It was bit cold in the night and I had got up middle of night and wear sweater. It had rained whole night and outside was very muddy. I had fairly good sleep at police station and woke up @ 5 AM as usual. Then found that there was no power. The constable on duty was not sure if it was blown fuse or there was no power in the particular line and so back to camp bed for some more time.
I could not do much uploads from Kavalande as signal strength was very weak, that hobli headquarters was not included in 6 lac villages in India this network is supposed to cover. This was repeat atop Dimbam town too from where you can see miles together from this hilltop town but the signal strength is poor.
I left the police station with luggage fully covered and me wearing rain coat at around 7 AM. It was still raining and the tea shops nearby not open yet. The road was not too bad and I reached Nanjangud @ 8 and had breakfast there in a restaurant. It was a welcome change having food in a good hotel after having had to depend on lousy hotels on the way.
The ride to Mysore from there was bit more difficult as reduced power took more of my effort. The road was bad, lot of road humps and heavy traffic and light shower adding its contribution to my misery.
I crossed Mysore without asking for directions as I had spent considerable amount of time there. I took Chamaraja Double road and to Hunsur road via Crawford Hall. Everything seemed familiar but less trees was noticeable. Thought of calling friends but that also meant losing precious daylight hours.
I had consumed about 16 Ah when I passed
While passing by, I was alert about charging possibilities and remembered Shreeharsha whom I had met once ten years back and had a bread factory there. So decided to see if he is around as I was keen on battery charge and also work on computer. He was happy to see me and we had nice time.
First thing I did was putting chargers to work. One of them indicted FULL after maybe 45 minutes or so and I had no reasons to suspect anything as I had came from Kavalande to Nanjangud in Single battery and assumed it is same battery. Much later when I checked the voltage I found it low and reason for FULL indication was loose connection. So I had spend much more time charging this battery alone so that I can reach Holenarasipur, about 80 km away.
There was little point in having charge but not enough daylight to reach the goal and started around 1.45 PM though the battery was not yet full. It started to rain too but I was fully prepared for that. I told Shreeharsha that there is discontinuity in today’s GPS tracks as I did not switch on while leaving Nanjangud and just when I about to leave, he reminded me to switch it on. But in next stop @ K R Nagara I Again forgot to switch on which resulted another discontinuity. Last evening when I transferring the tracks to computer there was low battery indication. Hope to buy another charger in Hassan tomorrow as single pair charger proves insufficient.I could not bring camera out today as it was raining in morning, afternoon and evening. Low illumination results in poor quality photographs. So this photo of him reminding to switch on GPS was sent by him. It also shows even the flag which is still there is not much visible. Second flag flew off couple of days back & only flagpole remains which I hope to remedy the situation tomorrow in Hassan.
I reached K R Nagara @ 3.15 as roads were very good. One good place where power is always available is KPTCL offices and so when I saw their office in the edge of the town, naturally I went inside. The staff there was very nice and carried my trike over the steps into their offices. So was there for an hour topping up my batteries.
There road is good all the way upto Holenarasipur from Yelwala. There are couple of road humps but they not too bad. It is fairly level upto K R Nagara but after that there are couple of hills. Anyway by nightfall I had reached Holenarasipura and one of the lodges had a mini theatre too in first floor. So trike was carried to this mini theatre for safekeeping and my room was in second floor .