Back from a memorable and a heartbraking ooty trip
Over the sankranti week we had been to Ooty, Mysore, Srirangapatna, Bandipur.
While going to Ooty, took the Masinagudi route with 36 hair pin bends. The turns are quiet steep, but Aria went through without any issues.
While coming back decided to take the Gudalur route as we had read its more scenic. Took the Gudalur route and had a small accident. I had turned on GPS and at one place much before Gudalur the GPS directed to take a small road through a tea-plantation. I was looking at the GPS and missed that the minibus in front of me had braked hard. I realised very late and couldnt stop the car from bumping into the bus :-(((( The dent is small but its on an area that is across the grill, bumper and bonet. The bumper and bonet can be fixed, grill has a crack and will need to be replaced. :-(
Fate has a strange way to catch up and even out things! I have been driving aria in hyderabad for more than 7 months and didnt get a single scratch. And got a dent on bumper when the complete road was empty! Really idiotic mistake on my part.
If not for this incident, the trip was fantastic. But now the everlasting memory of this trip will be the dent!
Some statistics of the trip-
Total distance covered -1980 KM
Total Fuel filled - 155 litres
Crossed 10K mark during this trip.
During both onward and return journey, covered Hyderabad-Mysore (760 KM) in a day. This is my highest run in a day.
Both Hyd-mysore and Mysore-Hyd journeys were with just one break for an hour. Drove the car at a stretch for 500+ KM without the engine being switched off.
Hyderabad-Bangalore highway (NH7) is an absolute gem. One can easily keep on doing 100+ speed for hours together.
Statistics regarding my till date fuel consumption-
Distance Driven - 11519 KM
Fuel Purchased - 935 litres
Average Fuel economy - 12.48 KM/L
Aria has two trip meters. I had not reset the 'A' trip meter until it crossed 10K. The FE as per MID for my first 10K run showed 12.3. Quiet close to the actual value!
Attaching some photos of the car through the trip.
Hotel Mayura Riverview Srirangapatna
Bandipur Forest Rest House
Hotel LakeView Ooty
Number plate got bent on oneside and there is a dent on the area circled across grill/bumper/bonet