Monday, May 28, 2012

Gauribidanur-Chikaballapur, two hill passes

  I made up a route on a map, planning to ride it to see if it was suitable to make into a populaire route.
  Karthikeyan joined me and it turned out to be a quite a nice 175km ride.
  The route : from_campus-Doddaballapur-Gauribudanur-Chikabellapur-Nandi-Dodaballapur-and_back


  We started at six am on an empty stomach.
  There is a Nandini milk parlour before yelahanka. I had some flavoured milk here.


  And by 7am, some nice breakfast (poori + 2x idli + vada + tea) at this place, on Doddaballapur road, a few km before Doddaballapur.


  There was of course, some traffic on Doddaballapur road, as expected. But after that, which was the key part of the ride, the loop back to Doddaballapur, had great roads and very sparse traffic! This was a very pleasant surprise making the whole ride worth every pedal stroke.
  The below images have captions, you may read them. The images are also clickable, to be viewed in a bigger size.

Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur

Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. (Photo credit : Karthikeyan)
Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur.

Tourism sign board on the road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. We were trying to make a  note of the places on the right side of this board for planning our next rides :) :)


Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur.
Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. You can see Gunjur lake on the right (it's a small one)
Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur
Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur.

Road from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur.



  There are loads of fresh fruit and vegetable at the large marketplace at Gauribidanur. We had a glass of sugarcane juice there and stocked up on a few bananas.

Road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur

Road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur.

Road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur.



Road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur.

Road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur.

Cows along the road from Gauribidanur to Chikkaballapur.

This is the pass just before Chikaballapur, that we had to cross. This was kind of a steep climb, but short, under about 2km.

After the pass, there is this dam. The Penneru river (on the left) was dry! It is seasonal, and is supposed to be a torrent in season. But now, the dam itself looked like a small pond - not much water here this time of the year, in summer..


Karthikeyan at the dam.


  We had our lunch at Chikkabellapur at 1:15pm and then headed towards Nandi via the road beside Skandagiri hills.

The Nandi peak (I've not confirmed that this is Nandi peak, this is what Karthikeyan said and he's generally good with routes and geographical sense :)) is visible from the pass beside Nandi.
The pass between Nandi and another hill.
The pass between Nandi and another hill.
Top of the pass between Nandi and another hill. A lot of descent follows :)


The road from Nandi to Doddaballapur too is good and has low trafffic.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

I found a paper on peloton dynamics!

www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/FSS/FSS09/paper/viewFile/908/1244
(Self-Organized Coupling Dynamics and Phase Transitions in Bicycle
Pelotons by Hugh Trenchard
Complex Adaptive Systems and the Threshold Effect: Views from the
Natural and Social Sciences:AAAI Fall Symposium)

Of course now we can find a few other papers from the references.