99 Can­nons to Kar­war


The 99 Can­nons Motorcycle Club is an ex­clu­sive Royal Enfield bike club based in Hubli, Kar­nataka. We also have chap­ters in Coim­bat­ore (Tamil Nadu) and Sirsi (Kar­nataka). Our monthly ride last month was planned from Hubli to the coastal town of Kar­war, but it was with a twist in that we would take a route very few peo­ple have ever rid­den on.

The ride got un­der way from Hubli at 8.00 am and we headed out to Yel­la­pur, some 65 km away, for break­fast. We reached Yel­la­pur by 9.00 am and, fol­low­ing a hearty break­fast, were back in the sad­dles of our re­spec­tive Royal Enfield bikes by 10.00 am. We briefed the rid­ers about the road and the kind of ter­rain that lay ahead. The road we were go­ing to take was the Mala­pur-Kaiga road. This road takes one to Kar­war through in­nu­mer­able twisties and is the nar­row­est of roads imag­in­able. One also get a bird’s-eye view of the Kaiga atomic power plant. A word of cau­tion, though: you can­not take a big four-wheeler on this road be­cause some of the curves are so nar­row and the an­gles so sharp that the ve­hi­cle may not be able to turn at all. We hit the twisties with cau­tion and the rid­ers were up to task.

The view of the land­scape around us had be­come even more en­chant­ing on ac­count of the count­less water­falls and streams along the en­tire road. While de­scend­ing we chanced upon a few vil­lagers rid­ing up a huge in­cline on their 100-cc bikes. We im­me­di­ately stopped to try out the same gra­di­ent on our heavy bikes. It was an ar­du­ous task, no doubt, but we even­tu­ally got to the top amid the gig­gles and laugh­ter of the vil­lagers. We then reached the base of the Kaiga atomic power plant; how­ever, since it is a se­cured zone we quickly con­tin­ued rid­ing towards Kar­war.

We had a nice photo ses­sion en route and reached Kar­war by 1.30 pm. We then sped past Kar­war to a nice place for lunch near Ankola. By 3.00 pm, af­ter lunch, we had some rest in true biker fash­ion: ly­ing on the floor of the same ho­tel. We started for Hubli by 4.00 pm af­ter a nice hot cup of gin­ger tea. We reached Hubli by 7.00 pm. We cov­ered 336 km in 12 hours of rid­ing. All the 21 rid­ers to­gether made it a mem­o­rable ride.

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