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Cruising the coast

Text and photographs: P V Vaidyanathan

6 am, Sunday, April 13, 2008, Mumbai: I turned on the ignition of my newly-purchased Hyundai Accent and hit the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, with my wife Rama and our 14-year-old son, Arvind.

This was the beginning of our 2,500-km road trip to Mangalore-Chikmagalur-Panjim and back.

Traffic was negligible and I soon hit 100 kmph on the speedometer.

We made good time, passing Pune by 8 am, Satara by 10 am and Kolhapur (400 km) by noon. My wife had generously packed food and something to drink, and our only stops were to re-fuel or refresh. Amazed at having covered so much ground in six hours, we sped towards the Maharashtra-Karnataka border and were soon headed towards Belgaum, past smaller towns like Kaagal, Nipani and Sankeshwar.

Also see: Biking down the Konkan coast
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