"Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong" - Murphy's Law.
This was what a wise man called Murphy stated some years ago but I experienced it first hand this year only.
So, the story goes like this. A friend of mine from graduation, we'll name him Raj, had started an adventure travel company and was organizing a Lake Side Camping at Bhandardara Lake. Being a free weekend, I decided to join him. However as he was based out of Pune, we coordinated that we will directly meet at the campsite.
That's the point when Murphy's law starts taking effect. On the eve of the journey, Raj says he is in Mumbai and travelling to Pune, so it would be better if I join him. Since I was alone, I agreed. We started from Mumbai at 7.30 PM and a 3 hour journey turned to 7.5 hour journey as we reached his home at 2.30 AM. That's just tip of the iceberg.
Bhandardara is around 5 hours ride from Pune (it was 3 hours from Mumbai, didn't realize that then) and Raj had booked a self driven rental car that was to be picked from a place. That day technology decided to give us a hard time as the ever reliable Google Maps was making us do rounds around the place where the car was parked. After 30-45 mins of search, we reached the car, however the car had to be unlocked through the phone app as the keys were in the car. Another example of technology leaving us high and dry as we continuously called the customer care explaining our problem on a cold winter Saturday.
We got access to the car after someone from the company came up with a spare key and we finally started our journey, 4 hours delayed.
First two hours of our journey were smooth, barring a few traffic hiccups. Our problem started shaping up after we stopped for refueling the vehicle. Around halfway mark, when Raj was driving, the vehicle started giving bumps and jerks. We still carried on our journey for 2 more hours till we stopped for a restroom break at a small village, around 1 hour away from our destination.
Fun or should I say mayhem started when we got back in our vehicle and the car refused to start. We were stuck in middle of a ghat road in a small village, with no network on our phones and the sun setting fast. There was no mechanic available in the village and we couldn't contact the customer care due to unavailable network.