I could not start very early as Murthy helped me in fixing the safety LEDs in the back of the luggage carrier.
The direct route to Arasikere was extremely bad and Murthy came with me for some distance to show me alternate route. I made good use of opportunity and handed him the drift camera. He took some videos both standing by roadside & also chasing me on his motorcycle. http://is.gd/eGVvT Whenever I upload a video the link in mentioned in twitter but mention may not be in blog pages. I will be uploading videos and GPS tracks whenever possible. Please excuse for poor narration quality.
I was very happy to be back in Kannadanadu and have familiar food. In Tamilnadu most nights I had to be satisfied with Dosai and Chapathi as most hotels do not have meals there during night. Same thing abut scenery, I could not make notes during traveling & the story typed out at the end of the day looks more sort of data entries than travel story.
The route thru Nittur and Harnahally was really enjoyable. The passage was thru villages and riding in narrow road was quite fun. There was many downhill high speed rides today.
I happened to see a cycle shop in Arasikere town & went to buy a horn there. Immediately lot of people gathered and I rushed back to the trike. I casually mentioned I need some charge and one of ther gathered person offered to give it. So my trike was taken inside a cement shop and connected to charger. Meanwhile I had lunch and sent SMS and Twitter update. Udaya TV reporter was present there but I declined to do demo or interview till battery is charged and I had some food. He was not around when both of these was done & I was not disappointed.
After that about 45 km to Birur in a leisurely ride as my hosts of the day were to reach town in late evening. I decided to accept their hospitality as my quota of about 100 km per day will be met and I will be off the trike at usual time, late evening.
Right now I am leaving for Shimoga and on the direction of Hospet. I keep making change in routes cnsidering road conditions inputs I may get. Then will be Bijapur, Sholapur and Ahmednagar within ten days. Shivaram have asked me for posting route beforehand but it is simply difficult to predict as road surface and terrain plays a big role in deciding on route.