It’s been 11 months now since Taurus came home. In my short ownership of the Fiat as well as my previous ownership of various cars and bikes I do understand there is no single vehicle which is perfect. My Punto isn’t perfect as well nor were any of the cars or bikes that I have owned or rode. Each vehicle has its own strength and weaknesses and one slowly accepts it. You learn to work around its strength, bypassing its weakness and connect with your vehicle. My connection with Taurus too has grown stronger with each passing day. One thing that stands out with Fiats is that it plasters a wide grin on your face every time you are behind the wheel. The urge to just drive your Fiat is like no other. I have loved all my vehicles before this as well but none has come close to Punto as a driver’s car. The more you drive it the more you want. As a driver’s car Fiats surely will be up there with the best in world. We have had 5 trips now in the first eight months since Taurus came home. Three of them were close to 2.5 K kms trip. Such is the joy while driving this car that we have been finding excuses to plan a trip each time there is a holiday. The only thing that stops us from making more trips is Vitamin M. My first travelogue is already posted here http://www.teamfiat.com/threads/pun-toured-the-beautiful-western-ghats.13197/ Two more are already being documented including the current one. This particular trip was done during the republic day long weekend. We started on 24th Jan 2015 and came back on 27th Jan 2015. Before I move on the customary route and trip stats. We took the highlighted route and the roads are brilliant throughout. This route is close to 800 Kms and touches NH9 for about 80 Kms and then around 220 Kms on SH2 and the rest 500 kms on NH5 and NH45. The SH2 is a state highway and is laid out well but is a little narrower than highways. But maintaining speeds is pretty easy. Lots of villages and human settlements though tend to bring down the speeds. I knew about ECR road connecting Chennai and Pondi but took the NH45 both the times. What I didn’t know that it’s one of the most scenic roads in India along the east coast. In order to save some time I took the NH45 both the times. I came to know of this after the trip was over. Regret not taking the ECR at least while coming back. May be some other time but felt sad that I didn’t take that route. I should have googled about ECR before. The trip stats Distance Covered: 1779 kms Travel Time (In car): 32:07 hrs Average Speed: 55 km/h Mileage: 14.9 km/l (MID) Mileage: 14.2 km/l (Tankful Method) Total Diesel Consumed: 125 liters approx. So my observation that MID shows a mileage which is in the range 0.5-1.0 km/l more than tank full method proves true again. Well I know these stats really aren’t great for MJD and that too for a highway trip. As they say stats hide more than they reveal. The average speeds seems very humble but these have been bought down really because of the in city drive within Pondi which bought both the average speeds as well as the mileage. If I take out the city drive the average speeds would be closer to 80 km/h. The learnings that I took from my previous trips was to drive the best possible speeds the car and the driver can manage. It’s always better to be at your destination before dark sets in. No point taking all the stress with your loved ones by your side. I choose to be a lot more attentive during the day time and drive at the best possible speeds as possible. It’s a little difficult to maintain good speeds after evenings as it gets darker. I have now developed this habit of doing all these calculations in my head and keep up the pace. But being a FIATIAN and member of this esteemed community I make sure that my drive doesn’t cause any problems whatsoever to fellow riders on the road.