming climbs around Bangalore…

 

Western Ghats Cycling and Treks

Awesome trip to Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. Team Size: 13
We combined Cycling and Trek together during the trip. Lata Murli, Thara, Shruti Naik, Sangeetha Shameem, Srinivas Patibandla opting to trek. And Gandharva Shetty, Murugappan, Lalit Narayan, Gurucharan, Vireshwar Dixit, Mayank Singh, Sujeeth Monu, Suneeth Sonu decided to do cycling. Thanks everyone for joining us and making this an unforgettable trip.

The ride was challenging on the first day, we covered 50+ kms with elevation gain being around 1100m. Road is patchy and not in great condition making it much more difficult. Thanks to driver of our support vehicle, we couldn’t carry extra water and snacks. Only few shops along the entire route where you get something to eat. Mayank Singh captured videos on gopro during the journey and Gandharva Shetty’s energy levels were insanely ‘high’. Gurucharan helped coordinate between the group and ensured no one is left behind.

Second day’s ride to Kollur was mostly downhill and route passes through Mookambika wildlife sanctuary. Few streams and falls along the route.

Meanwhile, the trek group spent an entire day at Bheemeshwara waterfalls on the first day. And on second day I accompanied them to Hidlumane waterfalls, which cascades in 6-7 steps. The trek distance to the waterfalls is 6.4 km with elevation gain of 286 m. Leech infested during this time of the year.

BBQ was arranged during the trip and Shruti Naik, Sangeetha Shameem helped us cook. Lalit Narayan came up with Chicken recipe and it was delicious.

Kudremukh Trek

Team Size: 23
It was a memorable trip to Kudremukh Forests again for the second time and this time we did Kudremukh Trek. Our first visit here was in summer to Bavikonda Peak. The transformation of the forests due to monsoon was clear. Unique landscape when compared with other trails in Karnataka. Very Rich in Flora and Fauna.
Camaraderie that developed in this group was amazing. Thanks to all these wonderful people for joining us.
Satish Sats volunteered for the trip. Thanks to Praveen Kumar, Shreyas Hebbar, Sagar Iyer for helping us Pitch tents, Pack and consolidate Camping gear. Yashas Rn, Chetan Kumar S, Vinay Kumar, Swamy Raj, Anjan Prasad, Bharath Sagar, Pavan Vasanth, Sandeep. All the Beautiful pics are provided by Guru Prasad, Ganesh Gangotri, Bharath Kumar N.

Cycling to Pyramid Valley

Ride to Pyramid Valley:

Team Size: 4; Shubha, Mayank Singh, Suneeth Sonu and one more.

We rode to Pyramid valley starting from Adventure Junkie – Silk board – Kanakpura road covering a distance of 43.9 Km. More stats available here https://www.strava.com/activities/1165442116

We took the Thottikallu Falls – Bannerghatta – Electronic City road. Forest road cuts through the Bannerghatta National Park, Greenery and uphill with elevation gain of 502 m. Dog breeding and training centre of CRPF nestled somewhere along the route. And a lot of things happened. Broke my mobile screen, missed spotting an elephant crossing the road at Bhuthanahalli forest area, a fall on the busy Hosur road. More stats available in the below link https://www.strava.com/activities/1166150032

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SOHAM Cycling

Mix and Match… Not dress but to Start both!!

Sit Spine erect, close your eyes, do nothing/do only one thing.

Every gurus and babajis tell the same simple way of meditation with few add-ons. But even though they seem simple and easy on the paper, It is very difficult for most of us who want to do nothing or to do only one thing – breath.

Awareness on breath is easy during deeper/faster breaths but even then we tend to lose concentration or when somebody suffocates us.

Solution to this is SOHAM.

Wondering if this one is another simple way? No. It is not.

  • When you Inhale – Sounds “SO”.
  • When you Exhale – Sounds “HAM”. — Try It.

It is not difficult because here it comes with a twist beyond many mind’s imagination….

  1. You’ll not sit with spine erect.
  2. No closed eyes.
  3. Do everything you normally do.

CYCLING, at least best with cycling because breaths will not be lazy ones to forget them. May be this one is Dynamic Meditation. Oh yes, You are MOVING while MEDITATING!. Definitely either deeper / faster breaths while cycling and more easier to concentrate upon.

And also, Cycling is enjoyable only when you forget paining bums and to divert your mind away from it – SOHAM.

SOHAM Cycling coming soon. #AdventureJunkie #GetOutdoors

with more emphasis on Meditative Cycling…No talking, No Gadgets, No Worries on speed and on anything else.

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5Km X 10days Run Challenge

What a Revelation it has been, truly awakening! And when you are awakening you break through lies. All these 10 days during the challenge, I was blissed out. Every run gave me simple joy and immense satisfaction.

The 10 days that I am talking is about a running challenge. I don’t have a clue what I was thinking when I decided to do this challenge. It just happened! There was no second thought, had it been then probably I would have never attempted. I must admit, this required a certain level of commitment and dedication.

It would have been lot easier if it was for ‘once in a blue moon’ long run that I usually do but the challenge here in this case was to run 5km for 10 consecutive days. And exactly this brought in a lot of discipline, unwavering focus to finish the job.

I got to understand that mind plays along with pretexts – you took a decision without thinking, you are lean already don’t do it and all kind of such nonsense. I realised that mind doesn’t want to get out of comfort zone. And within few days, It was clear to me that I have to first complete the run in my head and then on the trail. So it’s true and now I know that If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

These runs have transformed my Sleeping time, Diet preferences. There is no snooze button in my alarm, I am lot more confident in everything that I do. I can go on with the list. If at all this is runner’s high then certainly this is ‘miles’ ahead of any other ‘high’ that I ever had:)

This one sums up all my thoughts
“You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter”.

I would like to thank Niharika for introducing me to running and paticularly to this challenge. Without her support and motivation this could have got difficult to complete. And thanks to my Family for letting me be and do what I was doing.

 

Day 1, Hated running laps on the same route and decided never to do it again.

 

Day 2

 

Day 3, slow run.

 

Day 4, To lake view point and forgetting exit gate to realise after running a km.

 

Day 5, Running with Mongoose and Rabbits

 

Day 6, Challenge within a challenge. Get pace below 6 and I did it:)

 

Day 7, Kundavada circuit. All time 4th for the route even after running extra to the view point at the centre of lake:)

 

Day 8, was disappointed that my pace dropped below 6 min benchmark that I had set.

 

Day 9, Second run on the same route and since i knew the elevation it helped me to increase pace where needed and conserve energy.

 

Day 10, Fastest ever, Mad rush!

Ride to Chikka Tirupati

Cycling distance: 62 Kms
Team Size: 12
Avg Speed: 19 km/hr

We completed the ride with no breaks except for breakfast at Chikka Tirupathi.

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