FLASH-BACK CONTINUES! DAY 1 - 18 NOV 2010 - THURSDAY Please my first post for photographs and details. Some of the highlights of Bangalore - Mumbai trip: * The Nelamangala Toll Plaza didn't collect the toll. They just noted down my Linea's registration number and let me go freely. * During my Pune - Bangalore trip during March 2010, I had to go through Ranibennur, Harihar and Chitradurga towns. But, this time, it was cool drive on the bypass of these towns. * During my last trip, my Linea bottom-scraped 4 times, two each near Davangere and Tumkur bypass. But, this time, the number of bottom-scraping was just two, that too, near Davangere bypass diversions. No bottom-scraping on Tumkur bypass! One hump near Brahmasagara was really big and unmarked. * While I escaped one of the two railway level-crossings between Ranibennur and Haveri, I was made to wait for about 10 minutes in the other. I think, it will take another year or two for completion of these two railway overbridges seeing the slow pace of construction work. * While the food quality at Kamat Upachar at Reliance petrol pump on Ranibennur bypass was good, less said the better about the toilets. But, we didn't have other alternative. Last time, we tried the nearby Bharat Petroleum COCO pump Ghar Dhaba. There also, the toilets were not maintained properly. * The petrol costs Rs 59.53 per litre at Reliance, Ranibennur as against Rs 59.65 at Bangalore. I found a novel method of card payment there. After filling the petrol, the attendent asked me whether it was cash or card. When I gave him my card, he swiped it at the hand-held unit. But he didn't enter the amount and retruned the card. Then, after dispensing the fuel, he selected petrol and cancelled other purchases like lubricants in the hand-held unit and entered. Presto! The amount was automatically taken by the system and the printed charge-slip popped out. No manual entering of the amount, and hence, no room for mischief. * The attendent at Reliance enlightened me by saying that the nozzle of the petrol dispenser was smaller in diameter than the one for diesel to ensure petrol is not dispensed in a diesel vehicle by mistake. I don't know, how far it is true. DAY 2 - 19 NOV 2010 - FRIDAY We breakfasted, rested, lunched, and again, rested at Oritel Serviced Apartment. We went for a drive in the night. Here are some photographs of Mumbai by night. We liked the paintings at Oritel Serviced Apartment. [attachment=3:rjbugzrg]004.jpg[/attachment:rjbugzrg] [attachment=4:rjbugzrg]005.jpg[/attachment:rjbugzrg] We drove on Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link [Bandra-Worli Sea Link]. During our last visit to Mumbai, only 4-lanes for both the directions were operative. Now, all the 8-lanes, 4 for each direction, were operative. When I drove within the speed limit at 50 kmph on the second lane from the left, many big brothers [read BMWs, Endeavours, Fortuners, et al.] honked their horns and flew past me! I was the odd man out there driving at 50 kmph! [attachment=5:rjbugzrg]IMG_0429.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] I parked my Fiat Linea at Marine Drive and had a walk. My son clicked a few photographs using his Canon 550D. [attachment=6:rjbugzrg]IMG_0453.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] [attachment=7:rjbugzrg]IMG_0457.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] [attachment=1:rjbugzrg]IMG_0463.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] [attachment=0:rjbugzrg]IMG_0460.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] [attachment=2:rjbugzrg]IMG_0476.JPG[/attachment:rjbugzrg] We walked around Taj Mahal Hotel, Gateway of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. We enjoyed the street food for our dinner, drove back to our abode and called it a day. More to come.