Day 2: Sira - Davanagere
We woke up in Sira to newspaper coverage from the previous day. Turns out, the army of media persons and camera men had done their jobs a little too well, and English and regional dailies in Bangalore were splashed with feature stories of four people all set to ride around the country in a tuk-tuk to promote the use of clean energy.
The good people at IB Guest house had helped us with rickshaw charging the first night. Our first stop after breakfast was at the rickshaw stand near IB guest house, interacting with rickshaw drivers queueing up for test-drives.
Breakfast was a sweet surprise too. We got a call from Akash Kamat early, saying we were welcome to eat at Kamat Upachar chain of restaurants along the highway route in Karnataka. They’re well known for their idly vadas and filter coffee, and happen to have outlets right upto Hubbali.
The ride from Sira to Davanagere was scenic, and dotted with wind and solar farms along the way. We visited the infamous Chitradurga Fort, learnt the fabled table of Onake Obavva, and got royally roasted walking around the fort at 45 degrees in the afternoon.
We’re liking the fact that we get to drive during sunset time, amidst landscapes that are changing as we move. We completed the ride around 7pm in Davanagere, met our wonderful host, Aakarsh Shamanur. He helped us set up interactions with locals at Gundi circle, and Ram&Co Circle in Davangere.
We tried Mirchi Bhajji at Gundi Circle and retired for the night at Bapuji Guest House. After a long day, the starlit night and the breezy lawn at the guest house were all we needed to make us feel comfortable and at home.