There were ten people in the initial plan, but eventually, the count was reduced to two. So I started on Friday evening in a bus from Bangalore at 10 PM. The bus journey was uneventful, if you leave out the 'road-rash' driving style of the driver. I'd reached the Gokarna bus stand by 9.45 AM. Sowmya was on her way from Hyderabad, and she had to change three buses, I guessed it would be past noon by the time she gets there.
I had a heavy breakfast at a small restaurant within the bus stop, got my copy of 'The Pickwick Papers' out and started reading. An hour later, I got my guitar out, and started playing. A few school kids came and sat around me, listening. By 12, I was feeling a little sleepy, so I packed all my stuff, and dozed off on one of the seats there. Sowmya reached by 12.45 PM, she did Hyderabad-Hubli-Ankola-Gokarna.
After a quick update of how our journeys were, we rented a scooty from a shop near the bus stop. This was our ride for the next three days. We went hotel-hunting on the scooty, and after being denied at a couple of spots, finally found a place to stay, with a view of the Gokarna beach. After resting for a while, and freshening up, we left to see the sunset from a cliff close to Kudle beach. After sitting there for a while, and playing the guitar, we started walking towards Kudle beach. That's were we had our dinner, sea food of course! And lazed on the beach for a while gazing stars, and getting all philosophical, before returning to the hotel. The plan for next day was to trek to Paradise beach from Om.