After completing the Athirapally - Valparai trip, we went to in-laws home and this is how the conversation went with BIL (on 29th Dec) before dinner
BIL : How was the travel?
Me : As usual, enjoyed
BIL : Covered as planned?
Me : Yes, but not as expected
BIL : Why?
Me : Almost all water bodies were dry
BIL : Monsoon failed this year
Me : and climate wasn't chilling as expected
BIL : Even at Valparai?
Me : Valparai was better, but not at it's best
BIL : (disappointed)
Me : So, what's your plan for New Year?
BIL : Riding to Kodaikanal with friends
Me : Going by?
BIL : 1 car and 1 bike
Me : When?
BIL : Leaving by 31st early morning and return by 1st evening, are you joining?
Me : Nope, I have other commitments fixed already. Do you have any plans tomorrow (30th Dec)?
BIL : No
Me : How about a drive to Ooty?
BIL : Ok, 1 car or 2 cars (thinking I'm asking for a family trip)
Me : 1 bike
Me : Yes, only we both or you may call your friends for company but strictly no car this time. I prepared my mind for a 2 wheeler ride.
BIL : (calls couple of his friends and confirmed both were joining)
After dinner we sat again to plan our trip.
BIL : So, where are we going?
Me : Ooty is fixed, rest is upto you
BIL : We covered almost all usual places, this time we must see something new
Me : New? Are you OK with 'just a scenic ride' rather than sight seeing?
BIL : Why not? Lets take Anaikatti route to reach Avalanche and return
Me : That's a good one, but let's take our regular route (coonoor and kothagiri) to see how the roads are now and let's plan for another drive with family in couple of months.
BIL : Ok, so what's the final plan
Me : Reach avalanche via Coonoor, return via Kothagiri
This was our plan
And we decided this is going to be a trip to enjoy the scenic ride and understand the current road condition in and around Ooty, nothing more.