769 kms-33 hours two states-two forest reserves-broken indicator and rear view mirror-couple of bruises-45 hair pin bends ... This is what the past two days have been for me. Never thought a short drive to Mysore would turn out to be all that.
Sunday 6:30 AM : I am lying on my comfortable foam mattress, wondering if I should get up or not. The Sunday lethargy was kicking in and I had no mood to get up. My body didn't budge when I asked it to move. I could feel every cell in my body echoing the same thing.. "Sleeeeeep". I had decided - I'm going to sleep for some more time and then sulk at home for rest of the day. Ten minutes later a thought hits my head. "this is what I do every weekend, let's do things differently today.". Today wasn't the day when I let my lackadaisical attitude subjugates me. So I get up, brush, get into fresh clothes and pack my gear - which included my cam, a towel (my mom made me take it, I didn't want to, unaware that hours later I would be thankful that she did) and the rain cover for the bag. I wore a thin jacket, slipped into my shoes, put on the gloves and started from home at 7 AM. I bid adieu to my mom saying I will be back at around lunch or later.
Start of the amazing ride. Reaching the Mysore road was no big trouble. I had made the drive couple of time. So by now I knew it like the back of my hand. Don't even remember this part of the journey. I reached RVCE at around 7:45 AM. There was little traffic. I sped ahead past Kengeri, Christ University, Wonderla, Innovative film city junction, and reached Ramanagara soon. From there, the traffic reduced and I could maintain a speed of 100 kmph. I crossed the Silk city of Ramanagara, the City of Toys - Chennapatna and Srirangapatna.
Historical Town Srirangapatna.
I was soon at the entrance of the Heritage City - Mysore alias Mysuru. I remembered having been to the Sangam with the family back in 2010 on a holiday to Coorg, so I took a left before Mysore and reached Sangam, where people take ablutions in the river Kaveri. The place was too crowded. So I didn't stick there for long and headed back to the highway towards the city.
River Cauvery near Srirangapatna.