We are headed to Kolkata, a 300 odd km run, to be completed in Six
hours approx, though with conditions of road being so much better,,, maybe we
can do it in Five hours as standard speeds on highway are 80kmph and we will
driving though 250 km of highway and barring a few slow down well we would make
it in good time, and paying approx Rs 500 in Tolls.
My co-passenger on this trip is my mom aged 86 and aunt aged 80 so adding my 50+ years there is 210+ years travelling on this trip.
We were off at approx. 0630hours, and as we started out I
noticed a check engine light on for longer then it should be, but it went off in
no time and we made good time to Behraghora, we refueled 80 km from Jamshedpur,
fuel is 5 Rs cheaper in Jharkhand compared to West Bengal and we wanted to make
most of the difference in price.
The petrol pump attendent and me had a chat( while fuelling up) about her getting into Army and how she could do so, and what help she would require, not that she asked for any help as she is trying to do it on merit and by herself her grandpa was in air force and she seemed like a tough cookie, and am sure she will crack the exam (if anyone has any advice please share)
We crossed Behraghora and another 20 km later we stopped at the last tree that gives shade on this road and once we cross this tree located outside the Behragora Police station there is no shady tree for another 50 km almost. The check engine light was on again and we stopped to have breakfast and give the car a rest for 15 minutes, we looked around a bit and chilled for a while
Then we were on our way again, the check engine light was still on( maybe I should have chilled for another 10 minutes), I did not want to mention this to my Mom who was on this trip with me, and her sister both in there Eighty’s, so another 30 km later I pulled over in name of having tea, I had spied a tea shanty and a tree off the road, so we stopped again to cool the car .
and of course me had to eat some
Potato cutlets Piping hot and looked fresh, we discussed the effects of Rs 2000
having to be returned and so on, with customers( you guessed it right we are in West Bengal), where all are very wise, a good 20 minutes break this was. The cost of 3 cups
of tea and 2 Potato cutlet was a princely Rs 25, yes .30 cents.in USD
Before we started on and thankfully the light did not return
and we made it to New Town, my sister’s house by 1230 hours, we had made it
in 6 hours approx. and total distance covered 310km, fuel consumed at average of 16.6km to a liter.
Temperature in Kolkata is 35 degrees, overcast and now to take care of my Sugar craving with a Ice Cream.
Road condition excellent, and average speed is 80 - 100/km per hour ( as posted on highway)
Next trip will be to Shantiniketan in a weeks time will then to relax and eat in Kolkata.
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