We were back on the National Highway away from the scenic State Highway. Traffic is now back but the roads were wider and smoother. Only 1 hr of sunlight was remaining and we were far from our decided destination Mahabaleshwar. We stopped for few minutes at the first decent restaurant for some tea and snacks. Hot tea and Veg Biryani and the pouring rain combo was simply superb. We rode close to 60% of our time in rains starting from Ratnagiri till we exit maharashtra it was all rains and rains. We got the feel of our monsoon maha ride. Next few hours we rode through thunderstorm even our raincoats were not able to protect water from getting in. We knew this delay will prohibit us to reach Mahabaleshwar so we decided to continue on the very same road for some hours and then stay at some road side hotel for the night. Maharaja hotel is just what we needed economical hotel with a bed , a AC and parking and nothing else.