I had written about our neighbours S and A earlier. We planned this trip together. We were going to drive to Goa in Bulu with Abbas behind the steering. (Had to feed him tea and paan to keep his eyes wide open throughout) Plan was to start off at 3AM on Nov 10th, Saturday. Abbas and I worked on Friday (when I had that bake sale lined up) Usual chores took over that evening after Mantam and I came back home. Mantam were fed dinner and put to bed at their usual time. I did not have any energy left in me and I dozed off till Abbas came home. We had dinner once he came, and then started off with the packing at 11 PM. It went till 12:30 AM and we slept like logs at 1AM with the alarm set to trigger at 2 AM. It was crazy. But we had to start early as the journey could take somewhere around 10 hours. We didn’t want to reach Goa at night and waste the whole day travelling.
I woke up at 2:30 and made tea and some french toasts to carry along. S and A came at 3 and we had tea together. Mantam were still sleeping, I suggested carrying them without waking them up. Abbas was so excited , although sleep deprived and insisted on waking them up as well, so that they too could share his excitement. I had to let go of the routine rules and gave a nod. And off we started at around 3:30 AM in a fully loaded Bulu. It was a great experience to see streets of Bangalore at that hour.
At 6, we all were hungry all of a sudden. Hogged on french toasts and biscuits. We thought we would not stop for breakfast to save time. But by 10:30 we were all starving again. Is the digestion process quicker when you are travelling? We stopped at a Dhaba. Had finger licking alu paranthas makhan maarke along with egg burji. Abbas and A had lassi while S and I had masala chai. It was so good that we ordered for another one. What? I told you we were starving 🙄
Worst part of the trip was the toilets we had to use during the road journey. The lesser said the better.
At around 2 PM, we reached a point where we were confused with teh directions. A’s GPS was not working as there were no signals. We asked a cab driver and he directed us to take a left and to keep on moving straight to reach a place called Kalghatgi. We obeyed his instructions. As we progressed we could see that we were in a village that didn’t seem to have electricity. There were cattle all around. We couldn’t spot a single person wearing footwear. We went on and on to see people with turbans riding tractors. The villagers were glaring at us as though they were seeing a car for the first time. It felt good to be in that atmosphere, but the more we advanced in that route, we could feel that we had climbed a small hill. We reached a point where, if we advanced further, something grave would have happened to us. We spotted an old man approaching from the hill top holding a sickle. We got damn scared. I spoke to him in Kannada and asked if there was a way to reach Kalghatg from there. He said that we had to take a reverse turn and go back to the main road from where we took the diversion in the first place! So we went back all the way re-tracing the route…
We wasted almost an hour in all the confusion. After few more hours of travel we finally reached our resort at around 5:30 PM. We had booked a resort on the shores of Palolem beach. We had sea facing rooms. By the time we reached our rooms, it was time for the sun to set. We directly went in into the water to enjoy the sun set. The sunset in Palolem is mind blowing….
There is more to that day, which will be coming up in the next parts.
Till then a few pics…