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Old 21st April 2008, 14:44   #16
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Good write-up . It indeed talks about your passion to drive and cruise on highways from your idea to drive alone and in the night and with no specific reason but to satisfy your urge for a long long drive ..

Hat's off buddy ...

Regards.. Kat
You got it absolutely right.

Its only passion that keeps u active and awake on most of the long-haul non-stop drives that I did in the past.

Every time we used to do such trips, we decided suddenly and without planning. We also compare ourselves between situations: "Ok this holiday....Either getting bored in the bedroom with TV or Belted to a seat - Enjoying a wild scenery zooming past and seeing diamonds in the sky at night and breathing green-flavor air."

I wish to do a Hyd-Kol trip at the nearest opportunity. ( Considering I gotta return too, that'll be a 3300 kms trip in 10 days).

In the end I'll say Highway Driving is like meditating.

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Old 23rd April 2008, 09:36   #17
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Default One More Unusual Drive to Bidar on Moon Lit Night

One More Unusual Drive to Bidar and this time my dear wife accompanied me (by sleeping all the way)

I dont want to create the pain of you guys reading stuff on a weekday. So in brief:
  • we took off from Hyd at 4.30 pm (I bunked office at 1 pm.... had a afternoon nap before.....what a life!),
  • reached Bidar at 7.15 pm...
  • .. wasted time in its narrow streets,
  • went to the periphery of the fort,
  • it was darkness... no flood lights (this was no red fort Delhi)
  • left Bidar at 8 p.m. ..
  • Had a nice dinner at Zahirabad Gas Station
  • ...back in bed at 11.15
Took some photographs, some of which are blur as couldnt use the tripod. But the first one below is my fav (with the moon of course)
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Hats off to both of you. You amaze me with your unlimited energy

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Experiences: The way they overtake....How do the drivers manage headlight glare from opposite vehicles. Do their drivers have genetically modified eye-retina or something?
There is a saying in Kerala, which roughly translates to this "Those who sit on top of elephants need to worry about dogs".
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Old 23rd April 2008, 11:14   #19
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Hats off to both of you. You amaze me with your unlimited energy
Yeah and this trip I was still honing my skills by
  • finishing office work in advance (so I could bunk off)
  • testing how much flat and comfy the seats are for sleeping
  • improving safe overtaking
  • using RVM and ORVMs
  • and inching upto 130kmph (first time ever in my new car)
  • Having an early dinner (to avoid my "Doze Driving" syndrome)
  • managing driving scratch-free through a 1 lane 1 way galee with cycle and bikes et all (at a dargah inside Bidar fort complex)
  • not being able to see a single brick of bidar fort and still be happy about it
  • driving accidentaly on a couple of boulders (road divider boulders that lay strewn on the road approaching Ameerpet)
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btirthankar nice, these kind of adventures is fun

Btw you had or have Astra??? nice car!
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btirthankar nice, these kind of adventures is fun

Btw you had or have Astra??? nice car!
I had the astra until March 2008. Had to sell of the aeging ship as it had started coughing erratically.
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  • testing how much flat and comfy the seats are for sleeping
Innova seats are quite comfy. I got used to them.

Have to do these trips 3 - 4 times every year:

Dehli Airport to Pilani in Rajasthan
Calcutta Airport to Kharagpur
Lucknow Airport to Kanpur

These trips take 4 - 5 hours one way. And I easily snooze away in fully reclined seats of Innova. Have made it a point to ensure that only Innova's are booked for these trips.
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Innova seats are quite comfy. I got used to them.

Have to do these trips 3 - 4 times every year:

Dehli Airport to Pilani in Rajasthan
Calcutta Airport to Kharagpur
Lucknow Airport to Kanpur

These trips take 4 - 5 hours one way. And I easily snooze away in fully reclined seats of Innova. Have made it a point to ensure that only Innova's are booked for these trips.
Same here for My outstation trips. Hyderabad has these DOT Cabs (G1 Innova Taxis) to airport which I always hire. (they never fail to arrange one for me specially even when they are fully booked)

My company hires from Orix. (Only Honda City or Lancers) and Many times I get lucky to have a Innova waiting at the other airport and I pay the driver tips (or a free meal) to get the same Innova the successive days too.
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Nice write up with pics and nice going sirr!! have fun and do drive safely.
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Nice write up with pics and nice going sirr!! have fun and do drive safely.
A write-up without pics is incomplete. Safety is Paramount.

I really wish with IT Systems advancing so much, if we are able to build a interface on TBHP which plots everyone on a Google Map and Plots in real time where everybody is traveling.
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a interface on TBHP which plots everyone on a Google Map and Plots in real time where everybody is traveling.
That would cost ~10k per car :(
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[quote]The Volvo Buses &%$@!!*, I dont have words to express. They just come from behind as if whispering into your ear and wobble down into the darkness ahead. The way they overtake....How do the drivers manage headlight glare from opposite vehicles. Do their drivers have genetically modified eye-retina or something? And How they brake without skidding off the road?
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ver hilarious but true, they get genetically modified, they can even drive and sleep at the same time, ofcourse the rookies slip and cause casualties
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