Time for an update on Saturday I went to Hatti, a small mining town near Raichur. We were only 2 of us and I was the only driver. What started as a 7hr one way journey ended up becoming a 24hr marathon.
Started from Bangalore
Drove through the below towns before reaching destination.
Tumkur >> Sira >>Hiriyur >>Chitradurga >>Challakere >> Bellary >>Lingusur >> Hatti
The weather was super chill and cloudy for the first 300kms, in fact never switched on AC till we hit Chitradurga. Post that roads werent great till Challakere. The road between Challakere and Bellary is like a dream road with vast open barren lands on both sides and a 2way road on which you find very few dhabas and ofcourse you can do 100 - 130ish easily.
The first 300kms was a breeze, by the time I reached Bellary I had a few cramps here and there. The roads in & around bellary are like worst amongst all the roads that I travelled. We also ended up missing route and approached a bridge near Tungabadra river, before realising our mistake - it costed us 35kms (to & fro) to make the correction. Overall the dream of driving 1000kms in a day is finally met.
Started @ 5am Saturday from Bangalore
Returned @ 4.45am on Sunday morning.
Took rest @ destination for 3hours (food, talk, watching tv - no sleeping)
I deliberately parked the car at a Dhabha on Bellary road on our way back as I was feeling drowsy and makes no sense to take risk with my life or others. 1hour power nap made a huge difference and made the journey possible.
I never expected Estilo to be this good on highway, the tyres (145 section) & the stock headlamps were the only let down. Overall 4500/- fuel - thats about 65ltrs & a decent mileage of 16.xxkmpl. Despite driving with no regard for mileage & AC on for close to 50% of the distance.
Let the pictures do the talking.