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Day 14 & 15

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh


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Day 14
22-Dec
Again I just start the tour, ignoring the town and I was a bit late. I planned for visiting Peddapurum but it got dark so I plan to stay in the night nearby and than visit the place next morning (just like ‘go through’) and go further on my way to Kanyakumari. I reached Kakinada at around 8. PM and search for the cheap lodge near bus stand.

22-Dec
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Kakinada
180 via NH 5 and NH 214

Hotel Rent 150


Day 15

Stayed in Kakinada and nobody could feel UN wanted here if he has at least some money. These two day blogs has been censored. Please visit my blogs on WSA. If you don’t know what WSA is, message me.

' LIFE IS NOT THE MOMENT YOU BREATH ,
IT S THE MOMENT WHICH TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY' -- HITCH

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Day 16

Kakinada to Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh

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Day 16
24-Dec
Too exhausted but refreshed ( you know when it could be possible) And with a hope to revisit the region again, I start the highway and my goodness I missed Peddapuram but did not turn back as I thought it could be a driving force to come back here.
Than I left NH 5 and made a shortcut , as I saw in map and also suggested by people and it was really a bad road But I found some interesting farm labors asking me for lift (Obliviously female).I cross very long bridge on Rajmundari. (I didn’t enter in to the town; I wish I could have a job of being traveler like discovery channel programs)

It is 16th day of my trip and I have covered almost 3000 km , I know I am slow but I have no hurry to reach anywhere , neither I have hurry to return back.

I decided not to record audio on my cell phone while driving. Because I right not exactly remember how I drive in last 15 min because my whole cautious mind was only in speaking. As soon as I finished the recording I saw a road accident. It was dark on highway and A bike was around 200 meter ahead of me , a car just pass by me @ 80-90 kmph speed and than I saw the biker start diverting his lane and was coming to car’s lane. In fraction of second I just couldn’t realize that “it’s happing and is he a fool. What the hell he is doing without looking behind and with in the second the car hit the bike and from behind I couldn’t see bike and the biker. I thought he must be meshed under the car.
I was the only one other than these two drivers there, the car driver so afraid that he was not coming out. I thought of calling Police than realized if they came they will ask me also for my bike papers, than I thought why we need them, first we need ambulance. Than I thought let see the condition of the biker first. Long story cut short (Pet dialogue of Mr. Mittal), The driver was so drunk that when he saw the car, he didn’t react and so did not fall on ground, instead of that he fall on car bonnet and it was quite smooth for his bump and so he didn’t receive any injury and I must say it was car Maruti SX4 braking system which stopped the car at once and jammed it within 4-5 meter from a fairly high speed. Everybody went home happily and I got a 3 star hotel in an off season price with some bargain. Than I have to hide my Old monk as I told him that I do not have much money (and what he would think if he see me purchasing and taking in this liquor that “the boy do not have enough money for paying full hotel rent but have enough for drink”.)

I wash my jacket here, oh my god my made a pond of mud in bathroom.
Happy Old Monk. Thanks for being cheap.
24-Dec
Kakinada
Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh
300
NH 5
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Hotel rent 350

350

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Day 17

Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh to Pedda pariya

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Day 17
25-Dec
I thought I would reach Chennai today, but driving really slow and Suddenly NH 5 become beautiful and maintained and but I realized that I need to arrange money as I almost spent most of the money in Kakinada and suddenly the day become worse for me till the night where I stopped on a Dhaba (food joint for truck drivers) after driving straight 200 km non stop. Luckily it was a north Indian food Dhaba and the owner itself was from Haryana. I was a bit relaxed that now I can speak out Hindi words from my mouth and by imaging the taste of food of my motherland. It was around 10 days since I ate proper North Indian food although I enjoy every type of vegetarian food but getting homeland taste after so long is good.
And after 5 days I was taking in Hindi and people understanding very quickly what I am saying (of course they are from Hindi language region). Anyway the Dhaba was crowded with lots of north truck drivers. I start drinking my own and they were really curious and want a chance to have talk to me. Usually I avoid any such type of public appearance but its 3-4 peg’s affect and I heard about some Rajasthani Hotel 10-12 km far from here. I asked about the address and soon (I guess within 5 min) I was surrounded by around15 truck drivers and the Dhaba owner itself. If you reading this blog, you know what they ask and what I replied. I got comment which I take as a compliment “Ya we saw you there on highway passing our truck, actually we thought its might be some foreigner “than he clear his stand “actually we identified that the bike is from Rajasthan but your face was covered with helmet so we could identified by you. “And I make them happy by saying that I must be a truck driver in my previous birth.

