Namakkal – Real drive

Yesterday early in the morning I started my car at around 4:30am, picked up two other friends and off we went heading towards Namakkal. We took the usual route of Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Namakkal. The only reason is because we would need to have breakfast. From Krishnagiri we take the diversion towards Dharmapuri thats where the entire journey is put to a halt. There are practically no roads. Every few meters there is a pothole and one need to turn the car in & out to avoid all these potholes. Did manage to avoid many of them but went into few of them.
Since there was another guy who also drove the vehicle there was not much of a problem. From speed of 100km/hr the vehicle just dropped to 40km/hr sometimes even less than 20km/hr at these stretches.
When we did reach Namakkal it was 11:00am exactly on schedule. We had planned it at 6hr drive given all these conditions. The total distance is only 255kms.
Since we had gone all the way there is a Hanuman Temple which we went also for. There is also a possibility to climb up a rocky mountain which I would do next time I pass through there.
We started back by 3:00pm in the evening. The drive was even worse now. After Salem near Thoppur Ghats vehicles just dont move up and its a pain dogging all of them to drive through. Before the Ghats there were huge potholes which almost can damage any vehicle if not slowed down sufficiently. Of course we could not manage to touch Krishnagiri before sunset which meant we had to drive in the dark through Dharmapuri roads filled with potholes.
The drive back was also of 6hrs dropping everyone back at their homes and settling myself for dinner.

Well this was a real test of driving skills. If you drive at 40km/hr speed constantly there is no way you would reach Bangalore before midnight. If you drive at a good speed you need to be very careful not to push your vehicle into the potholes. Well, I did manage to do the 2nd option. The first option was just not possible. There were quite a number of times when I was happy driving in my car and with power brake the vehicle would stop whenever I wanted it to.

The entire journey (540kms) was done in my FERRARI (Maruti 800 with 5speed and power brake). {Since my Ferrari is completely dirty with lot of dust, I would post a photo later}

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3 thoughts on “Namakkal – Real drive

  1. hey,
    It was really nice to read a blog of a fellow car/driving enthusiast 🙂
    Buddy, do you know of any upcoming rallies or related stuff in mumbai in dec 2006, if yes, please inform me of the details on abhayjit@yahoo.com.
    Thanx a ton,
    Abhay

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