got up early morning by 6am. it was real cold. went down to a shop near by . had ginger coffee. it felt heavenly in the cold misty morning. had the car washed by the bell boy. had breakfast from the hotel itself. hit the road by 9.30 am. we had decided to have a non stop drive home, because1) wifey had leave only till 5th jan 2) iwanted to test my endurance limits. me being in the early 40s i was feeling older. we rode at a fast clip, never rash.the roads were good.the ahmedabad- baroda expressway is 98kms, finished in 45 mints flat.had lunch in the outskirts of vadodara. had dinner at some good looking hotel by 9pm.kids were sleeping. had oredered bread - butter for daughter. when it arrived she refused it and was asleep ( lucky girl ) since i didn't want to waste the food i gobbled it up even though my tummy was full ( unlucky me ) gave way to suresh briefly the drivers seat after vapi till the other side of mumbai. by passed mumbai a 1am.lost the way in the city. but 2 guys were chatting by the road side as if in broad daylight, who guided us back to the right track.the mumbai - pune expressway was choke full of trucks and couldn't speed much. reached satara by 6am and thats when i had tummy trouble.oooh
last nights bread- butter was the culprit. as it was the only non cooked food that i had and nobody else had it, rode into the first hotel we saw, as i was holding on for dear life and was not sure for how long i could hold on. the hotel guy quoted rs 1750/ for the room didn't bargain.ran into the room, rather the toilet and .........nirvana.
had breakfast and bath in that hotel.also 2 sessions of nirvana. i started to have a feeling that i would miserably fail in the endurance test. popped in somepills and hit the road. but that was the last of the tummy trouble. averaged 100kmph most of the time till after dharwad when we entered the hubli- yellapur-ankola road. had to slow down after ankola till mangalore as road widening work was going on.reached suresh's house at 2.30 am. had heavenly chilly chicken and chappathis. reached home sweet home by 3am.