They suggested me that you have no parking problem here so you can stay here only as they have fleet of 10 trucks together to park so they need big space. Owner was also happy and when I ask about money, he said in his typical Haryanvi tone. (“Are bhai paise na chahiye, tu eise hi ruk” ) “Just stay here, I don’t want any money”. It was a experience of night life at this Dhaba. He park my bike by him self, cover me at night with bed sheet while I was sleeping, prepare special tea by themselves ( not the worker) and was very insisting me to stay till 9 Am so that I can take a fresh water bath on tube well. Funny part happened when I pick the water bottle ( such type of places , If you ask for washroom , you make fool of yourself so I just ask “ where is the bottle” and you will get a straight answer “ bhatti ke piche se le le , peeche mat jana , side me chala ja “
And it was dark, going for natures call, its was bit mud and grass (embarrassing thing was that it was not far from highway, only 10 meter but suggested by me the owner’s brother.) when I was finding my way to sit, I get a call from dark “udher mat ja, ittku aaja” (don’t go there, come this side) and this was the Owner shitting very relax Ely so I was an company of the owner while doing shit.

Actually these two brother manage 24 hours, when elder went to sleep and I have company of younger and before he go for sleep, he awake elder and also made special tea for me and some biscuit. Both of brothers were nice to me and when I said that I want to go at early sun rice they insisting me to stay till 10 am take a bath with fresh bore well water but I want to see sun rise first time while driving on this trip.

It was my first sponsorship I guess. Free Stay, Tea and complementary breakfast But I don’t like much sponsorship as it suffocates me , I want to remain free as I am and this could be also one of the reason that I run away from Dhaba because If I would stay more he wont charge me anything, not for food and nor for liquor. So it’s better to leave.

Day Summary
25-Dec
Chilakaluripet, Andhra Pradesh
Dhaba, Pedda pariya
250 on NH 5

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Day 18

Pedda pariya to Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu


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Day 18
26-Dec
My only Sunrise in this whole tour so far, otherwise all I use to see is Sunsets.

Chennai was only 100 km and I cut it vertically with single direction in 30 min than I headed towards Madurai on NH 45. It was the best highway on entire trip, well maintained and beautiful; I never saw so many colors of flower on a divider.
As I could/t sleep well because of mosquitoes at Dhaba, I couldn’t drive more (although I carry mosquito (odomos) repellent but it was in bag which I gave in to Dhaba owner custody and I don’t want to bother him again so I stopped on Viluppuram at 12 pm, small town and ya I took breakfast 2 times after crossing Chennai.

“We welcome you on your arrival” how much do you care for these sign board?
In south, one more thing I notice is that there is no sign board for welcoming and goodbyes. It might be a cost saving from government and only a lonely driver can understand how it feels when somebody welcomes you on your arrival on the city even though it’s a few words on board. I never lounged for such welcome sign board in my life before. Now I am missing them here.

I know its small town so I can safely choose best hotel of town at affordable price (otherwise I do not enter even a good-looking hotel in big cities)
I got decent room in just 3.5 $ (150 Rupees) and my goodness room was small but with a neat and clean bed sheet and I never saw a hotel so cheap with intercom facility I guess this must be off season for them
Outside the window, I saw a pond with lots of coconut trees, temple and sound of Vedic chanting, just like the seen I saw in a famous TV serial “Bharat Ek KhOJ”.

