Ride date: 24th June 2016
It has been average year for me in-terms of adventure so far with couple of Solo Motorbike rides. Also long time without cycling – almost more than 7 months and raring to go… My agenda was to concentrate more on cycling during 2nd half of the year. It is June end and perfect time to start pedaling again. My adventure buddy Achintya Kundu was in preparation mode for his Manali-Leh cycling journey from past couple of weeks. Even I also looking for cycling buddy who can give company to me for maiden 100 Kms. ride of the year. After several discussion, we both decided to have Countryside bicycle ride on 24th June 2016 (Friday – My weekends for June month is Thursday & Friday). I left Kundu to decide on routes. He is master at preparing routes. Finally, we decided to have ride towards North Bengaluru. Destination was Madhure Kere & Hesaraghatta Lake.
Day in Brief:
We have decided to to Keep Govardhan Theater (Yeshwanthpur) as Meetup point for Bicycle Ride since it is most convenient place for both of us to meetup. Kept meetup time 6:00 AM in the morning. Meetup point was around 11-13 Kms. from my place so started around 5:00 AM after freshen-up very early in the morning. For me it is straight road from my place to Meetup point which goes through Vijayanagar, West of chord road & Iskon Temple. It turned as warm-up ride for me since I was pedaling after long time. After 45 minutes of up and down ride on West of chord road, i reached meetup point around 5:45 AM and waited for Kundu to join me. Finally, Kundu arrived at 6:00 AM on his rockrider. It was our first meetup after 6 months. We last met during Himalayan trek in Uttarakhand since then i haven’t got opportunity to be part of Great Kundu events:)
Started Countryside ride around 6:00 AM and continued on Tumkur road. As we reached Goraguntepalya signal, we took right deviation and moved on Outer ring road to reach Jalahalli cross. Took left deviation at Jalahalli cross and rode on M S Ramaiah road. Weather is amazing one for bicycle ride!!! Reached Gangamma circle and took Hesaraghatta road.
It is countryside ride with cloudy weather and mesmerizing villages!!!
As we reached Kokalu road, we took left deviation and continued pedaling. I already nearing 40 Kms. as we approaching Byata village. Reached Byata village around 8:00 AM and had breakfast. We had Idly, Dosa and Voda for breakfast.
Note: Only 1 hotel available at Byata village.
After much needed break of 30 minutes, Myself and Kundu started around 8:30 AM from Byata village towards Madhure Kere which is nearly 10 Kms. from the place. Reached Madhure Kere around 9:00 AM after crossing small villages Madure and Kodipalya.
Note: One has to take left deviation at Kodiplaya junction to reach Madhure Kere. Madhure Kere was hardly 100 Mtrs. from Kodipalya junction. Madure village comes earlier then Kodipalya.
Madhure Kere: Madhure Kere was large in size and good for Photography enthusiasts too…
We parked our bicycles at Abhaya Anjaneyaswamy Temple near Madhure Kere and relaxed for half an hour.
Meanwhile took plenty of pics too. Place itself natural beauty and good one day destination for cyclists on outskirts of Namma Bengaluru.
Started return journey around 9:30 AM and took same route to return. Decided to explore Hesaraghatta lake while returning.
Reached T. B. Circle (Ivarakandapura) and had second snacks break at junction. Had Rice bath and relaxed for few minutes.
Moved towards Hesaraghatta Lake. After reaching the Lake, explored the place for few minutes. Tried hands on photography too…
Return journey began around 12:00 PM on Hesaraghatta road. Reached IISc campus around 1:15 PM where Kundu studies. I left the place around 1:30 PM and reached my home at Girinagar around 2:30 PM. With this a memorable countryside bicycle ride comes to end.
Cycling distance covered as per Strava: Around 105.4 Kms.
Cycling route map as per Strava:
Terrain: Easy to Moderate. Easy cos it is countryside ride and most of the routes are normal roads. Moderate one cos long distance ride.
Thanks to my adventure buddy Achintya Kundu for joining the ride and making it memorable one 🙂