I initially considered beginning with Bangalore however instantly determined towards it.

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I journey to not go anyplace however to go. I journey for journey. The nice affair is to maneuver. “Robert Louis Stevenson”

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Lengthy cycle rides for a number of days is a plan that has labored for me for hundreds of years. By default, I at all times thought I used to be doing Mumbai – Goa by cycle route; A tried and examined route that a lot of my cyclists’ mates have accomplished. And the truth that I’ve accomplished it by Mumbai-Goa street a number of occasions (each NH 17 and NH 8), it was a simple plan. Particularly throughout the monsoon when the Konkan seaside exhibits its completely splendid colors. However alas, that is one thing that at all times stays a dream, as quickly as I get 3 days off, it at all times will get allotted for street journeys and large plans.

So once we moved to Bangalore lower than a 12 months in the past, I coincidentally realized that there was an enormous alternative to try to see the pure fantastic thing about the state, which was actually unexplored territory for me. There was not going to be a single go to to the state of Karnataka; The primary two journeys had been Half 1 at Enfield throughout Jan’21 and later Half 2 in a cross of 1.6 throughout the monsoon.

So once I received the chance for every week off in March, the seeds of an thought had been set – why not journey round Goa by bicycle? The considered doing it from Bangalore did not excite me. The highways had been filled with visitors and the preliminary a part of the route could be very mundane, once I attain the ghats, which does not occur till I attain about ~300km. In order that possibility was eradicated.

The opposite possibility on the desk was to one way or the other cycle to Mangalore and begin using on the Coastal Line from there. Fortunately a chance arose within the first week of February with an unscheduled final minute journey to Mangalore and we determined to go by street and permit us to hold the cycle within the automotive itself. And so the plans had been lastly set in movement.

deliberate route

Precise route:

  • Day 0: Mangalore – Manjeshwar (KL) – Mangalore
  • Day 1: Mangalore – Udupi
  • Day 2: Udupi – Bhatkali
  • Day 3: Bhatkal – Gokarna
  • Day 4: Gokarna – Karwar
  • Day 5: Karwar – Benaulim (GA)
  • Day 6: Benaulim – Vasco da Gama (Station)

Gear / Equipment:

I made a decision to journey mild given the intense climate (warmth) and managed with no need any panniers. My belongings included:

  • 1 x TrekEnride Saddlebag (for carrying baggage)
  • 1 x Bicycle Moveable Pump
  • 1 x Further Tube
  • 1 x Multi-Software Package
  • 1 x Puncture Package
  • 1 x Cell (Entrance) Holder Bag
  • 1 x Moveable Battery Financial institution
  • 2 x Pairs of Driving High + Pants
  • 2 x Pairs of Lighting Materials Homeware + Different Knights
  • Primary biking gear (helmet, bottles, glasses, gloves, and so forth.)

journey statistics

  • Variety of days: 6
  • Kilometers Coated: ~450km
  • Driving Hours: 5-6 hours per day (on common)
  • Variety of punctures: 0

Epilogue:

General, the plan to cowl Karnataka’s shoreline from (state) border to frame went and not using a hitch. Whereas I’d have most well-liked to do that throughout monsoon (or publish monsoon), it nonetheless made for go to, even when it was throughout the sizzling and barely humid March within the first week. Whereas the unique plan was to go to the assorted seashores alongside the coast, the precise experience led me to traverse many of the highways (which, to be sincere, wasn’t unhealthy in any respect). Whereas I’ve accomplished quite a lot of lengthy rides in a day, what I experimented with on this journey was to experience a number of days in a row in every week and end it the identical method as my weekend rides.

Now having accomplished that, most likely the subsequent plan could be to strive the route south, throughout Kerala! Or perhaps a experience to Leigh (if I can discover firm)

Route: Mangalore – Manjeshwar (KL) – Mangalore

distance: ~50 km

So a visit to Mangalore got here on the playing cards a month earlier than the precise week of the break and it made excellent sense to make use of this chance to get a cycle as the one different possibility was to take the cycle a day in a bus or practice. Earlier than biking. Boxed the cycle at Escross and we left on Saturday morning and landed in Mangalore for a day. Whereas the plan was to begin biking solely in March, a lazy Sunday morning gave me the choice to strive using in Mangalore’s hotter climate than Bangalore’s chilly temperatures.

Inflated each tires and headed south (KL) and not using a clear vacation spot – the concept was to see if the cycle wanted any restore work that may very well be accomplished earlier than going again to Bangalore the subsequent day . Opposite to my considerations, the climate was not that sizzling, the air specifically was good and chill, regardless that I had began fairly late within the morning.

Crossing the evergreen and extensive Netravati river in fog on Sunday morning, town remains to be awake as I head in direction of Kerala

The KL border is kind of near Mangalore and I crossed inside an hour of leaving and continued on till I noticed the subsequent metropolis on the freeway, which turned out to be an unexplainable place referred to as Manjeshwar. As an alternative of going again on the identical freeway, I made a decision to return via the interior roads considering I might see much less visitors as a bonus. What I did not notice is that the freeway cuts via the rolling hills, whereas the interior roads go up and down 🙁

A number of kilometers after crossing the state border, I flip into interior roads and encounter rolling hills (in comparison with a extra flatter freeway).

Though the velocity could be very sluggish as a result of recurring climbs, the views are a lot better than the standard setup seen on either side of the freeway.

However it’s nonetheless a brief experience again residence and I got here again residence about 2.5 hours after leaving with a sizzling piping breakfast ready for myself. And the cycle was working with none errors/issues, setup was prepared for the lengthy journey a month later!

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