Monday, March 18, 2013

SMBR ride - Davanagere Benne Dose (Nelamangala) - 17 March, 2013

The SMBR ride series:

Quoting Sreepathi,
"Just how far will you go to have your breakfast on a Sunday Morning? Literally?
Announcing the Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride (SMBR -- pronounced Sambar).
Pick a spot, not IISc, not where you usually have your Sunday breakfast.
Ride a cycle, preferably in a group. Be back before Lunch (2PM).
Tell us in a ride report (short or long):

1) How many km?
2) Where?
3) How the food was.

This challenge runs every Sunday.
Please note, the distance is not really very important ;)"
My attempt at making an SMBR logo :)
This is a report of my first SMBR ride.
I wanted a short ride so I proposed a ride on the mailing list with the destination being the Davanagere Benne Dose place at Nelamangala. This SMBR ride route had already been ridden a few times before, so this time to add to the fun factor we attempted to explore a marginally different route, which was picked randomly with the general principle of avoiding the highway and preferring the backstreets.
The standard route to the Benne Dose place is also beautiful, but it was well-trodden and this was the reason to explore new backstreets. We ended up getting lost multiple times (which was fun, actually),  passing through nice backstreets alongside villages. Here is the approximate route we took to the breakfast place:

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Our rider group size was microscopic at two riders, Hari D. and myself. We left at about 7am and soon Hari D. had a flat within a couple kilometres on the Nelamangala highway, even before we entered Hesarghatta Road leading to backstreets.

 After fixing the flat, we continued riding on the backstreets, losing our way every now and then :-)

 The phone GPS took so long to lock when we needed it, that I adopted a simpler way to navigate - looking at the shadow, it was morning, and we needed to go west in general, and so we rode choosing roads such that the shadow was in front of us for most of the time. :-) Thus we traveled westward on average.
 We stopped briefly for a pre-breakfast of vada and tea :-) ...
... and continued getting lost on the back roads, enjoying ourselves. (All the while traveling westward, on average).

 Finally we drunk from the holy grail
 at Davanagere Benne Dose, Nelamangala
 and rode back.
 Done. :-)

Distance : About 55km
Start time: 7am
End time: 12:45pm
Food :
(pre-breakfast) : 1x Vada + 1x tea each
(breakfast) 1x benne dose and 2x teas each, 1x benne khali dose,
(post-breakfast) a chunk of water melon + 1x glass of sugarcane juice each,
(hydration and refreshment) 1x tender coconut water each
and plenty of water. (It was hot on the way back!)


  1. must ve bn pretty hot by the time u returned...I luvd ur food part ;)

  2. Yes it was quite hot on the way back. Summer :-(

  3. Excellent writeup Gokul... Can't wait to ride anymore... Please ping me when you come to other side of Bangalore... We ll do the Bagalur ride....

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  5. Hi can you please tell me the exact location of that benne dose hotel