Monday, January 4, 2010

First trip in 2010

Last year I owned Maruti Wagon R and most of my short distance travels were converted into the car travels. I like to drive the car and it is a fantastic vehicle. Prior to the car I adventured a few outings upto 100 kms with my Bajaj Chetak and then my Hero Honda Pleasure. The car travelled 6500 kms in just 3 months.
On 2nd January I planned a short trip to Durg and Raipur. Relatives to be visited and a function to attend at Raipur. Following are the jottings from my trip.
Place Kms arr/dep or passing time
Nagpur 0.00 -----/13.19
Manewada Gas Pump 6.10 13.33/13.43
Reshimbag 8.10 13.50/14.00
Bhandara 65.00 15.12
Bagh River (Chhattisgarh border) 149.00 17.03/17.23
Dhaba 150.00 17.25/17.55
Durg 243.90 20.23/-----

Place Kms arr/dep or passing time
Durg 0.00 -----/17.15
Devri Dhaba 110.3 19.49/20.25
Nagpur 255.0 23.25/-----

On 3rd morning I went to Raipur via the bye pass and came back to Durg in the afternoon. It was a four lane road but due to lack of proper planning and traffic awareness in the people the traffic was in a chaotic state. Even at the toll plaza the situation was not better. The work was slow and there were traffic jams.
Nagpur to Raipur NH6 is undergiong 4 laning work from Bhandara to Raipur and hence there were many diversions en route and I was able to maintain peak speed of about 80 to 85 kmph in some patches ranging from 2 to 10 kms. It was a fun journey and I enjoyed driving. After the completion of this work, Nagpur - Raipur stretch will be just like Pune - Kolhapur stretch on NH 4 and I hope I will be able to cover Nagpur - Durg in my car in just under 4 hours.
This week end overall journey was about 650 odd kms.