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Old 19th April 2010, 16:55   #631
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Well, we went in March 2009. hmm, surprising. The Station Master at yedukamari was just my age, max 30 yrs old. Maybe he got transferred.

There were some track work going on and the " mestri " specially cooked rice and rasam for us and gave it our group. Very tasty as well
Oh yeah, I remember the guy who gave us the stove telling us that this station master was new and nobody liked him. Probably he was a strict guy and these workers were not used to it.
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So, can we expect dudhsagar falls in the 100K + version of your travelouge
Hmm. We'll see!

YEDAKUMERI RAILWAY TRACK TREKKING TRIP (CONCLUDING PART):

Pic 1, 2 & 3: We got into some of the buildings and checked out some ancient rusting railway signalling equipment.

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Pic 4: We initially thought about spending the night inside the buildings, and not bother setting up the tent. But this somewhat discouraged us, and we dropped the idea.

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Pic 5: Sachin had made a bet that the old rusty rickety structure could easily take his weight without collapsing.

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Pic 6 & 7: We had breakfast, went further ahead on the track to a waterfall to fill up our bottles and take a refreshing cold water bath.

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Pic 8: The trek down to the National Highway from Yedakumeri is a steep almost vertical trek through a forest. Really, had no opportunities to take photos - all my limbs (including my tail) were fully utilized for the task . Our resting place half-way through the trek -

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Pic 9: Soon, we started hearing sounds of vehicles moving on the highway. But to get to the highway, we had to cross a 100 feet wide river, with water depths ranging 4 to 6 feet. A couple of truckers were washing their gaadis on the other side - they came to us with some ropes. Holding the rope and sometimes holding hands, we all crossed the river one by one.

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Finally, got into an overloaded truck that took us to Sakleshpur. The 28 km journey from NH to Sakleshpur took 3 hours
We boarded a "red bus" from Sakleshpur to Bangalore. That red bus with 90 degree backrests and legroom suited for dwarfs actually felt quite comfy after our trek.
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The train used to stop at Yedakumari station (for a passing, IIRC) for a few minutes and there was a canteen which used to serve yummy dosas. It would definitely be sold out in seconds. I still remember the crowd of people waiting for dosas.
Addy very-very nice. WDM sure looks majestic! Now that you mentioned, I remember. They were dosas !!!!

Cat your tail wags nice as always !

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Coming up next, pics of a short 3 hour trip to The Pyramid we did last weekend. This 100 ft tall pyramid shaped (um, obviously) structure is hardly 30 Km from Bangalore. A sneak preview -

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Check how tiny the two cleaning guys at the top of the structure look.
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So the trips are on. that's good news.
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Coming up next, pics of a short 3 hour trip to [b]The Pyramid.
Looks like the one in XLRI-Jamshedpur Campus. Bigger though.
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So the trips are on. that's good news.
We're allowed to go only on non-potholed roads (which is a rarity around Bangalore). So we are weighing all our options

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Looks like the one in XLRI-Jamshedpur Campus. Bigger though.
We are strangely fascinated by these space inefficient Pyramids - even Infosys campus in Electronics City has a glass/steel pyramid building.
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As always fantastic pics and nice one liners too
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We are strangely fascinated by these space inefficient Pyramids - even Infosys campus in Electronics City has a glass/steel pyramid building.
I hope you are talking abt " The pyramid spritual trust" the one at Harohalli, Kanakpura Road ??
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Not sure about the Harohalli part, but yes, it is definitely on Kanakapura Road

THE PYRAMID TRIP PICS:

Pic 1: Since I was driving, I handed over the camera to my wife and asked her to take pics on the way. But she prefers sitting in the passenger seat looking at the scenary and talking, rather than do "work". Then I told her how well chevy_lover's wife takes photos, and that her photography skills are appreciated by all on team-bhp. Reluctantly, she took the camera and started clicking. Her first few pics were not that impressive -

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Pic 2 & 3: But soon, she got the hang of the fat unwieldy camera. We are on the NICE road now, on the way to Kanakapura Road. For those outside Bangalore, NICE road is a access controlled "Ring Road". Strangely, this ring road is C-shaped - that is, it covers only half of Bangalore. We like to call it the "C-section".

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Pic 4: We got off the NICE road, and took a right turn to the Kanakapura Road. There are numerous water bodies like this one on the way.

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Pic 5: We drove on the Kanakapura road for approximately 18 kms, when we saw a board pointing left "Pyramid Valley - 2 Km". First impression of the Pyramid is good - the structure looks massive.

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Pic 7,8 & 9: Sky photos at the Pyramid Valley (not sure why its called a "valley" though - by no stretch of imagination it looked like a valley).

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Pic 10: User review of the public toilet at the Pyramid Valley -
"Eeeyuck! It Stinks!!"

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Be careful with public toilets during this phase.
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Not sure about the Harohalli part, but yes, it is definitely on Kanakapura Road
Kanakpura Road - non-potholed: when this did miracle happen?
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Kanakpura Road - non-potholed: when this did miracle happen?
It was till Kanakpura, which was OK (NICE road). Then onwards its all familiar territory !
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From NICE road to the Pyramid, the road is a bit rumbly (broken roads) but there are no potholes are such.

Anyway, my car is equipped with a Infrared Pothole Detector that screams "Gundi! Gundi!" (Pothole!Pothole!) whenever it detects potholes on the road.
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Pics img_2384, img_2385, img_2390 are simply superb; started going through your travelogue once again
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Pics img_2384, img_2385, img_2390 are simply superb; started going through your travelogue once again
Phew! That's a relief! And I promise not to post any wedding or trekking pics for atleast 2 more weeks.

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