Ride to Gudibande Fort
Ride to Gudibande Fort, Dt 4th February 2024, Sunday. Distance covered from start point and back 170 km.
There were 25 riders at the start point as follows: Rajesh AR, Ajit, Manjunath, Punit, Mandar, Karate, Dipesh, S Raju, R Raju, Jeet, Vinod, Raghu, Sudhir, Naveen, Rajasekhar, Sanjay, Anil, Ranga, Ramanathan, Babanna, Rahul, Sudershan, Mahadev, Praveen.
Had formed 3 groups of 8/9 riders in each with Lead and Sweep. President Rajesh AR addressed the gathering and explained about today’s route and importance of giving hand signals and following the sequence of each rider in a group.
Requested Ajit to offer the prayer for success and safety of today’s ride. Each group was allowed to leave with a 5 minute interval. One by one each group started the ride. It was light foggy and cold, perfect for the end of the winter season ride. Traffic was not much, our first stop was for breakfast at a distance of 60 km from the starting point, identified by Rtn Sudershan Reddy, a local hero of the Chikkaballapur area. After cruising for an hour all had reached the restaurant Pranav on the highway. All had a good breakfast of Idly/Vada/Dosa/Pongal/Kesari Baath and filter coffee, favourite menu of all the Ifmr’ian. Spent close to one hour here, bonding time.
Today’s breakfast was sponsored by three riders on the happy occasion of getting their new bikes, Naveen, Karate and S Raju, thanks to all three for their large hearted gesture. Close to 9 am, we started for the final leg of the ride to Gudibande Fort, on the way found a huge lake and all stopped for taking a few pictures. Mandar/Dipesh/Raghu/Ajit and Naveen got busy with their photography skills. Reached the fort close to 10 am. All had fresh lime soda and tender coconut water.
Few didn’t want to Trek to the fort and they took permission from President Rajesh to leave for Bangalore and the rest joined him for the Trek to the top. All spent another one and half hours at the top of the fort, took some breath taking pictures and came down close to 12.15 pm. Slowly all decided to leave for Bangalore. All had reached their homes before 2.30 pm. Another great ride came to an end. Thanks to all riders for their participation and special thanks to leads and sweeps for their important roles.