Morning went to sunrise viewpoint within Vivekananda Kendra campus and waited for half hour. There was no sunrise view as sky was full of clouds. Came back & packed my things on the trike. Went to canteen only to be told to come back after ten minutes. So again went back to work on organizing the things on trike. Finally left at around 8 AM.
The link road to NH 7 from Kanyakumari was more or less like our roads in Karnataka. Once it connected to NH 7 the picture completely changes. Four lanes wide roads with service roads wherever required. The scenery was great with lot of windmills all around, most of them producing electricity. I got down from trike to take photo assuming this was unique but latter found myself admist hundreds of windmills.
Around 1130 I had planned to take midday break. Then I noticed the drop of power. All the time I was only observing Ah consumed but did not pay attention to Battery voltage. I was shocked to find that had dropped to 32 V which I presume is critical and it happened near Nangunery. So went near a hotel nearby and asked for some power, I had assumed I did not charge the battery properly previous day and so it was exhausted by 14 Ah instead of expected 20 Ah.
Then A L Siva who owned that hotel Vasantha Bhavana and speaks passable English offered to help. The first plug point we went near had reversed polarity. Then parked the trike near juice center right in front of hotel and took connection form there. After a while I went to check the charging & found chargers were bit hot and switched them off. Then checked the battery voltage. One of them showed 37 V and other did not show any. Then I found the connecting plug had become loose while zooming in national highway & had lost contact. So only one battery was contributing power. This made me happy as that meant charger is okay.
After a heavy meal over there @ Vasantha Bhavana I started around 145 PM. I paid only for my meal and Siva did not accept money for charge. I agreed to send him the photo but the email ID he gave was defective. The sky was bit cloudy and I made good progress. Today power usage contributed by both battery and me was rather high as there was heavy headwinds and crosswinds. Around 330 PM I dozed a bit but 6 lane highway had little traffic at the moment.
A notable factor in today’s ride was lot of vehicles stopping after crossing me & follow me for a while after I cross them. It happened quite a lot of times but they never made attempt to talk to me. After Nunganeri there was sort of flyovers that consumed more of my energy.
Around 515 PM I found the power consumption was about 29 Ah with little safety margin. So I felt it is better to stay in Kayattar if lodge is available. This is just few rooms for hire and not really a hotel. Patrner keeps a motorcycle workshop in the front side. First they did not permit bringing the trike to the room but later agreed. About one hour later there was heavy rain and there was fair chance I would have get caught in downpour if I had continued to the next town.
I have done 115 km today but the GPS failed to track the route. Hope I can set it right tomorrow but I don’t have GPS manual here with me. I was mostly pedaling @ 24 kmph but ultimately moving average was 21.4 km in 5 hours and 24 minutes. Power consumption was 29 Ah with 1112 Wh. So my midday charge contribution was about 9 Ah we can assume as my capacity is 20 Ah.
I keep making small mistakes. Yesterday I was under impression that drift camera was in video mode but it was still in still photo mode set on the previous day @ Vivekananda rock memorial in Kanyakumari. So some good footage opportunity is lost. The language and content of the blog too is suffering and I have to compromise my standards here little bit. I will be updating my whereabouts in twitter at least twice a day but this story may be delayed.. I will try not to allow this to pile up.
I was not really lazing in kanyakumari for one full day. I was busy with the groundwork for the trip which I expect to be more or less nonstop. Everyday I will be traveling couple of kilometers and targeting a average of 100 km per day. Evening I paid a visit to Vivekakanda rock memorial.
My computer stopped recognizing the GPS and I did not really know what to do. Kumar’s, Shree and Anil gave good googletalk support & I was able to download the required software and install thereby solving the problem. GPS settings still have to be changed as it is not taking tracks though all trip data is available.
Vivekananda Kendra campus is really nice & quite that I could work very well with my preparations. So this place provided me good jumpboard for me to leap into the trip.
Leaving for todays ride within 30 minutes. Bye