In late September, my husband and I made a decision to drive all the way down to Bengaluru from Mumbai (approx. 1,000 km), to spend the final three months of the 12 months with our households. Our mother and father are over 60, and we selected to drive as a substitute of taking a flight to minimise publicity to the virus. These are notes from the times main as much as the drive – one we hoped can be an journey regardless of the plain nerve-wracking stress.
We drove within the household VW Polo GT, with Ari, our two-year-old toddler.
(T-9 days): Completed a lot of the packing. Leaving exercise gear for later, within the hope that I squeeze in just a few exercises this week. (Unlikely). Pritish however, has already despatched work-out tools to my mother and father’ home in Bengaluru. Juggling packing with work plus cooking and child duties for the following few days goes to be robust.
I’ve been driving the automobile round Bandra these previous few weekends, to get in some observe. I shall be a backup driver for when Pritish wants a break – we’re estimating a 15-hour journey. It has been a stable three years since I’ve pushed on the common. However the VW is computerized, and considerably nicer to drive than a stick shift. I’ve solely had one minor accident thus far – drove over the divider on the Bastian sign close to Nationwide School.
(T-8 days): Pritish obtained the wheels aligned, rotated and balanced. He did a check drive on the Sea Hyperlink. I have been informed to anticipate a dashing ticket. Nice.
(T-7 days): Made Pritish pack his garments this night. He is spoken to a couple associates who made the drive lately. They’ve all confirmed that 15 hours may be very doable. The roads are nice, if a bit uninteresting.
Carrying two small suitcases with garments, toys, and books. Additionally, two massive cardboard packing containers with meals. For the street journey, we’ll have sandwiches, quiche, theplas, cookies, and low. We’re carrying stuff for associates as effectively: care packages from the Bombay Candy Store, a jar of wickedly good b**f pickle (from the perfect residence cooks in Bandra), bakes from the Flourists , do-it-yourself shakkarpara, chivda, and modak for my mother and father.
(T-6 days): Shakkarpara is prepared! Cooled, sealed and packed away. Slowly clearing out the kitchen of stuff we now have to hold – an enormous jar of ghee from Himachal, three luggage of crimson rice, and two of ragi. Pritish is making a cheat sheet with ETA at numerous cities on the route. Have to remind him to additionally add in hospitals, inns, and mechanic outlets alongside the best way.
Been prepping Ari for the lengthy drive, getting him enthusiastic about it. He normally loves being within the automobile, so hopefully this all goes effectively. Pritish has additionally purchased two wood yoga blocks to prop the toddler rest room seat on, if and when Ari has to poo on the drive. Going to mattress at 8.30pm beginning tonight, so we’re effectively rested for our 3am ETD on Sunday morning.