Thursday, December 16, 2004

All Set...

I got my cycle serviced and most nuts checked. Front and back tyres, tubes are also replaced. I asked my cycle mechanics Lalu and Akram to thoroughly check everything and am quite satisfied with how everything has turned out. I had a short(!) test ride today. Hope I get a zero percent downtime due to the cycle. This time I have decided not to carry a puncture kit - it hasn't turned out to be useful in most of my previous trips. If something happens, let it happen!
I've made a shortlist of things which I will be taking with me in my bag. It always helps for the last minute cross-check!
I will carry two bags - one on my back and one will sit on the cycle carriage.
The bag on my back will contain my digital camera - a Fuji FinePix S5000, a 3.2 MP camera, SLRish looks with 10x Optical Zoom -- good enough! Also in the bag will be a small diary for noting down place, time, odometer reading.

The bag that sits on the carriage will have (it will be fastened using an elastic cord):
  1. Clothes - 3 pairs for cycling, 1 pair for sight-seeing, and any spares!
  2. Dailty use items - sunscreen(getting sun-burnt is not an option), soap, brush, toothpaste, towel, panche(dhoti), socks, underwear ...
  3. Electronics - Camera charger + accessories, Mobile charger, CD with software for camera and other utils
  4. Stationery - Pen, Travel Diary (yes!), Lonely Planet Map, Survey of India Map(maybe)
  5. Cycle Headlight
  6. Return ticket from Kolkata!
  7. Cash - an unspecified amount ;)
  8. Hawaii Chappal
  9. Spare plastic covers

I will be carrying my HSBC debit card which I works in most ATMs (except SBI :().

I will reach Majestic (Kempegowda Bus Stand) at around 10:30 PM. Getting a bus to Chennai should be a breeze. Ravi has planned a send off for me - I am really looking forward to what they will do!

The route for the journey is tenetatively: Chennai - Nellore - Guntur - Vijaywada - Rajahmundry - Vishakapatnam - Chlika Lake - Puri - Konark - Bhabaneshwar - Cuttack -- after this I have not decided how I will reach Kolkata!

The important tourist places identified are: Amaravati, Vijayawada, Kolleru Lake, Vishakapatnam, Chilika Lake, Puri, Konark, Gopalpur(?), places near Kolkata - preferrence to Sunderbans...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Srikumar,

You are realy an amazing guy!. Good Luck for your trip.

Best Regards
Dharanendra Rai(

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shree, U r simply great... Njoying every part of the life.. Right from the college days i have seen u njoying studies, Tech. related stuffs and now u r into Adventures... All the best.

Ragavendra BC

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best. Bring Bengali Sweets.

6:37 PM  
Blogger sHs said...

All the best shree


8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ShreeKumar,

Great to see you take up another cycle adventure!! Have lots of fun and enjoy!!!

Take Care,

9:50 PM  
Blogger Pradeep said...

Guru this is fabulous. BTW this is Pradeep (BSP). Nice to see a blog from you. Glad to see chilka lake on ur itenary. This might not be the season for the olive ridley turtles ( one of the most endangered turtles in the world) but u may see some. Have fun on the trip and do post some snaps if possible.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Vinod Narippatta said...

hey man...
hope u had a good strart... how often do u think u can update us on ur "rally"...
anyway good luck and take care...

3:52 PM  
Blogger Sumanth said...



5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best Shree. Hope you enjoy every moment of your travel. Keep calling us if you need some assistance.

Vijay Sai

6:24 PM  

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