After 15 min, got a call from reception uncle asking me that weather I am alone or with somebody and when I confirmed that I am alone he said “ sir the rent is only 120 rs not 150 , we will give you back the 30 rs tomorrow with your deposit . This type of honesty is really unexpected with travel industry but I guess this is my Delhi affect that made me so amazed upon this. Any way I drink and slept well.

26-Dec
Dhaba, Pedda Pariya
Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu
km 300 via NH 5 and NH 45
Room rent 120

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Day 19

Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu to Dindigul, Tamil Nadu


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Day 19
27-Dec
I start on my usual time (10 am). The highway, as I am seeing since yesterday, is beautiful. I am seeing that since I enter in to the south India, Highway’s are good and maintained. Credit card are accepted here everywhere without getting suspicious on the card holder. In North they behave like you have stolen this card from somebody. Are south Indians are more sincere, corruption level might be low (Kher bach ke kaha jaoge, India is one nation and hum North Indians dheere dheer tumhe bhi corrupt bana hi denge)

I want to leave this beautiful highway and want to go through country side roads to have closer look into the life of this region but I couldn’t go for two reasons. One is that I left for one or two days money so I better be going to my target of Kanyakumari and second thing is that when you have urge to reach destination, you almost become incapable of enjoying the route. In a city life, we always have a hurry to reach somewhere, office to home, home to office, etc we stop enjoying the life. It might sound philosophy but it’s what I felt in this trip.

The Eischer road map is not updated and it made me travel long. It showed the NH 45 goes to Madurai via Dindigul only while there was direct route from Thiruchirapalli . Google Map is updated with new direct highway no. NH 45B from Thiruchirapalli to Madurai is shown.

I saw too many people since Chennai on some kind of religious cross-country walk on foot (Pad-Yatra). Till Viluppuram most the men and women were wearing Red cloth and after Thiruchirapalli most of the people wearing black. I stop by and interview one person, Mr. Shrinivasen. It was nice talking to him and his friend. They were going to Sabarimala, Kerala, which is 700 km from Chennai. They travel around 30-35 km daily.

(Sirf religion ya love hi kisi ko ye Jnoon de sekta hai, mai to sirf bhatak raha hu.)

Maggie Story: Dindigul is not small town as I expected. Getting cheap room was bit difficult but luckily I found one at 200 rs and because I ate some crap on the city entrance road I didn’t feel hungry so I planned to skip dinner. While watching TV I saw the Maggie noodles and suddenly I felt to eating Maggie. I planned to get one prepared for me. I bought Maggie , chilly and onions (Onions they are costly now so usually not available on cheap places of eating where I planned to cook Maggie) and then I go to road side Dhabas and tea maker and to my surprised , no body want to cooperate in cooking Maggie. Than I decide try on highway. I hit one strange highway around 10 pm and there is also no help. I figure out that most of them excusing for do not having pot for making Maggie. I become crazy and decide to buy one. Although it’s late but luckily I get help to buy one with direction of a shop lady from whom I bought salt. It was only 25 rs for a pot their. Than again I went to the same shops where I tried earlier, but they still not willing. I was frustrated but I kept trying and than a saw a old lady on tea stall, I asked her and she instantly ready for making it. She made delicious one (or may be after so much hard work to get this). I apologies that I thought that she has good business sense of making money while there was no customer on that tea stall but she didn’t take any extra money from me except tea and cigarettes. I insist her to take at least some money for fuel etc. but she didn’t except. It was like feeding to her child only. I planned to buy some gift for tomorrow before leaving the town but as usual I am so lazy in the morning that I left without giving her anything, such an xxxxx I am.

In the remaining trip I always keep Maggie, onions and chilies. And when ever I felt hungry want it I stop by any tea stall till Mumbai. (After Mumbai I do not have any problem with taste) and no body charged me for that even looks very poor by cloths etc. (I guess they have rich by heart and use to be happy by helping)

27-Dec
Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
Km 260 Via NH 45

Room rent 200

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