Last week, I drove non-stop (four halts of approx 30 minutes each) for 840 Km, from Vadodara in Gujarat to Kankavali at the southern tip of coastal Maharashtra. The latter half of the drive (from Kalamboli onwards) was done in blinding rain and along divider-less Mumbai – Goa highway in the dead of the night.
We started at 7 am from Vadodara and hit base at 2 am the following day. I confess it was a foolish way to drive, not to say a punishing experience. I do not intend repeating it. I was nearly driving in sleep for the last 100 Km or so.
My upper limit is 550 Km per day and I am going to stay under it hereafter!
We had these halts along the way:
The first one near Navsari, for breakfast.
The second at Thane (ostensibly for lunch, but did not have any!)
The third one after Karnala for tea.
The fourth one at Chiplun for dinner.
The worst part of the drive was the Thane – Kalamboli – Vadkhal Phata stretch where traffic was a nightmare. The rest of the journey presented no such issues. The roads in Gujarat were a dream, while the Mumbai – Goa highway after Vadkhal, though just two-lane, had sparse traffic.
There’s only one photo worth posting here – that of the Kombdi-Vade plate at Hotel Abhishek, Chiplun!
The run went as follows: