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Old 10th January 2008, 17:06   #61
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Thats a pretty reasonable amount for the service done to the car. Look forward to the travelogue with some nice pictures of the hill stations enveloped in fog ( assuming you went during this winter)
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Hmm. At 2 years, 9 months, I have done only the 20K km service for my Baleno. You sure drive around a lot, BP.
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Excellent Review!!!! Your passion for Blackpearl is pretty evident.

Its sad I could'nt afford one when Maruti still manufactured Baleno's.....
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Thats a pretty reasonable amount for the service done to the car. Look forward to the travelogue with some nice pictures of the hill stations enveloped in fog ( assuming you went during this winter)
yup, went there this winter (Dec 21 - Dec 30). will surely post the pics after two or three days as I am very busy right now on the home front, so no time after office to even log on to tbhp .

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Hmm. At 2 years, 9 months, I have done only the 20K km service for my Baleno. You sure drive around a lot, BP.
hmmm, that I do, but would have done a lot more if petrol was a little cheaper and getting holidays was easier . but guess thats the case with almost all people in this forum.
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went to Mandarmoni near Digha this weekend. The total trip was 371 Kilometers and Petrol used 25.54 Litres giving a mileage of 14.52 Kmpl with 50% AC. Present kilometer reading is 45721 Kms. Will try to write a short travelogue about the trip with a few pics....
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went to Mandarmoni near Digha this weekend. The total trip was 371 Kilometers and Petrol used 25.54 Litres giving a mileage of 14.52 Kmpl with 50% AC. Present kilometer reading is 45721 Kms. Will try to write a short travelogue about the trip with a few pics....
We already got to know about this trip from a Palio owner.
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We already got to know about this trip from a Palio owner.
hope you dont know about the trip to Vizag the weekend before
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hope you dont know about the trip to Vizag the weekend before
Goodness gracious ! No, we have no clue of that trip. Man,you are a real Marco Polo, munching miles every weekend.
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Goodness gracious ! No, we have no clue of that trip. Man,you are a real Marco Polo, munching miles every weekend.
ok, a brief overview - on 16th night 5 friends embarked on a trip to vizag in an esteem and returned on 19th night. I was able to convince one of the friends about the addiction of team-bhp. this guy will be joining soon and will write the travelogue as he is, unlike me, a very good writer.
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The day before yesterday BlackPearl spent her 3rd birthday with me and took her for a long drive at night to Maithon (247 Kms from Kolkata). Started from Kolkata at 11:30, never took her above 60 Kmph and reached Maithon at 5 'o' clock sharp. For the first time in my life I realised how it felt to be overtaken on the highway by trucks and ambys . A Verna 1.6 driver tried a lot to instigate me to start a race with him, but I could not afford to reach Maithon at the middle of the night. So he had to leave with a heavy heart. Started from Maithon at 7 am and reached home at 10:30.. Kilometer reading - 47417. BlackPearl managed to keep the smile on my face as usual 3 years in a row..
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never took her above 60 Kmph
- I'll never be able to digest this!

You mean you never shifted to 2nd???

What FE did you get?

The return too seems slow by your standards. Had interesting people + 'adda' in the car?

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- I'll never be able to digest this!

but you have to. I must say that it was a different sort of experience and I could not travel faster as it would be no use reaching Maithon in the middle of the night.

You mean you never shifted to 2nd???



What FE did you get?

did not check it but must have got above 20 kmpl

The return too seems slow by your standards. Had interesting people + 'adda' in the car?

hmmm.. 247 Kms in 3 hours 30 mins with two 15 minute halts, I cant drive any faster than this...

answers are in bold..
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Last time when you went to North Bengal, I recall that you did the journey from Kolkata to Siliguri at night. What is experience like, the things that to be kept in mind on NH34, especially during nighttime.

I did it in the morning hours, 10 am to 11:30 pm, with a 30 minute break - definitely traffic and the bridge problems were all there.
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hmmm.. 247 Kms in 3 hours 30 mins with two 15 minute halts, I cant drive any faster than this...
So that's 247kms in 3hrs. IMO you would normally do it quicker. Just to give you an idea why I'm saying this.

Last christmas I did 220kms (IIRC) door to door; Kolkata Asansol in 2hrs 45m (started 930am ish) and 2hrs 50m Asansol Kolkata (started 2pm ish)

This with family, a 5 min break each way, and never crossing 120.

.... Maybe if the Verna was around during your return



ps: How is the road from NH-2 to Maithon? Does that take time?
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Last time when you went to North Bengal, I recall that you did the journey from Kolkata to Siliguri at night. What is experience like, the things that to be kept in mind on NH34, especially during nighttime.

I did it in the morning hours, 10 am to 11:30 pm, with a 30 minute break - definitely traffic and the bridge problems were all there.
As far as I remember I did not reach NH34 till sunrise. Started from home at 12 in the night, drove at a very sedate pace to reach Panagarh at 3 am. Reached Moregram (where the road through Siuri meets NH34) at about 6 o clock. So while going I did not travel through NH34 at night. It is better to travel on NH34 at night or early morning as the roads are less congested. After 10 o clock all the villagers seem to flock on the highway and it is very difficult to maintain a steady pace.
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