October 21, 2006
Ramakkalmedu, Idukki, Kerala
9 hours, rest accounting for breaks and sightseeing.
My Cousin Manu and Me
346 kms with around 300 kms of hill route. Although my previous biking trip from Bangalore-Wayanad spanned 800 kms, it had very less hill route drive.
74 kmph, while overtaking a Truck in the beautiful
The giant 350CC engine of Thunderbird drank just 7.85 liters of petrol for the 346 kms, giving me a record mileage of 44 kmpl, for a trip that had almost 300 kms of hill route drive. I salute thee, the Legend!
Cramster Stallion Military Camouflage biking bag.
Spare Clutch & Accelerator cables, Spark plug and Fuse for the Thunderbird, Extra Cloths for the riders, 5 litres of Tang, Registration & other essential papers for the bikes, First aid kit, Chocolate bars, Canon Powershot S50 digital camera, Flashlight and Swiss Knife
Kalamassery- Aluva- Perumbavoor- Kothamangalam- Neriamangalam- Karimanal- Cheruthoni- Kattappana- Ramakkalmedu through NH47, NH49 and majority through normal broken roads
Ramakkalmedu- Kattappana- Cheruthoni- Thodupuzha- Muvattupuzha- Perumbavoor- Aluva- Kalamassery through SH33,
Hats off to Kerala State Government for that State Highway 33 from Thodupuzha to Kattappana. Spectacular would be a lesser word about this road – Spotless and Perfect with great road grip. Great curves made very safe with correct bordering of tar and warning signs. Awesome drive.
Ramakkalmedu is a beautiful view spot in Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, giving breathtaking views of Kambamnaadu villages in TamilNadu on one side and the villages around Kattappana in Kerala on the other side. The view and greenery is nothing short of spectacular, and the gushy wind proves that this place is one of most windy places in
Me: Yes, Sir. (Thots: He’s noted it! )
The Gentleman: Hmmm… (looking at the sides, handle etc)
Me: :) (Thots: Seems to be a bike lover. Must be a knowledgeable person)
The Gentleman: My son also has a Thunderbird
Me: Wow! (Thots: So this guy is an expert!)
The Gentleman: He bought it 10 years ago.
Me: Ehhh? (Thots: Oops. That must be a mistake. TB is 2002 release)
The Gentleman: His Thunderbird had right side gears.
Me: Oh ohhh…(Thots: Syntax Error. Only left side gear found. )
The Gentleman: Handle was not curved. It was straight.
Me: Ngeyy?? My Gawd! Ahem..Push slowly sir. (Thots: My god. Bulls horns are straight?)
The Gentleman: How many gears?
Me: 5 (Thots: Now, Whats that question for?)
The Gentleman: Might be a cheaper version. His one had 6
Me: Including neutral! :) (Thots: One must be spare! OR He must have had a bulldozer, sir)
The Gentleman: And he bought it new for 55,000.
Me: What a Deal! (Thots: Next he will say - in spite of being offered a minister post, Karunakaran rejected it!) and I start running towards my bike
The Gentleman (shouting over my shoulder): And my son’s bike engine was……….
Me: Thumppp…Started the bike and escaped!! (Thots: his son’s engine surely was Google Search Engine!)
Not many. Saw a Foreigner driving a brand new Royal Enfield Thunderbird (black/silver) to Kattappana through the SH 33, and he had a ‘naadan’ chap with a ‘lungi’ as his pillion and guide. Then saw couple of ‘real’ bikers with long hair, beard and cup type helmets driving on an old Bullet Standard 350 – the moment they saw the Bird, they started shouting and waving the hands! Was nice to see the long runners!
None, except almost every single person on the road ogling at us and hearing comments like “Nokkedaa!” (“Look there!”). Had a nice time when we overtook a school tour party and the kids started clapping and whistling…
Overall Ride Feel:
Safe, Beautiful and Serene!
Ride Safe, All!