Pindari Glacier – Himalayan trek – Day 1

Statistics:

Total distance trekked: ~100KM

Number of trekking days: 7 + 2 days travel

Temperature difference: 45 Deg C (in Delhi) to 0 Deg C near Pindari Glacier

Max Altitude: 3350mts (10990 Ft)

Spotted Wildlife: Bear, Sparrows, Cuckoo bird, Mountain deer, Chameleons etc.

We (group of 7) head out on a new adventure to the Himalayas (Pindari Glacier) Trek. Our journey began by flying from Bangalore to Delhi.

>> Posing at the Bangalore airport! Rakesh, Roopa & I. 

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>>Roopa clicked a nice shot of the Bangalore sparrow found mostly at the airport!
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Excited bunch after reaching Delhi, we took the best mode of transport – The Metro!

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Found the metro to be very clean and tidy.

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45 Deg C of Delhi was not easy to handle. We finally reached one of the busiest railway station of Delhi

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>> People standing in endless Queue to buy tickets
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We reached a place called “Kathgodam” by evening where we relaxed.

All Pics of Day 1 journey – Click here!

Trip to Bahrain

IMG_4794At Doha AirportIn Bahrain - Traveling in TaxiIMG_4682IMG_4683IMG_4700
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Trip to Bahrain, a set on Flickr.

A short trip to Bahrain. Started on Tuesday and Back on Friday.

Very different experience compared to Dubai. Currency being so strong makes a big difference in shopping. We tend to buy more as everything looks cheap before you covert! 😀

Interestingly, Bahrain is a very relaxed place and looks like a party place. Place where we stayed had 2 discos in it. People party till 6:30AM, which was very different from other countries.

Did see a few drunk people on the street, which is never heard of from the middle east.

Highlight of the place – World trade center with windmills, Clear sea water & the awesome hotel room with a view! 😀

 

5 Different time zones!

In the last 15 days I have been to 5 different time zones.

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My Journey started with going to Austin. I had a small presentation to do with one of the hitech companies there. It was my first time to Austin and I was amazed by the number of companies and the number of flyovers going all around. No wonder it is called the second silicon valley in the US.

By the time I could get used to the time difference of Bangalore and Austin, I hopped on to a plane to visit my sister and broter-inlaw in California. It was a red eye flight with a stop over at LA.

California always excites me for the bike lanes. So the first thing I do when I land there is to take out my bro-in-law’s bike and head out! Never ever have I seen dedicated bike lanes and also exits for bike lanes to goto work. California is truly a bike friendly city and a road bikers paradise.

The next two days we relaxed in the bay area roaming around in the car and playing a lot on Xbox kinect.

We visited the golden gate park and rented a few bikes there. It is a very nice park and I must say is a great place for runners. Not the best place for bikers, but we enjoyed going around the place. Beach was right across with wind surfers all around.

 

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102 Miles on a mountain bike!

Dated: Feb 2nd 2011

This one is a back dated post, I wanted to write down my experience doing my long distance cycling in a single day!

Summary:

Distance:102.46 mi (163 KM)

Total Time taken: 7 Hours, 21 Min

Avg Speed:13.9 mph

Calories burnt: 5,127 C

I started this journey early in the morning to avoid too much traffic and sunlight. Packed 5 Liters of water, some food for the journey and some energy bars.

Headed out towards the bangalore mysore road. Coincidentally when I hit the Bangalore mysore road I saw a few more fellow cyclist as well. All these guys were on a Road bike doing the Bangalore Brevet cycling event. Below photo is taken by them:

What I realized that day was how inefficient these mountain bike tires are when it comes to long distance cycling. My journey till Mandya was fairly easy as most parts of the road was a down hill. It was quite challenging when I was coming back. Took a lot of breaks and finally made it.

The weirdest feeling was after I reached home and having burnt around 5000 calories… my body felt the need to eat a lot. Not matter how much I ate it wouldn’t satisfy me. My stomach would feel full, but my body needed more! It is a very different feeling!

Overall, it felt great to have done this distance! I’m looking forward to do something like this this year as well!

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Self supported 4 days cycling tour – Coorg

Team: Shree Kumar, Deepak Malani & Me.

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28th of February 2011

Total distance: 239KM

This has been one of my best adventure so far! On the road for 4 days… camping wherever you can!

Here is the path and the gradient information. Yes! we did a LOT of climbing with good downhills!

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Day 1: Golden temple of Coorg and Backwaters of harangi dam

Before starting our journey we visited the golden temple of Coorg.

After this we reached Shree’s uncle’s place and started our biking journey. I was quite excited as it was the first time I was set out to do something like this. Now no turning back, 4 days on the road.

Our first day was completely on the back waters of Harangi dam. It was such breathtaking experience!

We cycled through some rough terrains. It was not about covering distance, but enjoying the view around us. No man-made things around us, just nature for as long as we went.

Here is a small video of the place:

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My first animation

I recently came across this new site called GoAnimate. Found it very interesting and easy to use to create animations. Here is my first animation that I did to explain Track Every Coin. Do let me know your feedback about it! 🙂 Any new scripts that you would suggest that I should try out 😉 You can download the audio from skull mp3.

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