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Old 18th April 2010, 06:59   #601
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Nice to see the whole family on the wild road !
Mom, dad, kids and Shakeela !

Nice photos ! As you say, in spite of Monsoons, it does not look that green.
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what an epic smartcat , I am your fan!! you made me to think twice about my perception that " I am the most freaked traveler around... " But you are an extreme case!! And now I am setting up a new target of clocking more then 100 thousand kms on highway ;-)
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Aha. Was waiting for the snap of a snake. Good one there. I love snakes.
Dude, you are a bit weird!

"I love Gobi Manchurian" is OK.
"I love dogs" is OK.

"I love snakes" is not OK! Do you speak ParselTongue like Harry Potter?

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As you say, in spite of Monsoons, it does not look that green.
Your scenary pics actually look better. Which month was that?

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you made me to think twice about my perception that " I am the most freaked traveler around... " But you are an extreme case!!
By that definition, hvkumar is about 10 times crazier than me - he has done 10,00,000 (6 zeroes) on Indian highways and documented most of it.
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I did this Rail Trek/Walk last year and it was nice fun. With full fledged train traffic running now, we should be prepared for another sort of adventure meaning a Train coming at you when you are on one of those bridges!!

We got caught in 2 tunnels when a train came hurtling... jumped to the sides.. awesome experience..
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KRRaj, are you serious? That is both illegal (tresspassing on railway property, endagering lives of passengers on the train etc etc) and suicidal. I guess I need to send our resident "mommy" Binny to your house to give you a nice big lecture.

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We got caught in 2 tunnels when a train came hurtling...
Now we know how we got the idiom - "If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it could be the headlights of the oncoming train".
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Old 18th April 2010, 14:15   #606
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Now its discouraged on those treks.
You can avoid the train through the tunnel, but bridges ?

Smarcat, I dont remember which was the month when we did that trek.

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Dude, you are a bit weird!
The below pics would explain.
The bigger the better. But my dream is to wield a cobra like this someday. I've touched them though.
100,000 kms on Indian Highways, 6 treks & a Couple of Flights-p1010522.jpg

Here's a pet. It's called Snappy. Small it is, but can bite off your palm.
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Man MX, forget holding the slimy one !
I had trouble watching the snap itself !
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Here's a pet. It's called Snappy. Small it is, but can bite off your palm.
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Really sad to see these reptiles kept as pets. I love reptiles too, but I would prefer seeing them where they should be.

Whoever's pet it is, please advice him/her to be careful of reptile savers. There is heavy fine for keeping reptiles as pets, including Jail.
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The bigger the better. But my dream is to wield a cobra like this someday. I've touched them though.
Oh, you can just come down to my place then. The area where we are staying in Bangalore is called "Nagarabhavi" (roughly means Cobra's Well). Snake and mongoose sightings - even inside our compound wall - are common. Do a Google search for "Nagarabhavi Snake". Our cat had even killed a small snake and got its dead body to us to show off.

I have never seen a cobra though. The ones that come to our compound have a brownish skin and hardly 6 feet long.

One year back, when I had parked the Optra outside our compound, a snake apparently went into the bonnet - that's what a few bystanders said. Street dogs had surrounded the car and were barking furiously. We called up a snake catching volunteer's phone number (he is a software engineer by profession) and he came over to our place. First, we shooed away the dogs and then I got into the driver's seat (seriously scary this one, can the snake get into the cabin from the engine bay?). I started the engine and moved the car slowly to the centre of the road. The volunteer then opened the bonnet slowly.

Guess what we found inside the engine bay? Our 3 month old kitten

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Really sad to see these reptiles kept as pets. I love reptiles too, but I would prefer seeing them where they should be. Whoever's pet it is, please advice him/her to be careful of reptile savers. There is heavy fine for keeping reptiles as pets, including Jail.
This looks more like a private zoo in USA or Australia (look at the gori and her uniform).
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The story about Yedakumeri goes that when the meter guage train used to run, a guy with food would run from the base of the hill to the station and that would be sold in seconds. The next round was only after five six hours.

I dont know how true is this? But was a part of major trekking folk lore.

Cat, Pramod,

Did you ever come across this story? May be we can validate this with the current BG version of trains running.
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Its Just Awesome ! Great photos !
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The story about Yedakumeri goes that when the meter guage train used to run, a guy with food would run from the base of the hill to the station and that would be sold in seconds. The next round was only after five six hours. I dont know how true is this? But was a part of major trekking folk lore.

Cat, Pramod, Did you ever come across this story? May be we can validate this with the current BG version of trains running.
Never heard this "treklore", but could be true. The only way to get to Yedakumeri is from the National Highway which is a 6 or 7 km vertical trek. There are no villages closeby either. Makes you wonder why the authorities built a railway station in the middle of nowhere.

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Its Just Awesome ! Great photos !
Thanks Neo. How is Morpheus doing?
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Thanks Neo. How is Morpheus doing?
Hey cat who is smart, i think you are becoming more predictable now
i had imagined that you would ask this question

, anyways, a good question, let us see what neo has to say.
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Never heard this "treklore", but could be true. The only way to get to Yedakumeri is from the National Highway which is a 6 or 7 km vertical trek. There are no villages closeby either. Makes you wonder why the authorities built a railway station in the middle of nowhere.
Hey, some light on thus:

There are a number of villages on the other side of the hills. Not towards NH48 though.
From Yedakumeri Station, you have a route uphill, which leads you to villages on the Saleshpur - Somwarpet road (ShukruvaaraSanthe, ShaniwaaraSanthe road). This trek was around 2.5 Hrs uphill. So, i am sure, a local person can do this downhill with idli-vada on his head, in a hour.
I had done my trek in 2003, when i was in 6th semester Engineering.

Smartcat -- I am tempted to post some of my trek snaps here. Kindly permit me to do so
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