Posted by: Sreejith | August 16, 2007

100 kms for Coffee! – 2

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It being Independence Day, i was planning to have one of those perfect days where you laze around and order in food and then do more lazing around. But Ankit seemed to have other plans. He called me up around 10 in the morning and suggested that we do a road trip. Well not one to turn down any kind of travelling i readily agreed. Apparently Manoj was also game as so too was Gaurav. So now that we had the people and the intent, all that was left to decide was the destination. After some quick googling(is it a verb yet?), we agreed upon the “Big Banyan Tree” which was only 30kms away from Bangalore.

Around 12 noon, Ankit and Gaurav had already assembled at my place. Gaurav had also brought along Parida who was the newest entrant to the IIIT-Hyd UG2k1 Bangalore rolls πŸ˜€ After a bit of coaxing, Karteek also agreed to join in. And on the way we picked up Manoj and Imran too. A little later, we had also added Arjun to the list. You could say that our rate of recruitment was almost comparable to Infy’s πŸ˜›

After the usual BC(baat cheet :D) over lunch, we set out on the actual road trip. There were 8 of us and we had Ankit’s Swift, Gaurav’s Avenger and my Unicorn for the means. The way to the Big Banyan tree was actually pretty simple. Once we had done 25 kms on the the Mysore Road, it was just 5kms on the road to Ramohalli. The Mysore road was like a dream stretch. I would rate it as one of the best highways in India. But the 5km approach road was a nightmare. However we skillfully negotiated all the potholes and were at the Big Banyan tree by 3.00pm. The tree in itself was rather huge and is supposedly spread over 3 acres of land and is 400 years old! With all its roots and branches, we had a hard time figuring out which was a branch and which the stem! Nature it seems can also be stranger than fiction. As usual the phattas(pj’s) were out in full force with everyone cracking a few good ones. These shall be dutifully captured on dailyrium in the coming weeks.

Anyway some of them folks(read Imran) were not fascinated enough by the tree and wanted to explore more of Bangalore’s outskirts. After some brainstorming, Ankit came up with the suggestion that we could go to a CCD which was around 50kms away on the Mysore Road. He had been there earlier and he described it as the best CCD in India. Initially i was a little circumspect because we were planning to travel 50 kms to go to see a CCD of all things! But then everyone else was in favour so i towed the line as well. And at around 5.00pm we set off on the second leg of our road trip.

As with most real life projects, communication turned out to be a roadblock for us too. With me riding solo, and content with just listening to music and pushing the limits of my unicorn(managed to touch 115kmph), i was pretty much cut off from all sorts of communication. Manoj in the car was the point of contact for all of us but somehow we ended up not communicating properly. End result being that 30 minutes later, i found out that i was in front, 35 kms from the Banyan tree while Ankit was around 15 kms behind me and Gaurav was still near the Banyan tree waiting for us!! Please do not ask the how and why questions because we still haven’t figured it out ourselves! We also found out that Ankit has underestimated the distance and that the CCD was actually 70kms away and not 50kms as originally laid out in the plans. As a result of this, Ankit and me were able to reach the place around 6.00pm while Gaurav was about 30kms behind us on the road. Unfortunately for us, he managed to find a different CCD on the right side of the road which was 20kms behind the one me and Ankit were at. Assuming that this was the CCD we had set out to reach, he and Parida(who was his pillion) settled down and later refused to budge any further as they were already tired.

So, in brief, only 6 of us managed to reach the original destination. Assume a team of climbers plan to ascend Mt. Everest and when half of the team reaches the summit of Everest, they realize that the other half had gone and climbed K2 instead! Pretty much the same situation i guess πŸ˜€ Anyway coming to the CCD, it was quite a letdown because, come on, its just a CCD!! Ofcourse the coffee, cakes and cookies tasted a lot better, not because they were made better but because all of us were mighty exhausted! It was getting dark quickly and on top of that we were 100 kms from Bangalore. So after an hour and a half at the CCD we headed back. If you were to compare this CCD with others i would say that it was really good but unless you like long rides/drives i wouldn’t personally recommend it.

