April 02, 2003 GMT
The Way To Goa

02.04.03
After 2 days in Kodaikanal I went to Munnar ( State Kerla ) what is surrounded be teafields as far as you can see, beautiful roads, new tarmac and corner after corner, the only downside is that you have to share is with lots of trucks and buses so the use of the horn was quite exessive again. And the other thing was that the street was closed from 9.00-16.30 because parts of a mountain where blown away to make the road wider so when I arrived the whole area was coverd in white dust like flouer and with everyone driving again a kind of white fog was in the air plus the sun going down it looked quite magic. Munnar was not very imperessive so I carried on yhe next day to Coonoor, the next town is called believe it or not Wellington. The landscape again very impressive from the green mountains to the dry and hot plains. But also this road had some problems or more a bridge that was collapsed so the crossing was via a footpath. In Coonoor I stayed 2 days in a Guesthouse overviewing the town.

Two days ago the left forkseal started leaking no wonder with this roads, so after some E-mails I hope my friend James in Wellington will send the part and I can fix it in Goa where I have already a addresse from a Enfield garage.

From Coonoor it was not far to Mudumalai Park where lots of wild elefant live aswell as tigers but when I arrived the park was closed due to the dry season but managed to find a lokal guide for trecking tours around the park so we went the next day for 4 hours arround but didn`t saw any elefants or tigers, a lot of spotted deer and other smal animals. After some more coffee ( I get used to this stuff ) Hassan was the next place to go what took the rest of the day because of bad streets so only 1st + 2nd gear for 80 km. I started to get worried that the bike will fall into pieces and it was the 3rd day in a row that I lost me waterbottle. From Hassan to the coast Mangalore was a easy trip and the town Malpe further north was a great place to stay, hut on the beach and noone there.

At the moment I stay in Gokaran a Hindu Pilgrim Centre with lots of temples and small streets. The Hotel is close to the beach and it`s a great place to relax for a couple of days so I will stay a bit longer.

Nach 2 Tagen in Kodaikanal gings nach Munnar ( State Kerla ) was umgeben von Teeplantagen ist soweit man sehen kann, super Strassen, neuer Strassenbelag und eine Kurve folgt der naechsten, der einzige Nachteil ist man muss das mit vielen vielen Trucks und Bussen teilen so war der gebrauch der Hupe wieder mal staendig angesagt. Und das andere war das die Strasse von 9.00-16.30 gesperrt war weil teile eines Berges weggesprengt wurden und diese kleine Strasse zu verbreitern. Als ich ankam war alles mit einem weissen Staub belegt wie Mehl und weil alles wieder fuhr war die ganze Gegend mit einem weissem Nebel belegt was bei der untergehenden Sonne schon magic aussah. Munnar war irgendwie nichts besonderes somit ging es am naechsten Tag weiter nach Coonoor dessen Nachbarstadt, man glaube es oder nicht Wellington heist. Die Landschaft wieder mal sehr beeindruckend, von den gruenen Bergen zu den trockenen, heissen plains. Aber auch diese Strasse hatte einen Nachteil oder zumindest eine Bruecke die naemlich eingestuertzt war somit musste ich den Fluss ueber eine kleine Fussgaengerbruecke ueberqueren. In Coonoor blieb ich 2 Tage in einem Gaestehause ueber der Stadt.

Vor 2 Tage fing dann die linke Gabeldichtung an zu siffen, kein wunder bei diesen Strassen !, aber nach einer E-mail zu meinen guten Freund James in Wellington sollte das Teil nun per Post unterwegs nach Goa sein wo ich schon eine Enfield Werkstatt habe um die sache zu reparieren.

Von Coonoor war es nicht weit zum Mudumalai Park wo es viele Elefanten und Tiger geben sollte aber als ich ankam stellte sich heraus das alles geschlossen ist wegen der Trockenzeit. Es war kein problem einen lokal zu finden mit dem ich am naechsten Tag 4 Stunden zu Fuss durch den Park lief aber weder Elefanten Noch Tiger gesehen habe dafuer sowas wie Rehe und anderes Kleintier und einen super Sonnenaufgang. Nach einigen Kaffee ( ich gewoehne nich solangsam an das Zeug hier ) gings weiter nach Hassan ueber die schlechteste Strasse die ich bisher gesehen habe, nur erster und zweiter Gang fuer 80 Km. Nach einiger Zeit fing ich mir echt an gedanken zu machen ob das Moppet in Einzelteile bricht und meine Gabel war auch nicht sehr beeindruckt und es war der 3te Tage in folge das ich meine Wasserflasch verlor. Von Hassan dan zur Kueste nach Mangalore war easy und weiter nach norden wo ich in Malpe uebernachtete, in einem eigenen Haus direkt am Meer.

Im Moment bin ich in Gokaran einer Hindu Pilger Staette mit vielen Tempeln und superkleinen Gassen. Der Platz wo ich uebernachte ist wieder gleich am Meer, ein guter Platz um zu relaxen somit werde ich einige tage bleiben.

Posted by Andre Lomme at April 02, 2003 07:44 AM GMT
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