Part 1: Bangalore to Goa Even though I have been driving for more than three decades, my driving was restricted to the southern states of India, i.e., until February, 2010. After becoming a proud owner of Fiat Linea, I had been contemplating to drive in my Fiat Linea to break my own record. So, after discussing with my wife and two daughters, I decided to drive in my Fiat Linea for a long trip of Bangalore-Goa-Mahabaleshwar-Mumbai-Pune-Bangalore. I had visited Goa, Mumbai and Pune several times in the past, but not Mahabaleshwar. I made online reservations for our accommodation at Ginger Goa, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation [MTDC] Holiday Resorts, Mahabaleshwar, Oritel Service Apartments, Andheri [E], Mumbai and Ginger Pune, Wakad. I decided to take NH 206/17 for the up journey and NH 4 for the return journey. I planned and saved the routes in my MapMyIndia [MMI] Lx 130 navigator. The exact locations of our places of stay, points of interest and restaurants were also saved. From the Internet and websites of oil marketing companies, I collected the details of locations of company owned company operated [COCO] retail outlets in my route. My wife had packed some snacks, biscuits, bottles containing drinking water and fruit juice. DAY 1: 27 February 2010, Saturday We started at 1:15 am from our home. On the previous day, my Fiat Linea’s fuel tank was filled to the brim and tyre pressure was checked and kept at 36 psi in all the four wheels and spare wheel. I took Magadi Road. Though there was no traffic at all at this time, crossing Magadi Road was a nightmare as it was barricaded for road-widening work. Construction materials were dumped on the road with huge humps. Somewhere near Sunkadakatte, my Fiat Linea’s bottom was touched by one such huge hump. Then, while going down the exit ramp of NICE Road towards Tumkur, another bottom-touching, followed by big hump at Tumkur BP. After three cases of bottom-touching, it was smooth-sailing for my Fiat Linea. Karnataka PWD/NHAI engineers and contractors should learn from their Goa and Maharashtra counterparts the art of building speed-breakers/humps/rumbler strips. [attachment=4:2g4x0947]Goa Maha Trip 002.JPG[/attachment:2g4x0947] NH 206 is okay. But, in some stretches like Tiptur, Arasikere, etc. the road width reduces to intermediate lane wide [4.5 m] and the road surface was also rough, but driveable. We reached Shimoga by 5:45 am and had coffee near the KSRTC bus station. My Fiat Linea’s tank was also got topped up. The road quality improved after Shimoga as could be seen from the photographs. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of rising sun on our way to Sagar. At Sagar, we had our breakfast and continued our journey. [attachment=3:2g4x0947]Goa Maha Trip 005.JPG[/attachment:2g4x0947] [attachment=2:2g4x0947]Goa Maha Trip 012.JPG[/attachment:2g4x0947] [attachment=1:2g4x0947]Goa Maha Trip 014.JPG[/attachment:2g4x0947] [attachment=0:2g4x0947]Goa Maha Trip 021.JPG[/attachment:2g4x0947] To be continued.