Well the return part of the journey was rather uneventful because we had learnt our lesson. Being quick learners, we planned the return in advance and took it leg by leg. Initial leg being the 20 kms before we linked up with Gaurav and then legs of 40 km each before we reached Bangalore. After every leg we all regrouped before starting off again. This worked wonderfully well because it left us with the freedom to travel at our own comfortable speeds while having a measure of safety too. A word of thanks to the Karnataka PWD or to whoever maintains the Bangalore-Mysore highway because even at night i was able to ride at 90+ consistently. With the trees planted on the medians, the glare from oncoming traffic was also minimal. So not only was it fast, it was a very safe and comfortable ride too. We did manage to reach Manoj’s place at around 9:30 and after dinner and more BC, we all headed back home to our mundane existence. All in all an independence day to remember.

So when you go get that next cup of coffee – ask yourself – Will you travel 100kms for coffee?



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  2. not only have you gone complete bonkers, but you also have the guts to admit it! I am proud to call you guys my friends πŸ˜›
    what next? 200 kms for the best dosa in India.. eh? πŸ˜‰

  3. is this caffeine addiction in some weird semi denial? :p

  4. If th coffee is worth it definitely πŸ˜€

    Btw do Bangalore CCDs or for that matter any posh-level cafe`s have chai ?? The hyd ones and Kolkata ones dont !

  5. sweet

  6. Had nothing to do so came across this via the blogroll. I end up making frequent trips to that ccd too as its a good excuse to drive fast :D. (Read 160 kph or higher) Going to the mandya ccd is no fun during the day… I generally go there after 10pm as traffic reduces. If you go there again during daytime, go 20km further and look for a road to rangantittu bird sanctuary on the right. Its the best place to visit close to bangy.

  7. hey hey one thing … ride on to Chennai next time you feel like having a lil’ dosa- idly as Kunal said πŸ™‚

  8. hi sreejith, stumbled upon your blog today… like it πŸ™‚
    i am part of – and we would like to get in touch with you. Do send me email meenakshi at burrp dot com

  9. I bet even my cooking would taste great if you were that hungry!

    Whether I’d do the same…. Depends on the friends. If it involved a certain ‘friend’ and a black Karizma, yes-yes-yes. Oh, yes. πŸ˜€ (Unfortunately, that friend exists only in my imagination:(

    Otherwise, probably not. I don’t like coffee.

  10. no post on 17th aug 2007 !!!
    why o why !!

  11. Kunal, thank you.. trying to live upto the delirious tag πŸ™‚ as for the dosa… had enough in chennai πŸ™‚

    Manu, hihi.. corporate zombies living off coffee we are πŸ™‚

    Abbulu, i think they do serve the exotic darjeeling/assam kinds

    IV, πŸ™‚

    Somu, 160 is scary even on the Mysore road! and sigh…if only we knew about Rangantitti on that day 😦 Thanks for the info though.

    Nipun, hihi…and you could do the same… lets meet at Murugan’s idli shop.. for old times sake πŸ˜€

    Meenakshi, Even i am a regular burrper! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

    AP, hungry we were… but for adventure. You seem to have rather interesting friends πŸ˜›

    Rama, little delayed.. but posts up. And one who doesn’t post himself isn’t allowed to question those who post daily!

  12. Well.. I can empathise with this one.. I remember driving 70km fairly regularly.. in the middle of night.. to Krishnagiri.. for parota and omlette! πŸ™‚ followed by a cup of chai.. blissful living!

    but I think in 2003-04, I missed this CCD. Who knows, I might have been a loyal customer πŸ˜‰

    do you know – I was a regular at the McD on NH8 πŸ˜€ From my home it was a good 40-50 kms..

    and those looking for chai at CCD – they have masala tea, darjeeling, earl grey and something else.. and once upon a time, they had Kashmiri Kahwah (the best in the business!). Idiots.. they just stopped serving KK!

  13. D, knowing you i am not really surprised! vaise i guess now might be travelling the lengths of Mumbai is search of food πŸ™‚

  14. i think you forgot the gajar ka halwa drive…..250 rs ka do plate gajar ka halwa

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