I cannot enter data sometimes as I take readings later or the batteries getting charge when I am free to read data.
Confident of climbing I started from Bannari @ 9 and slowly the had the taste of the ghat section. There are 27 hairpin bends which are well designed and was easy negotiate. Some of the strait parts were really steep. I wanted to stop to enjoy and take photographs, but not wanting to loose the momentum did not stop. Today there was no knee pain but extra effort put was noticeable to thighs which was silent so far.
The road and scenery was spectacular. The road surface is very good and I had a good idea of climbing ghat section by climbing Shiradi and that was very useful. I had to be lookout for vehicles coming downhill fast and the one in behind did not pose much threat as they approach us slowly. The ghat road is very simlar to Agumbe ghat.
I was able to reach the Dimbam town @ the top of the ghat @ 10.30 AM and there happened to meet Raju who was a caretaker for a bunglow & hails from Karnataka. He agreed to provide some power & the reverse phase was found in first plug here too. He said it was recent addition to the wiring and there was another plug nearby that was okayed by my power strip. By that time I went around to take photographs but did not take as it was not bright enough to my satisfaction.
Started from Dimbam around 115 and crossed into Karnataka by 1.50 PM. The downhill ride was thrilling and was very fast, few times crossing 40 kmph. The road was tolerably good upto Chamarajnagar and after that is typical Karnataka road and lot of repair work going on. This reduced my reach considerably and after 4.30 PM there was rain.
While waiting for rain to cease in a roadside repair shop after covering the trike with plastic, I asked about charging possibility only to be told there was power cut till 7 PM and they also mentioned that there is a substation nearby. There I collected some power for half hour from substation and also a complimentary tea. I also explored the staying possibilities with them and they said Kavalande is 10 km ahead and has some possibilities but no lodge.
So when I reached Kavalande wet from about 20 minutes rain my first on my list was police station as security for trike was very important. They agreed to allow me stay here and now I am typing this their record room and tonite will be spent here. I am also provided some ghee rice plus bananas plus of course, power for my batteries, trike, note book computer, camera and GPS batteries.
Total km done today was little less than 100 and reaching Nanjangud meant meeting my target. Heavy rains and nightfall prevented me from going ahead. It looks like bad roads, lot of road humps and power cut will reduce my trike riding considerably which will be known in next few days.
The stay in police station was nice & I had record room all for myself. So opened my bags & spread out my things all over the floor. The mat that I carried was a good bed & I had tolerably good sleep. There was power cut after 11 PM as warned by Sub Inspector there but by then my trike battery was fully charged.