We, a family of 5 started on this 500 Km + journey by our Swift VDI Diesel (Which had 1, 33, 000 Kms. On ODO) at 4 in the morning as we had a target time of 12 noon to reach Ahmedabad. The start was not as exciting as the entire road to Virar was marred with heavy traffic of trucks. To add on to this, there were a number of route diversions which ensured that we do not gather speed. However, once we were about 70 Km. From Borivali, traffic started reducing. Moreover, watching the first light of the day coming up was very exciting. We made the first halt after Vapi after about 150 Km or so. Post Vapi, the roads became less dense made driving loads of fun with speed on the right side of 100 for long. Our greatest concern was the stretch beyond Surat to Vadodara and particularly the Narmada Bridge. However, to our surprise, the stretch was what could be called a driver delight. There was some traffic near Narmada Bridge and before entering Vadodara highway, but post on the Narmada expressway, it was no stopping. We took out second halt just before Vadodara. We covered the entire journey of 500+ Kms. In 8. 5 hours (Including two stoppages for 1 hour) to reach Ahmedabad at 12:30. The fully loaded Swift VDI with 5 persons and loads of luggage on board was perfect for this drive and helped is clocking Kms. At ease, all of this in the sweltering heat of May.
One Journey that I would really cherish.