Chennai - Hyderabad - Chennai Road trip Team, I did a Chennai - Hyderabad - Chennai road trip last week. My Linea performed on par with my expectations, I had wanted to reach Hyd in less than 12 hours, and well achieved that in 11 hours flat - door to door. I took the longer Chennai - Ongole - Vijayawada - Hyderabad route and thouroughly enjoyed the drive. The stretch from CHN to VJA, part of the Golden Quadrilateral is a perfect one where you can push your machine to the limits. Started from Thiruvanmiyur at 4.30 am and with some guidance, reached Red Hills by 5am and then the MJD started talking. I crossed Ongole by 9 am, thankfully not much traffic whatsoever. Had no plans of halting as I kept some snacks handy which I was munching on the run while my Linea was munching miles . Ongole to Vijayawada took a bit more time as I was going easy on the gas. Reached Vijayawada by 11.30 am, the road was not how it was till Ongole, there were a few patches, diversions and some road work in progress. I took a half-hour break in Vijayawada as I thought it was much needed keeping in mind the road conditions and the traffic on the way. I had travelled on this road an year and a half ago and did not like it back then as it was congested. To my surprise this stretch proved to be one of the best stretches I can remember. I never ever thought I could do a 180 on this stretch and I kept resetting my speed-limit beep starting with 120 and moved it all the way to 150 which I was breaking quite frequently. I wanted to hold my horses so did not increase it any further. Well, I could complete this stretch in 3 hours 20 minutes, this included a few minute halts because of the traffic due to Ganpati processions on the way. With the blessings of Lord Ganesha, I reached home at Nallakunta safe and sound by 3.20 pm. Some stats for the fellow Team-Fiatians: The total onward distance covered was roughly 770 Km, took about 11 hours. Thought of testing the average without AC - got an average of 19.6 kmpl for the stretch from Chennai to Ongole.I could not cross the magic figure of 20 I know had I not pushed her to the limits I would have easily got well over 20. As the Sun was making his presence felt, I had to start AC again and kept it on for the rest of the journey. At the end when I checked again I got an average of 18.4 kmpl for the total distance. Felt robbed by the numerous toll gates inspite of a few non-functional ones on the Hyd-VJA stretch. I did not have to pay at 3 tolls as they havent begun their operations yet. But it was worth the extra bucks is what I felt during the return journey. On the return journey, I took the Hyderabad - Kurnool - Cuddappa - Renigunta - Chennai. This one proved to be a nightmare and my frustration levels touched their new highs. I do not want to talk much about this one and suggest people not to take this route for the next 1 year or so. I got a feeling that this stretch was a no man's land as it was all deserted and the road work was in progress but haven't seen such bad roads ever. Hyderabad to Renigunta is still fine but ***DO NOT*** take the Renigunta - Chennai road. After crossing Kurnool, the four-laning was in progress almost till Cuddappa. I did see a diversion at Nandyal which pointed towards Ongole at a distance of 193 km. I did not know how that stretch was, but I regret not taking it. The return journey took just over 14 hours and not to mention all the frustration. Damn it! Well, my Linea was taking all the bad roads with ease however a few scrapes to the under-body no matter how careful I was, irritated me to the core. I dont remember the last time her under-body scraped, if ever. I can hear some body sounds now, however haven't inspected if there are any problems. Whenever the under-body scraped, I checked with a torch it all seemed to be ok, however need to do a thorough inspection. Threads Merged.