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Travel Tips : Plan B

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Lot of things can go against your travel plans. For some you carry spares. For some you know what to do. The probability of most of these not happening is very high. But there is one which has a higher probability and unpredictability. No – Not a puncture in the tyres.

People dropping out

Phases in your plan:

Urge – Time when that spontaneous urge that comes over you for a drive and to see / experience new things and places.

Plan – This is the time when you share your urge with bunch of your travel friends. As with everything, all want to be part of it. Exciting!! You start thinking of renting a RV / trailer. May be get some more cars.

Plan A – You sit over in evenings and start charting your course. Possible things to do and alternatives. Check on political conditions and local traditions.

But of-course – Plan A never happens. People drop out. They are more excited by the idea of travelling than the travel itself. Ånd some-thing _always_ comes UP. Since you read the title of the post, its always your Plan B.

Plan B – So cancel your RV. Make that awkward call to the resort to let them know that we won’t be taking over all the rooms. You are down to 3 – Including yourself. Perfect number for a drive. You just have a direction and everything else is figured out on the way. The plan is no plan. You all are connected. A little too perfect to be true.

Plan B has a lesser probability of failure. It fails. Inevitability.

Plan U – Get up early in the morning. Resist deciding your destination – not yet. Pack your usual travel bag with necessities. Now (very important) pick your equipment – Your MTB / DSLR / sewing kit / telescope / mmm … swimming trunks (yeah! whatever gets you ..).

Just start driving. *Slowly* roll your car out of your apartment… Still dark… Drive to the middle of the city. Stop at the red light at the traffic signal : This is the time/spot to decide your destination. Take the turn. Switch on your stereo. Drive.

Have a fantastic trip.

Also x-posted here.

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January 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Drive, LIFE, Thoughts, Travel

Captain’s log 2010.11

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November’s destination was Bangalore. “No travels” was the decision. But…

03 – Madurai

Grandpa passed away. Emotions deep from past surfaced. Didn’t enjoy the drive because of the grim mood around.

04 – Yercaud

I decided not to go (Pu insisted that I should join them). Saturday, woke up and I could spend only 30 mins at home. The gang was already in Yercaud. Me being stupid and crazy, started off. Loved the drive up/down the hills. Lovely place! This time tailing the Green (Pu) and Black (De) Ninja. Should say that they are growing up. Sr joined us (or we barged in to his ride?) on his Royal Enfield Machismo 500. I developed a new respect for the 500. Thumping steadily.. Majestic.. (Thoughts of buying a motor bike started to linger! probably not). Pics here…

Odo : 21264 KMs. Semper Exploro!

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November 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Drive, LIFE, Travel

Bonsai : Signs of Life

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Signs of Life

This was the one that was predicted to die. Not anymore.

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November 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

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Bonsai : Beginnings…

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The chosen ones

Two new saplings recommended and supplied by Dad. I’m afraid that the one on the left wouldn’t survive. Looks like a day in the car boot was too traumatic. .

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October 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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Captain’s log 2010.09

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01 – Solo drive to Dad’s

A long long weekend and 4 days to kill. And I needed solitude to recharge, pay off sleep debts, connect with people, read/finish a book and get some tasty food into the system. And thats what exactly happened. In a solo drive, you’ve lot of time to think through many things. Therapeutic.

02.0 – Drive to Madurai

Bro gives me a heads up that there *might* be a drive to Madurai. Got a green at 2300. Picked up his friend and out of Bangalore by 0100. We reached Madurai outskirts by 0630. NH4.

02.1 – Drive to Chitradurga

Since I had my sunday free and to satisfy the urge of one of my friends to ‘drive out’. But not in my car this time. Was good. But mostly was mostly exhausted. Tried out ‘thatte idly’ from Tumkur. Huge Idlies!!

03, 04 – Bangalore.

Semper Exploro!

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October 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

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Captain’s log 2010.07

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Visit Dad – A Drive

Always wanted to drive back to the place where I’ve grown up (a part of it). So decided to ditch the bus this time. Invited my good friend kalyan. It was a good drive. On the way back Kalyan had to go somewhere. Was not sure of driving alone for hours. But after the first 20 mins, I enjoyed every KM . It was just me, the car and the road.

Chikmagalur with CAM

Booked for this ride about a month back. Punya also signed up for this. It was a fantastic ride and the climb to Mulayanagiri was epic. (considering that fact that I’m totally out of shape) More…

Chikmagalur with iFolder team

Couldn’t resist a drive to Chikmagalur (even though, I was there last week) when the team proposed a drive. Enjoyed those curvy turns in the hills and the coffee estates. Enjoyed the synchronous moments of the man and his machine. Pictures …

Den Hague for GUADEC 2010

Thanks to GNOME foundation for sponsoring my travel and accomodation. And to Novell for the rest. Had a productive GUADEC. End of a wonderful July!

Best is yet to come – Semper Exploro!!

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July 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

Mystical Mullayanagiri

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When I saw a mail in  BBC from Cycling And More (CAM) about a ride to Chikmagalur, thanks to the caffiene in me – was so excited and started to pull in people. Punya and Me signedup immediately and was waiting for the day.

Day 0

Action started a little early. Friday evening, I was getting late at work and had to deliver a package to my brother. Already late, I decided to use the Bike (fastest during peak traffic) and went around. Asked my bro to wait for me on the main road. A brief drop (felt like a environment friendly drug dealer on a bike :))  and I was on the way to the meeting point and made it on time. Meet other riders, loaded the bike and found my seat.

Day 1

Sleep deprived the previous days, I slept like a tree log. Thanks to CAM for arranging a comfortable bus. Woke up at 4 AM, bus stopped at Shalkaleshpur. Zombie walked to a hotel. Around 7ish – the adventure began. Started a bit late as I had to fix my rear wheel hub. Route was lovely. It was simply green. Enjoyed riding through some slushy area. Went off-course a little and reached the breakfast point. Punya’s bike got quite a bit of attention for it being one of a kind 😉 . By then, some faces were becoming familiar – Mohan, Biju, Arvind R, Arvind N, Manjula …

The real test started. There was a steady climb for several KMs .  The group thinned out . Finally Me and Arvind R teamed up. Few kilometers before Chikmagalur saw Manjula and Arvind N tailing us. All four of reached Chikmagalur on schedule. I should say that riding in a small group is more fun than chugging alone. During lunch, ‘Iron man’ Mohan and Ram joined us. Other riders were reaching Chikmagalur .

We were all pumped up looking at the hill that we would be climbing – Mullayanagiri. It was about 20 kms of pure climb. Took some pit stops during the climb. But the last 2 KM killed my spirit. Nothing left in my body, I was worn out. Stopped for a while. Recovered a bit and reached the top. By then Mohan, Manjula, Arvind R, Arvind N were at the peak already. Downhill ride was fun!

Rode about 110 kms.

Day 2

Did a leasurly ride to Belur. Rode with Punya through the lake and sunflower fields. Belur temple is Wow! Spent a little time there . Many started the second leg of the day – to Hassan. We (not Punya) decided to skip. Hopped on the bus. Sleepy … Woke up in Bangalore.

More pictures – http://picasaweb.google.com/johnnyjacob/MysticalMullayanagiri#

Some more here – http://cyclingandmore.com/previous-rides/july-2010-chikmagalur-mullayanagiri/

Written by Johnny

July 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

Posted in cycling, LIFE, Travel, Trek 3700