My doctor last Wednesday removed all the restrictions he had imposed on me and I was free to carry on my normal life.
So,with the long weekend, we decided to go for a long drive to unwind. We ruled out all the tourist attractions as we were sure the places would be over crowded.
Instead, we went for a long drive – Bangalore to Virudhunagar (NH7 after Madurai) – to our relative’s place to spend a couple of days.
Total distance covered 1044 kms.
Friday I took the car to a small time wheel alignment shop near my house and got my good tires fixed on good rims, wheels balanced and aligned. This guy did not have any modern alignment machine, but did do with whatever machine he had.
The result – no steering wobble at high speeds and the car was a delight to drive at high speeds.
The roads were great for high speed driving.
NH7 has a lot of telephone like booths every 2 kms, marked SOS or some code nos. Though I have seen these many times, this time I stopped to see what exactly it was. I didn’t test it though. Would help if someone got stranded.
There was a difference in the distance traveled between the odometer and the GPS calculation. The Odometer showed a distance of 418 kms from the petrol bunk in Virudhunagar to the A2B BP bunk between Krishnagiri and Hosur, whereas the GPS clocked 405.4 Kms for the same distance. The FE for the trip.
From A2B BP Krishnagiri to Virudhunagar with some deviation to go into the town of Karur, from Virudhunagar to Sivakasi and back (60 kms)– state highway with speed bumps every other km. (never drove in 5th gear), some 15 kms inside Virudhunagar.
100% AC – 18.14 Kmpl - average cruising speed on NH7 – 120 kmph
From Virudhunagar to A2B krishnagiri – NH7
100% AC – 21.13 Kmpl - average cruising speed on NH7 – 120 kmph
Enjoyed the drive and the trip. BTW
Drives are getting costlier with new toll booths coming up along the way.
Total toll payed one way - 25+50+79+63+38+71+49+55=430rs