At an altitude of 4000 ft Mandalpatti hills offers some astounding views of the adjoining hills. Situated inside the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and 20 kms from Coorg, I decided to test my endurance by joining a cycling ride from Madikeri along with Bangalore Trekking Club, in Nov 2017.
Before signing up I googled up about the place. Although I didn't find any article about anyone cycling to Mandalpatti, I assumed it won't be a big deal, apart from some rough patches. Big deal, I signed up. Not realizing what hardships awaits.
Day 1: When will this Uphill Climb End?
We reached Madikeri at around 5am to a pouring sky. It was drizzling throughout the night telling us we are in the Western Ghats. It just wouldn't stop! Defying the weather conditions we got ready and tested our rides that were kept ready. We were to be supported by a Dhanu who would also double up as a guide and a mechanic support in case of some fault in the bikes.
We started off at around 8 am from our homestay, wheeling off with some dazed and amused spectators on the road.