As we approached Arsikéré at dusk, we were pushed off the road into the gravel by a mad oncoming driver and while getting back on to the road at a fair speed, one of the tyres scraped a jagged road edge. Didn't notice the damage till we reached Arsikéré for dinner, a few minutes later. Post dinner, saw that one tyre was flat. My stepney was already a weak tyre with a tube fitted in it and I thought I'll get the current one fixed before I move on. Inflated the tyre and then headed to a roadside puncture shop which had no lights and got two tyres patched (including the one which I had fixed in the morning) using light from a halogen street light. By the time we reached Shimoga, it was well past midnight and all hotels were full. Found a nothing-to-write-about accommodation for the night and then headed to Jog in the morning.
Though I do not have a base in Shimoga to write about it, I can associate to it for the 'vadu maangaa' (tender mango, Maavina Midii in Kannada) pickles that my cousin gets from one of her relatives at Mathoor, the Sanskrit speaking village, which is on the route from Shimoga to Thirthahalli. The mangoes are so crunchy and tasty that I smack my lips just thinking of it. :-D We usually get 2 or 3 jars every year which is apportioned amongst near and dear (with a larger portion for us. :)) This year was a dry one since my cousin couldn't make it to there. We got only one small jar in 2010 (no sharing this time and I flicked the entire jar) and right now, there maybe just one or two mangoes floating in the brine. We were actually discussing if we should call my cousin and ask for her relatives' address and pickup some jars of the same, but decided against it. :-) The other place where we usually look out for 'helluva tasting pickles' is at the Biligiri Rangana Bettaa (B R hills) near Kollegal, in a small eatery on the way to the Ranganathaswamy temple.The pickles from the forest produce like gooseberry, mango, mango-ginger,carrots etc taste just as divine as the beautiful Ranga there.
|The Jog in October-November|
|The Roarer sliding to join the Raja midway|
|Jog - Another view. The steps leading to|
the base of the falls snake far away
|The Raja falling. The rock (top left|
corner) is where the vertigo view is.
|Sunset at the Tagore Beach at Karwar with the sunset mode enabled on the camera|
So calm a beach, so white the sands,
So less a crowd, and the feet washed grand;
So lovely the skies, so green the hills,
So fine a place, the heart has had its fill.
|Entering Karwar (from Goa side)|
The Kali river bridge beckons
|River Kali's sangama(m) with the Arabian Sea|
|Naval Warship Museum|
|The Sharavathi backwaters from the Linganamakki|
Till Gokarna, it was fine. Stopped there to have lunch and to our dismay, found that the flat tyre that had been fixed at the hotel in the morning had conked. Did another tyre replacement with the reinforced tyre (fitted with a tube at Karwar) in the hot sun, with a river of sweat flowing. It was quick! 10 minutes and a wheel swapped. That was fast! Experience does matter :-)
|Sandelicious - Devbagh beach|
|A waterfall en route, nameless|
The rain followed us (or rather we were in the middle of it) for almost 120 kms all the way through Tumkur and till the outskirts of Bengaluru. Reached home at around 1:00 AM, safe and with no more tyre incidents. Señora's scorching glares thereafter, whenever I went near the car made me scoot to a tyre dealer and change all 5 tyres on the car, spending a fortune. Do not go near the tyres again, failing which the consequences shall be dire!, the lady spaketh thus, and the man humbly followeth. :-) After all this tyre flipping, I think I can add a new skill into my work profile, that of a qualified 4 wheeler tyre changer/fitter. :-)
The vertigo video. Lowered the quality of the video, but nevertheless
And thus ended a longgg trip. Have to do a specific "Karwar and surroundings" trip, for that place is beautifully beautiful. Makes me wish Bengaluru should have had a beach close by to make it complete! Sigh! I close by quoting Tagore on Karwar. "The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realize the beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination, but reflects the joy of the infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves into it."