Friday night, 6 friends in a Scorpio, started the journey from the jam packed Outer Ring Road in Bangalore. After crossing the city, we came across all kinds of roads, some similar to an airport runway, some that had potholes more than bituminous, some having bushes on either sides leaving the narrowest width possible for a car to go through and some with unnecessary speed breakers only to ensure that commuters passing-by don’t even dare to sleep.
Unfortunately, by the time we hit the worst conditions, it was me driving the car, and that being my first time with an SUV, everybody had a tough time in catching slightest of comfort due to the inevitable bumps. The best part I noticed was, everyone suddenly became hyperactive and started directing me and so, somehow it all got fun. After a while, the fuel tank signalled red and shockingly there was no petrol bunk nearby. Few kilometres ahead, we found one but it was not operational in the midnight, we had no other option but to park and wait on the road itself. In the meantime, we dozed off in the car itself.
In couple of hours, the Sun rose, petrol bunk opened and we got the tank full. My driving turn got over and I chose to take the back seat so I can use the space for stretching my legs and a short nap.
Sometime later, my eyes opened while we were cruising on the hilly roads, and I see windshield exhibiting the lovely view of white snow coming in contact with the lush green trees.
We halted at the very first shop on the way for morning tea and snacks. Cutting Chai in chilly weather on the hills is a perfect ingredient to energize the body.
After a quick break, the journey continued on elevated roads, as we headed towards the Gokarna city. Just before reaching the city, we passed by the Aghanashini River.