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Old 9th August 2007, 19:07   #76
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Seems like there will be no sleeping at all. Try to avoid hard drinks at the party buddy. Gulp down some red bulls ... that should keep you awake .
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@ Sumitro - Party hard and drive safe! On second thought, skip the party and let me take your place there. I looovvveee to party.. HARD!

Take care and be safe. God Bless!

P.S. Don't forget TDS.
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Amiyo jabo! :(
Have a good trip my friend! Btw, u planning to drive yourself throughout or will you let Rajsri have some time at the wheel?
In case you really need the fuses, Sheesh Motors is open until 8:30-9.
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Bondhugon, if the start was according to plan, BlackPearl should be passing Bhadrak...

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This thread is really becoming intresting. Like a popular daily soap. Best of luck and Happy journey BP. Waiting to hear from u soon.
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@all - came back from party at 11 and fell asleep.. woke up at 5 am !!! (plan for a 3 am start down the drains) started at 6:15 ish, met with a 10 Km traffic jam rather truck jam near Kolaghat. Somehow managed to bypass it but lost a lot of time. Reached Bhubaneshwar at 12 and after a halt started again at 12:45. Reached Vizag at 6:50 and checked in at APTDC Lodge in Rushikonda. Will post all the details with pics, but am not sure whether I will be able to do it tonight.
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The exact timings as obtained from the log book of navigator are -

all the timings are according to the Pio 5650 clock and Kilometer readings starting from my home -
1. 2nd Hooghly Bridge - 6:21 am
2. Reliance A1 Plaza - 6:49 am @55Km
3. Debra - 7:44 am @107.5 Km
4. Kharagpur Bypass - 7:57 am @128 Km
5. Tollbooth at Santoshpura - 8:45 am @213 Km
6. Bhadrak - 10:12 am @324 Km
7. Bhubaneswar - 11:57 am @447 Km
Refuel at Bhubaneshwar at 452 Km and trip meter reset. Amount of fuel taken = 41.03Litres and cost = Rs.1827. Mileage = 11.02 Kmpl with about 75% AC

8. Start from Bhubaneshwar at 12:33 pm
9. Ganjam - 2:45 pm @594 Km
10. Berhampur - 3:38 pm @638Km
11. Palasa Toll booth - 4:46 pm @704 Km
12. Srirakulam - 6:10 pm @816 Km
13. Vizag - 6:50 pm @878 Km
Refuel at Vizag at 426 Km and trip meter reset. Amount of fuel taken = 29.33Litres and cost = Rs.1444. Mileage = 14.52 Kmpl with about 75% AC

Road quality was excellent except at a few places. Here goes the pics -

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Old 10th August 2007, 23:25   #83
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Sumitro

Great drive, keep up the pace.

To avoid getting lost in Vijaywada, make sure you go all the way on NH5 till you reach the River Krishna bridge - turn right just before the bridge (don't cross it, that is NH5 towards Guntur/Chennai).
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Great ! Good to know you had nice drive.
The trip to BBSR was FAAAST ! 80+ kmph average speed ! No wonder you got 11kmpl. Just vindicated my readings You must have been doing 140 most of the time ?

BBSR to Vizag at 67kmph average and 14kmpl also matches.

Will go see snaps now.
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Great ! Good to know you had nice drive.
The trip to BBSR was FAAAST ! 80+ kmph average speed ! No wonder you got 11kmpl. Just vindicated my readings You must have been doing 140 most of the time ?

BBSR to Vizag at 67kmph average and 14kmpl also matches.

Will go see snaps now.
yup, 80+ was extremely good taking into account the 20 mins delay in the truck jam at kolaghat.. but that was possible only because of the new bypass at Kharagpur - kept going at 160-170 for the entire stretch till a place called Uttareshwar (if I am not mistaken).
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Sumitroda, awesome journey. Drive safe & enjoy hyderabad. Also dont forget the biryani there, just awesome. When are you coming back??
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yup, 80+ was extremely good taking into account the 20 mins delay in the truck jam at kolaghat.. but that was possible only because of the new bypass at Kharagpur - kept going at 160-170 for the entire stretch till a place called Uttareshwar (if I am not mistaken).
That was a seriously fast drive man! Keeping it at 160-170 consistently... niiice! How did BlackPearl handle it? No niggles or issues hopefully.
Keep up the pace, but be safe! All the best, and keep us posted
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Great going, good to see how beautiful the roads have become from our last visit there many years back.

Just FYI- I too have to do a 700 mile sojourn tomorrow with 7 people. Gosh I hate it. However, There is a 70 mile scenic mountain drive (with 9 point sightseeing) that we discovered to which we are going. Somehow we fixed this weekend to tackle it, but then, today it was found that I have to be back by Sunday morning.

This scenic drive has to be done in the late afternoonish - as the sun is too harsh till about 5 pm. So Starting 11am. But then long drives in India has its own charms.
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wow! you have already posted as well. i thought you reached vizag late. i could not reach your cell inspite of so many attempts that i thought you are still on road somewhere. i sent you an sms in the evening around 4.30 or 5 i guess which i think you received around 10.30 at night.

so looking at all that i thought you probably reached vizag after 10pm. good to know that you were able to make it that fast. it was indeed very fast! almost 850+ kms in 12.5 hours is too good. be careful for the next leg now... roads are great but the traffic moving in the wrong directions will be a pain.
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In that snap where you are trying to find a way past jams, who took the snap? your wife? she was out on the road to take that snap was she?
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