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Old 20th June 2010, 09:06   #61
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I wonder how your wife/daughter respond to this geek-giri. Here has been a perfectly long and stressful day on the road - about 14 hours almost. and at the end of it, away you run to chitchat on the forums!

atleast take rest!!
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Old 20th June 2010, 09:19   #62
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I wonder how your wife/daughter respond to this geek-giri. Here has been a perfectly long and stressful day on the road - about 14 hours almost. and at the end of it, away you run to chitchat on the forums!

atleast take rest!!
What makes you think that a day of driving is stressful for me? For you, maybe...

I drive to de-stress! I do not take the wheel to set records or drive competitively - it's for the pure pleasure.
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Old 20th June 2010, 09:41   #63
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Thank you Sutripta-da.

Next stop - home in Delhi! Service being taken care of.

Great!! Looking forward for the detailed TL. I'm sure you've taken tons of Photographs.
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Wow you are going to be back real soon!
Waiting for the pics!
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Great!! Looking forward for the detailed TL. I'm sure you've taken tons of Photographs.
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Wow you are going to be back real soon!
Waiting for the pics!
Over 800 pics till now.

Here are a couple from Vizag in the meanwhile, to whet your appetites till I get back to Delhi!

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Old 21st June 2010, 09:11   #66
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Over 800 pics till now.

Here are a couple from Vizag in the meanwhile, to whet your appetites till I get back to Delhi!

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Loved the Scorp with sea in the backdrop.
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Old 21st June 2010, 10:02   #67
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SS traveller,
Lovely pics. Is it APTDC guest house? View from here is superb. Hope you saw Kailash giri and rishi konda there.
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Superb view of the beach from the hotel.
We are waiting for you to reach delhi
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Old 26th June 2010, 15:45   #69
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Back from the trip, and finally attached to broadband...

Here's the route followed:

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We stopped over near Surat for a round of "lassi", and got a free car wash - a first for us after all these years of driving the highways.

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There wasn't much that was interesting during the first phase of our trip in Mumbai and Pune, except of course the Mahape night OTR session (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ex...-5th-june.html (Mahape - 4wheeling - an important affair - 5th June)), which has already been reported. Mumbai and Pune were mostly family & friends time, and meeting a new friend like this one was also part of the package (though chatting endlessly till 2:30 AM was not on the cards originally!).

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Old 26th June 2010, 16:09   #70
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The drive to Goa from Pune was unusual, as in we left the NH4 to switch back to NH17 via Varandhaghat, as recommended by HVK. It took more time and was a longer route, but a more pleasant and scenic drive.

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We came across this (to us) unfamiliar fruit being sold by kids on the road. Looks like chikoo, but tastes sourish, and doesn't have seeds inside. The texture is different too. Did learn the name, but forgot. Can anyone please identify this fruit for me?

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MH police stopped us near the Goa border to verify whether we were plying commercially on private plates, but respectfully let us go on realizing that this was an owner-driven car travelling all the way from Delhi. It helps to drive a DL-plated white Scorpio in MH, I guess!
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Old 26th June 2010, 16:46   #71
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Goa was as much fun as we expected it to be - except for the fact that it didn't rain the first couple of days, and the humidity started to get to us.

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We stayed at the Kingstork hotel at Calangute...
One of the more important activities, we were told, was to go beach-hopping. So, let's take a walk to the Calangute (pronounced Clung-goot, I was sternly told by an auto-rickshaw driver!) beach, next door to our hotel.

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Old 26th June 2010, 17:49   #72
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One beach (and that too, the less happening end of it) is not enough. Beach hopping in Goa is about going to more beaches than you can count on your fingers. So off we drive to Anjuna and Vagator.

Anjuna first

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...and then Vagator.

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And Baga, but a messy traffic jam made us turn back. After all, we can't really hop like this fella!

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I hadn't seen a golden frog before this (or is this a toad?)... Looks beautiful.

While we didn't see Baga, we enjoyed the time we spent at his creek, watching these men fishing in water up to their waist.

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Old 26th June 2010, 18:20   #73
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Welcome back, SS.

Lovely photographs, looking forward to more.

When did you reach back?
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Looking forward to more pics SS !! What mileage ?
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Old 26th June 2010, 18:31   #75
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Doc,
welcome back. this calls for an impromptu meet.

cheers
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