Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ride to Elliot’s Beach in Wheelchair

Last month I went to Elliot’s Beach couple of times in my new powered wheelchair right from the home. First time I was accompanied by my uncle and cousin and later with my uncle, it feels wonderful taking advantage of the powered wheelchair with more power than the older and riding all the way to the beach on my own. Though I was accompanied by my uncle, there’s so much difference in the way watching the beach (or visiting any other place) from the cabin of a car and wind boring open landscape.

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It’s been long time I took on the promenade of Elliot’s Beach and moving on the pavement in tiles was caressing taking along the cool breeze from the Bay of Bengal. I went there in the evening between 4 and 6 to keep away from the road traffic and rather going on main roads I take some narrow streets to reach 4th and 5th avenues and move into the promenade near Urur Olcott Kuppam. Only from that side one could climb into the promenade where it slides to road surface. It’s really disappointing to see there’s no ramp facility to climb that one step that separates the road and pavement.

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Other day we went earlier and the sun wasn’t settled down and sharply hitting the forehead, so we halted near the police booth where the sun was blocked by the KFC restaurant on the opposite side. There I find a silver fence or rail making a neat presence along the small space of green devote to the beautification of beach, but except the bougainvillea in red and white all are withered. But what really bothered or make me feel disgust was the stray dogs that were lying here and there (you could see one lying on the sand in the above image) and causing menace to the public visiting the beach. I won’t have minded if they were looking good but they were all lookalike expose to some severe skin disease and infectious.

I am not against stray dogs, and there are enough stray dogs in my neighborhood and not all are threatening, but the once with rashes and skins disease could cause trouble and also affect other healthy dogs. Wish the authorities take some step in controlling stray dogs or removing the ones in bad state to some rescue centers that could treat them and left free somewhere.

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Karl Schmidt Memorial (the white monument, built in memory of a Dutch sailor who saved a drowning girl from the sea by giving away his life) is peeped through the fence
For those unaware about Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar, Chennai, it is the second most visited place in Chennai next to the world famous and second longest beach in world, Marina Beach. The Elliot’s beach is about 2 km from my home and this is the first time I making it through powered wheelchair. 

Linking this post for Good Fences by Run a Round Ranch

17 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Great photos and neat fences ~ I agree it would be the humane thing to do to take care of ailing dogs ~

Happy Weekend coming to you ~ ^_^

Ida said...

Congrats on the new powered wheel chair. I bet it was good to get out and enjoy the beach. I liked the shots you took very much, the flowers growing nearby the fence were very pretty. I feel bad that the dogs (strays) suffer like that.

Margaret Adamson said...

marvellous that you got out to this lovely place. Have a HAPPY EASTER.

TexWisGirl said...

so glad you can visit the beach in your powered wheelchair! it does look nice. i am sorry for the stray dog problem, though. mange and other diseases are so hard to see. poor things.

Rose said...

Glad you got a new power chair...got some beautiful views. It is too bad there are so many strays, and sadder still that they have diseases.

Sandhya said...

We walk on this road every morning. Enjoy the time we are here. Yes, most of the stray dogs suffer from some skin disease. Other dogs also get affected. They close traffic on Sundays nowadays and so many cultural activities are taking place on the road. Come often and enjoy, Jeevan!

Twilight Man said...

I went to google search for more images of Elliot's Beach.
It is really awesome and has very huge sandy areas unlike my country where our beaches are shorter & has narrower sandy bays. Elliot's Beach reminds me of those lovely beaches in California.

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous beach scenes and a lovely blue sky.

Destination Infinity said...

I love this beach. I was there last week as a part of a procession. I have been here many times before and have some good memories that go back to at least a couple of decades! Glad you were able to go there. Be frequent and we'll meet there one of these days :)

Destination Infinity

Jeevan said...

DI - Would be really glad meeting you there, let's see :) I have been visiting this beach from childhood

Elsie Amata said...

I'm glad you got to the beach in your new wheelchair! Sad to hear about the dog (I could barely make him out). They should do something about them.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Jeevan, It is so wonderful that you all have such beautiful beaches near you. Now that you have your 'powered' wheelchair, I hope you can get there more often... What a beautiful place to visit and enjoy!

Sorry about the dogs. Very sad to see I'm sure.
Hugs,
Betsy

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the new chair is awesome. A visit to the beach is always a fun time. Great photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Indrani said...

Good to know there are wheel chair friendly roads. Great captures.

Arti said...

Nothing like a powered wheelchair for independence. Wow! I can feel the fresh sea breeze soothing my face looking at these pictures. I agree on the dogs, I feel sorry for them, I hope someone is hearing you.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Hi Jeevan,
Elliot's beach is a lovely place to go to and I am really happy that your chair can take you places.
The sidewalk looks really well designed for pedestrians, bicyclists and chairs.
The photos are awesome.
I didn't know about Karl Smith before, but now I do.
What a heroic act!
Have a Happy Day!!
Peace :)

Devilish Angel said...

Lovely blue sky...